St Kitts Nevis appoints female Ambassador to Cuba

first_imgSt. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador to Cuba Verna Mills seated left in cordial discussion with Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Ana Teresita González Fraga. The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis has appointed and presented Ambassador Verna Mills, the twin island’s first female ambassador to Cuba.Ambassador Verna Mills, the country’s Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba, has reiterated Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris’ commitment to strengthening the relationship between St. Kitts and Nevis, the Caribbean twin island federation, and Cuba.Presented credentialsMills, made the statement as she recently presented her credentials to Cuba’s Vice President of the Council of State, Gladys Bejerano Portela at the Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba.Mills, on behalf of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis also expressed her condolences for the loss of lives and the devastation caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 9, and wished the Cuban people a speedy recovery to normalcy.The Ambassador also expressed her personal condolences on the passing of the Commander in Chief, Fidel Castro who she referred to as a towering international figure, and one whose legacy will forever live on.Personally benefited from FidelMills stated that she personally was able to benefit from Fidel Castro’s vision having studied in Cuba from 1999 to 2005.She also thanked the Government and people of Cuba for their continued support. She highlighted the important contributions Cubans have made to the development of St. Kitts and Nevis, particularly in the education and health sectors.Mills is the first female Ambassador, and the second resident Ambassador accredited to the Republic of Cuba by the St. Kitts and Nevis government.The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, also known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, is located in the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands. St. Kitts and Nevis is a member of CARICOM.  For more information on St. Kitts and Nevis, visit their official website: https://www.gov.kn/See links below for recent articles on St. Kitts and Nevis:St Kitts/Nevis signs visa waiver with RussiaSt Kitts/Nevis Opposition leader urges PM to “move with haste” to help Dominicalast_img read more

Veteran’s Day Celebrations

first_imgThe City Sunrise is hosting a weekend of events in honor of Veterans. Join us for: Family Film: “Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero” Saturday, November 10, at 1:00 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard This animated film (rated PG) tells the incredible true story of the bond between a stray dog and a soldier in World War I. Special thanks to American Legion Post 365 for making this free screening possible. (954) 747-4646. Veterans Day Ceremony Sunday, November 11, at 10:30 a.m. Sunrise Civic Center Amphitheater, 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard This special tribute to Veterans will feature a three-round volley, distinguished speakers, the presentation of colors, and more. Light refreshments will be served. (954) 746-3670. Please note that City of Sunrise administrative offices will be closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day – and mark your calendar for another special event in honor of our Veteran.last_img read more

Online Lenders Target Middle Class

first_imgSOUTH FLORIDA – With stagnant wages and a significant increase in the cost of living, America’s dwindling middle class is often forced to meet the gap with credit—a cycle that can quickly spin out of control.Since 2008 the middle class has seen very little, if any, increase in salary. A CNW survey found the average annual pay increase among middle-class Caribbean-Americans in South Florida increased an average of two percent over the past two years ranging from 3.5 percent to 1.5 percent.In the meantime, the cost of living has skyrocketed, buoyed, according to Bloomberg by a 26 percent in housing costs, higher for those who rent; 33 percent increase in medical care, and a whopping 47 percent in college education.The sum result is that only 13 percent of those surveyed had any disposable income remaining after paying their monthly debt, and a worrying 29 percent were in a hole with insufficient funds to sustain purchase of groceries and pay monthly utility bills.With personal commercial bank loans difficult to obtain, most are turning to relatively new kind of lenders—online installment lenders—to make ends meet.Caribbean-American Audley, who lives in Tamarac and earns $49,000 per year, bought his house two years ago but struggled each month to pay the bills. With a credit score of 705 he was offered and applied for an online loan of $10,000. Within 24 hours he was approved for $7,330, requiring him to repay $274 monthly over 36 months.“It was such a relief getting the loan,” Audley said. For the first few months, I made the payments easily, but eventually, I was again struggling and in a worse situation, especially as the repayments are mandatorily deducted from my bank account monthly. I am now thinking of filing bankruptcy.”While lower-income Americans tend to turn to traditional payday loan lenders for a maximum of $500 repayable the next payday, these online lenders entice borrowers with email-offer loans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The loans are repayable over much longer periods, usually between 12 and 36 months, but at astronomically high interest rates. CNW found some people with these loans were making repayments with compounded interest rates as high as 36 percent per annum.When people are strapped for cash, with mounting debt and experiencing sleepless nights, it’s understandable that they can be easily influenced by an email offer from one of several companies like Plain Green Loans and National Debt Relief, who offer large loans, a longer repayment period and a quick and simple online application and approval process.The basic criteria in getting these loans is a Social Security number, employment verification, a fair to good credit score and a valid bank account. Another enticing element is that most of these loans are offered for debt consolidation, the very same solution many middle-class families are seeking.Although these loans are relatively easy to obtain, people must be cautious in borrowing them. While the loans may help initially, the repayment can increase the borrower’s debt load, and could put them on the path to eventual bankruptcy.In the first 12 months of these online loans, some 85 percent of the repayment is allocated to interest, so to pay off the loan earlier than agreed, borrowers find that the principal balance is almost as high as the total amount borrowed.And, as the demand for credit from the middle class grows, lenders are flocking to the online installment loan market.“Installment loans are a cash cow for creditors, but a devastating cost to borrowers,” said Margot Saunders, senior counsel for the National Consumer Law Center, a nonprofit advocacy group.But as CNW realized, with so many middle-class residents struggling with rising costs and stagnant wages, credit is a lifeline and a burden they’re willing to bear.last_img read more

France Provides Funds to Help Caribbean Fight Deforestation

first_imgMADRID, Spain (CMC) — France has become a founding donor of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Natural Capital Lab that will help countries in Latin America and the Caribbean move forward with innovative projects to fight deforestation, invest in nature-based solutions to environmental problems.The IDB said that France will contribute Euro 24 million (One Euro =US$1.29 cents) to the Natural Capital Lab and an agreement was signed on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) between France´s Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Brune Poirson, and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno.“By backing the Natural Capital Lab, France will help countries in Latin America and the Caribbean move forward with innovative projects to fight deforestation, invest in nature-based solutions to environmental problems, facilitate the transition to climate-smart agriculture, and preserve and restore marine and land biodiversity.“Specifically, the Natural Capital Lab will incubate, accelerate, and scale solutions in the sustainable use and conservation of landscape and marine ecosystems, serving as a new space where the public and private sectors can work together,” the IDB said in a statement.It said that it will also work to develop a set of knowledge products, cutting edge projects, and collaborations to help set the regional and international agenda on how to treat nature as an asset in the run‑up to the Biodiversity Conference of the Parties of 2020 and beyond.“The announcement of France’s donation underscores the importance of the natural capital in the COP25 agenda and the need to develop new financing models and partnerships to tackle environmental risks and climate change,” the IDB statement added.last_img read more

Where Did Jamaica’s Easter Tradition of Eating Bun & Cheese Come…

first_imgPhoto credit: Grace Foods KINGSTON, Jamaica – Even during the current pandemic, Jamaicans and members of the diaspora have been sticking to the annual tradition of eating bun and cheese during the Easter season.A week or two before Good Friday, the shelves of supermarkets and smaller stores are stacked with bun and tin cheese as residents begin to purchase in bulk, in preparation for the holidays. Those abroad also search high and low for Jamaican shops and stores that possibly supply “Easter bun”. But while Jamaicans enjoy this delicacy every year, not many people are aware of how the tradition even began.Eating Bun and Cheese was originally a British tradition in the United Kingdom during the 1600 and 1700s. In the UK, small, round, and slightly sweet buns, called hot cross buns, were made with a cross cut into the tops.Hot Cross BunSale and consumption of the buns were supposedly forbidden in England, except during specific times, one of which was Good Friday. The cross came to symbolise the crucifixion of Jesus. The Hot Cross Buns nursery rhyme was thought to be used by pedlars announcing their selling of the treats. Many grew up singing the nursery rhyme in Jamaica:Hot cross buns!Hot cross buns!One a penny, two a penny,Hot cross buns!If you have no daughters,Give them to your sons.One a penny two a penny,Hot cross buns!The nursery rhyme and the buns made their way to Jamaica via the British, who carried their traditions with them when they colonised the island in the mid-1600s. Over time, Jamaicans of course, put their spin on the custom.Variations of the hot cross bun were made and old in Jamaica, with the same tradition of eating it during Easter. Eventually, like with many other baked staple goods, Jamaicans added cheese into the mix and began the tradition of a bun and cheese sandwich.Although bun and cheese is sold all year long, there is a spike in sales during Easter because of the tradition. Whether home or abroad, if you visit any Jamaican’s home during Easter, it is very likely that you will find bun and cheese.last_img read more

Valencia Close Gap On La Liga Leaders With Betis’ Thrashing

first_imgValencia’s recent renaissance in the Spanish La Liga continued on Sunday after they thrashed their hosts Real Betis 6-3 in their Matchday 8 clash.Star players like Geoffrey Kondogbia, in-form Simone Zaza and Santi Mina got the goals for Valencia, who nearly squandered a 4-0 lead during the game. Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell started the fightback for the home side and two more goals were scored to put the scoreline at a slim 4-3 but Valencia showed their superiority with two late goals for a 6-3 victory.The win means Valencia (18 points) have moved into the top two and also close the gap to within four points of league leaders Barcelona while Real Betis (13 points) have fallen from 6th to 9th because of the heavy defeat.RelatedSpanish La Liga Wrap: Real Madrid, Valencia Close Gap On Leaders Barcelona With VictoriesDecember 10, 2017In “Europe”La Liga Review: Atletico Thrash Sevilla To Trim Gap On Leaders BarcelonaFebruary 26, 2018In “Europe”Spanish La Liga Review: Atletico, Valencia Narrow Gap On Leaders Barcelona With Respective VictoriesJanuary 7, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Russia wants crack down on online payment providers

first_img Russia’s government is preparing to step up its efforts of restriction against ‘unlicensed’ foreign bookmakers targeting its national consumers.This week Russian news sources have detailed that Ministry of Finance has drafted a set of new provisions targeting restrictions on banks and online payment processors, with a view of severely limiting the number of paid transactions made to foreign operators.The ministry’s proposed amendments would seek to further punish any enabler of unlicensed betting services, be it an online payment provider, a national/international bank or a third party betting agent.Russian news source RBC.ru states that the ministry had presented its recommendation in 2015, however following a review, the provisions were rejected by the Russian government due to concerns regarding the cost of monitoring multiple stakeholders.Nevertheless, following last year’s tough stance against foreign online bookmakers, the Russian government is set to review the proposition again,  in order to tighten its current national gambling framework against unlicensed operators.In 2016, the Russian government in conjunction with media regulator Roskomnadzor added new industry regulations which demanded all betting payment transactions to be carried out through centralised payment system  TSUPIS.Roskomnadzor would move to restrict international payment providers  QIWI and Skrill (Paysafe Group) from offering services. Furthermore, Roskomnadzor would widen its black-listed net by adding media portals and affiliates that promoted unlicensed betting operators.To date, Russia has only six licensed online betting operators, who have agreed to comply with all Roskomnadzor and government regulations. The Six licensed bookmakers are Liga Stavok, Winline, 888.ru, 1XBet, Leon.ru and new market operator BKfon.ru StumbleUpon Related Articles Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws  July 23, 2020 Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

‘Speed & Smarts’ Usain Bolt joins Team PokerStars

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Amaya Inc online poker subsidiary PokerStars, has announced Usain Bolt, the world greatest sprint athlete as its new Brand Ambassador. This weekend Bolt announced joining Team PokerStars’ marketing initiative ‘Im All-in’ via his Facebook Page.Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, issued a challenge to Team PokerStars comedian and actor Kevin Hart who joined the poker room as an ambassador last April. Bolt ‘called-out’ Hart stating that he wanted to bring ‘speed and smarts to poker’.“PokerStars is a winner and I’m happy to join Kevin in helping to bring poker and PokerStars to the masses. It’s a challenging game that’s fun, social and competitive so I’m pleased to be able to introduce it to my fans and to people around the world.” Bolt commented on joining Team PokerStars.Updating the media Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications at PokerStars, was delighted to add one of the world’s most recognised athletes to PokerStars’ growing roster of athletes and entertainers.“Usain Bolt is a fierce competitor who pushes his game to the limits,” Hollreiser said. “But he’s also one of the most-liked athletes in the world. His strong global following and winning personality will help us to introduce poker in a fun, social and fast way.”PokerStars’ the world’s leading online poker room has grown its player base and marketing coverage attracting some of the most recognised athletes in world sport, including footballer’s Neymar Jnr and Cristiano Ronaldo, tennis aces Rafa Nadal and Boris Becker.  New Ambassador Bolt will represent PokerStars in marketing campaigns and live appearances geared toward introducing new audiences to the game of poker. UK drives Stars Group growth despite international ‘disruptions’ February 27, 2020 PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

‘Big on Darts’ Unibet secures multi-year title sponsorship of PDC Premier League

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 European online bookmaker Unibet (Kindred Group Plc) has confirmed that it has secured a 3-year deal to become the ‘title sponsor’ of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Premier League.The bookmaker extends its relationship with the PDC expanding its existing darts sponsorship portfolio which includes; the Unibet European Championship, the Unibet World Grand Prix, the Unibet Champions League of Darts as well as the World Series Finals and Melbourne Darts Masters.The PDC Premier League is a 16-week long series of darts tournaments, which will take place across the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. Breaking new grounds, the 2018 PDC Premier League will make its debut in Berlin Germany.In celebration of its ongoing PDC partnership, Unibet marketing will release a series of social media content videos relating to the PDC Premier League. The first  viral video is a ‘hidden camera’ trick featuring PDC Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen and world number three Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright tDetailing Unibet’s commitment to darts, Kindred Group CCO Ebba Ljungerud stated: “Darts has been one of the fastest growing sports in our sponsorship portfolio in the UK and we are extremely excited about extending our partnership with the PDC to become the new sponsor of the Premier League.  We are planning on making what we already know to be a great tournament even better.“It’s grown to become the widest-reaching event in darts and we’re looking forward to 16 exciting nights across Europe. Darts is an action-packed betting sport and we will continue to bring our best-in-class activation and offer to all the fans. “PDC Chairman Barry Hearn backed Unibet as title sponsor of the Premier League: “We’re delighted that Unibet have furthered their association with us in their sponsorship of the Premier League for the next three years.“The Unibet Premier League will be bigger than ever in 2018, with our success in the UK, Ireland and more recently the Netherlands leading to the introduction of a league night in Berlin next year, and it promises to be a special tournament. The Premier League’s growth since 2005 has been a phenomenon in British sport and it’s another boost that Unibet were so keen to add this prestigious event to their growing darts sponsorship portfolio”. Related Articles Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

BtoBet powers Dear Group Nigeria’s ‘234bet’ brand

first_img Share Submit BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 Industry next-generation platform provider BtoBet continues its African market expansion, confirming Nigerian media and communications operator Dear Group as its latest sportsbook partner.Utilising its media and marketing channels, Dear Group will launch new sportsbook brand ‘234bet’, seeking to become a leading destination for Nigerian sports betting consumers.234bet will be led by Nigerian media executive Raymond Dokpesi, who backs BtoBet’s technology as the optimal platform to develop the firm’s sportsbook proposition within the saturated Nigerian sports betting marketplace.“Partnering with BtoBet and making use of their advanced platforms will enable 234Bet to place the player at the centre of its operations, offering them the best possible betting experience for all Nigerian players,” Dokpesi commented on the update.This October, BtoBet announced the launch of its new ‘White Label Certification Program’, allowing its partners to offer turnkey sportsbook and igaming provisions to third parties.The partnership sees BtoBet continue its 2018 commercial drive, in which the technology group has secured a number of sportsbook supplier partnerships for developing markets; including RBS Apuestalo Colombia, Logrand Entertainment Mexico and Editec Africa. Related Articles BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

SBC to celebrate 10th birthday at London Baby

first_img Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Sports Betting Community (SBC) will mark its 10-year anniversary by hosting next month’s London Baby, the largest networking party held on the first night of  ICE London, one of the biggest gaming industry exhibitions in the world.On Tuesday 5 February, around 900 industry guests will be joining in the celebrations at one of the hottest party destinations in central London.SBC will be transforming the renowned Café de Paris in London’s Leicester Square to reflect the different areas in which the gambling industry is expected to thrive in 2019, including the US market, football betting and cross-selling into gaming.This will allow attendees to fully immerse themselves in this year’s big SBC Events: Betting on Football, Betting on Sports, and the CasinoBeats Summit, as well as the inaugural Betting on Sports America in New York and New Jersey.Supporting sponsors for the event include BetConstruct, Altenar, nSoft, OPTIMA and Golden Race, with BetConstruct hosting the VIP Hall of Fame area.The party will get underway from 20:00, with food and drinks on arrival followed by further snacks, free drinks and unlimited networking opportunities until the early hours.SBC Founder and CEO Rasmus Sojmark said: “We can’t wait to welcome the industry to our birthday party which has coincided perfectly with the new look London Baby. SBC is turning 10 by putting on a massive party for everyone that has helped us towards a decade of fun-filled success. We certainly wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our clients, partners, colleagues and industry friends.”This is the ninth London Baby networking party and the format has been changed for 2019 with an invite-only approach. More information can be found at www.sbcevents.com, and VIP tables and supporting sponsorship packages are still available if you contact sales@sbcgaming.com.last_img read more

BHA releases its updated whistle-blowing policy to the public

first_img HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has gone public with its updated whistle-blowing policy, making the new plans available to both the wider public and the racing industry.The new policy comes as a bid by the BHA to cement its ongoing commitment to maintaining integrity, credibility and accountability in how it operates across the industry.Catherine Beloff, Director of Legal and Governance at the BHA commented: “This update to the BHA’s whistle-blowing policy is designed to protect those involved in horse racing or who come into contact with the BHA against potential wrongdoing, as was the case with the safeguarding policy launched in December.“Whether you are a member of BHA staff, a participant or a member of the public, there is now a secure and defined method by which you can report any concerns relating to the running of the BHA or the conduct of its employees, which can also be anonymous if you wish.“It is also vital that as the governing body and regulator the BHA is accountable, and this policy now allows anyone who is either involved in racing or comes into contact with the BHA at any level to report any potential concerns.”The policy was previously only available to BHA staff, but will now be accessible via the BHA website, providing instructions as to the different methods of raising any concerns.The BHA outlines the ways in which individuals involved in horseracing, at any level, can report or ‘blow the whistle’ on issues pertaining to BHA operations, actions, or activities of its employees.It is designed to work in conjunction with other policies, such as the BHA’s Safeguarding Policy, to protect anyone involved in British racing, whether as a participant or otherwise, from potential wrongdoing.The sort of conduct that may be reported includes: any criminal activity; possible corruption or lay betting; conflict of interests; and failure to maintain company standards. Submit UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

TIPOS Slovakia chairman arrested on money laundering charges

first_img Share StumbleUpon Slovak Hockey praises Tipsport’s vital support June 24, 2019 Related Articles Submit EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Share PokerStars adjustments stunt Stars Group Q1 2019 opening May 15, 2019 Slovakia’s gambling sector has been brought into disrepute, as executives of state-owned lottery operator ‘TIPOS SK’ are investigated on charges of money laundering.On the morning of Tuesday 26 November, officers of Slovak national crime agency NAKA raided the Bratislava headquarters of TIPOS Slovakia, detaining company Chairman Ján Barczi and IT Director Miloš Prelec.Breaking the arrests, Slovak news source Aktuality reported that Barczi and Prelec had been detained on charges of manipulating corporate reporting systems in order to facilitate money laundering activities.The TIPOS executives had been further charged with knowingly hiding money across multiple ‘dormant player accounts’, with funds later withdrawn to unverified bank accounts.Furthermore, Aktuality states that Barczi had hired an unnamed associate, working in the TIPOS organisation, to allow the illegal transactions to take place.NAKA has confirmed that it will swiftly charge Barczi and Prelec on grounds related to money laundering but did not disclose how much money had been stolen from the National Lottery operator.Under Slovakia’s current gambling framework, TIPOS SK serves as the national monopoly for lottery, football pools and instant-win games.last_img read more

Tommy Kearns, Xtremepush: Why multichannel player journeys are a must-have for sportsbooks

first_img Innovation, regulation and new markets: what to expect in 2020 January 17, 2020 Submit The multichannel player journey builder has become one of the most popular features of the Xtremepush engagement and analytics platform, said the firm’s CEO Tommy Kearns. Kearns was speaking to SBC News following last month’s SBC Awards, where Xtremepush won the award for best Marketing & Services Provider of the Year (pictured). It currently works with industry leaders such as Paddy Power Betfair, Oddschecker, 888 Holdings, Parimatch, Rush Street Interactive, Fortuna Entertainment Group, Funstage and SportPesa as well as a host of emerging brands. The journey builder is one of the many features included in the Xtremepush platform.“It’s a pretty sophisticated piece of software whilst being very marketer-friendly at the same time,” said Kearns. “Our clients are having a lot of success with it, automating campaigns which serve a variety of use cases; encouraging more deposits and first bets, stimulating in-play bets during live sporting events and even reducing churn.” He added: “Automated customer journeys, powered by intelligent delivery, are driving results at speed and scale for the marketing professionals. It’s freeing them up to focus on more creative tasks like campaign ideas and messaging.”We asked Kearns to outline some of the key components to making multichannel player journeys successful. Here is what he had to say:Single Customer ViewHaving a single customer view (SVC) is undeniably the most desirable capability right now for sportsbooks. Having a granular understanding of your customers’ behaviour and interactions gives you a huge range of potential engagement opportunities. We actually unify all of the different data sources, making it readily available for activation during automated campaigns.Our clients’ most valuable players are the ones who are active on both the mobile app and website betting platforms. For them, it’s essential that they are able to provide a consistent experience as players move between devices. The SCV makes this possible.Ultimately, the more you know about your players the more bets you can suggest to them. And of course, you become so much more accurate in your ability to predict markets they will be interested in. At the same time, you also want to be able to layer in data on the likelihood of burnout too, and in this instance, you need the ability to temporarily exclude these players from the workflow.Adaptive Approach to SegmentationThe traditional segmentation approach, based exclusively on socio-demographic attributes (age, location etc), is no longer effective. The leading sportsbooks are adopting a more nuanced model, factoring in detailed behavioural information and individual bet preferences.The result is smaller lists or micro-segments (sometimes <100) that are delivered very personalised odds and messages, which are far more likely to get conversions. As a result of this approach, you’ll also see that players often move between segments. This actually is a good thing; it means that you are engaging players based on current behaviour and providing what they are looking for right now.Real-Time Event-TriggersThese are the lifeblood of the really exciting player journeys. We’re seeing more and more of our sports betting clients taking live actions, either on one of their betting platforms (bet placed, odds viewed and so on) or during a sporting event (goal scored, half-time, red card etc), as the trigger for engagement messages. In terms of the data-processing and delivery speed, not every provider actually has the capacity to execute at the level required. We work with data-streaming services like Apache Kafka to ensure the best results for our clients.Clear GoalsEach player journey that you build should be nudging players towards a single, quantifiable goal. That might be the stimulation of an in-play bet, encouraging the first deposit or it could be an attempt to win back a lapsed player.In the case of the latter, the segment is going to be something like {no bet placed in 1 month} and the goal is simply to get them back on-site or in the app. In any case, it’s important to keep each workflow specific. And again, it highlights the importance of the SCV and the precise segmentation that it facilitates.To learn more about the player journey builder and the work Xtremepush is doing with sports betting and gaming brands, get in touch with them at info@xtremepush.com. Share Related Articles StumbleUpon SBC Webinars presents Xtremepush – Taming Strange Animals… Profiling & Engaging U.S. Sports Consumers April 2, 2020 Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Campaigners call on Boris to ban gambling sponsorship in football

first_img StumbleUpon Submit YGAM delivers gambling education to UNISON members August 13, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Problem gambling campaigning groups Gambling With Lives and The Big Step will deliver a letter to the prime minister ,Boris Johnson, today calling for an end to gambling sponsorship in football.The groups claim that football’s relationship with betting is at ‘saturation point’, with the letter to be delivered as The Big Step completes its journey from Reading to Downing Street via six football clubs with gambling shirt sponsors.The letter states: “We believe there would be considerable support for a ban from fans. A recent survey by the Football Supporters’ Association found that only 13% of fans would be happy for their club to be sponsored by a gambling company.”This is despite a survey last year that suggested 71% of fans of the English Football League were comfortable with gambling sponsorship. The groups are pushing for a ban on gambling logos on any football kit, pitchside perimeter advertising, in-stadia advertising of gambling companies and league sponsorships.The letter added: “We are deeply concerned that impressionable young fans are being desensitised to the severe risks of addiction through gambling normalisation in football.”Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the new standards body, Betting and Gaming Council, said: “We take our responsibility to protect young people and those at risk of harm incredibly seriously.“As part of our safer gambling commitments, our members have already introduced a ‘whistle to whistle’ ban on advertising during sport; substantially increased funding for research, education and treatment; implemented new ID and age-verification checks; ended any suggestion of exclusive rights to screen FA Cup games and will ban betting with credit cards.“We are determined to drive big changes across the betting and gaming industry.”Dugher added: “Millions of people regularly enjoy a flutter and do so safely and we will ensure that our standards are the highest in the world.”Last week, William Hill decided to end its sponsorship with the Scottish FA amid reports that it is ‘distancing itself’ away from football sponsorship, whilst Sportpesa and Everton FC also announced that the organisations were bringing its sponsorship partnership to an end two years early. Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

COVID-19 concerns see Grand National called off

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon tweet Related Articles UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE  June 25, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 UK racing and sports betting have been dealt another blow this week with the ‘Randox Health Grand National’ cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.Jockey Club Racecourses, which owns Aintree, confirmed that the three-day event will not take place next month after new government measures announced yesterday emphasised that the UK should ‘avoid non-essential contact and unnecessary travel’.Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said: “The Randox Health Grand National Festival was just three weeks away and it’s very clear to us it will not be possible for the event to take place. Public health must come first.“We were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but following the new government measures confirmed this evening to help to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, this is not a viable option.“I know this is hugely disappointing news for the many people who work in our sport and the many millions who were looking forward to this year’s event, but very sadly these are exceptional times and this is the responsible thing to do.”The cancellation follows on from the decision made recently by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to move the sport behind closed doors.Commenting on the plans, BHA Chief Executive Nick Rust said: “Racing has worked hard to look after our customers and our staff by following the government’s guidance and taking proportionate action.“We will agree on plans to limit attendance to participants and staff only at race meetings from this week and put in place the contingency plans developed by the industry.”last_img read more

The Esports Roundtable: Hans Christian Dürr, FC Schalke 04 Esports

first_imgThe Esports Roundtable is a podcast that hosts different guests each and every week, discussing all things business in esports. This week’s installment features the Head of Esports at FC Schalke 04, Hans Christian Dürr. Naturally, he discusses FC Schalke 04’s involvement in esports, and how he believes traditional sports teams should enter the world of esports.Dürr introduces himself to kick off the forty minutes of discussion, explaining that he was only 13 when he first got into competitive gaming. Playing Quake – which later became banned in Germany due to the level of violence it contains – alongside his friends as it provided them with good experience playing in a competitive capacity. From there, they formed a team and their own LAN party. It didn’t take long for them to compete in online tournaments playing Quake 2, which led to travelling around Germany to compete and earn some money.Hans Christian Dürr, FC Schalke 04 EsportsFrom there, the conversation moves onto Dürr’s time with Splyce and his time coaching them to Worlds. He remained modest when it comes to the team’s success, explaining he believes it mostly the players that got them to that point – of course the players are the ones competing, but coaches are widely believed to have an important role in an esports title such as League of Legends. He noted that he’s not a high ELO player, opting to refrain from discussing in-game tactics with players – instead hiring the people who can have those conversations.The podcast turns to FC Schalke 04’s time in esports, which started roughly – they were the only team to be relegated from the EU LCS, and in their first season. Dürr joined the sports club in October 2017 as its Head of Esports, with his first move being the hiring of Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels as the head of the EU LCS team.After that, the topic switched to teams from traditional sports making the transition into competitive gaming. Dürr hopes that more teams get involved alongside the recent franchising developments in esports – the EU LCS, for example, is following NA LCS’s franchised league format from 2019. He also discusses the ease of entering esports as a traditional sports club when picking up a game such as FIFA.Plenty of other conversations take place throughout the rest of the podcast, including Dürr’s management style, how he goes about hiring the right people for specific jobs, and how that can build a culture that breeds success.Dürr commented after the episode: “We are all so excited to build something together with FC Schalke Esports, we were competitive this split but ultimately we are looking at the long term for this roster and management team. As I mentioned in the show, it’s the perfect opportunity for me to feel like I can be directly responsibly for our success in Esports. This isn’t the case in more established endemic teams. Thanks for all the support this split!”Joe Hills, LFG and The Esports RoundtableSpeaking to Esports Insider, Joe Hills, Founder and Host of The Esports Roundtable, also commented on this episode:”This conversation couldn’t come at a better time with Riot announcing more details on how they will be franchising the EU LCS next year. I think F.C Schalke’s investment and dedication to League + their huge local fan base makes them top contenders for a slot in 2019.”Hills is the Founder of Looking for Group, an esports executive recruitment company and has worked to achieve placements for many high profile individuals in the burgeoning esports industry.last_img read more

Man Utd hit by double injury blow as Martial and Lingard set for two to three weeks out

first_imgJesse Lingard is also set for two to three weeks out after picking up an injury against PSG Manchester United star Anthony Martial is set to miss two to three week’s worth of action –Source : Dailymail Football Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will be out of action for between two and three weeks after limping out of the Champions League defeat by Paris Saint-Germain.It means that both players will miss Monday’s FA Cup fifth round clash at Chelsea and the Premier League clash at home to Liverpool a week on Sunday.They are also likely to be unavailable for the league games against Crystal Palace and Southampton and, possibly, the second leg in Paris early next month when United try to overturn a two-goal deficit. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the news during his press conference on Friday afternoon.last_img read more

Old video of Manchester United’s Angel Gomes seeking healing at TB Joshua’s church goes viral [VIDEO]

first_imgFootage of Manchester United youngster Angel Gomes at the church of Nigerian preacher, T.B Joshua for ‘healing’ has gone viral on social media.In the video, the player, then 16 years old, introduces himself and adds that he has been struggling with hip and groin injuries which have affected his progress at the Premier League Club.He said he would usually sustain these injuries when he had a “breakthrough” with the team or was chosen to play in tournaments.Gomes said his family has always watched TB Joshua on TV and were fans of is, which is why he decided to come and see the preacher.The video showed the now 19-year-old jogging in an open area showing off his “healed” ankle which he said he recently injured.“Don’t doubt what you feel inside. Just go with your heart and have faith. When you need someone to look up to, just look to God. Just have faith and be proud,” Gomes said afterwards.Gomes joined United at the age of six when he started training with their academy.He has gone on to make five appearances for the senior team.The player has had a difficult time at the club recently, with his contract expiring at the end of June.Manchester Evening News reported that there have been no discussions between the club and the player over a new short term contract extension.Gomes has also made appearances for England’s youth teams from the U-16 side to U-20.Although he was born in England, Gomes is also eligible to play for Angola and Portugal as he is the son of Angolan-born former Portugal footballer, Gil Gomes.He is also the godson of former Manchester United winger, Nani.last_img read more

Amiens SC re-sign Nicholas Opoku on loan from Udinese

first_imgAmiens SC has confirmed that they have re-signed Ghana international Nicholas Opoku for a season-long loan from the Italian side, Udinese. The defender has been with the Italian club since the summer of 2018 when he joined from Tunisian side Club Africain.The 23-year-old will return to Les Licornes after an international 6-month loan spell, despite the club’s relegation to the Ligue 2.The central defender played just seven games for Amiens in the 2019/2020 season and will be hoping to get more game time under Luka Elsner.A medical is imminent – it is unclear whether or not ASC will have an option to buy the player included in the contract.last_img read more

Gone to the Snow Dogs YouTube Channel Helps put Alpena on the Map

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- Meet Jessica Hatch and her three huskies, Memphis, Shelby, and Oakley.8 years ago, Jessica and her husband decided to start a vlogging channel on YouTube, highlighting the adventures with the dogs. Millions of views and hundreds of thousands of subscribers later, they continue to explore the outdoors both here in Northeast Michigan and all around the state. Each dog has their own personality and have gained quite the celebrity status, being featured on Animal Planet and other large brands. The crew continues to grow their social media brand by creating more channels featuring cooking and other adventures.You can learn more about this happy family on their YouTube page.You can check out their Facebook and Twitter by clicking the hyperlinks.VIDEO AND PHOTO COURTESY: GONE TO THE SNOW DOGS  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Rogers City Area Schools get new superintendentNext Fire commission seeking bids for township fire dept. auditlast_img read more

27 called up into Local Black Stars

first_imgThe first batch of players have been invited for a pre-selection camp into the local Black Stars team.Twenty-seven players drawn from the Premier League make up the list of players who are to report at the headquarters of the Ghana Football Association in Accra at 2:00pm on Monday.The camping begins Monday, October 29 and runs to Sunday, November 4.Ghana will meet Benin in the first round qualifying stage of the 2014 African Nations Championship – CHAN, a competition for only home-based players of Caf’s member countries.Goalkeepers: Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold) Adade Foli (Dwarfs)Defenders: Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars), Christopher Bonney (Dwarfs), Joshua Otoo (Wa All Stars), Jeremiah Arkorful (Tema Youth), Otuo Acheampong (Medeama), Lawrence Lartey (AshantiGold), Ahmed Adams (Berekum Chelsea), Kwabena Adusei (Asante Kotoko) Midfielders: Moro Abubakar (Hearts of Oak), Seidu Salifu (Wa All Stars), Jackson Owusu and Solomon Asante (Berekum Chelsea), Richard Mpong and Michael Helegbe (Asante Kotoko), Latif Mohammed (AshantiGold), Moses Odjer (Tema Youth), Alex Aryee (Aduana Stars) Aseidu Attobrah (New Edubiase)Attackers: Yakubu Mohammed (AshantiGold), Mahatma Otoo (Hearts of Oak), Basit Adams (New Edubiase), Kofi Nti Boakye (Asante Kotoko), Daniel Darkwah (Aduana Stars), Abuu Issah (Berekum Arsenals)last_img read more

AFCON 2013:President urges Stars to go for gold

first_imgThe president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has urged players of the Black Stars to do whatever it takes to win the upcoming African Nations cup to be hosted by South Africa later this month.“We have come close to winning the trophy for some time now but I think this year would be our year. Let’s not take any country for granted and let’s not lose focus on the ultimate prize.I urged you the players to do your best and die for this Country during the tournament and I promise that when you (Black Stars) are able to deliver the trophy come February 10, the government would reward you accordingly.”President Mahama was hosting the Black Stars and some management members of the GFA at the Castle Osu ahead of their pre-tournament camping in the United Arab Emirates later tomorrow.Captain of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan who spoke on behalf of the players thanked the President for hosting them and assured him that he and his colleagues are determined to end Ghana’s title drought at the Nations Cup.Gyan promised to be the first captain in the last three decades to lift the Nations Cup trophy but admitted that the challenge is a daunting task and that utmost support from the entire Ghanaian public would be needed to achieve the goal. Immediately after the event the players moved to the Teshie Orphanage where they made a donation of various items to the school to help in the upkeep of the orphans.The Black Stars also paid a visit to the offices of Zoom Lion, to launch the ‘A Clean Ghana is a Victorious Ghana’ campaign to promote cleanliness and healthy living among Ghanaians as part of the team’s social responsibility programme.Earlier in the day, DSTV also made a presentation to all the players of the Black Stars players and technical team.last_img read more

Ref. Malik targets World Cup experience

first_imgAfter his exploits in the just ended Nations Cup in South Africa, Ghanaian Referee AS Malik has set his sights on officiating at the World Cup.The Tamale based Assistant referee alongside David Laryea represented Ghana at the Continental show piece after a rather rigorous selection procedure.AS Malik was handed two games during the 3 -week long tourney comprising the Group A encounter between Cape Verde and Morocco and the Group D encounter between Ivory coast and Algeria.He was one of the few officials who were retained by the CAF technical Committee after the group matches and stayed throughout the tournament.He told JOY Sports his immediate aim after chalking this historic feat is to make an appearance on the World Stage.“You know very well that for everybody where ever you find yourself you try to improve. For now I have accomplished part of my career targets, officiating in Ghana and Africa. The next step is the World Cup. I am combining prayers with hard work to ensure it happens” he said. He would resume full responsibilities here in the country when the second round of the Glo Premier League begins on the 24th of February,2013.last_img read more

Venue change for two final day matches

first_imgDue to pending disciplinary sanctions, the forthcoming final day matches in the Glo Premier League involving Aduana Stars and Berekum Arsenal will now be played at the Essipong and Tamale stadia on 23 June.The Premier League Board has confirmed the Essipong and Tamale stadia to be used by both teams for their final day matches.Arsenal, serving a six-match home ban will host Ebusua Dwarfs at the Essipong Stadium in Sekondi.“The Premier League Board informs you that your 30th Week match would be played at the Essipong Stadium, Sekondi.“This match will be the second of the six-match ban imposed on your Club by the Disciplinary Committee,” said a PLB statement.In the fixture between Aduana and Wa All Stars, the PLB has directed that the Tamale Stadium be used as the latter serves a two-game home suspension. “The Premier League Board informs you that your 30th Week match would be played at the Tamale Stadium.“This match will be the second and last home match ban – for Aduana – which was imposed on your Club by the Disciplinary Committee,” the PLB said in its statement.last_img read more

Goals galore as RtD U-18 see off Everton

first_imgRight to Dream Academy’s U-18 team beat Everton 5:3 in an explosive clash in Merseyside as the Ghanaian Academy continued their tour of the UK on Tuesday, 30th July, 2013.RtD stormed into a 2:1 lead in the first half but five goals were scored between the two sides in the second half as the game came to life.Gareth Henderby’s team went into the game with a lot of determination having missed out on a final place at the Gothia Cup after losing 1:0 to Swedish side IF Brommapojkarna, who eventually lost to Everton, about two weeks ago.Divine Naah continued his fine form and put RtD in the lead but the home side drew level before Benjamin Tetteh restored his side’s lead after good work by Aremeyaw Muntari.But just when they thought it was all too easy, Everton hit back after the break to draw level. But Aremeyaw hit back instantly to put RtD 3:2 up.Divine Naah, who is in a form of his life after netting five times in the recent Gothia Cup and also scoring a brace in the 6:0 rout over Preston North End, rounded up the game. Naah scored a wonderful goal and later converted from the spot.Everton suggested a comeback was on when they scored to make it 5-3 late into the game, but that would prove to be the final score.The U-18’s arrived in Manchester last week to start the UK leg of their tour of Europe following their participation in the Gothia Cup, where they reached the semi finals.last_img read more

Is Lionel Messi at risk of burning out?

first_imgAfter nearly 400 games, and over 300 goals, is Lionel Messi suffering from burn out?I first met and interviewed Messi in December 2005, almost eight years ago.I recall thinking, if reports of his phenomenal talent are even half true, this teenager could go on to enjoy a top-flight career spanning the best part of twenty years.And so it’s transpired. Messi has scored an awful lot of goals.But is that still the case?At the age of 26, just as he is supposed to be entering his peak, why does the four-time world player of the year keep getting injured? The South American’s latest setback – a fresh injury to the hamstring which went earlier this month – will likely see him out of action until after Christmas.It’s his second injury of the campaign having earlier bruised his left thigh. Last season he missed several key games – most notably against Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich in the latter stages of the European Champions League – with an earlier hamstring complaint.This is a crucial stage in the Argentine’s career – especially with the World Cup just seven months away.Messi’s recent run of injuries has come as something of a surprise. Since 2008, when Messi was out of action for six weeks due to a left leg muscle tear, it’s been relatively smooth sailing.Much work has been done behind the scenes with Barcelona physio Juanjo Brau, who worked around the clock to ensure the Catalans’ biggest asset was in mint condition. During the Pep Guardiola era, Brau – who no longer works day-to-day with Messi following a promotion – tried to curb the player’s natural explosiveness on the field of play.The goal to some extent has been to limit Messi’s work-rate, maximizing his all–round effectiveness and impact.To that end, it’s reported the player’s diet and sleeping patterns were closely scrutinized and then revamped.An injury-free Messi, under the stewardship of Guardiola, led Barca through a golden period in which the club secured four Spanish championships and two European Cups.Opportunities for rest have been few and far between. Constant globetrotting can’t have helped him much either, not to mention the unwanted distractions of his recent tax case.For his sake and the good of all around him Messi needs a temporary breather from the game. This enforced absence may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.I don’t doubt Barca will miss Messi. But this is one break he needs badly. His natural passion for the game – some might argue obsession – is something that must be curbed for his own sake.Even Messi’s fitness coach Fernando Signorini concedes as much, saying someone simply has to “set limits” for the player.The team will be fine without him for a short while. It will be a chance for Brazil star Neymar to take center stage and shine as he grows into life at the Camp Nou.Like Neymar, who will be Brazil’s brightest star when the country hosts the World Cup next year, Messi carries an extra burden when he pulls on his national jersey.So often over the years Messi been compared to the legendary Diego Maradona – living with the almost constant accusation that he doesn’t perform for the Albiceleste as he does for Barcelona.The pressure on him going into Brazil 2014 as captain of Argentina is huge. To handle it Messi must be fully fit, well-rested and raring to go.Messi himself is rightly playing it cool saying he won’t rush himself back into action. He told Argentina’s “Ole” sports newspaper he would only return to football when he’s fully recovered. The forward added his recent spate of injuries is down to bad luck and he admits his misfortune has left him “sad and angry.”As Messi kicks his heels on the road to recovery, another La Liga superstar continues to bask in the limelight.Cristiano Ronaldo looks a shoe-in to land the coveted Ballon d’Or this year even though – unlike Messi – the Portuguese will end 2013 without a trophy.He’s been scoring for fun for Los Blancos, Ronaldo has an incredible 35 goals in his last 25 appearances, but it’s his form for his country that suggests a growing maturity on the international stage.His one–man demolition of Sweden really does say it all. He scored four goals over two legs to drag his compatriots all the way to Brazil, including a devastating hat-trick in Copehagen. CR7 now has 10 goals in nine matches for Portugal in 2013. That’s the first time he’s ever reached double digits for his country in a calendar year.The stage is now well and truly set for Ronaldo to have the tournament of his life in South America next year.A fully-fit Messi raring to go in Brazil coming face to face with Ronaldo’s Portugal? Now that’s something I personally can’t wait for.last_img read more

Bazooka Quartey dares Ghana Boxing Association

first_imgFormer world welterweight champion, Ike “Bazooka” Quartey has dared the Ghana Boxing Association to test his might if only they want to revive the fortunes of Ghana boxing.Speaking to sporrtscrusaderonline.com, Bazooka Quartey insisted that grooming boxers from the amateur level is the only way Ghana can be sure to produce World Champions like himself and Azumah Nelson.He said the lack of funds, logistics and appropriate boxing equipment are the primary factors militating against amateur boxing development presently and stated that, those would not be problems when he takes over as Chairman of Ghana Amateur Boxing Association.He stated that, his aim will be to liaise with the government to address the problems though he admitted he will have other valuable support from interested organizations which are keen to sponsor boxing only if its dealings are transparent enough.He has therefore appealed to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to hand over the day-to-day running of amateur boxing to him and give him state support and he will produce World Champions who will lift Ghana’s image in international boxing once again.He said “As I speak to you now I can say that Ghana boxing is gradually dying and we need to do something urgently about it because that is what saved the lives of some of us”. “Some of us cannot look on whilst Ghana boxing falls apart that is why I am making this plea to both the Sports Ministry and the Ghana Boxing Association. The executives have done their bit but we can make it better if I step in to save the situation. There is certainly no time to waste, if not, the plight of Ghana boxing will become very very miserable” he said.last_img read more

Barcelona – ManCity Preview: Pellegrini’s men face daunting Camp Nou mission

first_imgEnglish teams have fared spectacularly badly in Catalonia, recording just one win in 28 visits, and the Premier League champions need a miracle to turn around the tie.Manchester City swap Burnley for Barcelona on Wednesday night needing to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.Manuel Pellegrini’s men were beaten 1-0 at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday – their third defeat in four matches in all competitions – and now face an even sterner away trip.That poor run of form started with the home loss against Barca and, with English sides having won just once in 28 visits to Camp Nou, Pellegrini has been keen to play down the significance of a defeat against the Liga leaders.”Manchester United in all of that great era under [Alex] Ferguson only won two Champions Leagues,” he said. “Real Madrid went 32 years without winning the European Cup.”It is important to be there in the later rounds but you can’t think that not being there is a disaster.” After falling behind to two goals from Luis Suarez at the Etihad Stadium, City pulled one back through Sergio Aguero only to have Gael Clichy sent off five minutes later. A stoppage time penalty miss from Lionel Messi, though, kept City’s slim hopes alive.”You can talk about tactics and technique but if you go a man down against Barcelona, you’re put in a terrible position,” continued the Chilean coach. “It is not a disgrace to get knocked out by them.”Their squad, if it is not the best in the world, it is the second best. No other team can put together Leo Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez but I want to play them with 11 and if they knock us out then let that be because they were better than us.”Barcelona, meanwhile, face a pivotal week in their season, with the visit of Clasico rivals Real Madrid, currently one points adrift in La Liga, to look forward to just four days after hosting City.But speaking earlier this week, coach Luis Enrique said: “This will be a very nice week with two games in front of our fans, but it is not the most important. “We’re going into the Clasico as leaders and in perfect form. But first we have to focus on City because qualification is at stake. Then we’ll see what happens at the weekend.”City lost 2-0 at Camp Nou as they fell to a 4-1 aggregate defeat at the same stage last season, and have never made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.Barcelona’s Martin Montoya sustained a fractured cheekbone in a 2-0 win at Eibar on Saturday, while Sergio Busquets (ankle) missed training this week.last_img read more

CHAN 2016: DR Congo see off Rwanda, Cameroon beaten by Ivory Coast

first_imgDR Congo needed extra-time to overcome hosts Rwanda 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).Doxa Gikanji gave DR Congo the lead after just 10 minutes of the game at a packed Amohoro stadium in Kigali.Rwanda equalised 12 minutes after half-time with a goal from Ernest Sugira.Padou Bompunga found the winner in the second period of extra-time and it means DR Congo will face either Zambia or Guinea in Wednesday’s semi-final.DR Congo, who won the inaugural CHAN title in 2009, took the lead when Rwanda failed to clear the ball properly and fell to Gikanji outside the area whose fierce shot left the Rwanda keeper Eric Ndayishimiye rooted to the spot.Nine minutes later, with the Leopards dominating, Jonathan Bolingi’s shot hit the post. Rwanda’s second-half equaliser from Sugira was his third of the tournament.He managed to get behind the DR Congo defence, which was a man short with a player down injured, and neatly finished past keeper Ley Matampi.He had the chance for second later in the match as he beat the the Congolese defence and Matampi but his lob landed on the roof of the net.Both sides pushed for the winner before the final whistle but it remained deadlocked after 90 minutes.With time running out and the match heading towards a penalty shootout a cross was swung in to the Rwandan area and headed back across the six-yard box for Bompunga to head past Ndayishimiye. Ivory Coast beat Cameroon 3-0 after extra-time in their African Nations Championship quarter-final in Rwanda.The first 90 minutes of the game produced very little in the way of quality football and ended goalless.Koffi Boua, Atcho Djobo and Serge N’Guessan scored the goals for coach Michel Dussuyer’s (pictured) side.The Ivorians will now play the winners of Sunday’s Tunisia against Mali quarter-final in Thursday’s semi-final.Boua headed in a cross from Krahire Zakri five minutes into extra-time. The second was also a header this time from Djobo as he connected with a corner taken by captain Serge N’Guessan on 102 minutesThe third goal was a spectacular strike from N’Guessan, who shot from just over the half-way line in the 112th minute, having spotted the keeper off his line.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Gary Harris injury update: Nuggets G (groin) to undergo MRI on Tuesday

first_img“The one thing I feel awful about is Gary Harris,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said, via the Denver Post. “Definitely keep Gary in our thoughts. He’s frustrated, just getting back from an injury, and to have that, not be able to come back in tonight. We’ll see how severe the injury is and hopefully we can get him back really soon, but Gary’s such a big part of what we’re trying to do.”Harris is averaging 16.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 21 games this season. Nuggets guard Gary Harris will undergo an MRI on Tuesday on his injured groin, according to multiple reports. The 24-year-old guard came back two games ago after missing two appearances with an ankle injury. Kobe Bryant: Lakers will ‘be champions before you know it’center_img He scored 27 points in his return to the court Friday but played just nine minutes Monday while scoring three points in Denver’s 106-103 win over the Raptors. Related News Gary Harris will get an MRI tomorrow. Team is waiting to see how his hip reacts over night.— Mike Singer (@msinger) December 4, 2018Initial reports said the injury was to Harris’ hip, but now it appears he has injured his groin.last_img read more

UFC 231 Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega: Fight date, PPV price, how to watch, live stream

first_imgThe second-to-last pay-per-view of 2018 for the UFC takes place on Saturday, Dec. 8 from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 The main event features Max Holloway defending the featherweight championship for the second time as he squares with Brian Ortega.Originally, Holloway and Ortega were scheduled to meet at UFC 226 in July. A couple of days before the fight, Holloway had to bow out because of what has been described as unknown health issues. Holloway (19-3) competes for the first time in 2018 after defeating Jose Aldo by third-round TKO at UFC 218 in December 2017. “Blessed” was set to face Frankie Edgar at UFC 222, but couldn’t fight because of an injury. Then, he stepped up to the plate on six days’ notice to challenge lightweight kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. But Holloway got pulled by New York State Athletic Commission, as the native of Hawaii was struggling to make weight. Holloway says he’s good to go for UFC 231 and ready to make a statement to close out 2018.”I feel great and I cannot wait to get back inside that Octagon,” Holloway told Sporting News. “It’s time for everybody to remember who I am.”Ortega (13-0, one no contest) last fought at UFC 222, stepping in for Holloway, to score a vicious first-round knockout of Frankie Edgar. Holloway-Ortega is the best fight to make at 145 pounds and one of the best to make in the UFC. What a great battle to help close out the year.(All times Eastern.)UFC 231 date, start timeUFC 231 takes place on Saturday, Dec. 8. Pay-per-view coverage begins at 10 p.m. Holloway and Ortega should enter the Octagon around 12:15 a.m.How do I watch UFC 231?The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $64.99. For more information on how to order UFC 231, contact your service provider. You can also live-stream UFC 231 and order the main card on UFC.TV for $64.99.Where is UFC 231?UFC 231 will be held at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.UFC 231 betting oddsAccording to sportsbookreview.com (as of Dec. 4), Holloway is a -133 favorite, which means you’d need to bet $133 to win $100. Meanwhile, Ortega is a +105 underdog, meaning if you would bet $100, you would net $105. Max Holloway record and bioName: Max HollowayNationality: AmericanBorn: Dec. 4, 1991Height:  5-11 Reach: 69 inches  Total fights: 22Record: 19-3Brian Ortega record and bioName: Brian OrtegaNationality: AmericanBorn: Feb. 21, 1991Height:  5-8Reach: 69 inchesTotal fights: 14Record: 13-0 with one no contest.UFC 231 fight cardMain cardMax Holloway (c) vs. Brian Ortega for Holloway’s Featherweight titleValentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the Vacant Women’s Flyweight titleAlex Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson; Welterweight Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak; Featherweight Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos; Light Heavyweight Preliminary Card Cláudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff; Women’s Strawweight Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jessica Eye; Women’s Flyweight Eryk Anders vs. Elias Theodorou; Middleweight Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns; Lightweight Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakić; Light Heavyweight Brad Katona vs. Matthew Lopez; Bantamweight Chad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima; Welterweight Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Jesse Ronson; Lightweight UFC 231 latest news- Brian Ortega explains to Sporting News that he anticipates an all time classic vs. Max Holloway.- If there’s anyone who is sneaking into UFC 231, it is Aleksandar Rakic. Here’s why.- It has been a rough 2018 for Max Holloway. “Blessed” details to SN the struggle to get to UFC 231.Ote – Brian Ortega had $75 to his name when he began MMA training. Now, he’s on the verge of becoming the UFC featherweight champion. Ortega goes through the journey with SN.last_img read more

British Grand Prix: F1 to organise anti-racism protest after criticism

first_imgFormula 1 will organise an anti-racism protest before Sunday’s British Grand Prix following criticisms of the sport’s approach to the subject.The move comes in the wake of Lewis Hamilton accusing F1 and governing body the FIA of “lacking leadership” on the issue after the last race in Hungary.F1 is to specify a time in the schedule for the protest.It will allow drivers and other personnel to demonstrate their opposition to racism.Senior figures and drivers were concerned by poorly co-ordinated protests at the last two races.The sport began the season proclaiming an anti-racism and inclusivity campaign – and at the opening race in Austria, a demonstration was organised at the front of the grid before the national anthem for drivers to show their support. All drivers wore “end racism” T-shirts, other than Hamilton, whose said “Black Lives Matter”.Most drivers took the knee alongside Hamilton, employing a gesture that originated in American football’s NFL as a protest against racism and police brutality. But six drivers who were not comfortable with what they saw as the political connotations of that action chose to remain standing.At the subsequent two races, no time was allocated in the schedule and drivers ended up running to make it in time, some not managing it, and the protest not being effectively covered by the television broadcast.Hamilton said after winning in Hungary: “F1 did an OK job at the first race. It’s not good enough in terms of what you see in other sports, but still it was a step forwards. And then it’s almost like it’s gone off the agenda after that.“It’s lacking leadership – and ultimately, we perform in a sport. There needs to be leadership from the top. They need to come out with: ‘This is what we’re going to do and we want you all to be part of it.’ And there is none of that.” Before the British Grand Prix, F1 and the FIA have told the drivers and teams that there will be a specific time for the anti-racism protest allocated in the pre-race schedule.All drivers will be required to assemble and T-shirts will again be provided, but it will be left to each individual to demonstrate their support in their own way.After winning in Hungary, Hamilton said part of the problem with the chaotic protests was that “from a drivers’ point of view, many people seem to be of the opinion that they have done it once and they’re not going to do it again”.Hamilton also implied that some of the objection to the protest in general – and taking the knee specifically – may be caused by personal animosity towards him.“I try not to lean so much on the drivers because I don’t want them to feel it’s me who’s doing it, because that probably could be in some cases the reason they don’t want to do it – because they think I’m doing it,” the Mercedes driver said. “But I don’t think it’s being taken seriously. There are perhaps people who have not grown up around it so don’t understand it, and there are those that think because of that, ‘it doesn’t affect me’. I have heard those comments: ‘It doesn’t do anything for me, so why should I do it?’“But it’s not about me and it’s not about you. It’s about this fight that the world… people out there who are experiencing discrimination. That’s what we’re fighting for – we’re fighting for change in organisations.”last_img read more

Andrew Heaney has rough start, sinks Angels in finale of 10-game trip

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousDetroit Tigers pitcher Ryan Carpenter throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers pitcher Ryan Carpenter throws in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels’ Jose Briceno celebrates his solo home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels’ Jose Briceno (10) celebrates his solo home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers pitcher Ryan Carpenter, right, is looked at by trainer Matt Rankin in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. Carpenter left the game. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels’ Jose Briceno (10) celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Dino Ebel (21) as Detroit Tigers pitcher Ryan Carpenter reacts in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, from left, talks with crew chief Greg Gibson and home plate umpire Marty Foster after the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Home plate umpire Marty Foster is help by Los Angeles Angels catcher Jose Briceno after being hit by a Detroit Tigers’ Pete Kozma foul tip in the third inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) bats against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels third baseman Jefry Marte fields a Ronny Rodriguez hit as Detroit Tigers’ John Hicks, left, advances to third base in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. Rodriguez was safe for a single on the play. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers’ Ronny Rodriguez singles in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers’ JaCoby Jones (21), from left, Ronny Rodriguez and John Hicks celebrate scoring on a Victor Reyes three-run triple in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers pitcher Ryan Carpenter throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers pitcher Ryan Carpenter throws in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)NextShow Caption1 of 14Detroit Tigers pitcher Ryan Carpenter throws in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)ExpandDETROIT — A get-away-day matinee got away from the Angels quickly.In the final game of their 10-game trip, the Angels gave up five runs in the first inning on the way to a 6-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon.“They came out and punched me right in the mouth,” Angels starter Andrew Heaney said.The Angels lost three of four to the rebuilding Tigers, dropping their second straight series and finishing their 10-game trip with six losses. The Angels were outscored 21-6 in the three losses, around a 9-2 victory. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Heaney then hit Jacoby Jones with a curveball, and Ronny Rodriguez followed by dribbling a ball in front of the mound, for an infield hit to load the bases.Victor Reyes then had the deciding hit of the game, taking a Heaney first-pitch curve that was low and in and whacking it into left-center, for a three-run triple.“They know I’m going to attack the strike zone,” Heaney said. “I kind of had to make an adjustment, but it was a little too late. When you give up five runs that quick, it kind of puts the game out of hand.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.While Heaney settled down to get through the fifth, the Angels didn’t score against Carpenter until José Briceño’s fifth-inning homer. He became the first player in Angels history to homer in each of his first two major league starts.The Angels also had some tough luck at the plate. Albert Pujols hit two balls hard, both stopped by infielders. Mike Trout and Jefry Marte both hit fly balls that were caught at the warning track. Andrelton Simmons hit one that was snagged by a diving Reyes in left.The Angels had two runners on in both the third and fourth innings, but they couldn’t score.“We had opportunities,” Scioscia said, “and couldn’t get anything to show for it.”Related Articles Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros This seemed to be a favorable matchup for the Angels, with a chance to split the series and the trip.Heaney started against rookie lefty Ryan Carpenter, who had allowed eight earned runs in the first 8-2/3 innings of his big league career. Heaney had not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last six starts, with five straight quality starts.That streak came to a quick end.“I think Andrew just was getting little too much of the heart of the plate and missed with a couple pitches,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He was still a pitch or two from getting out of that inning with just a run or two. Give those guys credit; they kept the inning going.”The second batter of the game, Nicholas Castellanos, took a sinker that Heaney left up in the zone, and he ripped it into right center for a double. Jeimer Candelario then hit a changeup into left for an RBI double. An out later, John Hicks rolled a ball up the middle, pushing home a second run.last_img read more

Whicker: ‘Ninety Percent Mental’ shows how baseball finally found its brain

first_imgTo illustrate the craft, Tewksbury collaborated with longtime baseball writer Scott Miller to write “Ninety Percent Mental,” borrowing Yogi Berra’s belief that the mind reigned supreme.“The other half is physical,” Berra said, which is why we remember the quote. He didn’t seem to need the advice, but the other 90, or 99, percent must deal with incessant failure.“Thoughts become things,” Tewksbury writes. “The hard work is keeping those things positive. The game’s great myth is that talent ultimately triumphs … but not everyone is as talented as a Madison Bumgarner or a Clayton Kershaw. For most of us, the talent is roughly equivalent and the degrees of separation are slight.”Tewksbury debunks perfectionism because it “takes away from enjoyment” and guarantees frustration. “Perfectionists focus more on their failures than their successes, and they tend to make excuses for poor performance,” he writes, “because they are unable to accept their mistakes.”Among his many mentors was Joe Torre, his Cardinals’ manager, who emphasized trust and inspired Tewksbury to give himself “permission to succeed.”You don’t find success in slogans embroidered on couch pillows. There are techniques. Deep breathing isn’t just a saying, it’s a tool. Visualizing every moment, from arriving to the ballpark to watching the umpire raise his strike-three hand, is crucial.Anchor statements, such as “I like hitting with men on base” or “I am aggressive and under control,” also bring clarity.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Kenny would have the pitchers pick out a really tiny spot on the scoreboard,” Lachemann said. “When things went bad, they could turn around and find that spot and just concentrate on it. It was a way to re-set.”And it all happened because Augie Garrido, who coached Cal State Fullerton’s players from the brain down, listened to what a CSF kinesiology professor had to say. He made Ravizza part of the program, then recommended him to his friend Larry Himes, then the Angels scouting director.Justin Turner, former Titan and current Dodger mainstay, has said he doubts he’d even be in the big leagues if not for Ravizza. Rich Hill, the 38-year-old left-hander who is enjoying his golden years at an unlikely time, considers himself living proof that Tewksbury’s stuff works.Hill talks about the prisoner of war who spent every day visualizing himself on a golf course. When he was released, he finally got to play again. He broke par for the first time.At least Ravizza was able to see baseball conquer its own primitive culture. It finally realized there’s no use spending millions on the keyboard when you don’t spend a dime on the control panel. Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.A key part of his ability was availability, as they say. Players knew they could show Ravizza the dents in their armor. They also knew that Ravizza would not repair them but plot a diversionary path.Dr. Ken Ravizza, a long-time professor of kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton, was a nationally recognized sports psychologist who worked with the Angels, Dodgers and Cubs, college athletes and Olympians. (Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton)“There were times when he and the player would have to meet in hiding somewhere,” said Marcel Lachemann, the pitching coach for the Angels when Ravizza began working for them. “Not everybody understood what he was doing. If you volunteered for help back in those days, people might think you were weird, or maybe weak. It’s come a long way. Every team has a guy now.“He didn’t know the first thing about baseball when he started. We’d had guys who were doing some of that, like when Jim Abbott was working with Harvey Dorfman. But Kenny helped a lot of them, like Kirk McCaskill and Mike Witt.”The most famous “guy” is Bob Tewksbury, primarily because he was an All-Star pitcher. He works with the Giants now, but he was the Red Sox’s sounding board in 2013 when they won the World Series.You don’t just hang out a shingle. Tewksbury got a master’s degree from Boston University.center_img Dodgers lose a wild game to the Giants in 11 innings Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox Even if you weren’t having trouble locating your slider, you felt your secrets were safe with Ken Ravizza.Professional athletes are notoriously vulnerable to the scammers and the phonies, the agents who promise they can get you a deal no one else can get, the quacks who have the pill or the potion or even the procedure that can implant All-Star powers.Ravizza was different by nature. It wasn’t just the way his eyes illuminated upon contact, the way he convinced everyone that the current conversation was the only one that mattered. He showed the players that their solutions were just underneath their skin.Ravizza passed away on July 8. He’d suffered a heart attack while driving. He was the mental skills guy for the Chicago Cubs, a fellow who hung out in the clubhouse and the pregame dugout, wore the cap. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

Zack Cozart feeling good as he returns to Angels after injury-shortened season

first_img“I was actually shocked, in a good way, how good I felt so early,” he said. “It’s doing great.”ALSOJaime Barría showed up in camp looking significantly slimmer. “He’s leaned up,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “He looks good. He looks healthy.” Ausmus said Rengifo also arrived looking stronger than he did in the minors last year. …Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He said he’s been hitting since the start of December and working out defensively at second and third base. Cozart is going to be the Angels’ starter at one of those spots, depending which young player – David Fletcher, Taylor Ward or Luis Rengifo – wins the other job.For a guy coming off a serious surgery and dealing with a positional mystery, he seems not at all bothered.“Besides rehabbing every day, I had a pretty normal offseason,” Cozart said. “Hitting, throwing, ground balls.”Cozart said Dr. Neal ElAttrache warned him after the surgery that he had extensive damage in his shoulder and that his swing “would not feel normal for a long time,” Cozart recalled.However, Cozart said he’s already feeling pretty good. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone TEMPE, Ariz. — After missing the second half of last season with shoulder surgery, Zack Cozart surprised himself with how good he feels coming into spring training.In fact, Cozart said he’s ready to play right now.“Honestly, if today was Day 1 of the actual season, I could play,” Cozart said Tuesday.Position players aren’t even due in camp for a few more days, but Cozart is here with the pitchers and catchers because he’s returning from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Justin Bour, who has also been working out in Arizona for a few weeks, made an early impression on Ausmus: “He’s a mountain of a man. He’s imposing to the opposing pitcher.” …Albert Pujols, who is rehabbing from knee and elbow surgeries, is also in camp already, and cleared for all activities, Ausmus said. …Angels everyday players are expected to see limited action in the first few Cactus League games, as was the case last year. The spring training schedule was compressed last season, when Opening Day was moved to a Thursday, so there is now less time for workouts before games begin. …The Angels now have televisions in their clubhouse at Tempe Diablo Stadium. They did not have TVs when Mike Scioscia was the manager. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

Angels waste Kole Calhoun’s 4-hit night in loss to Astros

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros HOUSTON — The Angels began August with an eight-game losing streak in which they didn’t even come close to a win. As the month winds down, they’re suffering through a week with a much different feel, but the same results.The Angels’ 5-4 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday was their fourth in the past five games, with all of them coming by one run. Three of them were walk-off losses.“Right now we’re playing good enough to just lose,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “Three walk-offs in Arlington and then lose by one tonight.” PreviousHouston Astros’, from left to right, Abraham Toro (13), Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel (10) and Jose Altuve celebrate after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, celebrates with third base coach Mike Gallego after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros in Houston. Calhoun finished 4 for 4 with a double and the home run and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits an RBI single against the Houston Astros during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 23: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits into a double play against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Minute Maid Park on August 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Houston Astros shortstop Alex Bregman throws to first after fielding a single by Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 23: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros singles in a run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park on August 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, right, a RBI single as Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom reaches for the pitch during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 23: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels exchanges words with first base umpire during a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Abraham Toro hits a single as Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom reaches for the pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. Toro’s single was his first major league hit. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 23: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros singles in a run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park on August 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 23: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels field a single by Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros in the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park on August 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, handles the throw from catcher Anthony Bemboom before tagging out Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick (6) as he tries to steal second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Angels’ David Fletcher tags out the Astros’ Abraham Toro during the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park on August 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons makes a leaping throw to first base for an out after fielding a ground ball hit by the Astros’ George Springer during the seventh inning of Friday’s game in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Angels’ Kole Calhoun watches his home run against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Angels’ David Fletcher grounds out to end their 5-4 loss to the Astros on Friday night in Houston. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’, from left to right, Abraham Toro (13), Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel (10) and Jose Altuve celebrate after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, celebrates with third base coach Mike Gallego after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros in Houston. Calhoun finished 4 for 4 with a double and the home run and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NextShow Caption1 of 21The Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, celebrates with third base coach Mike Gallego after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros in Houston. Calhoun finished 4 for 4 with a double and the home run and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Expand The Angels came up empty in this one despite Kole Calhoun’s four hits, including a homer.Other than Calhoun, the Angels hitters came up empty when it mattered most. They were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position, wasting leadoff doubles in the fourth and fifth innings.In the sixth, they had runners at first and second with no outs but scored just one run. Andrelton Simmons hit into a double play to end the inning.And in the seventh, Mike Trout was up with runners at the corners and one out in a one-run game. Trout popped out. He did not reach base at all for the second time in three games. Shohei Ohtani then struck out.“We weren’t great with runners on tonight,” Ausmus said. “Doesn’t mean we are not a good team with runners on, just tonight we weren’t.” The Angels at least took some solace in the fact that rookie José Suarez pitched better than he did before this week’s brief demotion, which ended after just four days because of Griffin Canning’s injury.Suarez, who had a 6.75 ERA, allowed just two runs in his first four innings. He retired six of seven batters in the first two innings.Suarez said in the few days he’d been gone he was working on his glove placement, which had been a problem because it tipped his pitches.“The pitch count got up a little bit, but he did a nice job pitching in and out,” Ausmus said. “He used all his pitches. The changeup was good. Especially early. I thought it was a good outing, really good.”In the fifth, Suarez gave up a two-out double to Alex Bregman. In a 2-2 game, and going through the order for the third time, Ausmus then pulled him.Related Articles Ausmus explained that Suarez was at 92 pitches, which was his most of the season, and also going through the order for the third time. He came into the game allowing a .419 average against the 33 hitters who had seen the lefty the third time in a game.Besides, right-handed hitting Yuli Gurriel was due, and Ausmus had right-hander Noé Ramírez in the bullpen. Ramírez had retired all six batters in his previous outing to lower his ERA to 3.25.The move backfired quickly.Ramírez gave up a two-run homer to Gurriel, putting the Astros up 4-2. The Angels could not get the score tied after that.They pulled within 4-3, only to have the Astros tack on another run before Calhoun’s eighth-inning homer made it 5-4.“It’s tough,” Calhoun said. “It’s kind of the game. We know what kind of team’s over there. Great offensive team and obviously a great pitching team. These games are going to be a battle. Hopefully, you get a lead and keep it late. We just can never really get that lead late. With the arms they have in their bullpen, it’s going to be tough.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

Clippers falter down stretch in OT loss to Celtics

first_imgBOSTON >> The way the Boston Celtics are scoring right now, they may want to try bottling a little of it before they leave for the All-Star break. Whatever it is, it has the Celtics looking like a probable playoff team heading into the second half of the season. Isaiah Thomas had 36 points and 11 assists, including a fade away jumper that sent the game to an extra period, to help the Boston Celtics overtake the Los Angeles Clippers 139-134 in overtime on Wednesday night. Jared Sullinger added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jae Crowder finished with 19 points, and Avery Bradley added 18 points as the Celtics won their eighth straight at home. Boston trailed by five with just over a minute left in regulation before rallying to force the extra frame. Boston is averaging 115 points during its current win streak at the Garden. “We play together and we make adjustments on the fly and I think that’s big,” Sullinger said. “It’s not just from (coach) Brad (Stevens), it’s not from Isaiah or ET (Evan Turner) or Jae Crowder or Avery. It’s from everybody. Everybody makes adjustments and is willing to listen.” Though possible shakeups to the roster before the trade deadline are possible for this young team, Crowder said no one wants to see any tinkering. “Guys in the locker room we are sticking together, we’re fighting. We stick up for one another,” Crowder said. “Everyone gets along and it’s a great energy in the locker room.”Boston played the second half without big man Kelly Olynyk after he left late in the first half with a bruised right shoulder. But the Celtics found a way to make up for the lack of his presence inside. Chris Paul led the Clippers with 35 points and 13 assists. J.J. Redick added 27 points and DeAndre Jordan finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The loss spoiled what may be Clippers’ forward Paul Pierce’s final game in the Boston Garden. The 38-year-old played 15 seasons with the Celtics and was facing his former team for the eighth time.The Clippers led by five late in regulation, but were held without a field goal for more than three minutes.“I think we try to pride ourselves on our defense — so we didn’t defend. That’s probably why we lost,” Paul said.NOTES >> The Clippers did not have a field goal for the final 3:29 of regulation. … Paul had 10 points and five assists in the first quarter. It was the 37th time in his career he’s had at least 10 points and five assists in a quarter. That’s the most in NBA since 2005-06. … For all the late-game plays by the Celtics, the pregame spotlight belonged to Pierce. In his eighth game against his former team, the 38-year-old received the starting nod in what could possibly be final game in the Garden against his former team. The moment resulted in a huge ovation by the Boston fans when his name was announced. Pierce, who spent 15 seasons in Boston and won a championship in 2008, acknowledged them, raising his right hand before his teammates started playfully pounding on him.last_img read more

Clippers rally for late lead before losing to Nuggets in season opener

first_imgPreviousThe Los Angeles Clippers line up for the singing of the National Anthem before their game against the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Tobias Harris #34 drives to the hoop as the NuggetsÕ Nikola Jokic #15 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Danilo Gallinari #8 defends as the NuggetsÕ Paul Millsap #4 shoots during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe ClippersÕ Lou Williams #23 shoots as the NuggetsÕ Paul Millsap #4 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Tobias Harris #34 lays the ball up as the NuggetsÕ Will Barton defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers head coach Doc Rivers during their game against the Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Gary Harris #14 shoots as the ClippersÕ Marcin Gortat #13 and Tobias Harris #34 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Tobias Harris #34 shoots as the NuggetsÕ Jamal Murray #27 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Th eNuggetsÕ Jamal Murray #27 shoots as ClippersÕ Danilo Gallinari #8 and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Tobias Harris #34 shoots as the NuggetsÕ Jamal Murray #27 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell looks to shoot as the Nuggets’ Trey Lyles, left, and Mason Plumlee defend during Wednesday’s season opener at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Montrezl Harrell #5 is fouled by th eNuggetsÕ Mason Plumlee #24 as he shoots during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers head coach Doc Rivers during their game against the Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Monte Morris #11 passes the ball as the ClippersÕ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Monte Morris #11 has the ball stolen by the ClippersÕ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Monte Morris #11 has the ball stolen by the ClippersÕ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Danilo Gallinari #8 shoots during their game against the Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)TheClippersÕ Lou Williams #23 during their game against the Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Lou Williams #23 shoots as the NuggetsÕ Paul Millsap #4 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Montrezl Harrell #5 is fouled by th eNuggetsÕ Mason Plumlee #24 as he shoots during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 shoots as the NuggetsÕ Juan Hernangomez #41 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Paul Millsap #4 shoots the ball as the ClippersÕ Danilo Gallinari #8 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Will Barton #5 lays the ball up as the ClippersÕ Marcin Gortat #13 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Nikola Jokic #15 attempts to dunk the ball as the ClippersÕ Marcin Gortat #13 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Patrick Beverley #21 during their game against the Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Will Barton #5 shoots as the ClippersÕ Marcin Gortat #13 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Patrick Beverley #21 pokes the ball away from the NuggetsÕ Nikola Jokic #15 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Will Barton #5 lays the ball up as the ClippersÕ Danilo Gallinari #8 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Danilo Gallinari #8 looks to shoot as the NuggetsÕ Trey Lyles #7 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Danilo Gallinari #8 shoots as the NuggetsÕ Paul Millsap #4 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Will Barton #5 and the ClippersÕ Montrezl Harrell #5 collide during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Gary Harris #14 looses the ball as a host of Clippers defenders move in during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Lou Williams #23 during their game against the Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The NuggetsÕ Trey Lyles #7 is fouled as time expires in the third period during their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Denver Nuggets’ Gary Harris (14) drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray (27) drives to the basket next to Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray, bottom, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcin Gortat during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Denver Nuggets’ Gary Harris, left, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) defends on Denver Nuggets’ Monte Morris (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) celebrates after scoring with teammate Danilo Gallinari during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray (27) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Luc Mbah a Moute during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Boxer Floyd Mayweather watches an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Denver Nuggets’ Will Barton (5), right, defends on Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Denver Nuggets’ Trey Lyles, left, works for a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray, center, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8), Montrezl Harrell, top right, and Avery Bradley during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers argues a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Los Angeles Clippers line up for the singing of the National Anthem before their game against the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Tobias Harris #34 drives to the hoop as the NuggetsÕ Nikola Jokic #15 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 46The ClippersÕ Tobias Harris #34 drives to the hoop as the NuggetsÕ Nikola Jokic #15 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Patrick Beverley took the microphone before tip-off of the Clippers’ season opener Wednesday at Staples Center and promised a sellout crowd of 19,068 a “hell of a season” ahead.It was heck of a start, anyway, for the referees’ whistles and the basket at the south end of Staples Center, which needed some realigning in the fourth quarter after a few especially punishing dunks by Boban Marjanovic in the Clippers’ 107-98 loss to the Denver Nuggets.In a foul-plagued first outing by both teams (they were whistled for 54 combined, with the home team responsible for 32), Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played like he belonged, contributing 11 points and four assists in his first 28 minutes of official NBA action – and Marjanovic did his best to lift the Clippers over the hump.They’d spent most of the game nipping at the Nuggets’ heels until finally catching them and clawing ahead by as much as 92-84 with 5:14 left. That was thanks to an 11-3 run highlighted by a pair of 3-point plays by Marjanovic, the 7-foot-3 fan favorite who finished with 18 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum A big dunk by the biggest man on the floor with 8:32 left in the game cut the Nuggets’ lead to 81-78. His pal Tobias Harris hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 81-81. And then Gilgeous-Alexander found Marjanovic for another monster flush that lifted most people in the building out of their seats, left the rim rocking for several seconds and gave the Clippers the lead – by three, thanks to Marjanovic’s free throw, made to a smattering of M-V-P chants.“He’s going to play, he’s going to play every night, and on the nights he plays well, he’s going to keep playing,” Coach Doc Rivers said of Marjanovic. “We had him (in) a little too long there. They started adjusting to him on the other end and I thought they hurt us, but overall, he was sensational.”The Clippers’ advantage was largest after Gallinari’s fourth 3-pointer (he was 4 for 7 from behind the arc) and a pair of free throws from Harris that made it 92-84.But the Nuggets answered with a decisive 11-2 spurt of their own.Nikola Jokic gave Denver the lead for good with 1:24 left on a putback off Jamal Murray’s missed jumper. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Gilgeous-Alexander – who also had two rebounds and a steal – became the 20th player in team history to score 10 points or more in his NBA debut.“I thought he did the best job of going downhill, getting into the paint, and either finishing or making plays out,” Rivers said of the Clippers’ prized rookie. “We talked about it all week, too. You can get downhill against them, but they’re a great help team, and the guy driving is probably not gonna get the shot – it’s got to be a pass. Shai stood out as one guy who kept making the right plays.”The Clippers shot just 40 percent from the field, including 8 for 28 from the 3-point line.Jokic, one of his nostrils plugged with gauze for part of the second half, finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Gary Harris finished with 20 points, Will Barton added 19 and Millsap had 11 points and 16 rebounds for Denver, which outscored the Clippers 23-6 over the final 5:07.“Opening night, we want to win the game,” Tobias Harris said. “Our fans gave us some great support tonight and really excited us, especially when we made a run. Obviously, the game didn’t go as we had planned, but there are some takeaways we can get better at and grow on.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img Lou Williams’ 3-pointer closed the gap to 103-98 with 22.2 seconds left, but Paul Millsap sank four of four six free-throw attempts as the game wound down to push the final margin to nine.Harris led the Clippers with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.Beforehand, Rivers said his Clippers – who defeated the Nuggets 109-103 in an exhibition game on Oct. 9 – expected to be fed a steady diet of Jokic, Denver’s dynamic center/facilitator, who averaged 18.5 points and 10.7 rebounds last season.“They’re better than they played last year, but they’re playing that (same) way,” Rivers said. “They’re playing even more through the big fella. I thought last year, they went back and forth playing that way. Watching them in their preseason games, every possession, they’re throwing it to him. I would too, he’s that good.”As anticipated, the Clippers’ centers had their hands full with Jokic, who appeared to get a few of the benefit-of-the-doubt calls that stars often do.Marcin Gortat drew two fouls within the first six minutes and Harrell picked up two in his six first-half minutes, paving the way for Marjanovic to come in and give the Clippers eight points and five rebounds in six minutes of first-half reinforcement.“I didn’t throw off my rotation, it might have thrown off their rhythm though,” Rivers said of the significant number of foul calls. “The game’s being called tight, it really is. The fans got to watch a lot of free throws tonight and I don’t think that’s very exciting.“It’s not the officials’ fault, it really isn’t,” Rivers continued. “They’ve told us how they’re going to call the game, so you have to adjust. You have to move your feet. That’s what we should be doing anyway, really.”Gallinari had 16 points and eight rebounds and Williams had 14 points and five assists.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

Dodgers at Marlins: Saturday game time, TV channels and starting pitchers

first_imgDODGERS at MARLINSWhen: 4 p.m.Where: Marlins ParkTV: SNLA Loves to face: Giancarlo Stanton, 3 for 23 (.130), two HRs, five KsMARLINS RHP JOSE URENA (7-3, 3.54 ERA)vs. Dodgers: 1-1, 0.59 ERAAt Marlins Park: 5-12, 4.33 ERAHates to face: NoneLoves to face: Yasmani Grandal, 0 for 5UPCOMING MATCHUPSSunday: Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (5-4, 3.69 ERA) at Marlins RHP Edinson Volquez (4-8, 4.19 ERA), 10 a.m., SNLA— J.P. Hoornstra Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP ALEX WOOD (10-0, 1.67 ERA)vs. Marlins: 5-3, 3.00 ERAAt Marlins Park: 3-1, 4.10 ERAHates to face: Dee Gordon, 5 for 14 (.357), two RBIlast_img read more

Dylan Floro found his way back to Dodgers with chip on his shoulder, life on his fastball

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ A free agent after the season ended, Floro signed with the Cincinnati Reds and used his experience as fuel. Floro had tasted the big leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays and Cubs over the past two years and decided it was time he stayed there.“When I came in this year, I wanted to prove a point, knowing I can pitch up here and just needed a chance,” Floro said. “I got that with the Reds. I’ve just been trusting my stuff more, throwing my two-seamer to both sides of the plate and attacking the zone as much as I can. I just wanted to prove to people that I belong up here.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“I’m just a little more focused and trying to prove a point.”His fastball has made the argument for him. Floro has gained almost 2 mph in velocity this year, averaging over 95 mph on his fastball. His slider has also jumped to 88 mph.The Dodgers saw enough potential in Floro to try and re-sign him after last season, according to GM Farhan Zaidi who called Floro “the one that got away” among a group of minor-league free agents that included Max Muncy (who re-signed with the Dodgers). When Floro started fulfilling that potential with the Reds (he had a 2.72 ERA and 57 ground-ball rate in 25 appearances), the Dodgers re-acquired him in a trade last week. It was the first of two moves in the past week aimed at adding to the team’s bullpen options. Left-hander Zac Rosscup was claimed on waivers from the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday and will join the Dodgers this weekend. Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day SAN DIEGO — Five times last season, right-hander Dylan Floro was promoted from Triple-A to the Chicago Cubs. And five times he was sent back to the minors.He made only three appearances for the Cubs. And, at the end of July when they needed room on their 40-man roster for their trade-deadline pickups, Floro was designated for assignment and the roller coaster stopped. He was claimed on waivers by the Dodgers and finished the season in Triple-A.A year like that can put a chip on a guy’s shoulder.“Yeah, it does,” the former Cal State Fullerton reliever said. “Last year with the Cubs – nothing against them – but going up and down so much and getting DFA’d, that wasn’t much fun.” “He (Floro) was a strong-performing starting pitcher in the Rays’ system actually, converted to the ’pen in ’16,” Zaidi said. “He was kind of 88-90 as a starter. When we had him last year he was 90-92, which was kind of an uptick but probably not where he needed to be at to make an impact at this level.“He came in this year and I don’t know what mechanical changes he made. I think some of it is just that some guys take a little longer to get comfortable in the ’pen and get that mindset of letting it go because you’re only going to be throwing one or two innings.”In his first three appearances for the Dodgers (including a 1-2-3 eighth Thursday in San Diego), Floro has retired all 10 batters he has faced – five on ground balls, four on strikeouts. The two outings confirmed the “steady increase in velocity and the action on the sinker” that attracted the Dodgers, Zaidi said.“When I talked to him after the trade, I said, ‘Look, I know it was a disappointing experience for you, getting claimed by us and not getting up, getting outrighted,’” the GM said. “‘You wanted to find a better opportunity and you found it because you went to a new team, you made the team and you pitched well. And you’re a big leaguer now.’”STILL HERESince making three starts for the Dodgers in the first half of June, rookie left-hander Caleb Ferguson has pitched a total of 11 innings in almost four weeks (six of them in two Clayton Kershaw starts when Kershaw’s availability was limited).The Dodgers will have to make a roster move to add Rosscup this weekend but Manager Dave Roberts said he expects Ferguson to stay around “a little longer” rather than head back to Triple-A to continue his development as a starter.“I think right now Caleb’s done a really nice job and part of his growth is being able to watch major-league players get ready each day,” Roberts said.“I know he sees himself as a starter, and the organization does. But right now, we just see so much value in him for our big-league club in that (long relief) capacity. The role that Ross (Stripling) filled in ’16 helped him get acclimated to the big leagues, making some spot starts. Can I see that happening? Absolutely. Whether it plays out that way, I can’t speak to. Right now, I think he’s a good piece in our ’pen.”ALSORoberts said Astros manager A.J. Hinch invited him to join him on a tour of the White House while the two are in Washington for the All-Star Game next week. The two managers and their families are going on Tuesday.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Felix Peña, 1-0, 3.63 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 4-2, 3.44 ERA), Friday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), Fox Sports WestRelated Articles Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury last_img read more

Buehler and Baez fumble away leads as Dodgers get swept by Cardinals in four-game series

first_imgPreviousCardinals relief pitcher Andrew Miller, right, celebrates with catcher Matt Wieters after the Cardinals completed a four-game series sweep of the Dodgers on Thursday at Busch Stadium in St Louis. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong, right, is safe at second for a stolen base as the ball gets away from Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong slides but is unable to catch a foul ball by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez swings for a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Matt Wieters watch a sacrifice fly by Turner to score Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST LOUIS, MO – APRIL 11: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by teammates after driving in a run on a sacrifice fly during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 11, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez points his bat in the direction of a television camera after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez (14) is congratulated by teammate David Freese, center, after hitting a two-run home run as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Matt Wieters, right, stands by during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez drops his bat as he watches his two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)St. Louis Cardinals’ Harrison Bader (48) scores on a wild pitch by Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler as Buehler covers home during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST LOUIS, MO – APRIL 11: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with third base coach Dino Ebel #12 after hitting a solo home run during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 11, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler (21) is congratulated by third base coach Dino Ebel after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The Dodgers’ David Freese celebrates at first base after his RBI single during the third inning of Thursday’s game against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St Louis. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong (12) is safe at second as the ball gets past Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Enrique Hernandez during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)St. Louis Cardinals’ Jose Martinez celebrates after hitting an RBI double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Cardinals relief pitcher Andrew Miller, right, celebrates with catcher Matt Wieters after the Cardinals completed a four-game series sweep of the Dodgers on Thursday at Busch Stadium in St Louis. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong, right, is safe at second for a stolen base as the ball gets away from Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)NextShow Caption1 of 18St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong, right, is safe at second for a stolen base as the ball gets away from Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ExpandST. LOUIS — Riding a strong tailwind provided by 84 runs in 10 games when they blew into St. Louis, the Dodgers faced a more difficult flight home four days later.Stagnant for three games, that offense briefly came back to life Thursday afternoon but the Dodgers’ pitching collapsed in an 11-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.After winning eight of their first 10 games, the Dodgers were swept by the Cardinals in the four-game series.“We just didn’t pitch well today. Didn’t play well,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I thought we swung the bats well, put ourselves in position to win a game. Didn’t play well defensively. This was the first game where I felt on the pitching side, really across the board, the defensive side, we just didn’t play well.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies But that was the last highlight of the day for the Dodgers. They had just two more hits after the third inning (a leadoff single by Max Muncy in the fifth and a two-out single by Justin Turner in the ninth). A relay of Cardinals relievers retired 16 of the 19 Dodgers batters they faced, eight on strikeouts.Baez replaced Buehler in the fifth and coughed up the lead by letting five of the first six batters he faced reach base – three consecutive singles, the second bases-loaded hit batter (Harrison Bader both times) and a two-run single by Matt Wieters. Another run scored on an error by Muncy, playing second base.Things were only marginally better when Yimi Garcia took over in the sixth. He walked the first batter he faced, Paul De Jong, and gave up an RBI double to Jose Martinez. Martinez went to third on another wild pitch and trotted home when Gale’s rushed throw sailed into left field.“Our offense did what we needed to do and I didn’t when I was on the mound,” Buehler said.He wasn’t alone. In the four-game sweep by the Cardinals, Dodgers pitchers allowed 26 runs on 31 hits, including 13 for extra bases (eight doubles, a triple and four home runs). Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Buehler had the lead back by the time he left after four innings and 85 pitches. It was the third time in the past six games that the Dodgers starter didn’t make it to the fifth inning. Only one starter threw a pitch in a sixth inning on this seven-game trip – Kenta Maeda on Wednesday.“To be quite honest, it’s certainly not ideal,” Roberts said. “And it’s something you can’t sustain and that’s not the way we kind of model it. But we’ve still got to find a way to get outs and win a baseball game.”Buehler’s sophomore season has certainly not started out in ideal fashion. After being “slow-played” during spring training and pitching in a game just once, Buehler has opened the season with an 8.25 ERA after three starts. In 23 starts as a rookie, he allowed more than two runs just four times. He has given up five in two of his three starts this season.The connection seems obvious between the delayed spring training and an inconsistent start during which Buehler’s innings have varied wildly – he retired the side in the first and fourth innings with three strikeouts Thursday, gave up five innings in the second and third.“It’s hard not to say that had something to do with it,” Buehler said. “At the same time, I’m a starter in the major leagues. I can’t let that kind of stuff really affect it and I think it shouldn’t. I feel good enough that I should be having success. That really just boils down to me making pitches and I’m not doing that right now.“I’m not commanding the fastball the way I need to to be successful. I think it really boils down to that. Any reasoning or causes is bullcrap at some point. It’s me not making the pitches. I should be able to do that my first outing in the spring. This being my third start of the season it’s just not good enough.”Baez had a full spring training. But he is part of a bullpen that has had to hit the ground running in the regular season thanks to the short starts and a schedule that gives the Dodgers just one off day in the first 26 days of the season.A four-run third inning capped by Kiké Hernandez’s two-run home run gave the Dodgers a 7-4 lead.Related Articles The Dodgers’ offense did build multi-run leads twice – 3-0 after the top of the second inning and 7-4 in the third – but Walker Buehler let the first one get away and Pedro Baez made the second one disappear.Buehler’s lead was partly of his own making. He hit a solo home run in the top of the second, his first extra-base hit as a professional (majors or minors).Suddenly being a slugger didn’t help his pitching.In the bottom of the second, the first four Cardinal batters reached base on back-to-back singles, a walk to load the bases and a hit batter to force in a run.A sacrifice fly brought in another run and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third with two outs. Both of them came in to score on a wild pitch that caromed away from catcher Rocky Gale (making his first major-league start since Oct. 1, 2017 with the Padres).last_img read more

Evolved Dodgers clubhouse allows young players to ‘be who you are’

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo gestures to teammates after hitting a triple against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April, 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)Expanding on the topic later, Kershaw said he thinks it has been “a conscious effort” by the veteran players on the Dodgers – veterans like Turner and Freese – “not to get on people for doing things that might be out of the box or things that we would never have done when we came up here.”“When I was first coming up, I never liked the stigma,” Kershaw said. “I understand that young players have to earn their place. But you don’t need to walk around on eggshells and at times when I was first coming up, I felt like I needed to do that just because I felt like if I did anything wrong I’d get chewed out. My personality – I’m not as exuberant … as like a Dugie or somebody else. But if I was, I would have felt like I had to tone that down.“The biggest thing is you don’t want people to stifle their personality to fit in. You want people to be themselves and feel comfortable as long as it’s not too much.”Even as they sported one of the highest payrolls in baseball and built their run of division titles, the Dodgers have had rookies play key roles each of the past five seasons. Joc Pederson was an All-Star as a rookie in 2015. Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger were back-to-back NL Rookies of the Year in 2016 and 2017. Buehler started their Game 163 playoff and Game 7 of the NLCS last year. And this year, Verdugo has worked his way into the every-day lineup.All have very different personalities.“I think I worried about it more in ’17 and ’18 and tried to act a certain way that they would like,” Verdugo says of brief call-ups each of those seasons. “This year, it’s more be myself.“A lot of the guys know my energy – I mean well, I play hard, I’m trying to do anything I can to help the team.”There were still lessons to be learned. When Verdugo showed up late for a game in Washington as a September call-up in 2017, veteran pitcher Rich Hill confronted him in the clubhouse, letting him know in no uncertain terms that was not professional behavior.“I feel like, I don’t know, we try to be like bowling. We try to be the bumpers,” Turner says. “If the ball starts going off course, it hits the bumper and you nudge them back in the right direction. You don’t let them get to the gutter and then bite their head off for it.”Freese (now with his fourth team) says the approach in the Dodgers’ clubhouse “might be a little unique (but) … I think this game has evolved and is still evolving to allow that.”That evolution has favored youth. Younger players play more prominent roles sooner than ever now, and older players are fazed out more rapidly.“I think that’s the biggest difference,” Turner says. “It used to be there were a handful of rookies even in September. Now your 0-to-3 guys (in terms of service) almost outnumber your veteran guys. It’s definitely shifted.”That shift seems to be changing the way veterans view the young players in the room. Once, many veterans saw them as threats to take their jobs and made it as difficult for them as possible. Now, young players are seen as vital contributors to any team with championship aspirations.“More than anything – especially in this organization – winning trumps everything else,” Kershaw said. “So if Alex Verdugo can help us win right now, sorry if he’s going to take your job. We’re trying to win. That bigger picture takes precedence.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “I’m telling you, man, I had it pretty good,” Freese says. “We had to dress up and do all that (stuff).“I stayed out of the way, I know that. I sat at my locker and tried to be quiet.”That was the standard rule for rookies – keep your mouth closed and your ears open. But young players in the Dodgers’ clubhouse do not feel that pressure to be seen and not heard.“I think we let young guys come up and be themselves,” Clayton Kershaw says, prompted to talk about the topic when he was asked recently about the “youthful enthusiasm” rookie outfielder Alex Verdugo has brought to the Dodgers this season. “We’re not trying to haze or do anything like that to make them think they’re not the same as everybody else. I think that’s huge – especially in today’s game. You need your young guys to perform and perform well. You’ve seen that here. We’ve had two (NL) Rookies of the Year in the past few years. Now Dugie’s coming up and doing his thing.“All these young guys coming up feel comfortable and that’s what we want them to do. We want them to feel comfortable, act like they belong with the swagger and confidence they have. The great thing about guys like Walker (Buehler), like Dugie is they’re beyond (being) sensitive. So some jabs every once in a while, some critiques every once in a while, they take in stride. That’s what you need.” Bellinger had a veteran source to draw a picture for him even before he made the big leagues. His father, Clay, spent parts of four seasons with the Yankees and Angels, not making his debut until age 30. But his dad didn’t have to offer any warnings, Cody says.“No. I think there’s a respect factor, though,” Cody Bellinger says. “In this clubhouse especially, you’ve got guys who have been All-Stars and MVPs so it’s like come in and do your part – but respect everyone.“I don’t know how it is in other clubhouses, but this is a very welcoming clubhouse. Be who you are. You have to perform and play baseball the right way. But they’ll respect you if you give respect.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 4-1, 3.83 ERA) at Pirates (TBA), Friday, 4:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img When Justin Turner was about to make the big leagues for the first time with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009, his locker in spring training was next to the locker of Ty Wigginton, a savvy 31-year-old veteran at the time.“He kind of took me under his wing and told me some horror stories from when he came up (about how rookies were treated),” Turner recalls now. “How he wasn’t allowed to sit in a seat on the bus. He had to sit on the ice chest and pass out drinks to everyone. Stuff like that. But he never made me do any of that stuff.“I never had anything terrible. I got kicked out of the cage once. I was told (by veterans) it was ‘Our time to hit, get the hell out of here.’”David Freese’s rookie season was also 2009 with a St. Louis Cardinals team he recalls as having an average age “probably over 30.” Fellow rookie Colby Rasmus (the starting center fielder) got most of the attention. But Freese still recalls “running fly patterns through downtown Philadelphia wearing lingerie” at the behest of veterans during the traditional rookie hazing trip. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Nationals ruin Walker Buehler’s birthday, pound Dodgers to avoid sweep

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start PreviousWashington Nationals’ Matt Adams, left, is out at the plate against Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler walks toward the dugout after he was pulled from a baseball game during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler delivers a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Brian Dozier (9) slides home to score against Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler (21) during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, right, reacts after he was ejected by home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak, left, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. Second base umpire Brian O’Nora, center, looks on. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Adam Eaton (2) walks to the dugout after he was ejected by home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak, back left, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez (4) is ejected by home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak, left, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Brian Dozier (9) celebrates his two-run home run in the dugout with Juan Soto (22), Adrian Sanchez (5) and others during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Victor Robles, left, slides home to score during the eighth inning of a baseball game past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith, right, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto (22) celebrates his two-run home run with Howie Kendrick (47) and Anthony Rendon (6) during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Victor Robles loses his helmet as he runs to third on his triple during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Victor Robles, right, slides into third with a triple against Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, left, during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Victor Robles (16) reacts as he is safe at third with a triple against Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. Third base umpire Dan Bellino (2) looks on. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Matt Adams, left, is out at the plate against Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)NextShow Caption1 of 15Washington Nationals’ Matt Adams, left, is out at the plate against Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)ExpandWASHINGTON — If Walker Buehler cut into his birthday cake Sunday night and found it was carrot cake, that would only be the second-most disappointing part of his day.The right-hander turned 25 Sunday and gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Very little else went right for the Dodgers either and the Washington Nationals handed them an 11-4 beating.The seven runs matched the most Buehler has allowed in a big-league start – and set a new standard in the non-Coors Field category. It was also his shortest start since he went five innings against the New York Mets on May 29, defusing an anticipated pitchers’ duel with Stephen Strasburg.“He’s been one of the top 5 most talented guys in this game. He’s done a lot in this league,” Buehler said of Strasburg who recorded his major-league leading 14th win. “When he’s good, he’s tough to beat. I didn’t really give us a chance to go after him today.” Dozier burned his former team again in the fifth. After Gerardo Parra reached on a dribbler to the left side against the shift, Dozier sent a two-run home run over the wall in right field.“I got myself in bad counts, made some bad pitches that caught too much of the plate,” Buehler said. “Left it in the middle (to Dozier). He’s been around a long time and he can hit fastballs. The Parra one is a little frustrating just because you feel like you made a good pitch. I just wasn’t in enough good counts.”The Nationals added a two-out run when Victor Robles tripled and scored on an Anthony Rendon single.Things only got worse in the sixth – and Buehler got no help from his defense this time.A leadoff single by Howie Kendrick and back-to-back walks of Parra and Dozier loaded the bases with one out. Strasburg drove in one run with a single to right.Trea Turner bounced a ball to first baseman Joc Pederson. Still a trainee at the position, Pederson opted to go home but made a poor throw that got by catcher Will Smith. Two runs scored on the play. Another one scored when Pederson struggled with the sun and couldn’t catch Rendon’s pop up just beyond the infield.Pederson’s error was the Dodgers’ 20th in their past 13 games, leading to 14 unearned runs in the past 10 games (three in the sixth inning Sunday). Though most defensive metrics look favorably upon the Dodgers’ ability to turn batted balls into outs, they have made a National League-leading 77 errors this season.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Strasburg was good Sunday. In fact, he was perfect for 4 1/3 innings, retiring the first 13 Dodgers in order. The Dodgers had just two hits in his seven innings – doubles by A.J. Pollock and Matt Beaty in the fifth that produced their only run until a three-run home run by Corey Seager as the last fans headed for the exits in the ninth.“Stephen’s got really good stuff,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We know what he has. He’s an elite pitcher. Today, he was getting the fastball in on our lefties and opening up the outside part of the plate for his secondaries. Today, he really had his stuff going.“When he can attack with his fastball and locate it to both sides of the plate, you know he’s going to be tough.”Buehler wasn’t as sharp but he matched zeroes with Strasburg through four innings, thanks in part to a poor decision by Nationals third base coach Bobby Henley.Buehler hit Matt Adams in the foot with a pitch to start the second inning. Adams limped down to first base and was still there two outs later when Brian Dozier doubled off the wall in left field. Not fast with two good feet, Adams was lumbering towards third base when Henley decided to send him. The relay throw from Seager easily beat Adams home. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “It’s something that shouldn’t slump. We’re just not playing consistent defense,” Roberts said. “When you don’t make plays, it adds to pitch counts and things like that. It really changes the dynamic of the game. But I know the preparation is there. We just have to get better. It’s pretty simple.”Pederson has made just two of the errors during this “slump” but Roberts acknowledged he would “probably not” be playing first base if the Dodgers didn’t have a 15-game lead in their division.“He didn’t make a play today but team defense is not solely on one person,” Roberts said. “That’s a collective.”The Nationals piled on with four runs off Dodgers reliever Jaime Schultz in the eighth inning. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Tiger Woods triumphs as Rory McIlroy self-destructs

first_imgBeaten 2018 finalist Kevin Kisner wasted no time in downing Li Haotong 6 and 5, while Francesco Molinari was similarly ruthless in defeating Ryder Cup teammate Paul Casey 5 and 4. Kisner will now face Louis Oosthuizen, a 2 and 1 winner over Marc Leishman, while Open champion Molinari meets Kevin Na.Na beat Justin Rose 2 up, while Matt Kuchar’s 4 and 3 win against Tyrrell Hatton secured him a clash with Sergio Garcia, who defeated Branden Grace 1 up. Saturday’s defeat of McIlroy will increase the hype around Woods’ Masters hopes, with the Northern Irishman also expected to challenge at Augusta after claiming the Players Championship title this month.Woods will now face Lucas Bjerregaard in Austin after the Dane’s 3 and 2 win over Henrik Stenson.Fantastic finish to a fantastic battle.@TigerWoods closes out Rory McIlroy 2 & 1 with a clutch up-and-down on 17.Take a bow, Tiger and Rory. What a match. #LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/J0STMSudtz— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 30, 2019Woods won back-to-back holes with birdies at the fifth and sixth as McIlroy’s putting frailties began to show.Both saw birdie opportunities at nine pass them by following excellent approaches, but it was at the next hole that McIlroy appeared to lose his grip on the contest.After conceding Woods’ short par putt, McIlroy was made to play his from no more than three feet – and he lipped out, leaving him three down. McIlroy finally showed signs of life when he narrowly missed a chipped eagle attempt at 12, with Woods conceding the short putt and missing his own birdie effort to give one back.High winds and heavy rain then began to play a part, Woods sending a wedge long and failing to recover as suddenly the momentum was with McIlroy, who cut the deficit in half. Woods recovered well from a wayward tee shot at the 15th before driving into the lip of a bunker at 16, but McIlroy endured a worse nightmare that proved pivotal.His approach was short and wide, while his third shot raced through the back of the green and he took a drop from his original lie on the front edge of a bunker, scuffing it into another sand trap before conceding the hole.A stunning Woods up-and-down birdie on the penultimate green finally put the contest to bed. Tiger Woods held his nerve and profited from a Rory McIlroy meltdown as the American booked a WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play quarterfinal. The 14-time major winner was three up after 11 holes but looked set to be pegged back to all square by the 16th, only for McIlroy to lose his head and surrender all the momentum.last_img read more

Kash Ali issues apology after biting opponent David Price

first_imgBoxer Kash Ali made headlines recently when he bit opponent David Price during their heavyweight fight on Saturday. With roughly 30 seconds left in the fifth round of their bout, Ali tackled Price to the ground before delivering four Mike Tyson-like bites to his torso. Unsurprisingly, Ali was disqualified almost immediately as a result of his actions and Price was declared the winner of the fight.  Join DAZN to watch 100+ fight nights a yearAli subsequently had his license suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control.”I would like to apologize for my unacceptable behavior in my fight against David Price. I am sorry to all boxing fans, to my team, my family, the British Boxing Board, David Price, his team, and his family,” Ali said in a statement to Sky Sports. “I am hugely embarrassed for my actions and the way the whole fight unfolded.” The previously undefeated Ali was pelted with drinks from spectators as he was ushered out of M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on Saturday and will have a hearing this month in front of the BBBofC. Ali faces a fine and potential ban. Price, who improved to 24-6 with his win in the fight, publicly accepted Ali’s apology. “I have had a conversation with David Price. I really appreciate the way he has shown great dignity in how he has dealt with the matter and has graciously accepted my apology,” Ali said.last_img read more

Nancy Lieberman is ready for women to break through NBA’s head-coaching barrier

first_imgThere are three NBA coaching jobs open and a handful more — Minnesota, Phoenix, Washington, New Orleans among them — that remain uncertain. Most potential candidates are those whose names we’ve heard in the past, retreads like Ty Lue, Mark Jackson, Avery Johnson and Tom Thibodeau as well as assistants like Nate Tibbetts, Juwan Howard, Chad Forcier and David Vanterpool.It could be time, though, for the league to do something simple, yet revolutionary: look past the long list of guys and give a woman a chance. “I never really thought of myself as a barrier-breaker or a trailblazer,” she said, “but I understand that the fact of the matter is that is how other people view me. It just means you’ve done something — how many athletes from the 1980s are still relevant in 2019? So I am doing something right to still be around all those years later.”Do I know I am a role model? Yes. I know I am for Becky. We have been friends for a long time. But I am still waiting for someone to finish the job. I’m waiting for a team to make that jump.”There could be about a fifth of the teams in the NBA looking at coaching changes this offseason. Perhaps it is time for a woman to get one of those jobs. NBA PLAYOFFS 2019:Full schedule | Picks from first round to FinalsNancy Lieberman, a former D-League head coach, Kings assistant and reigning Big3 championship coach, thinks it is about time.”Absolutely,” Lieberman told Sporting News. “When the boss says — Adam Silver, clearly the best commissioner in all of sports — he wants to see a woman head coach sooner rather than later, then it’s going to happen.”Lieberman has advocated to Silver that the NBA adopt a woman-based version of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minorities for vacant head-coaching positions. Last year, the Bucks interviewed Spurs assistant Becky Hammon before hiring Mike Budenholzer, but that remains the only time a woman has been interviewed for a top coaching job in the NBA.There are no plans to enact such a requirement, according to a league source, because NBA teams have been more inclusive in their approach to hiring than NFL teams and a quota for the interview process is deemed unnecessary. The NBA has been well ahead of the field in hiring female referees and executives.Lieberman, though, said that having the chance to go through the interview process gives women candidates for NBA coaching jobs the insights they need. She interviewed with the Kings before serving as an assistant there from 2015-17 and interviewed with Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson before Nelson hired her to be the head coach of the franchise’s D-League team in 2009.”If you are going to interview minorities and you are going to interview white guys,” Lieberman said, “at least give us women the chance to go through the exercise of what’s like to be in the room for an assistant coach’s job or a front-office job or a head-coaching job. You don’t know what you don’t know. If I don’t get a chance to be interviewed, I am speculating on what could happen.”I can sit here now and I know, this was what it was like to be interviewed, to go to Sacramento to work for the Kings, or [Big3 co-founder] Ice Cube and his staff to interview me for a head-coaching job in the Big3. I could do that with Donnie Nelson in the D-League. I had many interviews with Donnie and his ownership group before I was hired. It prepares you to be successful.”OFFSEASON PREVIEWS:Lakers | Knicks | Bulls | Pelicans | MavericksEven without a rule requiring female candidates be granted interviews, Lieberman expects a change soon.”Becky is going to have that opportunity,” Lieberman said. “She has been groomed by coach [Gregg] Popovich, and you know, there are other women in the NBA. [Kings general manager] Vlade [Divac] and [Kings owner] Vivek [Ranadive] were kind enough to give me the opportunity in Sacramento, and I’d still be there if my mother had not gotten sick.”The challenge is getting a team to see past gender and consider only competence. There would be concerns about the ability of a woman to command a locker room, defuse adversity within the team and handle young, ego-bound professionals.But Lieberman says that’s the kind of thing men think about more than the woman in the job. She recalled trying out for the Lakers in 1980, when Pat Riley was just beginning his coaching career. Riley, it turns out, struggled with her being a woman more than she did.”This is really normal for me,” Lieberman said. “I know I am a woman. I have been that my whole life, a woman in men’s sports. It was harder on Pat Riley for me to be the point guard as the coach than it was for me to have him as a coach. I was comfortable. He was not. It’s our job to make this normal to the outside world where they are not looking at me as a white female coaching predominantly young African-American players.”We’re just doing our job. That’s what America was built on, just do your job to the best of your ability.”MORE: Today’s NBA scores, updates, TV scheduleLieberman has remained involved in league activities through her role as a board member of the National Basketball Retired Players Association, a job she took on at the behest of two of the group’s founders, Otis Birdsong and Rick Barry.”They made the decision internally they wanted to have inclusion,” Lieberman said. “They wanted to have diversity, and I live in that world — the world of, just give us some opportunity, and if we’re good, keep us. And if we can’t do the job, cut us loose. I really respect the fact that they wanted to have a female on the board and not as just a token but as someone who can add value.”The thrill of winning the Big3 championship last summer was what Lieberman called “one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had,” a big statement from a woman who has won a gold medal at the Pan American Games and an Olympic silver medal, and was inaugurated at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., in 1996.She would listen if an NBA team came calling with a job offer, but said she is happy coaching in the Big3 and doing studio analysis for Pelicans games.The bigger thrill could come watching a woman take the reins of an NBA team, a breakthrough that is becoming more imminent, and one that Lieberman will have been instrumental in nudging toward reality.last_img read more

Pirates injury update: Starling Marte, Erik Gonzalez head to IL after violent collision

first_imgIt’s a big blow to the Pirates (11-6), who began Saturday in first place in the NL Central, one game ahead of the Brewers. The loss of Marte, a 2016 All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, is especially tough for a team already dealing with the loss of three of their top four outfielders. Right fielder Gregory Polanco (shoulder), who hasn’t played this season, has appeared in four rehab games with Triple-A Indianapolis. Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall (fractured finger), who also has yet to play this year, began his assignment on Friday. Left fielder Corey Dickerson (strained shoulder) has not made an appearance since April 3.To fill Gonzalez and Marte’s spots, the Pirates recalled shortstop Cole Tucker and selected outfielder Bryan Reynolds from Indianapolis. The Pirates lost starting center fielder Starling Marte and shortstop Erik Gonzalez to the IL Saturday, a day after a violent collision shook both players in a win over the Giants.Both players were chasing a shallow popup by Yangervis Solarte in the eighth inning when they collided at full speed in shallow center. The two players remained down on the grass for several minutes. Gonzalez walked off the field under his own power, while Marte left sitting in a cart. The Pirates announced Gonzalez has been diagnosed with a fractured left clavicle and was placed on the 60-day DL. Marte was placed on the 10-day IL with a chest wall contusion.“It’s unfortunate. You hate to see your men laying on the field,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after Friday’s game.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNlast_img read more

Today’s MLB DFS Picks: Advice, strategy for Thursday’s DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy baseball contests

first_img1BUPGRADE CUPGRADE SSE. Andrus (R)TEX@SEAThu 10:10M. Gonzales (L)$4200$3900$21UPGRADE SPUPGRADE OFUPGRADE OFUPGRADE SPUPGRADE CJ. Hicks (R)DET@BOSThu 7:10R. Porcello (R)$3700$2400$7See above 1BL. Voit (R)NYY@LAAThu 9:07T. Cahill (R)$4400$4100$21See above SPT. Cahill (R)NYY@LAAThu 9:07M. Tanaka (R)$7500$6200$34See above SPM. Tanaka (R)NYY@LAAThu 9:07T. Cahill (R)$9300$9600$42UPGRADE 3BUPGRADE SSF. Lindor (B)CLE@HOUThu 8:10G. Cole (R)$4500$3800$19See above CJ. Mathis (R)TEX@SEAThu 10:10M. Gonzales (L)$2200$2000$7UPGRADE 2BUPGRADE OFUPGRADE OFUPGRADE OFD. Santana (R)TEX@SEAThu 10:10T. Hearn (L)$4900$3800$21UPGRADE Domingo Santana, OF, Mariners vs. Rangers. Santana has been fantastic so far this year. He has five home runs and is hitting over .300. He faces rookie Taylor Hearn in his MLB debut, so Santana is a nice cash and GPP play.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today!                                                                                                                                                                                           Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY! FanballAnalysisSPUPGRADE SSUPGRADE 3BA. Cabrera (B)TEX@SEAThu 10:10M. Gonzales (L)$4000$3400$18See above Thursday features a five-game main MLB DFS slates, which makes the pickings pretty thin. Still, there are some good pitchers to worth with, so there will be some big decisions to be made right off the bat, especially on DraftKings where you need two SPs.Weather shouldn’t be an issue tonight, but just to be safe, run a double-check with the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center before lineup lock. 3BP. Wisdom (R)TEX@SEAThu 10:10M. Gonzales (L)$3100$2000$7UPGRADE 2BUPGRADE CUPGRADE 1BUPGRADE 3BUPGRADE OFUPGRADE SSUPGRADE SSUPGRADE Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE:  Fantasy Alarm PRO toolsToday’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Thursday, April 25  Trevor Cahill, SP, Angels vs. Yankees. Cahill has struggled over his last couple of starts, bit he is getting to face a depleted Yankees lineup that just lost their 15th player (Clint Frazier) to the IL this season. I am not a fan of Cahill, but I think he is a worthy gamble in a GPPs, especially since he is so cheap and the Yankees offense can be very bad with all the holes in it.John Hicks, C, Tigers @ Red Sox. Hicks is having a decent start to his season, but the power has been sparse thus far. He gets a struggling Rick Porcello and is one of the few mid-tier catchers worth playing today.MORE: Thursday DK Lineup | Thursday SP rankingsLuke Voit, 1B, Yankees @ Angels. Voit broke out of a mini-slump over the past few days, hitting three homers in his past three games. He has a matchup against homer-prone Trevor Cahill and should be in the lineup no matter the matchup considering the injuries the Yankees are dealing with.Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Phillies vs. Marlins. Hernandez is putting up his usual numbers this year, showing a decent amount of power and speed while hitting for average He gets a great matchup today versus fly-ball pitcher Caleb Smith and is a nice mid-tier cash game play that is sometimes batting in the two-hole with Jean Segura out.-Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians @ Astros. Lindor has struggled a bit since coming off of the IL, but it is just a matter of time before the rust is shaken off and he starts hitting. You get to use him at a reduced price making him my favorite upside play today at the shortstop position for GPPs.Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B, Rangers @ Mariners. Cabrera is off to a decent start and hitting for power in spite of getting unlucky on balls in play right now. He has a tougher matchup with Marco Gonzales, who has been pretty good so far, but Cabrera already has six home runs and has a relatively safer floor than most 3Bs. OFB. Gardner (L)NYY@LAAThu 9:07T. Cahill (R)$4200$4000$18See above 1BR. Hoskins (R)MIA@PHIThu 7:05C. Smith (L)$5300$4000$23UPGRADE 2BUPGRADE 1BUPGRADE 2BJ. Harrison (R)DET@BOSThu 7:10R. Porcello (R)$3400$2400$8UPGRADE OFUPGRADE SSUPGRADE 2BC. Hernández (B)MIA@PHIThu 7:05C. Smith (L)$4000$3100$18See above OFUPGRADE SPUPGRADElast_img read more

LeSean McCoy spoils Avengers: Endgame ending, Twitter erupts (rest easy — no spoilers here)

first_imgLeSean McCoy vs the Internet right now after spoiling Avengers Endgame pic.twitter.com/4rnp8yR9gA— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 26, 2019I hate LeSean McCoy more than I’ve ever hated anyone in my entire life— Joe Del Bene (@Joe_Del_Bene) April 26, 2019Honestly I’m just laughing because I muted the first and last names of every avenger but LeSean McCoy can’t spell so I got the movie spoiled anyway. That ones on me.— Velvet Thunder 🇵🇷 (@cruzin_USA) April 26, 2019NFL Player LeSean McCoy Drops Massive AVENGERS: ENDGAME Spoiler & Fans Lose Their Mindshttps://t.co/nv7L4yPLej pic.twitter.com/z6BVr6pLpj— ComicBook NOW! (@ComicBookNOW) April 26, 2019Forget LeSean McCoy spoiling “Avengers” for people who follow him. How about if you don’t even follow him, but his tweets show up in your timeline because of Twitter’s dumb, “You might like” or “Liked by” features. DAGGER!— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 26, 2019people mad at LeSean McCoy for superhero movie spoilers and not bc he has a “Domestic Violence Allegations” section on his wiki?— maurice (@tallmaurice) April 26, 2019LeSean McCoy just can’t help himself from being the worst. pic.twitter.com/lzxcJuDBJ5— JONDERS FPT (@JondersFPT) April 26, 2019Sure, this is a first-world problem, people learning how a movie ends before they’ve seen it, but McCoy definitely should have known better. Bills running back LeSean McCoy committed a terrible sin Friday — he tweeted out a spoiler to the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame film, which opens nationwide Friday.We certainly will not divulge anything McCoy shared, but it goes without saying many people are furious at McCoy. The Twitterverse blasted McCoy for his indiscretion. Some of those tweets are totally inappropriate — anyone who would wish a career-ending injury on someone just for what McCoy did needs counseling. Some of the other tweets … well, they speak for themselves.last_img read more

How Luke Walton got through the worst moments of Lakers’ season

first_img“He’s the one that gave me a chance to get into coaching first,” Walton said. “He’s been kind of a mentor for me throughout this whole process.”The relationship has been helpful when the normally calm Walton has lost his cool.“I’m learning to deal with losing better,” Walton said. “Not that I’m accepting losing by any means. It’s a life experience you learn how to handle.” OAKLAND >> Underneath his calm exterior and easy-going personality, Lakers coach Luke Walton experienced a “dark time” when the losing became overwhelming.The Lakers lost a game in Brooklyn in mid-December to extend a losing streak to eight games – a significant downturn after their 10-10 start to the season. After sharing heated words with his players, Walton consulted two people. He talked with Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr as well as a “sports shrink” he consults.“I wrote in a journal and deprived myself of sleep until I got through the other side,” Walton said before the Lakers closed their season against the Warriors on Wednesday at the Oracle. “Then we were all good again.”Walton served as an assistant under Kerr the previous two seasons, and his former boss noticed the past season has been “very trying” for Walton. The Lakers finished with the NBA’s third-worst record. Kerr, who said he is “really close friends” with Walton, talked with him every few weeks and the two had lunch Wednesday. Kerr considers that relationship “fairly commonplace in the NBA among coaches.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He’s a natural. I don’t know how much he’s learned about himself other than patience with having to deal with losing,” Kerr said. “One of the reasons he’s a natural is he’s so laid back and patient anyway. He’s not a guy who’s going to lose his cool. The fact you combine that quality with his tenacity and competitive desire, it’s a unique combination. They don’t always go hand in hand. But I think they serve a coach really well.”How has Walton wrestled with those emotions?“You have no choice. You either go insane or you learn to be patient when you lose a lot,” Walton said. “I’m naturally a pretty patient person anyway. But there were some challenges for sure this year. But just like anything else in life, you experience it and go through it and learn to get better at it and deal with it in a more positive and healthy manner.”That has recently played out several ways. Walton canceled practice last week in San Antonio so he could take the players to an Air Force base, something Kerr has done with guest speakers to break up the monotony of the NBA schedule. Walton also spent the end of Tuesday’s practice organizing an impromptu dodgeball game.Meanwhile, Walton has consulted with Kerr as they trade advice and ideas about their respective teams.last_img read more

Lonzo Ball questionable vs. Pacers as Lakers grapple with injuries

first_imgLOS ANGELES — There can be little doubt as to what has been haunting Luke Walton’s nightmares lately.On Tuesday night in Denver, he watched Lonzo Ball trip over Malik Beasley, eventually being held out of the game with a sprained ankle. He replaced him with Josh Hart, who had turned his ankle on Nov. 21 in Cleveland and is still playing through pain associated with a strained tendon.Looking for point guard depth, the Lakers would normally call up two-way player Alex Caruso. Walton’s not so sure that will work this time.“Undecided still: He sprained his ankle, too,” he said. “He hurt himself. So depending on his health, we’ll make that call.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s one of those swelling tides of fate that would almost be funny if it wasn’t so alarming: Ankles are going the wrong way for the Lakers (11-9) these days, which has put the team’s point guard depth in peril.The Lakers got relatively good news on that front Wednesday morning, as they determined Ball is questionable to play in Thursday night’s tilt with the Indiana Pacers. Ball did not participate in on-court work, but he was in recovery in the training room then did work in the weight room, Walton said.“He is tender to the touch, which would be expected on any ankle sprain,” Walton said. “But he said he feels good. He’s not limping around. He came in early, got treatment and just lifted.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Ball (8.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.5 apg) is needed as much as ever in the starting lineup, with Rajon Rondo still out for an estimated two to three weeks with a hand fracture. Ball’s recent run of aggression in driving to the rim has helped spark runs, and his defensive effort – such as picking up the Nuggets full-court Tuesday – comes in an area where the Lakers need energy.Ball told the media after the loss in Denver that he would play Thursday. Walton said the decision will remain in the hands of the team’s medical staff, but that he respects Ball’s competitive fire. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed The Lakers are just 6-4 at home this season, a mark Walton said he wants to improve.“We talk about it now that we’ve started to level off and play better basketball, one of the things we want to do is become a dominant home team,” he said. “And the only way to do that is to win your home games. We’re very aware of that and we know we want to make a stand these next four games.” “We want that mentality,” Walton said. “We want everybody wanting to play no matter what unless we pull them out. But at the end of the day, it’s going to come down to what we feel like is best for him. If he’s at risk of getting hurt worse or hurting something else – and that comes from the training staff – then it will be our call to keep him out or not.”Walton said Hart is still dealing with pain that has limited his effectiveness, but he’s been cleared by the training staff to play without official restriction.HEADED HOMEThursday’s game against the Pacers opens a four-game homestand that the Lakers are hoping will launch them in the right direction as a road-heavy month of December looms, including the team’s longest road trip yet that swings through the East Coast. The homestand has winnable games against the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, and even though the Pacers are 13-8, they’ll be without All-Star Victor Oladipo.Related Articlescenter_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard scores 30, as Clippers overwhelm Lakers with depth in opener

first_img 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 While the All-Star teammate he helped recruit via trade, Paul George, was laid up on the bench in a dapper outfit topped with a bowtie, Leonard was complemented by returning Clipper Lou Williams, who skipped his way to 21 points. Harrell, Williams’ chief bench partner, finished strong with 17. Maurice Harkless and JaMychal Green were also convincing threats from the wings, combining for 22 points.The performance was enough that Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he thought his already stellar returning bench contributors could get even better as a unit.The Lakers’ fault was not in their stars, who combined for 43 points in their debut, but in their weakened supporting cast, which was without both Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo, who couldn’t play because of injuries. The Lakers’ bench was only 7 for 21 from the field. The Lakers’ monstrous lineups also counted for little on the boards, as the Clippers outrebounded them 45-41.The exception was Leonard’s former Spurs and Raptors teammate, Danny Green. The 32-year-old swingman lit up the arc in a splashy third quarter, scoring 18 of his team-leading 28 points while bringing the Lakers to an 85-all tie after they had trailed by as much as 14. Green’s unlikely night vaulted him above Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (27 points) in the franchise record books for most points in a Lakers debut.“I was just trying to play basketball, trying to win the game,” Green said. “Find shots that you start hitting, you find some more. But it wasn’t like, ‘Let’s create a spark,’ it’s ‘Let’s get back in this game, let’s create a rhythm.’”Green’s 7-for-9 night from 3-point range, however, polished an otherwise uninspiring night for the Lakers’ incoming class of shooters: The rest of the team was just 6 for 24 on deep shots.In the end, even the Lakers’ stars themselves tired. Davis and James shot poorly in the second half, in particular, finishing a combined 15 for 40 from the field. James finished with nine rebounds and eight assists, while Davis had a 10-rebound double-double.After a week of playing down the potential rivalry emerging in their own backyard, the Lakers tried to move on from their season-opening loss just as briskly. Davis said the team wasn’t “down or upset” after the loss, and James echoed the relatively positive sentiments.“We did some good things tonight, we did some not-so-good things,” James said. “And that happens in game one. Especially for a new club.”A night meant to anoint a new, more hopeful Clippers era began with a painful reminder of the franchise’s longtime place in Los Angeles. As the team unfurled a new hype video and introduced a Leonard-led lineup, Lakers fans infiltrating the big night rained down boos – even as Leonard cradled the mic for a pregame address.Leonard said the booing didn’t register. He just raised his voice.“I just heard loud noise, so I was just trying to be as loud as I can,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if the Clippers fans were being loud, or if it was Lakers fans.”Related Articles PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Lakers LeBron James #23 and the Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 hug before their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers is fouled by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts toward LeBron James #23 during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers is fouled by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers as he steps by Anthony Davis #3 during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a pass from LeBron James #23 during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, center, dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket and foul with LeBron James #23 during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers ducks under the defense of Dwight Howard #39 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers attempts a shot as he is fouled by Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers from behind as JaVale McGee #7 jumps during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel stands on the sideline as his team plays the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Quinn Cook (2) drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives on Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers reacts to play from the bench during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, left, drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) argues a call against him during the the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless (8) and Montrezl Harrell, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. 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(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 is surrounded by Lakers’ LeBron James #23, Anthony Davis #3 and Danny Green #14 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Anthony Davis #3 and LeBron James #23 high five during their NBA game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 drives to the hoop as the Lakers LeBron James #23 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 pokes the ball away from the Lakers]’ Dwight Howard #39 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers LeBron James #23 lays the ball up as the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers Anthony Davis #3 and LeBron James #23 during their NBA game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 shoots as the Lakers’ LeBron James #23 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Jared Dudley #10 falls to the court as the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 shoots the ball during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Anthony Davis #3 looks to pass as the Clippers’ Landry Shamet #20 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers Anthony Davis #3 and LeBron James #23 during their NBA game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers Anthony Davis #3 and LeBron James #23 during their NBA game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 shoots as Lakers LeBron James #23, Anthony Davis #3 and Danny Green #14 defend during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Anthony Davis #3 battles for the ball with the Clippers’ Maurice Harkless #8 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 shoots as the Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 passes the ball as Clippers’ Maurice Harkless #8 and Kawhi Leonard #2 defend during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 attempts to distract the Lakers’ Troy Daniels #30 as he shoots during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as they trail the LA Clippers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clippers win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers laughs with Kawhi Leonard #2 leading the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clippers win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers controls possession of the ball in front of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers late in the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clipper win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers reacts to a Montrezl Harrell #5 basket and foul in a 112-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his foul on Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers reacts after he is fouled by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clipper win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he drives to the basket on JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers during a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel yells out instructions during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard spins for a shot in front of the Lakers’ Danny Green during Tuesday’s season opener at Staples Center. Leonard was his typical dominant self in his Clippers debut with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 112-102 victory. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Quinn Cook (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) blocks a shot from Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Ivica Zubac #40, Paul George #13 and Patrick Patterson #54 of the LA Clippers celebrate play during a 112-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers shoots a jumper over Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) reacts after scoring, next to Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, top, dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Maurice Harkless #8 of the LA Clippers attempts a layup between Anthony Davis #3 and Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, steals the ball from Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, top, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Jared Dudley during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass as Maurice Harkless #8 and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers defend during a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, passes next to Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) reacts after making a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) talks to assistant Jason Kidd during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) reacts after making a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) argues a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks up at the scoreboard during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 LA Clippers win in the Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers reacts for a foul during a 112-102 Clipper win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers and Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers laugh after a 112-102 Clippers win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 95Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — On the first night of the NBA season, the spotlight shone brightly on Staples Center.The sellout crowd, split in their loyalties, screamed for the Kawhi Leonard stepbacks, the twirling Anthony Davis jumpers, the LeBron James chase-down block in the third quarter. The sheer number of highlights alone was worth a whole summer of hype that has settled in Southern California and seen the price of tickets for games creep up for both would-be contenders.But for all the star power that now has L.A. pro basketball bursting at the seams, Tuesday’s season opener was a reminder that it’s not just about the headliners.While Leonard led the effort with 30 points in his first outing as a Clipper, his teammates backed him up. Their second unit, which last year was the best in the NBA, outscored the Laker reserves by an overwhelming 60-19 margin in the 112-102 victory. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The game itself started with similar gusto for the designated visitors. James twirled into the paint to kiss a layup off the glass for the first points of the season. Davis got his first points as a Laker at the free-throw line, but twisted past Patrick Patterson for his first basket and gave the Lakers an 11-point lead early.The Lakers said their defense broke down the more Leonard started working his midrange game: Guards had less success funneling attackers down to bigs, who didn’t step up enough to stop them. Davis called it “a two-way street” of a defensive letdown.“I didn’t like anything about our defense in the second quarter,” Frank Vogel said following his first game as Lakers coach. “We weren’t good enough on the ball and we weren’t good enough with our help. So, that quarter probably cost us the game.”The negative feedback from disgruntled Lakers fans never quite ended, but the Clippers’ win ended up drowning out the rest of the noise. After the build-up, which Rivers said escalated in a “prizefight way,” he felt his team showed the same character it had from last season – albeit with a few very special new pieces.“What I saw in our team was just overall toughness,” Rivers said. “They took us with a punch to start, but we just kept moving forward.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt was telling that the Clippers achieved a clinching 11-2 run during a three-minute stretch while Leonard cooled his heels on the bench. He’s on his kind of team: One that bills itself with a defensive intensity before anything else.“We got players on the team that want to play defense pretty much,” Leonard said. “We got some big bodies, we’re long, as long as we come out and be aggressive and play with our active hands, be in spots, it’s gonna be tough for people to score on us when it’s in a half-court.”In their own half-court sets, Leonard helped make the Clippers hard to guard himself.At his apex, Leonard was unstoppable – hitting seven straight shots in the first half to lead a 25-point swing in his team’s favor. Given the tough assignment of guarding the reigning NBA Finals MVP, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was hardly a hindrance as Leonard muscled his way to his spots, memorably finishing his run with a dunk through traffic.“For him to be out there on the floor and just be able to get a feel for him and what he can do on both ends of the floor felt amazing,” Montrezl Harrell said. “It’s what it’s about, it’s what we’ve been building up to.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods’ tee time for Round 4, how to watch Sunday’s coverage

first_imgTiger Woods’ U.S. Open tee timesWoods will be paired with Byeong Hun An with the third round. The duo will tee off at 2:27 p.m. ET from the first hole on Thursday.RoundTee Time (ET)HolePairing15:09 p.m.1Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose211:24 a.m.10Spieth, Rose32:27 p.m.1Byeong Hun An42:56 p.m.1Marc LeishmanTIGER TRACKER: Follow Tiger Woods’ Round 4 at the U.S. OpenU.S. Open 2019 TV schedule, live streamTV channels: Fox, Fox Sports 1Live stream: Fox Sports Go | USOpen.com | fuboTV Leaderboard: Follow SN’s live trackerThe Fox family of networks will have full coverage of all four rounds, including 20 combined hours over the weekend. Joe Buck will provide play-by-play for the third consecutive year while Paul Azinger will serve as the lead analyst. You can also live stream Rounds 1-4 by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.DateTime (ET)ChannelThursday, June 1312:30-7:30 p.m.FS1/fuboTVThursday, June 137:30-10:30 p.m.Fox/fuboTVFriday, June 1412:30-7:30 p.m.FS1/fuboTVFriday, June 147:30-10:30 p.m.Fox/fuboTVSaturday, June 15Noon-10 p.m.Fox/fuboTVSunday, June 16Noon-10 p.m.Fox/fuboTV After following up a Masters victory with a missed cut at the PGA Championship, Tiger Woods will hope his 2019 U.S. Open performance resembles more of his first major of the year than his second. Woods has won three U.S. Opens (2000, 2002, 2008), tied for his fewest victories of any major, but one of those three wins came at Pebble Beach, the site of this year’s tournament.  Since Woods’ Masters victory — a big reason why he is No. 5 in the world right now — he has played in just one tournament outside of a listless PGA Championship performance, the Memorial Tournament, where he finished in the top 10 two weeks ago. MORE: Watch the U.S. Open live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Despite his three career wins, the U.S. Open hasn’t treated Woods well recently. He missed the cut in his last two appearances and hasn’t finished in the top 10 since 2010. If you want to watch Woods try to make it two U.S. Open victories at Pebble Beach, you’re in luck. Below is everything you’ll need to know to watch Tiger’s rounds at the 2019 U.S. Open. You can also follow our “Tiger Tracker” and a full live leaderboard for hole-by-hole updates throughout the tournament. last_img read more

5 takeaways from Bellator London

first_imgOn a busy Saturday that included all manner of combat sports spectacles, the best collection of bouts from top to bottom took place at SSE Arena in London, where Bellator MMA delivered an expansive 19-fight card that featured all manner of matchups and competitors at every stage in their careers.In addition to the usual local fare that generally makes up the promotion’s preliminary card, Saturday’s event featured some of the top European upstarts on the Bellator MMA roster returning to action, including Mike Shipman, Fabian Edwards and James Gallagher. Accompanying the future contenders were veteran kickboxer Melvin Manhoef and Geordie Shore star Aaron Chambers, who was looking to rebound from the first loss of his career, while the main event featured middleweight champ Gegard Mousasi putting his title on the line against undefeated Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist Rafael Lovato Jr. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt was a long, eventful night inside the iconic arena at Wembley Park.Here are five key takeaways from the evening’s festivities.Rafael Lovato Jr. is your new Bellator MMA middleweight championThe best overall card of the weekend also featured the best overall fight, as Lovato Jr. pulled off the massive upset, wrestling away the middleweight title from Mousasi by way of majority decision, rallying to win the final round and gain the advantage on the scorecards.After starting quickly, the American slowed while Mousasi found his footing and started to roll, but when it mattered most, Lovato Jr. was able to dig into his energy reserves and outwork the champion over the last five minutes to swing the fight in his favor.There is a tendency in situations like this to question whether Mousasi was ill prepared, underestimated his opponent, or wasn’t all that good to begin with, but to do so here would be a disservice to both the dethrone former champion and the man who beat him. Mousasi was game and gave his all on Saturday and it simply wasn’t enough to best Lovato Jr., who is clearly an outstanding talent.The 36-year-old is 10-0 now as a professional and you now have to wonder where his record would stand if he transitioned to the sport sooner. He only really committed fully to MMA in 2016, when he fought twice under the LFA banner, and yet he just toppled a veteran with more than 50 fights against many of the top middleweights of the last decade.What makes Lovato Jr. more dangerous than most jiu jitsu players in MMA is that he’s worked diligently to strengthen the rest of his arsenal and it all works in concert with his grappling acumen. His wrestling is sharp, his striking continues to improve and he’s capable of just imposing his will and bullying opponents if necessary.He is the complete package and one of the most intriguing fighters in the sport right now. He’s also the new Bellator MMA middleweight champion.James Gallagher gets it done, but now what?He had to work for it, but Gallagher picked up a unanimous decision win over Jeremiah Labiano on Saturday night, giving him back-to-back victories and pushing his overall record to 9-1.The Straight Blast Gym representative collected 29-28 scores from all three judges, showing a little more moxie and resolve than has been required of him in the past in order to get by Labiano. It was a well-earned, professional victory and one that keeps the 22-year-old squarely in the spotlight going forward, but what comes next?Gallagher has benefitted from being pushed as a potential star for Bellator MMA, especially in Europe, and mostly faced off with opposition he should beat, the one exception being Ricky Bandejas, who kicked him in the face and handed the fighting pride of Strabane, Northern Ireland his one and only professional loss. Having vanquished another two “softer” challengers, it’s once again time for Scott Coker & Co. to figure out if they would like to see Gallegher tested or if they’d prefer to keep bringing him along as an attraction who usually gets the better of things on European shows.Patrick Mix called him out following his win over Bandejas last weekend and it would be an incredible fight between two of the company’s top young talents, but it’s also a dangerous fight for both men and there is no predicting how fans would respond to Gallagher if he caught a second loss.He clearly has “The It Factor” and a loyal following, but it’s hard to say how good Gallagher really is at the moment and it will be interesting to see if Bellator MMA truly wants to find out or not.Fabian Edwards keeps rollingThe 28-year-old from Birmingham maintained his unbeaten record on Saturday night, registering his third straight victory since signing with Bellator MMA and his eighth consecutive win overall with a clean sweep of the scorecards against Jonathan Bosuku.While he’s a long way away from title contention, Edwards is at the point where the organization needs to either get him in there with an established name and get a better read on where he fits in the division or put a ton of energy behind hyping him up and building him into another unbeaten rising star, much like they tried to do with Gallagher and have successfully done with guys like AJ McKee in the past.After blowing the doors off the competition in BAMMA, Edwards has gone the distance in two of his three appearances in the Bellator cage, which raises questions about his true upside. Of course, the same could have been said about his brother, UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards, as he made slow and steady progress up the divisional ladder and now he’s a proven himself to be a legitimate Top 10 talent poised to face Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of next month’s return to San Antonio.My suggestion? Pair him off with Charlie Ward on the next fight card in England or Ireland — both are 3-0 under the Bellator MMA banner, so let them duke it out to determine the top rising European middleweight on the roster.Costello van Steenis looks like a contenderIn a battle of dangerous European middleweights, van Steenis established himself as a contender by registering a second-round technical knockout win over Mike Shipman on Saturday. “Sea Bass” entered the fight on a 12-fight winning streak and van Steenis brought it to a screeching halt, extending his current run of success to six.While Shipman was the more talked about member of the tandem, including being the focus of this card’s Under the Radar profile, it was the 26-year-old van Steenis who proved to be the better man and vaulted himself into the thick of the title hunt in the process. Before beating Shipman on Saturday, the Dutchman earned a split decision win over durable divisional fixture Chris Honeycutt, and with the shakeup at the top of the weight class, there is an opportunity for him to land another high profile pairing in the second half of the year.Bellator clearly has a real talent on its hands with “The Spaniard” and it would make a lot of sense to get him into a main event assignment with a serious promotional push next time out in order to introduce him to a wider audience.Remember Oliver Enkamp?Chances are you don’t because you don’t have the same kind of weird brain thing I do where I remember baby-faced Swedish fighters who have a cup of coffee in the UFC and then disappear for 18 months.Either way, the now 27-year-old Enkamp returned for the first time since those twin losses in the Octagon to register a first-round submission win over Walter Gahadza in the final bout of the night. It may not sound like a lot, but this was a good win against a veteran coming off back-to-back stoppage victories and establishes Enkamp as someone to keep an eye on in the welterweight division. “The Future” was undefeated before arriving in the UFC, then promptly dropped back-to-back fights to Nordine Taleb and Danny Roberts, the first coming on short notice while he had a bad wheel. He was released after getting snuffed out by Roberts and has been floating in the ether ever since, finally resurfacing this weekend in London and getting an impressive stoppage win over Gahadza.While this is his first victory in the promotion — and his first win in a little over 26 months — the Swedish welterweight is just now hitting his athletic prime, showed a bunch of promise before his UFC stint and fights in a division with tons of established, entertaining options for Bellator matchmaker Rich Chou to pair him off with in the months ahead.This was a quality victory over a dangerous opponent and one that should put Enkamp on everyone’s radar going forward, not just weirdoes like me who have a strange ability to retain fighter information and get excited about Bellator dark matches.last_img read more

British Open 2019: Brooks Koepka’s hopes shot after dreadful start to round four

first_imgBrooks Koepka’s chances of winning The Open were all but dashed after he made a torrid start to round four.The world number one began Sunday, which was expected to bring heavy rain and strong wind, seven shots back of Shane Lowry and he needed a fast start to close the gap. Yet Koepka, who finished second, first and second in the first three majors of the year, opened with four straight bogeys in a shoddy beginning to his round. It meant Koepka was five under for the tournament having played four holes, 10 shots behind leader Lowry, and in need of a dramatic turnaround in fortunes.Such a prospect appeared as bleak as the skies at Portrush, with the worst of the forecast weather having not yet arrived.However, Koepka did make a spectacular eagle at the par-four fifth, having hit his drive to within a few feet, lifting him to seven under just after Lowry had birdied the fourth to get to 16 under.Here are the highlights of the Final Round so far #TheOpenLive scoring https://t.co/eQjasgPOwf pic.twitter.com/YmwZFloF5b— The Open (@TheOpen) July 21, 2019last_img read more

Tripled number of students in the football school “Asim Ferhatović Hase”

first_imgThe previous year 2012 was very succesfull for the youngest players of the youth troops of FK ” Srajevo” in the football school ”Asim Ferhatović Hase”. All children who attend regularly this school are between 6 and 11 years of age.” When I took over the football school in 2012, there were only 60 starters, and by the end of 2012, 140 young boys were regularly coming to training sessions.”- said the coordinator of the football school Samer NaserThe first steps were directed towards making a new plan and program of the trainings that will be acceptable to different starter age groups. They have improved the conditions for training, where children trained for the first time on the additional stadium of the Olympic stadium ” Asim Ferhatović Hase”.In order not to make the football school only about training, the football school has organized a lot of other activities for them. They have introduced their ”Bordo League” within which medals and diplomas were given.  The football school of FK ”Sarajevo” is not offering  only trainings but also different fun activities and that is why it has so much starter football players.last_img read more

Adnan Ćatić may still win the title of the best boxer in the World

first_imgGerman Boxing Federation annulled the match between Adnan Ćatić (Felix Sturm) and Sam Soliman because the Australian boxer used doping, reports DW.Ćatić tried to win the title of world champion, but Australian boxer won the match according to decision of judges. Ćatić said that he is satisfied with the decision of German Boxing Federation and added that now, when Soliman is suspended, he’ll now start with trainings and hopes to be the champion once again.International Boxing Federation said that they’ll uphold the decision of German Boxing Federation and added that Ćatić will get another opportunity to be the World champion.Ćatić will start with trainings, and after that he’ll have a match with Daniel Gael, which should happen in late May.(photo:boxinginsider)last_img read more

Begović: Another Good Result, See You in Brazil

first_imgGoalkeeper of football representation of B&H Asmir Begović did not hide his satisfaction in regard to the victory of B&H team over Mexico in a friendly match in Chicago.“Another great result for us tonight. We will keep moving on and it was great to play in front of our fans in America! See you in Brazil”, said Begović, via Twitter.Football players of B&H this morning (Central European time) won over Mexico 1:0 with the score from Hajrović at 41 minute of the game.This is the second victory of Sušić’s players at the American tournament in preparations for the world championship in Brazil. First match was against Ivory Coast where they won with the result 2:1.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Šetkić in the Finals of the ITF Futures Tournament in Istanbul

first_imgBosnian tennis player Aldin Šetkić entered the finals of the ITF Futures Tournament in Istanbul worth 10 000 Dollars.Šetkić who is the first holder of the Tournament won against the 4th holder Cem Ilkel, 6:3, 6:4 in the semifinals.During finals, he will play against the winner of the match Isaam Haitham Taweel – Nikala Scholtz. (Source: Fena)last_img

B&H Alpinist Adis Cingic to climb on Mount Kilimanjaro

first_imgAdis Cingic from Sarajevo is realizing something that is the dream of many alpinists like him – a project “the Seven Summits”- the seven continents. After four world expedition in which he participated in past years, Cingic is just preparing to go on Kilimanjaro. At the same time, he is trying in every way to draw attention to the beauty of B&H mountains through his association “Stopa”. He is one of the most respected mountain guides in our country, who knows all the secrets of local trails.Radiosarajevo.ba: Your next stop is Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak of Africa. What is the greatest challenge of Kilimanjaro?Cingic: Kilimanjaro is the third peak, on which we should go on the 4th of February, if we gather enough funds. It is located in Tanzania on 5895 meters above sea level high. There should be no technical difficulties and the biggest problem might be the height, because problems with a lack of oxygen are starting from 4000 meters. Our team is from all over the region and it should be about fifteen of us in the group. Three of us are going from Sarajevo: Andrea Curea, Samer Hajric and me.Radiosarajevo.ba: What is it about mountain climbing that attracts you so much?Cingic: I am personally attracted by expeditions, because of my constant desire to travel and the feeling of freedom when I’m in the mountains, far away from civilization. Then you start to deal with elementary things – how to survive, what to eat, how to save energy for the continuation of your trip, how not to get sick, how to preserve heat etc.Radiosarajevo.ba: And what are your plans after Africa?Cingic: I will still continue to train and climb and I hope that my dream will come true. After Kilimanjaro, I wish to go to North America and try to climb on Denali, 6194 meters above the sea level.But first I have to find a company that would fund the project “The Seven Summits” because it would be impossible to realize all this without their help.(Source: Vesna Andree Zaimovic, Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

Haris Medunjanin signed for Maccabi Tel Aviv

first_imgMember of B&H national football team Haris Medunjanin found a new club, Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv.Thirty years old Medunjanin mutually terminated his contract with Deportivo from La Coruna on Friday, in which he did not played much, and soon found a new club. He signed a 1.5 year contract with the club for which he played before, more precisely during the period from 2010 to 2012. He played 66 matches and scored 15 goals for the Israeli team.Medunjanin will wear jersey with the number 4 in Maccabi.After the contract was signed, Medunjanin made a statement to the official page of his new club.“I’m happy and grateful for being here because my team gave me a chance to do what I haven’t done before, to win titles with Maccabi. I heard that the club changed since I left. I cannot wait for the meeting with my new and old teammates” said Medunjanin.Haris previously performed for Gaziantepspor, Valladolid, Sparta Rotterdam and AZ Alkmaar.(Source: D. B./Klix.ba)last_img read more

A very Unusual Marathon will be organized in mid-January in Sarajevo!

first_imgA very unusual marathon will be organized in mid-January in BiH’s capital Sarajevo. Following the extreme ultra marathons, extreme triathlon and other challenges that move its own borders, the first “Unusual 42.195 m Sarajevo” marathon will take place on January 20th.The organizer, Athletic Club Novi Grad Sarajevo “Athlete”, stated that participants will run through the streets of the city, through the five Sarajevo municipalities, from Dariva to Vrelo Bosne, over Miljacka and Zeljeznica Rivers, ending in Safet Zajko Center.“Our marathon is unusual in every sense of the word, the traffic will not be stopped, there will be no fixed judges along the route or chips. We want to believe that the runners are good and honest people, and hence we will value the information on a cell phone, clock or pedometer, and by the account on the STRAVA application. The result will be evaluated if participants show the running activity within 6 hours of the 42.195 meters distance route, “the organizers say.If someone believes that 42.2 km is extreme, he or she can take two more runners and apply in that way.In the starter pack, participants will get a drifit t-shirt and an Unusual Finish Medal, and the organizer will ensure route patrol mobile revving stations with refreshments for runners.last_img read more

Todd Gurley is lying about his cat from the Hulu commercial

first_imgView this post on Instagram Week 5 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up picksFrom the interview:Q: What would you list as your dislikes?A: “Driving. Waking up early. And I hate 
dogs. I love cats, though. Cats are so cool. Actually, I’m probably gonna get some 
this year.”Q: Sorry, you’re gonna get a bunch of cats?”Two, at least, so they can, you know, conversate or whatever. I mean, how would I feel if I was a cat and someone bought me and just left me by myself 
for like 20 years?”Q: So, you’re the Crazy Cat Lady.”Yeah, I’ll be Cat Dude.”So when Gurley announced he became a “cat dad” in August, people thought he actually got a cat. But the dream of Todd Purrley didn’t last long. A few days later it was revealed the kitty was not actually his. The cat’s name is actually Mr. Hulu Has Live Sports and is only part of an ad campaign by the streaming service Hulu.Here’s the commercial. Practicing my new touchdown dance for Sunday🕺Goooooo @tg4hunnid #HuluHasLiveSports #Touchdown #CatDance @rams . . #cancelcable #football #rams #larams #browns#fantasyfootball #sports #instagood #instacat #nflfootball #nfl #catsofinstagram #cats_of_instagram #catlovers #cats_of_world #catoftheday #cats🐱 #touchdowndance #touchdowncelebration #nflfootball #nfl #footballseason #catsofinstagram #kitty #kitten #catoftheday #quarterback #mrhuluhaslivesports #huluA post shared by Mr. Hulu Has Live Sports (@mrhuluhaslivesports) on Sep 20, 2019 at 12:55pm PDT What’s that? The @buccaneers are going down this Sunday? Oh, and Hulu Has Live Sports? Go @tg4hunnid Go @rams Go @hulu #HuluHasLiveSports . . #GoRams #nfl #football #footballseason #larams #buccaneers #sports #catsofinstagram #cats #catstagram #instacat #kitty #ilovemycat #catsagram #catlovers #kittens #bestmeow #animal #petstagram #pets #NFLSunday #toddgurley #mrhuluhaslivesports #huluA post shared by Mr. Hulu Has Live Sports (@mrhuluhaslivesports) on Sep 26, 2019 at 11:51am PDTHere’s the cat wide open for a touchdown View this post on Instagram I make this look easy, and I don’t even have thumbs. 👍 . . #cats #catsofinstagram #cats_of_instagram #catstagram #cutecats #catsofinsta #catfluencer #catoftheday #weeklyfluff #huluhaslivesports #hulu #getthatmoney #getthatmeowney #meow #meowing #catstagram #catlover #nfl #football #catch #catfootball #catricks #mrhuluhaslivesports #toddgurley #gurleyA post shared by Mr. Hulu Has Live Sports (@mrhuluhaslivesports) on Aug 20, 2019 at 6:54pm PDTHere’s the cat with a helmet I’m the starting running cat for #TeamHuluHasLiveSports. NBD. 💪💪💪 . . #cats #catsofinstagram #cats_of_instagram #catstagram #cutecats #catsofinsta #catfluencer #catoftheday #weeklyfluff #huluhaslivesports #hulu #getthatmoney #getthatmeowney #meow #meowing #catstagram #catlover #football #footballcat #mrhuluhaslivesportsA post shared by Mr. Hulu Has Live Sports (@mrhuluhaslivesports) on Aug 12, 2019 at 4:09pm PDTHere’s the cat with his fake father View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Rams running back Todd Gurley excited cat owners everywhere when he finally lived up to his promise of adopting a feline earlier this year.The adoption seemed legit, since Gurley told ESPN Magazine a year earlier how much he wanted a cat in his life. While it’s very upsetting Gurley lied about his cat-owning status, we’ve at least been blessed with an adorable kitty.Mr. Hulu Has Live Sports has an Instagram page with over 13,000 followers. The cat posts pics with his fake dad and poses in various football-related settings. We realize this is all just free publicity for Hulu, but you need to take a look at these cat photos.Here’s the cat catching a footballlast_img read more

Gary Hamilton, 78, Belle Plaine: Feb. 15, 1935 – Sept. 21, 2013

first_imgGary HamiltonGary Lynn Hamilton, 78, retired farmer and aircraft worker of Belle Plaine, died Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Wichita at the age of 78.Gary was born the son of Lottie E. (Roll) and Joseph Benson Hamilton on February 15, 1935 in Wellington.On February 8, 1958, Gary and Charlene Hamilton were united in marriage in Belle Plaine. Together they celebrated 55 wonderful years of marriage.He is survived by his loving wife Charlene Hamilton of Belle Plaine; cherished daughter and son-in-law Sheena and Kevin Rexrode of Lumberton, North Carolina; beloved son Aaron Hamilton of Belle Plaine; brothers Howard Hamilton and his wife Evelyn of Wichita and Glenn Hamilton and his wife Joyce of Belle Plaine; sisters Beulah Watkins of Belle Plaine, Inez Savage of Tucson, Arizona and Clara Thompson of Mulvane; and many nieces, nephews and friends.He was preceded in death by his son Tim J.; his parents Joseph B. and Lottie Hamilton; a sister Murriel Burrows; and two brothers Richard Hamilton and Ralph Hamilton.Memorial Services for Gary will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Belle Plaine United Methodist Church, 124 East 10th Belle Plaine.Inurnment will follow at the Belle Plaine Cemetery in Belle Plaine.Memorials have been established in his loving memory with Belle Plaine United Methodist Church, 124 East 10th Belle Plaine 67013. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Live twitter feed: Sumner County week #4

first_imgClose Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Garage Sales for Sept. 5-7:

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Amy Troutman · 310 weeks ago Huge garage sale and living estate sale – Fri. Sept 5th 4-7 pm. Sat. Sept 6th 7 am-? 1505 and 1521 N Day Wellington – something for everyone! Let’s make a deal. (Troutmans) Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down DeeAnna Stout · 310 weeks ago GARAGE SALE – HUGE Selection – 2 neighbors. 1511 N. Day & 1505 N. Day In Wellington. Friday 5th, 5p-7p, Saturday 6th, 7a-12n. Mountain bikes, scooters, wicker chair, end table, games, barbies, baskets, home decor, babydoll changing table, Girls clothes 10-12, crafts, lots of home decor items! Come See us! Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Lori Oathout · 309 weeks ago Garage sale Saturday 8-1. 609 Sylvan Lane (west of Presbyterian church). Play station 2 , Nerf guns, bb guns, digital photo frame, bar stools, coffee table, lots of namebrand (UA, Nike) barely used sports shoes -football, basketball, baseball, bowling, softbal and some equipment for all. l Good name brand teen boys and girls clothes (UA, Hollister, Am Eagle, Maurice’s). Outdoor cmas decorations, Purses, Dishes, bikes,,,I keep adding more. Who knows by tomorrow! Cheap! Want it all gone!!!! (No early sales) Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Amy Troutman · 309 weeks ago Huge Garage Sales – 1505, 1511, & 1521 N Day — something for everyone. Holiday decor, couch, glider, like new shower seat, sewing cart, computer desk, clothes, bar ware, purses, comforters – and so much more! Everything must go! Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Sept. 5-7, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Amy Diver was crowned Duchess of Wellington at halftime

first_imgFor all the homecoming pictures click here. Follow us on Twitter. Amy Diver is crowned by WHS football player Lane Beard and escort Woody Horn (photo by Eric Rinehart).by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Amy Diver was crowned the Duchess of Wellington for 2014 during the halftime of the homecoming game.Diver was selected with Peyton Adams, Bailey Altdendorf, Taylor Altendorf, Jessica Reyes as the other Duchess candidates. Unlike last year when there was a downpour during homecoming, this year’s show went without a hitch.Diver is the daughter of Tracy and Paula Diver. She is a member of the St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church. She is in school activities including Leadership for two years, National Honor Society for two years, Fellowship of Christian Athletes for four years, cheerleading for four years, and band for four years.Outside of school, Diver attends and is a board member of the Catholic Youth Ministry Youth Group. Her future plans are to attend a community college and then go on to Kansas State University to major in oncology. She is being escorted by Woody Horn.The 2014 Duchess Homecoming court. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down David · 305 weeks ago Congrats! She looks legitimately surprised! I like that. Report Reply 0 replies · active 305 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Spellcheck · 305 weeks ago Good article but it’s Paula Diver, not Paul. Report Reply 0 replies · active 305 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Help wanted: Physical therapist at Sumner County Home Health

first_imgSumner County Health Department – Physical Therapist – Non-exempt: Physical Therapist for Sumner County Home Health needed.  Full-time, part-time, PRN and contracted options available.  In-county travel required.   For Complete job description contact the Sumner County Clerk’s Office, 501 N Washington, Wellington, KS.  ph 620-326-3395Apply online at www.HRePartners.com or at the Sumner County Clerk’s Office.  Interested in contracting call 620-326-2774 and ask for Laura.  Applications close 10/23/2014. EOElast_img read more

NFL mock draft 2020: Bengals, Dolphins go QB; Falcons, Giants take edge-rushers; Eagles find corner

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2c/b5/jonathan-taylor-052119-getty-ftr_16xiqpinafbpz1jy258tmp70ch.jpg?t=-597789294&w=500&quality=80 From the updated 1-32 based on current NFL standings and playoff seeding, here is Sporting News’ second in-season projection for the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas.NFL POWER RANKINGS:Updated order ahead of Week 9NFL mock draft 2020 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a6/50/jerry-jeudy-062619-getty-ftr_xk3fztssszqh1q02y8bdmplub.jpg?t=-1804248021&w=500&quality=80 10. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5)Isaiah Simmons, ILB, ClemsonThe Chargers remain weak on the second level, both against the run and in intermediate coverage, and have been further exposed without James. Simmons is an active player who seems to be all over the field at all times for the Tigers.11. Las Vegas Raiders (3-4)Javon Kinlaw, DT, South CarolinaKinlaw has been a big-time inside disruptor for the Gamecocks with five sacks in eight games. At 6-6, 310 pounds, he can be the new Geno Atkins in Paul Guenther’s defense. He would look good playing with Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby.12. Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)CeeDee Lamb, WR, OklahomaLamb has needed only 36 receptions in eight games to put up 816 yards and 11 TDs. At 6-3, 190 pounds, he is both a great vertical threat and a red-zone target. The Dolphins need to pair Tagovailoa with a dominant No. 1 like Lamb.13. Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Henry Ruggs III, WR, AlabamaThe Raiders whiffed on Antonio Brown, but Tyrell Williams was a great signing and has been solid when healthy working as the necessary No. 1. But the Raiders could use a No. 2 who can take the top off a defense. Ruggs (6-0, 190 pounds) plays bigger than his size as a dynamic deep threat with underrated qualities as a possession man.14. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1)Calvin Throckmorton, OT, OregonThrockmorton (6-5, 309 pounds) is putting together a fine senior season for the Ducks while blocking for Justin Herbert. He is a smooth, agile pass protector with the upside to develop into a better run blocker in the NFL. Kliff Kingsbury would be thrilled to have him operate in front of Kyler Murray.15. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)Kristian Fulton, CB, LSUEveryone can see the Eagles’ desperate need for a lockdown corner who has a nose for big plays given how messy that position has been for them in 2019. Fulton (6-1, 192) is a physical cover man with great technique and footwork, giving him shutdown upside.16. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4)Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn StateYannick Ngakoue is a pending free agent who might be out of their price range, and Calais Campbell is 33. The Jaguars will need to resupply their pass rush, and Gross-Matos (6-5, 242 pounds) is a well-built, explosive and versatile defender who can thrive in Todd Wash’s 4-3 scheme. 21. Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Jonathan Taylor, RB, WisconsinThe Dolphins can complete their offensive skill rebuild by adding a feature back to support Tagovailoa and Lamb. Taylor (5-11, 219 pounds) has great vision and burst as a runner, and he doesn’t get enough credit for what he can do as a receiver, which has been on display more this season.22. Minnesota Vikings (6-2)Creed Humphrey, G, OklahomaThe Vikings need to keep upgrading their run blocking to fit their new offensive identity with Dalvin Cook. Humphrey (6-4, 312 pounds) is a good hand-fighter who has great athleticism for the position.23. Buffalo Bills (5-2) Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, ColoradoThe Bills have a deep threat in John Brown and a steady slot presence in Cole Beasley. But they have a glaring hole at the other outside receiver spot, where Zay Jones didn’t work out and former CFL standout Duke Williams isn’t looking like the answer, either. Shenault is a more complete receiver at 6-1, 215 pounds.24. Seattle Seahawks (6-2)C.J. Henderson, CB, FloridaThe Seahawks, two years removed from losing Richard Sherman, still need to get better at cornerback. Henderson (6-1, 202 pounds) plays bigger than he is with great athleticism and technique in his favor. He just needs to get a little more physical to be trusted against receivers who rely on body positioning to get open.25. Dallas Cowboys (4-3)Neville Gallimore, DT, OklahomaGallimore (6-2, 301 pounds) has gotten more attention for the punch he has shown on the Sooners’ interior line this season, blossoming as a senior with three sacks. The Cowboys could use someone like him to further set the tone up front and get to the quarterback to complement what they have on the edge.26. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3)Kenneth Murray, ILB, OklahomaThe Chiefs have been trying to get by with a rotation in the middle, and the results have been awful, as they can neither stop the run nor cover backs or tight ends. Murray (6-2, 243 pounds) is an active, rangy playmaker who can be as effective dropping back as he is getting downhill against the run or blitzing.27. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise StateThe Ravens need to find that dominant pass rusher for their 3-4 defense after losing Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs. Weaver (6-3, 265 pounds) has been an absolute beast on the blue turf with 9.5 sacks this season. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/0/9a/jalen-hurts-081818-getty-ftrjpg_1mtt5j53yb4vs1qnemxmdxvcfj.jpg?t=-1245430611&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/af/f1/isaiah-simmons-081818-getty-ftrjpg_1y2h2c5f6qr2d1v97bhecbylr0.jpg?t=-1621715573&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/46/b7/tee-higgins-062619-getty-ftr_wwgzkzpbsc771eo2mgeth34zu.jpg?t=-1803990973&w=500&quality=80 28. Green Bay Packers (7-1)Tee Higgins, WR, ClemsonHiggins combines tremendous, No. 1-style size (6-4, 205 pounds) with explosiveness. He is averaging 21.8 yards per catch with three TDs for the Tigers in 2019. The Packers need to clean up the committee behind Davante Adams.29. Indianapolis Colts (5-2)Travis Etienne, RB, ClemsonMarlon Mack is a good power back, but he has some durability issues and has lost some effectiveness behind the Colts’ elite line. Etienne (5-10, 210 pounds) would bring more explosiveness to their backfield. He is the most impressive in the open field and has a high upside as a three-down back because of his potential as a receiver.30. New Orleans Saints (7-1)Jalen Reagor, WR, TCUThe Saints need a dasher to complement Michael Thomas and stretch the field. Reagor fits the bill at 5-11, 185 pounds and also provides some nice run-after-catch skills.31. San Francisco 49ers (7-0) 17. Tennessee Titans (4-4)Jalen Hurts, QB, OklahomaWe could have the Titans going to Oregon again and getting Herbert to replace Marcus Mariota, but we know this is a copycat league in which QBs from Oklahoma’s great passing system were the past two No. 1 picks. The NFL is more open to dual threats of his ilk, and Hurts, at 6-2, 219 pounds, has good enough size with a welcome winning pedigree. The latest buzz on him can’t be denied.18. Detroit Lions (3-3-1)Tyler Biadasz, G, WisconsinThe Lions need to keep upgrading their power run blocking, because it clearly hasn’t been good enough this season. Biadasz (6-3, 321 pounds) is next in the strong line of Badgers interior blockers (Travis Frederick, Kevin Zeitler).19. Carolina Panthers (4-3)Derrick Brown, DT, AuburnThe Panthers, after addressing the edge with Brian Burns and Christian Miller, need to beef up their front with a quick disruptor who makes plays in the backfield. Brown (6-5, 318 pounds) fits that mold.20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Trevon Diggs, CB, AlabamaThe Jaguars can replace Jalen Ramsey with Diggs, who can pair well with A.J. Bouye because of his size (6-2, 207 pounds), strength and downfield speed. Diggs is rising fast with his big senior season (three interceptions in eight games). 1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-8)Joe Burrow, QB, LSUBurrow has enjoyed a meteoric rise as the new Heisman Trophy favorite and appealing top QB prospect in this class. At 6-3, 215 pounds, he combines his mental and physical toughness in the pocket with a strong arm and accurate delivery. His leadership skills also have flourished in Baton Rouge. Coach Zac Taylor will see some Jared Goff qualities in Burrow as a traditional passer, which makes sense for the Bengals after their benching of Andy Dalton, assuming Ryan Finley doesn’t pull a Gardner Minshew.2. Miami Dolphins (0-7)Tua Tagovailoa, QB, AlabamaTagovailoa hasn’t done much to drop his value, but the durability concerns, combined with Burrow’s spectacular play, have caused him to slip for now in the eyes of many NFL observers. Contrary to popular growing belief, Tagovailoa when healthy is not just the product of the talented offense around him. He is an accurate, mobile deep-ball thrower with the upside of Russell Wilson, only left-handed.3. Washington Redskins (1-7)Andrew Thomas, OT, GeorgiaAssuming the Redskins want to stick with and develop first-round QB Dwayne Haskins in the right way with a new coach, they need a new rock of a left tackle. Thomas matches great size (6-5, 320 pounds) with good hands and footwork, so he can also be an asset in the running game.4. Atlanta Falcons (1-7)Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio StateThere’s a good chance defensive-minded coach Dan Quinn will not be around to help Falcons officials make this pick, but they should be hoping the three teams ahead think QB and offense first. Young is an explosive athlete who can finally solve the team’s long-standing edge rush issues, which it has had limited success addressing. Young (6-5, 265 pounds) is a game-changing disruptor. He has followed up a 10.5-sack season with 13.5 already in eight games as a junior. 5. New York Jets (1-6)Jerry Jeudy, WR, AlabamaThe Jets need an all-around perimeter guy for Sam Darnold with speedy deep threat Robby Anderson unlikely to be re-signed. Jeudy is a classic drive-finishing No. 1 at 6-1, 198 pounds. He also won’t be the only ‘Bama wideout taken in the first round.6. New York Giants (2-6)A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, IowaDave Gettleman is slowing working on getting the Giants back to elite defense with their 3-4 scheme under James Bettcher, and this is a great spot to address the outside pass rush. There’s also some promise up front with Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams, and Ryan Connolly should return healthy to star at linebacker. Espensa (6-6, 280 pounds) is a powerful, explosive, big-bodied player with some traits similar to those of Joey Bosa.7. Denver Broncos (2-6)Grant Delpit, S, LSUThe Broncos’ secondary has Chris Harris Jr. and not much else for Vic Fangio’s defense. Unlike his Bears group, they are missing someone who can fly around the field, stop the run like an extra linebacker and make big plays while inside in coverage. Delpit plays like the Chargers’ Derwin James with tremendous size (6-3, 203 pounds) for the position.8. Cleveland Browns (2-5)Tristan Wirfs, OT, IowaSecuring the edges of their offensive line, especially in pass protection, is the Browns’ top target. At 6-5, 315 pounds, Wirfs is the all-around stout tackle the Browns desperately need to fortify their front for the sake of both Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb.9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5)Jeffery Okudah, CB, Ohio StateOkudah has emerged as a premier ballhawk for the Buckeyes with his three interceptions in eight games and keeps getting better as a shutdown type at 6-1, 200 pounds. The Buccaneers have been awful on the back end with Vernon Hargreaves disappointing and Carlton Davis being a liability. The first half of the 2019 NFL regular season is in the books, and the college football regular season is entering its final month. With the NFL Draft order starting to come into focus and the top prospects on the radar of most scouts, it’s a perfect time to clock in with an updated 2020 mock draft.The 0-8 Bengals hold the first pick now, but the 0-7 Dolphins have a game in hand. The battle for that selection probably comes down to the teams’ head-to-head matchup in Week 16. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/62/7/joe-burrow-081318-getty-ftr_1n5lk1o8vfwmr1fa1rpn7fios1.jpg?t=1875115390&w=500&quality=80 Xavier McKinney, S, AlabamaThe Niners have seen their defensive work in the draft pay off, but they still have a hole at safety. At 6-1, 197 pounds, McKinney could do it all for San Francisco, handling tight ends in coverage and cleaning up against running backs.32. New England Patriots (8-0)Raekwon Davis, DT, AlabamaDavis (6-7, 312 pounds) is a massive, versatile player from a scheme and program Bill Belichick likes. He can line up at both end and tackle to eat space against the run.last_img read more

Yahoo Fantasy Football Picks Week 10: NFL DFS lineup advice for cash games

first_imgOur Yahoo daily fantasy football cash lineup last week had a couple misses, including a big dud from Allen Robinson, but Josh Jacobs, Derrick Henry, and Tyler Lockett came through with two-TD performances, while Courtland Sutton and Le’Veon Bell had decent days, too. For our Week 10 NFL DFS cash lineup picks, we’re embracing Christian McCaffrey’s high price and opting for some cheaper WRs who still should have high floors in favorable matchups.To balance out our “cheap” WR approach, we’re paying up for the second-most expensive TE on the slate and the fifth-most expensive QB. Both are likely underpriced because of injuries — Drew Brees because of his own time missed earlier this year, and Travis Kelce because of the uncertainty surrounding Patrick Mahomes. As such, we’re still getting them at decent prices. WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerUltimately, this lineup will be carried by McCaffrey, but our RB2 should be in line for a big day at more than half the price. Mixed with Brees, Kelce, and a steal of a defense, we like our chances of finishing in the money.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 10 Yahoo NFL DFS Lineup: Picks, Advice for cash gamesQB: Drew Brees, Saints vs. Falcons ($34). Brees returned from a thumb injury in Week 8 and threw for 373 yards and three TDs, so it’s safe to say he’s over the “rust” period. After a bye to rest up even more, he gets a hapless Falcons defense that’s allowed the third-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to quarterbacks this year. At $6 off QB1 pricing, Brees feels like a deal. WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPRB: Christian McCaffrey, Panthers @ Packers ($41). As if you needed more reason to play McCaffrey, the Packers just allowed a big day to Melvin Gordon and are sixth in RB FPPG allowed this year. RB: David Montgomery, Bears vs. Lions ($20). Montgomery has seen at least 17 touches in each of the past two weeks, and he actually paid off in a brutal matchup at Philadelphia last week, scoring twice and posting a respectable 76 total yards. Detroit allows the most FPPG to RBs, so Montgomery’s pricing is ridiculous. Take advantage. WR: Golden Tate, Giants @ Jets ($19). The one worry with Tate is Sterling Shepard (concussion) returns for this game and steals some targets. We’ll take that risk. In Weeks 6-8, Tate averaged 10 targets, 6.7 catches, and 89 yards while scoring one total touchdown. The Jets just got roasted by two different Dolphins’ receivers and allow the seventh-most FPPG to the position. Tate also feels underpriced. WR: John Brown, Bills @ Browns ($18). Brown has scored just twice this year, so perhaps that’s why he doesn’t get the respect he deserves. He averages 7.5 targets per game and has at least four catches and 51 yards in every game this season. Sure, you like him more in GPPs because of his big-play ability, but he gets steady enough production that his floor works at this price for cash games, too.WR: Zach Pascal, Colts vs. Dolphins ($17). In two games without T.Y. Hilton (calf) this year, Pascal has four catches for 72 yards and five catches for 76 yards and a score, respectively. He has two other games with touchdowns this year, including a 6-106-2 line in Week 7 against Houston. There’s a minor worry here about how he’ll fare if Brian Hoyer is forced to start for Jacoby Brissett (knee), but given the opponent, it’s a very minor worry. Miami allows the eighth-most FPPG to WRS, and it’s prone to bonehead breakdowns that result in big plays. We’d like Colts’ secondary receivers Parris Campbell and Chester Rogers more in GPPs.TE: Travis Kelce, Chiefs @ Titans ($24). Patrick Mahomes’ absence hasn’t really hurt Kelce the past two weeks, as the stud tight end has averaged 5.5 catches and 62.5 yards while scoring once. With Mahomes (knee) expected back this week, we’re all-in on Kelce against a below-average Titans defense vs. tight ends. It’s tough sledding at the position with George Kittle, Hunter Henry, and Darren Waller playing in Thursday or Monday night games and Zach Ertz on bye, so we’re willing to pay up for one of the few studs who also happens to have the best matchup.  MORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderFLEX: DeVante Parker, Dolphins @ Colts ($13). We get it — he plays for the Dolphins — but Parker’s price doesn’t really make sense. He’s scored in four of the past five games, and aside from a Week 2 goose egg against the Patriots, he’s had at least 7.1 Yahoo points every week, averaging 11.1 points in those non-New England games. With Preston Williams (knee) banged up, Parker might see more defensive attention but also more targets, so we’ll take our chances in this neutral matchup.D/ST: Ravens @ Bengals ($13). Baltimore isn’t all that good, but it showed last week against the Patriots it can still make big plays. Ryan Finley will be making his first NFL start for the Bengals, so we’ll take advantage and hope for a little more big-play magic.last_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: Saquon Barkley, Jordan Howard, Devonta Freeman, more affect Week 12 RB rankings

first_imgWEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerSaquon Barkley injury updateBefore the Giants’ Week 11 bye, Barkley had admitted to not being 100 percent in his return from an ankle sprain and he was on the off field in Week 10 because of a dinged-up shoulder. That could partially explain his 13 rushes for one yard against the Jets. There haven’t been new reports during the bye, but you’d expect it could only have helped Barkley with both injuries. The Giants play at Chicago on Sunday.Across New York’s past three games, the best yards per carry Barkley averaged was 3.4. Ideally, he’ll be better after a week off, but it’s hard to know until he’s back out running the football Sunday. If he’s active, you can’t sit him in fantasy.MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSJordan Howard injury newsHoward (shoulder) was a limited participant in Eagles’ practice last week before missing Sunday’s game. As of Sunday, he’d yet to be cleared for contact. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Howard is “progressing nicely” and “doing well,” but didn’t go into further detail.Philadelphia seemed to expect Howard to be cleared or the signing of Jay Ajayi would’ve happened earlier last week. Howard will be a solid RB2 if he plays in Week 12 against Seattle, and if not, Miles Sanders should see around 80-percent of the snaps again, like he did in Week 11.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWill Devonta Freeman play Week 12?After missing Week 11, Freeman (foot) is “trending in the right way,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Monday. Quinn doesn’t expect Freeman to practice Wednesday but could see him returning to the field Thursday. Atlanta plays the Buccaneers’ strong run defense Sunday.Freeman’s return would spell the quick end of fantasy value for Brian Hill, who was a hot waiver wire commodity just a week ago. Hill wouldn’t be more than a FLEX play against Tampa Bay as the starter, anyway. Saquon Barkley headlines the running back injuries heading into Week 12. His ankle sprain has been played through for weeks now. The RB rankings will also be impacted by injuries to Jordan Howard, Devonta Freeman and Matt Breida. Absences could open the door to sleeper value for Miles Sanders, Brian Hill and Raheem Mostert.For updates on Marlon Mack and James Conner, go here; for the latest on JuJu Smith-Schuster, click here; for news on banged-up WRs, such as Will Fuller, T.Y. Hilton, Tyler Lockett, and more, click here; for the latest on injured TEs George Kittle, Evan Engram, and Austin Hooper, go here. Follow us for more news and updates on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPMatt Breida injury updateBreida wasn’t able to participate in any team portions of practice last week, only getting side work in, before missing Sunday’s game. It would be foolish to expect a return from his ankle injury before he can make it back to the practice field in at least some capacity. Kyle Shanahan said Monday that they’ll make a determination later in the week on the players that missed Sunday’s game.If Breida misses Week 12 against the Packers, Raheem Mostert would remain the priority backup to Tevin Coleman. The 49ers play on Sunday night, so hopefully the San Francisco decision-making happens earlier than that for the sake of fantasy owners. Tevin Coleman remains an RB2 against Green Bay, while his backup can be used as a FLEX.last_img read more

2015 Wellington City Financial Audit report released…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the financial audit report for the city of Wellington that was prepared by city auditor Lonnie Cooper. The report was presented at Tuesday’s meeting and received a “clean” rating: 2014 City audit reportFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 262 weeks ago Thought there some money still available to improve the disc golf course from the original donation from TECT?. Report Reply 0 replies · active 262 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Vicki Ruth (Butler) Schneider: Dec. 24, 1947 – Sept. 16, 2016

first_imgVicki Ruth (Butler) Schneider died Sept. 16, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Vicki was born December 24, 1947, in Wellington to Ruth and Edgar Butler. She graduated from Wellington High School and the University of Kansas.Vicki was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dennis Butler. She is survived by her companion and caretaker, Mike Maupin, her daughter, Anni Ruth Schneider of Nashville TN, her niece, Christine McGaugh of Wichita, her nephew, Jeff Butler of Wellington. and an aunt, Shirley Goodman of Wellington. Vicki wished to thank her family and many friends for their love and support through the years. There will be a family memorial service at a later date.last_img read more

Black Friday Sale at Derby Mattress – savings galore!

first_imgCheck out the Black Friday Sale at Derby Mattress, located at 105 S. Baltimore (K-15) in Derby at 316-789-0880. For more information click here: Save up to $1,300 on Serta iComfort or iSeries Motion Adjustable and get a free Cuisinart Cookware Set. This promotion ends on Nov. 30. So hurry!Hard to find two-sided mattress set – starting as low as $599 for a Queen set.And Black Friday Only Sale – Queen Pillow Top Mattress. Sets starting at $299.And check out this Special Promotion: Serta Queen Memory Foam Mattress on Motion Adjustable Base on sale for $999.Serta, mattresseslast_img read more

If Kansas Supreme Court shuts public schools down; this could create construction chaos at USD 353

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If the Kansas Supreme Court follows through with its threat to the state legislature to close the state’s public school system on July 1, this could create a problem for USD 353 and the construction process.Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss told the board at last week’s meeting that it the court shuts down the Kansas public school system, all construction on the safety and security bond project quite possibly will come to a halt and will not start again until a settlement is reached.That comes as unwelcome news to the board, which is hoping that the project will come to a completion before the 2016-17 school year starts in August. Deadlines are tight at the moment.USD 353 is currently in a two-year construction project that includes major innovation to the various school buildings for safety and maintenance issues. While much of the project is complete, there is still several items left to do including the implementation of a new HVAC unit and boiler at the Wellington Middle School and the repaving of the parking lot.Weiss said the state supreme court has threatened the legislature that if it does not adequately address the inequality funding mechanisms in its latest legislation, the court will shut the school system down on July 1 – the beginning of the school calendar year.“If that happens, all employees, venders, contractors would be paid for their services on June 30,” Weiss said. “But then thereafter, everything will be closed. All public employees will go home and won’t come back until ordered.”From that perspective, that puts a wrench in the early August construction deadline plans when USD 353 is scheduled to restart. In this case, the construction workers are considered school employees until the project is complete.“I’ve been telling them exactly what I’m telling you, I don’t know what is going to happen,” Weiss said. “Everything is on hold.”The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in February that the state’s 2015 block grant funding law, which was meant to be a temporary fix replacing a per-student formula, actually left poorer school districts with a $54 million shortfall. It therefore ordered that if adequate legislation that addresses the inequality issue isn’t in place by then, the court will decide that “no constitutionally valid school finance system exists… and without one, the schools in Kansas will be unable to operate beyond June 30.”“Accordingly, the Legislature’s chosen path during the 2016 session will ultimately determine whether Kansas students will be treated fairly and the schoolhouse doors will be open to them in August for the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year,” the ruling stated.Kansas State Attorney General Derek Schmidt has filed a brief with the Kansas Supreme Court this week in hopes to stave off the possible closure.Weiss said the legislature and court are headed for a showdown in May, with oral arguments for both sides starting on May 10.“It will be interesting to see what the political fortitude is of the supreme court,” Weiss said. “I am sure they are under tremendous pressure both individually and collectively.”Stay tuned.———In other business, the school board:•Approved the resignations of the following personnel effective at the end of the 2015-16 school year:– Rene Ferguson: USD 353 Speech-language pathologist;– Brandi Kirschen: secretary at Kennedy Elementary;– Kelsi Barlow, fifth grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary;– Damian Hays, WHS Spanish teacher, TIRC and MTSS team.•Tabled the consideration of school picture bids for 2015-16 until it could gather some more input;•Approved using Agler & Gaeddert of Emporia as the auditor for the district;•Allowed the use of the school building for Larry Steckline for the Wheat Festival using the same stipulation administered from the previous year.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Sylvester Provencio aggravate battery trial to restart at 1 p.m. today

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A Sumner County jury has been excused by Judge Scott McQuin for the weekend and reconvenes at 1 p.m. today to hear more testimony in the trial of Sylvester Provencio, accused of aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and a deprivation of motor vehicle misdemeanor.  Monday will mark Day 5 in a trial that has already pitted significant legal haggling between the state of Kansas and Provencio defense attorney Jess Hoeme of the Wichita firm Joseph Hollander and Craft. Provencio, 22, of Caldwell is accused of assaulting two older Caldwell men on April 22, 2015 in rural Sumner County over an incident that started with a white Toyota pickup that was stuck in the mud during the midnight hour. Nick Reedy, 33, also of Caldwell, who was with Provencio that night, has already pled guilty to aggravated battery charges during a plea bargain agreement earlier in the week.  Much of Thursday and Friday’s court proceedings dealt with police evidence from the investigation including two key pieces —  a metal pipe which was found on the floorboard of the Mary Kay Pink Cadillac recovered after the melee in Caldwell, and the whereabouts of Greg Schneider’s wallet that was missing and not found until the following fall during football season.  Provencio and Reedy are accused of stealing the Cadillac that Greg Schneider, 53, of Caldwell was driving when he met them that night. It was eventually recovered in Caldwell at the Reedy home.  Sources outside the courtroom said that pipe could have been used in the attack that would knock out Schneider, who suffered significant injuries that kept him in Sumner County Hospital in Caldwell for three days.  Schneider would later testify injuries from he assault still bother him over a year later. Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin deemed the piece of metal pipe as irrelevant to the case since it lacked enough blood sampling to produce conclusive DNA evidence.  The whereabout of the Schneider’s wallet, that allegedly included several credit cards, cash, and other items has also been a significant topic of debate throughout the two court days. The judge disallowed the testimony of a truck driver, who allegedly found the wallet in a field sometime later, because Spencer had not submitted his name on the witness list.  Through Thursday and Friday, 911 dispatchers and police detectives have been grilled by the defense on various investigative tactics in this case, that may have tainted the case. Hoeme has diligently focused on the lack of blood sampling by Sumner County detectives on Bryan Nispel’s pickup. Hoeme has also focused on the inability of the investigative detectives to specific place the location of the victims and the vehicles and the sequence of events.  Hoeme has also objected to the judge that witnesses called by the prosecution were talking amongst themselves in the hallway and collaborating on testimony when they were specifically sequestered from the courtroom and forbidden to talk about the case by Judge McQuin earlier in the week.  Schneider took the stand Thursday describing the April 2015 events. He reiterated an earlier testimony of Nispel, in which the two men had played cards at Joe B’s Tavern in Caldwell before driving home in separate vehicles east of the community. He said Nispel was in the lead driving a Dodge Ram while he was in the pink Cadillac. Nispel passed by the stuck pickup that was in the ditch south of U.S. 81 and telephoned Schneider to stop because someone might have needed some help.  Schneider said from the witness stand, that when he stopped it appeared Provencio and Reedy were arguing with one another. And then Townsend, who would later flee the scene, would come up and apologize to him on the way they were acting which he thought was rather strange.  The 55-year-old said he got out of the Cadillac and was approached by Provencio who asked him “do you know who I am?” Schneider said he responded by saying “I know a lot about you.”  Schneider said Provencio appeared to take exception with his answer and started coming toward him. That was when Nispel pulled up in his pickup for the first time and asked what the issue was. He said that Provencio redirected his attention to Nispel and that left him with Reedy which Schneider said was nice to him at first but seemed to change his disposition thereafter.  Eventually, Nispel and Provencio were in the ditch fighting and Schneider was brawling with Reedy. After Nispel was able to escape Provencio in the adjacent ditch, he ran back to his Dodge Ram pickup and told Schneider that they needed to leave. He got in his pickup and proceeded south to turn around the Dodge.  The next moment Schneider said he doesn’t remember and blacked out, and would remember little else for the rest of the evening.  Schneider said he suffered from three broken teeth, a tongue swelling, two broken ribs, contusion to his kidney and other injuries. He described going to physical therapy over the past year and to this day suffers headaches.  He said his sleep patterns have changed and he has to take many more naps than what he previous had before the attack. Âlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: The fall choir concert is tonight at 7 p.m.

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016:•Sports calendar can be found here:•Fall choir concert, 7 p.m. is tonight.•Today’s lunch — Hot Dog, Turkey Burger, salad.•Tomorrow’s lunch — Chicken Patty, or spicy chicken patty, roasted pork, said.Today’s News: *The Choir’s  Concert BATTLE OF THE DECADES is tonight at 7 pm in the auditorium. Come check it out!*Tennis is out at 1 p.m. today. They are marked activity.*The first Work Ethic Meeting will be on Wednesday, October 5 at 11:30 am in room 107.Guidance Office News: Visits during lunch:Tuesday- Sept 27th- Pittsburg StateThursday- Sept 29- University of KansasMonday- Oct 3rd- Cowley CollegeFriday- Oct 7- Wichita StateMonday- Oct 10- Fort Hays StateTuesday- October 25- Army Sgt MorganWednesday- October 26-Butler CCCThursday- October 27- Cloud CCCMonday- Nov 14- Kansas State UniversityWednesday-Nov 30- Washburn University.Today is National…National Chocolate Milk DayNational Crush a Can Day.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Wellington enrollment is up; Sumner schools stay put in classifications

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Despite the continuous comments on social media that people are moving away from Wellington in droves, the high school enrollment figures prove otherwise.WHS reported 478 students – up from 469 in 2015-16. Subsequently, Wellington will remain in Class 4A, Div. I.The Kansas State High School Activities Association released its 2016-17 classification list for all sports except football, Monday morning. Sumner County schools basically stayed put as did most of the schools surrounding them.Conway Springs and Belle Plaine remain in Class 3A. Both schools have the same enrollment. Conway Springs has 188 while Belle Plaine has 180 students. Conway Springs dipped five students, while Belle Plaine increased three in 2015-16.Oxford had 98 students putting the Wildcats in Class 2A. The school had 99 last year.The other three schools: Argonia, South Haven and Caldwell are in Class 1A. Argonia reported with 49, Caldwell had 64, and South Haven had 61. Compared to 2015-16, Argonia was down two students, Caldwell was up by four students, and South Haven was down 11.As far as statewide there are some interesting movements. Maize South, one of Kansas newest high schools, dropped down to Class 4A from 5A. Scott City moved up from Class 3A to 4A.In Class 2A, Central Burden has moved up from 1A while Bluestem has moved down from 3A. Flinthills has also moved up from 1A to 2A.The full list can be found here: http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/PDF/Classifications2016.pdfFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

49ers trade rumors: San Francisco shopping top defenders, draft picks

first_imgThe 49ers are open for business. That’s the rumor at least, with just a few days before the 2020 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday. San Francisco has already been active with its 2020 draft capital. Earlier this offseason, the team traded DeForest Buckner to the Colts for the No. 13 overall pick. In October, it dealt its third and fourth-round picks for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who has since signed with the Saints.  Now the 49ers might be back for some more wheeling and dealing. Considering it’s the week of the draft, teams have fewer reasons to tell the truth and much more incentive to manipulate negotiations in their favor. So it’s probably smart to take any rumor with a grain of salt.MORE: 49ers get dynamic playmaker, Buckner replacement in latest mock draftThese reports could be an effective way to get the word out that certain players or picks are available for the right price. It hasn’t been much of a secret that the 49ers would be willing to trade back considering they are currently scheduled to go 124 picks between their No. 31 pick and their next selection, the 156th overall pick in the fifth round.49ers ‘fielding calls’ on their two first-round picks49ers fielding calls on both their first-round picks, No. 13 and No. 31 overall, and are open to dealing either or both picks, per league sources. After 31, 49ers not scheduled to pick again until No. 156 in fifth round. No second-, third- and fourth-round picks. Want more picks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 20, 2020Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the 49ers are open to trading down from “either or both” their first-round picks. San Francisco has been a popular landing spot for one of the top three receivers on mock drafts — Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb and Henry Ruggs — or defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, who could help replace Buckner. If the 49ers want a shot at any of those four prospects, they likely won’t be able to move very far down the board. The 13th pick could be a good spot for a team lower in the draft who is looking for an offensive tackle and wants to jump in front of the Buccaneers, who seem likely to take one. The Dolphins are a possible partner who should be in the market for two offensive tackles in this draft. They pick at 18 and have a league-high 14 picks going into the draft.MORE: Where do the 49ers’ uniforms rank among the best in the NFL?The No. 31 pick, meanwhile could be a prime spot for a team looking to trade back into the end of round one. First-round picks come with the option to extend the player’s rookie contract to a fifth year, compared to a standard four-year contract for every non-first-round pick. The new CBA added a new wrinkle to the fifth-year option: It is now fully guaranteed at the time it’s exercised and includes performance-based incentives that can make it nearly as expensive as the franchise tag in some situations. It’ll be interesting to see how that affects San Francisco’s ability to move the No. 31 pick.49ers have reportedly made big-time defensive players available for tradeFrom talking to teams around the league 49ers want to clean up some cap issues and have made Dee Ford and Kwon Alexander along with Goodwin and Tartt available for trade. Will they get takers? Not sure but all four names are on the available list for the right price.— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) April 20, 2020Defensive end Dee Ford and linebacker Kwon Alexander are two really strong players that helped contribute to one of the best defenses in the NFL last season. Michael Lombardi of The Athletic is reporting they could be on the move for the right price.  Ford was acquired from the Chiefs last March in exchange for the 49ers’ second-round pick in 2020. They signed him to a five-year extension worth $85 million. Interestingly enough, the contract allows for the team to move on from Ford and only suffer a $6.4 million dead cap hit in 2020, while also gaining over $9 million in cap space. The 49ers drafted defensive end Nick Bosa a month after trading for Ford. Bosa was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2019, perhaps making Ford more expendable.Alexander was a vital part of the San Francisco defense before he went down to injury in Week 9 and missed the rest of the season. The 49ers were 8-0 with him in the lineup and finished the regular season 5-3 without him, but still made a run to the Super Bowl. He’s still only 25 and going into the second year of a four-year, $54 million deal he signed in 2019. Ford and Alexander could likely net useful draft capital in a trade.Receiver Marquise Goodwin and safety Jaquiski Tartt would likely bring back less in return, but their losses would also be easier to stomach for the organization.last_img read more

Facts of the Bubba Wallace noose case show it wasn’t a hoax, and the NASCAR driver is not to blame

first_img“One of our employees alerted us (Monday) morning that, without knowing the detail of the incident, he recalled seeing a tied handle in the garage pull-down rope from last fall,” the statement read in part. “We immediately alerted NASCAR and have assisted with the investigation in every way possible.”In a further investigation, NASCAR was able to determine that the noose was tied at some point during its fall 2019 race weekend at Talladega in October. However, “given the garage access policies and procedures at the time” last year, NASCAR was unable to determine who created the noose or why it was tied.”Our ultimate conclusions for this investigation is to ensure that this never happens again,” Phelps said. “That no one walks by a noose without recognizing the potential damage it can do. Moving forward, we will be conducting thorough sweeps of the garage area to ensure nothing like this happened again. And we are installing additional cameras in all of our garages.” Wallace’s anger is not directed at those who reported and escalated the presence of a noose in his Talladega Superspeedway garage stall Sunday, an incident both the FBI and NASCAR investigated and determined that no hate crime was committed against the sport’s only Black driver. The noose, formed at the bottom of a pull rope attached to the garage door, had been in place since as early as last fall, the FBI said.MORE: NASCAR releases a clear photo of the nooseInstead, Wallace’s anger is directed at those who are attacking his character.”You get backlash every day,” Wallace said on CNN hours after the FBI and NASCAR announced the findings of their investigation. “I’m used to it. It stings a little bit worse when they’re trying to test your character … and try to take something away from me that’s false.”But the backlash will always be there. It doesn’t matter if we provide 100 percent facts and evidence, photo evidence. People are going to Photoshop it to make me look like the bad person. At the end of the day, I will always have haters. I will always have the motivators to go out there and to try to dethrone me from the pedestal that I am on.”That chat with Don Lemon on CNN was the first in what would become a chain of nationally broadcast interviews Wallace gave through Wednesday. Despite the driver’s repetition of the facts that explain why and how he was dragged into a hate crime-related controversy that was not what it appeared to be, many are still calling the incident a hoax and assigning blame to Wallace.Below are some of the messages of pushback Wallace is receiving, and why they are so dangerously misguided.MORE: NASCAR’s complete explanation of noose case”The noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage was a hoax.”As the FBI and NASCAR confirmed in their statements Tuesday, a noose was in fact discovered in Wallace’s Talladega garage stall Sunday ahead of the weather-postponed Geico 500.From NASCAR: “The FBI has completed its investigation at Talladega Superspeedway and determined that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime. The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall. This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment.”From the FBI: “On Monday, fifteen FBI special agents conducted numerous interviews regarding the situation at Talladega Superspeedway. After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed. The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019. Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”Wallace on Wednesday’s episode of the “Dan Patrick Show” said an African-American crew member on his No. 43 team was the one who discovered the noose. Soon after, the crew member reported the noose to crew chief Jerry Baxter, who informed NASCAR.“The last race we had had there in October, that noose was present, and the fact that it was not found until a member of the 43 team came there is something that is a fact,” NASCAR president Steve Phelps said during a conference call with media Tuesday. “We had not been back to the garage. It was a quick one‑day show (on Sunday).“The crew member went back in there. He looked and saw the noose, brought it to the attention of his crew chief, who then went to the NASCAR series director Jay Fabian, and we launched this investigation.”NASCAR noted Tuesday, and reiterated again Thursday, that the No. 43 team “had nothing to do with” the noose prior to its discovery.”(The crew member) was kind of outraged at how things were I guess concluded,” Wallace said. “He says, 100 percent, if he had seen it again, he would do it all over again and not hold back. He says in our section of the garage there were about 10 stalls. He said before he even said anything to our crew chief to report it, he walked up and down the garages to see if this was the same thing.”He said that every other garage pull had no knot. Just a single piece of rope. And the picture I got from what they had eventually cut down and turned it into the FBI, it was simply in fact a noose. … The FBI backed that up 100 percent.”Wallace on CNN cited a natural heightened sensitivity among all involved in the escalation of the noose finding Sunday given the circumstances. Almost two weeks after a Wallace-led push for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at all events and properties became successful, the race weekend at Talladega prompted protests from Confederate flag defenders, including a parade of trucks and motorcycles displaying the stars and bars outside the track on Saturday and a “Defund NASCAR” banner featuring the flag being flown by a plane over the track Sunday.Phelps on Thursday cited the same sensitivity and detailed NASCAR’s efforts to determine the uniqueness of the noose.”NASCAR conducted a thorough sweep of all the garage areas across the tracks where we race,” he explained. “So across those 29 tracks, and 1,684 garage stalls, we found only 11 total that had a pull-down rope tied into a knot. And only one noose — the one discovered Sunday in Bubba Wallace’s garage.”MORE: NASCAR ratings get a boost after Confederate flag ban”Bubba Wallace is to blame.”Wallace was not directly involved in the discovery and/or escalation of the noose in his garage stall at Talladega on Sunday.Wallace during the CNN interview Tuesday night explained he was simply sitting in his motor home at the track Sunday evening after the race had been postponed to Monday, preparing to go out to dinner with fellow drivers, when Phelps called and said the two needed to speak in person.Like all drivers, Wallace has specific orders to stay in his motor home while at the track as a coronavirus-related precaution. He has not been in a garage since NASCAR returned to live racing last month.Wallace said the look on Phelps’ face when the NASCAR president arrived at the driver’s motor home confirmed something was wrong.”I’m pissed. I’m mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity.” – NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on social media reaction to the conclusion of the FBI investigation into the noose found in his team’s garage https://t.co/YH4ynYqv64 pic.twitter.com/fB0m9Yj9FD— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) June 24, 2020″The conversation I had with Steve Phelps, and I’m speaking for him, I would say was probably one of the hardest things if not the hardest thing he’s ever had to tell somebody,” Wallace explained. “Tears rolling down his face. Choked up on every word that he was trying to say.”The evidence that he had brought to me, that a hate crime was committed. I immediately thought my family was in danger. … But it was in the garage stall, where our car was at. So I was kind of taken back and not really comprehending everything. But the way that I was communicating with him, and Steve was communicating to me that everything was going on, it was a testament to him and showed the character he has and how he’s representing the sport.”pic.twitter.com/zol88naj6D— Richard Petty Motorsports (@RPMotorsports) June 23, 2020Added Wallace on the “Dan Patrick Show” regarding his reaction: “I told (the FBI during the investigation that) I questioned my crew chief and my crew member to make sure we were not jumping the gun, and they said absolutely they did the right thing. And if you’ve seen the pictures, you would back them up 100 percent.”Wallace has said on multiple occasions he is relieved to learn a hate crime was not committed against him.”But it’s still frustrating to know that people are always going to test you and always just going to try to debunk you,” he said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today.”pic.twitter.com/5noPid5zqO— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 24, 2020MORE: Mike Skinner’s son said Bubba Wallace should’ve been dragged ‘around the pits’ with noose”It was not a noose.”The FBI in its conclusive statement Tuesday defined the tied garage door pull string in question as a “noose” and explicitly mentioned the word multiple times in its release.According to Wallace, the FBI told him it was “not a functioning noose,” but in fact a noose. Phelps on Thursday could not confirm whether the noose was functional.Photo of the garage pull rope tied like a noose from the Bubba Wallace garage Sunday: #nascar @NASCARONFOX pic.twitter.com/IrsQ1PUbci— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 25, 2020Full statement from FBI: #nascar ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ pic.twitter.com/wJY14YDGDK— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 23, 2020″I’ve been racing all my life,” Wallace said on CNN. “We’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that. So people that want to call it a garage pull and put out all the videos and photos of knots being their evidence, go ahead.”The FBI has stated it was a noose over and over again. NASCAR leadership has stated that it was a noose. I can confirm that I actually got evidence of what was hanging in my garage over my car, around my pit crew guys, to confirm that it was a noose. Never seen anything like it.”I talked to my crew chief about it. I wanted to make sure we weren’t jumping the gun. I said, ‘This isn’t a knot, this isn’t just a regular old whatchacallit.’ He’s like, ‘Bubba, this isn’t something that can be done within a second of just tying a knot and being on the way. This is something that took time.'”It was a noose. Whether it was tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose. It wasn’t directed at me, but somebody tied a noose.”Added Phelps regarding NASCAR’s decision to contact the FBI: “To be clear, we would do this again. Of the evidence that we had, it was clear that we needed to look into this.”Bubba Wallace rope pictureNASCAR on Thursday released a photo of the noose. The picture was taken by NASCAR security during the investigation. Bubba Wallace is, in his own words, “pissed off.”And he should be. The 26-year-old NASCAR Cup Series driver admitted ina CNN interview he was spending too much time on social media, where strangers were blaming him for what was a misunderstanding on the part of his own Richard Petty Motorsports race team and NASCAR. Noose in No. 4 garage stall at Talladega https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e8/71/noose-talladega-062520-nascar-ftrjpg_r8zhyhuly5l91fichdkou7f6e.jpg?t=-329583022&w=500&quality=80For reference, below is a before-and-after photo of the rope in question. The picture, shared by The Athletic’s Jeff Gluck on Tuesday, shows what was left of the rope after the noose had been cut off amid the investigation.Apologies for not knowing who originally created this image, but it has been making the rounds on Twitter and turned out to be correct. You can see in the left photo the rope was in noose form — apparently as a handle — last year and then cut for evidence Sunday. pic.twitter.com/MIrtF3uqtN— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 23, 2020Soon after the FBI and NASCAR concluded a hate crime had not been committed against Wallace because the noose had been in place since at least last fall, Wood Brothers Racing, the team that owns the No. 21 car (then driven by Paul Menard) that occupied the same garage stall in November of last year, released a statement confirming its role in the investigation. (NASCAR)last_img read more

Mets’ Max Moroff gets rude New York welcome after back-to-back errors

first_imgMORE: Yankees’ German says he isn’t retiring from baseballThe former Pirate got the start at third base against the Yankees in the teams’ first exhibition of Summer Camp (Jeff McNeil was given the night off). Moroff was anonymous until the sixth inning, when the wheels came off.First, he threw away a slow dribbler by Giancarlo Stanton, a toss that took Mets first baseman Pete Alonso into the path of a jogging Stanton. A few inches here or there (or a faster Stanton going down the line), and Alonso could have been in serious physical danger.Moroff had a chance to make amends when the next batter, Gio Urshela, hit a routine grounder. Moroff took his time, gathered his feet — and sailed the ball over Alonso’s head.He got a third chance with the next batter, Miguel Andujar. This time, Moroff got the out, but Stanton scored from third. And because a Met Mets’d, Twitter — and not just Mets Twitter — was ready to dance.Max Moroff going full 2016 Ryan Zimmerman— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 19, 2020Moroff when he was introduced to the Met players: pic.twitter.com/pnT2OV1DeT— Nick (@Spidaman045) July 19, 2020Steve Cohen would give Max Moroff $50 Million just to get off his team— Coronamania (@MetsKevin11) July 19, 2020I think Max Moroff should be quarantined under a hotel room for the next 4 months for his own safety— Phill (@MeekPhill_) July 19, 2020I wanna see less of Moroff #Mets— Luis Torres (@lostboson) July 19, 2020Damn it, Moroff is terrible https://t.co/dYwceH2rkg— Donna (@Donna776477) July 19, 2020Moroff is making Cano look good this game! #LGM— Seth (Monk) (@smonk318) July 19, 2020I’ve never hated a met player faster than max moroff— NYJNYRNYMNYK (@nyjnyrnymnyk) July 19, 2020Moroff better be off this team as soon as this game is over— DJ ~Z~ (@TrxppeBosstar) July 19, 2020Why did Moroff get a start this game? Not even a knock on him. I’m just confused.— Will (@will_borowski) July 19, 2020We’ve reached new heights of boredom. Max Moroff, a third baseman on a minor league deal with the #Mets, is trending for making two awful throws in an exhibition baseball game.— Tim Hammill (@timhammill) July 19, 2020There were more tweets, of course. Many more. For two errors in an exhibition.Moroff is attempting to make the Mets’ 30-man Opening Day roster as a reserve, but his Flushing debut won’t help. The Mets have multiple options, including Luis Guillorme, Eduardo Nunez, Gordon Beckham and Jed Lowrie, who remains sidelined with leg injuries. MLB fans have been waiting four months for this: giving a player massive grief on social media for messing up. (What, you thought we were going to say “watch actual MLB teams play”?)Their target Saturday night was Mets nonroster infielder Max Moroff.last_img read more

Here’s a list of notable college football players opting out of the 2020 season

first_imgThe 2020 college football season remains uncertain, but some FBS players are not taking any chances with their future.The COVID-19 pandemic continues to fuel players’ concerns — and those were brought to light by a group of Pac-12 players on Sunday who threatened to opt out this season if their needs are not met. Kassidy Woods, WR, Washington State(Aug. 2): Woods, who has sickle cell trait, decided not to play in 2020. That’s only part of the story. He alleged that Washington State coach Nick Rolovich took issure with the Pac-12 unity group, according to the Spokesman-Review. That prompted Rolovich to clarify his remarks in a statement on Aug. 3. Woods had six catches for 58 yards for the Cougars last season.Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech(July 29): Farley, a second-team SN preseason All-American, opted out to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Farley totaled 56 tackles and six interceptions the past two seasons with the Hokies and is considered one of the best defensive backs in the FBS.Ra’Von Bonner, RB, Illinois(July 27): Bonner, a junior, and teammate Jake Cerny became the first two FBS players to opt out for the 2020 season. Bonner played in 12 games for Illinois last season and has 822 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns for his career. Cerny, an offensive lineman, played in 12 games last season — mostly on special teams. MORE: College football predictions for 2020 bowl games, championshipSome other players have already taken that step. Sporting News will track the notable opt outs for 2020 throughout August and September.Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pitt(Aug. 8): Twyman announced on Saturday that he would opt out of the 2020 season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Twyman, who would have been a redshirt junior in 2020, earned first-team All-ACC status after recording 41 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 2019. He ranked as Sporting News’ No. 17 overall player ahead of the 2020 season.Josh Jackson, QB, Maryland(Aug. 7): Jackson was the most-notable of six Maryland opt outs announced by coach Mike Locksley on Friday. Jalen Alexander, Austin Fontaine, Johnny Jordan, Vincent Flythe and TJ Kautai also opted out. Jackson passed for 1,274 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions last season and was in the mix to be the Terps’ starting quarterback in 2020.Chandler Wooten, LB, Auburn(Aug. 6): Wooten, a senior linebacker, opted out of the 2020 season, according to AL.com. Wooten is set to become a first-time father this fall. Wooten had 25 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss in 2019. He plans to redshirt and return for the 2021 season.Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue(Aug. 6): Moore, a second-team SN Preseason All-American, announced his decision to opt out on Twitter.Farewell 🖤 pic.twitter.com/4LioRRoOEM— Rondale Moore (@moore_rondale) August 6, 2020Moore battled injuries last season, but he was established as one of the most-exciting players in college football. He put up 143 catches and 14 touchdowns the past two seasons. He also averaged 19.4 yards per punt return. It is a big loss for the Boilermakers.Jacub Panasiuk, DE, Michigan StatePanasiuk, a starting defensive end, opted out of the 2020 season because of health concerns. He had three sacks and 10 tackles for loss for the Spartans last season. Panasiuk plans on redshirting and returning in 2021 for his senior season.Gregory Rousseau, DL, Miami(Aug. 6): Rousseau informed Miami coach Danny Miaz he will opt out of the 2020 season. The redshirt sophomore is a preseason SN All-America selection , ranking ninth among the top 40 players ahead of the season. He tallied 54 tackles (19.5 for loss), 15.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2019.Kerry Martin, S, West Virginia(Aug. 6): Martin opted out because of health concerns . The sophomore has asthma and sickle cell trait. Martin played in 11 games for the Mountaineers last season and finished with 50 tackles.Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State(Aug. 5): Yahoo Sports reported Parsons is expected to opt out of the college football season to prepare for the NFL Draft. Parsons is a first-team SN Preseason All-American and ranked No. 6 on SN’s Top 40 players for 2020 . Parsons compiled 109 tackles and 14 tackles for loss, but he also had five pass breakups and four forced fumbles last season. He is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota(Aug. 4): Bateman announced he was opting out of the 2020 season on Twitter:Wishing well❤️ pic.twitter.com/fxV1FI7r7o— Rashod Bateman (@R_bateman2) August 4, 2020Bateman is one of the best receivers in the FBS. He was ranked No. 22 on Sporting News Top 40 Players for 2020 list. Bateman averaged 20.3 yards per catch with 11 touchdowns in 2019. He showed up in big games, with 350 receiving yards and two touchdowns over two games with Penn State and Wisconsin. That big-game presence will be missed in Minnnesota’s offense.last_img read more

Disability rights advocates gather at Iowa State Capitol

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – With only a few weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session, Iowans with disabilities and their families aim to remind lawmakers to seek their input before passing new laws that could affect them.Rik Shannon, public policy manager for the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, said “Advocating for Change Day” is held every other year at the state Capitol. He said some Iowans affected by disabilities have strong opinions about policy proposals, but hold back from sharing their concerns.“Too often though, people with disabilities, for whatever reason, are not communicating with those lawmakers, those decision-makers – and so, people make decisions without that information,” he said. “And that information is pretty critical for getting policy and funding for disability services.”Those who participate in Change Day will meet with their lawmakers at the Capitol today. Since final bills for consideration during this legislative sessions were moved forward last week, the Council is focusing on four bills at the Statehouse that would affect those with disabilities.Shannon said they’re hopeful House File 690 will make it out of the Senate after overwhelming support in the House. It would begin building a children’s mental-health system as recommended by a governor’s work group. Shannon said those who believe it’s important need to let their representatives know.“The stories people with disabilities have to tell are really powerful advocacy tools,” he said. “That’s why it’s so important for us to assist people with disabilities and their supporters to effectively communicate their message to people who are in those decision-making capacities.”House File 690 would create a mental-health system exclusively for children, defining core services that must be provided to children up to age 18 who have serious emotional disturbances.The text of HF 690 is online at legis.iowa.gov, and more information about Future Ready Iowa is at governor.iowa.gov.last_img read more

Mason City leaders say development agreement signed for downtown hotel

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City city leaders say they’ve finalized an agreement with Gatehouse Mason City LLC for the construction of a hotel that’s part of the River City Renaissance project. The hotel is a key component as it fulfills the private investment portion of the $39 million project being supported through the Iowa Reinvestment Act.City Administrator Aaron Burnett says, “The agreement contains incentives for the development of the hotel and conference center, and then also requirements for those incentives, such as the development of a conference center that can accommodate 700 people, a hotel that will have over a hundred rooms in it, and obviously a select service hotel, a very quality hotel, and providing an avenue for developing the River City Renaissance to the to the vision that’s been provided.”Burnett says the time frame for the project is still a long one. “It will take a long time to design, to finance, and to complete the hotel, but this step was if it was a critical step forward. Gatehouse has been proactive in trying to make sure that the next steps move smoothly, working with construction companies and engineering firms and architecture firms and financing, to make sure that we can move as quickly as possible beyond this step. This is a big leap forward to making this vision a reality.”Burnett says despite the length of time it took to reach the agreement, both the city and Gatehouse are ready to move forward on the project. “It’s a legal document, and it’s a long legal document, and it is an important structure for making sure that the city gets what it needs for the incentives that are provided for the project, and also making sure that Gatehouse has the confidence in the city performing on its incentives and its requirements.”The city council will review the development agreement document at their meeting next Tuesday night, with final approval of the agreement slated for the council’s July 16th meeting. Burnett made his comments as part of a social media posting by Mayor Bill Schickel.last_img read more

Iowa considers ban on forced ‘microchipping’ of employees

first_imgLegislators are considering a bill that would prevent Iowa companies and government agencies from forcing employees to be “microchipped” and tracked like some pet owners are now doing with their dogs and cats. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson reports.Proponents of the practice say it’s about convenience, letting people use the microchip in their hands to enter work spaces, and it’s about security, by keeping workers out of restricted areas. Critics say the chips could be used to track employees when they’re NOT at work. Charlie Wishman of the Iowa Federation of Labor supports a ban on such implants.“Microchipping people is kind of a bizarre requirement,” Wishman said. “I mean if you can’t make joining a union a condition of employment, implanting cybernetics in people seems like a bridge too far.” Daniel Zeno (ZEE-noh) of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says his group is pleased the bill applies to private businesses as well as cities, school districts, counties and state government. “We really care about that and so we think this is a good way to make sure that the government, in particular, doesn’t require people to have a chip implanted into them.” Representative Joe Mitchell of Wayland says no employee should be forced to get a chip implanted.“I think it’s creepy,” he says. “I think it’s a good bill.” The bill has cleared its first hurdle in the Iowa House and is eligible for debate in a House committee. Representative Jennifer Konfrst (KAHN-first) of Windsor Heights supports the concept.“I do like the idea that people have a right to do what they want to do with their own bodies,” Konfrst said. “Body autonomy is really important and hope we extend this concept to other legislation this session.” Seven states have a ban on inserting microchips in any human. Four states have banned employers from making the implants mandatory for workers. Sixteen years ago the federal government approved using implanted microchips for medical purposes. In 2017, many employees at a Wisconsin company VOLUNTARILY had microchips the size of a grain of rice implanted in their hands. The workers are able to swipe their hands on security pads — and even use the chips to pay for food in the company cafeteria.last_img read more

Wednesday March 4th Local Sports

first_img— other 1A quarterfinals1:30 — Newell-Fonda (24-0) vs. St. Albert of Council Bluffs (13-11)5:00 — Marquette of Bellevue (23-1) vs. Gehlen of LeMars (15-9)6:45 — Bishop Garrigan of Algona (23-1) vs. Martensdale-St. Marys (18-8) DES MOINES — West Hancock plays their Class 2A quarterfinal at the girls state tournament this morning as they’ll face Logan-Magnolia. The Eagles are 24-1 on the season and lead the 2A field in points per game with 67.4. Rachel Leerar averages 20 points per contest while Amanda Chizek scores 12 points per game for West Hancock. Logan-Magnolia comes in at 21-3 and are led by Kylie Morrison who averages 16 points per game and Violet Lapke with 12 points per contest. You can hear the West Hancock and Logan-Magnolia game on AM-1300 KGLO starting at 9:45 with the pre-game and tipoff scheduled for 10 o’clock. The other 2A quarterfinal has North Linn facing Western Christian of Hull. DES MOINES — Osage overcame a 10-0 deficit to start the game to beat West Branch 50-43 in a Class 2A quarterfinal round game at the girls state basketball tournament in Des Moines, as you heard on KGLO and KRIB last night. Osage coach Chad Erickson says he was pleased with his team’s composure in erasing the deficit.Sidney Brandau scored 16 points while Dani Johnson had 13 to lead Osage, but Erickson points out that several players contributed to the victory.The Green Devils shut down West Branch’s leading scorer Sasha Koenig, who was averaging 20 points per game, to just four points. Osage is now 22-2 and will face top-seed Cascade in Friday morning’s semifinal round at 10:00 AM. Cascade beat Denver 41-28 in the other 2A semifinal that was played last night. TODAY:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — Class 2A girls state quarterfinal — West Hancock vs. Logan-Magnolia — pre-game 9:45, tipoff 10:00AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — Class 1A girls state quarterfinal — St. Ansgar vs. Montezuma — pre-game 3:00, tipoff 3:15AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — Region XI quarterfinals — NIACC women vs. Little Priest Tribal College — pre-game 5:20, tipoff 5:30AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, Radio.com app — Class 3A boys substate final at Webster City — Clear Lake vs. Ballard — pre-game 6:45, tipoff 7:00 — 4A quarterfinals TuesdayNorth Scott 63, Clear Creek-Amana 43Center Point-Urbana 45, Waverly-Shell Rock 41 (OT)Glenwood 89, Gilbert 75Lewis Central 47, Ballard 46 (OT) IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Eric Hunter Jr., scored a career-high 19 points, and Evan Boudreaux had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help Purdue beat No. 18 Iowa 77-68 on Tuesday night. The Boilermakers (16-14, 9-10 Big Ten) swept the two games against the Hawkeyes this season. Luka Garza led Iowa (20-10, 11-8) with 26 points and 12 rebounds, his 15th double-double of the season. It was the 15th consecutive Big Ten game of 20 or more points for Garza, the longest streak by a player in the conference in 20 years. WEBSTER CITY — The Clear Lake boys basketball team looks to make a return trip to the state tournament as they face Ballard in a 3A substate championship game in Webster City tonight. Clear Lake is 20-3 on the season, beating Boone and Iowa Falls-Alden to get the substate final. Ballard is 17-6 and posted wins over Webster City and Algona to get to tonight’s game. You can hear the Clear Lake-Ballard game on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com starting with the pre-game at about 6:45 with tipoff scheduled for 7 o’clock.center_img MASON CITY — The NIACC women open up Region XI tournament play tonight hosting Little Priest Tribal College in the quarterfinal round. The nation’s #1 team is 29-1 and beat Little Priest 120-41 last week in a game played in Winnebago Nebraska. NIACC also won the first meeting between the teams 112-35 in Mason City back on January 8th. You can hear the NIACC-Little Priest game on AM-1300 KGLO starting at 5:30 tonight. MASON CITY — The 12th-ranked NIACC men opened up Region XI tournament play with a 113-78 win over Southwestern last night at home, as you heard on KGLO. Trojans coach Mark Mohl says his team was focused on the court.Trey Sampson led the Trojans with 20 points and 14 rebounds. NIACC now faces top-seeded Kirkwood in Thursday night’s regional semifinal in Cedar Rapids. Mohl says his team will have a big challenge against Kirkwood.You can hear Thursday’s NIACC-Kirkwood game on KGLO starting at 7 o’clock. Kirkwood beat Little Priest Tribal College 96-57 last night. — 3A quarterfinal TuesdayBishop Heelan Sioux City 50, Des Moines Christian 38 DES MOINES — In a Class 1A quarterfinals later today, St. Ansgar faces Montezuma. The Saints are 21-2 on the season and have three players averaging double figure scoring per game with Hali Anderson leading the way with 17 points per game. Montezuma comes in with a 23-1 record. Shateah Wetering averages 23 points per game while Elise Boulton is contributing just under 13 points per contest. You can hear the St. Ansgar-Montezuma game on AM-1300 KGLO this afternoon with the tipoff scheduled for about 3:15. AMES, Iowa (AP) — Derek Culver and Miles McBride scored 17 points apiece and West Virginia outlasted Iowa State for a 77-71 victory. McBride hit four free throws in the final 16 seconds left to help quell the Cyclones’ last -gasp rally. Iowa State’s Rasir Bolton scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half.last_img read more

Unemployment claims up in the last week

first_imgDES MOINES — The number of new and continuing unemployment claims both increased in the last week.Iowa Workforce Development says the first-time claims for unemployment hit 11,125 in the last week. That’s up by 1,195 and came after the U.S. Labor Department adjusted the previously reported number for the prior week down by 741.The number of continuing claims was up by 2,820. And that comes after the Labor Department adjusted the claims for the previous week done by 926.Manufacturing had the most new unemployment claims filed last week at 4,471.last_img read more

Canada and Oman eye promotion to Div 2, Uganda on edge

first_imgRoger Mukasa in action at Lugogo. PHOTO ICC CRICKET.COM Share on: WhatsApp Oman beat Singapore by five wickets at Entebbe Cricket OvalSingapore 100 all out, 37.1 overs (Anish Paraam 34, Chetan Suryawanshi 30; Bilal Khan 5-19, Khawar Ali 2-24, Mohammad Nadeem 2-28)Oman 101-5, 24.1 overs (Ajay Lalcheta 37, Sultan Ahmed 32)Uganda beat Malaysia by four wickets at Lugogo Cricket Club, KampalaMalaysia 189 all out, 50 overs (Shafiq Sharif 58, Virandeep Singh 39; Frank Nsubuga 4-43, Henry Ssenyondo 3-30)Uganda 193-6, 36.2 overs (Mohammad Irfan 108 not out, Shahzad Ukani 29)Points tableTeam               Played Won     Lost     Points  NNRCanada             4          3          1          6          1.036Oman               4          3          1          6          0.777Uganda             4          2          2          4          -0.206Singapore         4          2          2          4          -0.544USA                 4          1          3          2          -0.212Malaysia           4          1          3          2          -0.823Upcoming matches29 May: Malaysia v Oman (Lugogo); Canada v Singapore (Kyambogo); Uganda v USA (Entebbe)30 May: Final (Lugogo); 3rd v 4th Playoff (Kyambogo); 5th v 6th Playoff (EntebbeICC-CRICKET.COMRELATED STORYcenter_img Punishing century by Uganda’s Irfan, five-for for Oman’s Bilal, half-centuries by Pathirana and Adhihetty of CanadaKampala, Uganda | ICC-CRICKET.COM| Canada and Oman notched up their third wins in the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday to lead the field with last round of matches to be played on 29 May, followed by the third/fourth and fifth/sixth position play-offs on 30 May.In their fourth round fixtures, Canada thumped the United States of America by 96 runs, while Oman outplayed Singapore by five wickets. In the final match of the day, Uganda notched up its second victory of the series when it downed Malaysia by four wickets.The feature of the fourth round action was a match-winning spell of fast bowling by Oman’s Bilal Khan (five for 19) against Singapore, excellent half-centuries by Canada’s Dhanuka Pathirana (87) and Bhavindu Adhihetty (67) against the USA, and an unbeaten century by Uganda’s Mohammad Irfan against Malaysia.With the top two sides from this event to progress to the ICC World Cricket League Division 2, Canada and Oman will go head to head against Singapore and Malaysia respectively on Monday, while host Uganda will take on the USA.Victories for table-topper Canada and Oman, who are separated by a fraction of a point on Net Run-Rate, will mean the two will take one step closer to their ambitions of playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The USA and Malaysia are already out of contention for promotion to Division 2, but Uganda and Singapore can make the event interesting if they can win their respective matches and Malaysia can turn the tables on Oman.At Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kampala, Canada, put into bat by the USA, posted a convincing 256 for eight in 50 overs after Pathirana and Adhihetty added 64 runs for the third wicket. Their partnership came at the back of a 74-run first wicket stand between Adhihetty and Nitish Kumar (30). Pathirana, for the sixth wicket, put on crucial 58 runs with Nikhil Dutta (31 not out).Pathirana faced 94 balls for his 87 and hit nine four and a six, while Adhihetty’s 93-ball 67 included seven fours.In its run-chase, the USA was never in the hunt after half the side was back in the hut at the score of 61. It eventually was dismissed for 160 in 43 overs, thanks to a 35-run last wicket partnership between Elmore Hutchinson (29) and Nosthush Kengije.For Canada, Rizwan Cheema was the pick of the bowlers with three for 31, while Saad Bin Zadar bagged two for 29 and Satsimranjit Dhindsa scooped two for 19.Canada captain, Nitish Kumar said: “I mean it was a pressure game and we had to win this to do well in the future. Our boys did really well.”USA captain Steven Taylor said: “We won the toss and we thought when we put them into bat, we could restrict them to a low total. But they got away at the end, getting 256. In reply, we never had any partnerships throughout the game and Canada stuck to their game plan, batted well and got their wickets. Hats off to Canada.”At Entebbe Cricket Oval, Oman’s 29-year-old left-arm fast bowler Bilal Khan was in sparkling form when he finished with figures of 7.1-2-19-5 as Singapore was sent packing for 100 in 37.1 overs after losing its last seven wickets for 17 runs. Oman, in its turn at the wicket, lost both the openers inside two overs but Ajay Lalcheta (37) and Sultan Ahmed (32) put their side back on track by putting on 63 runs for the third wicket. In the end, Aqib Ilyas made victory easy by clubbing five fours in a 15-ball 22 not out.Oman captain, Sultan Ahmad said: “It was a good toss to win. We bowled first, when we got here. I was really pleased that we could restrict them to a 100.”Syed Aziz Mubarak from Malaysia feels the pinch as another chance goes down begging. PHOTO ICC CRICKET.COMUganda’s Mohammad Irfan was in a punishing mood at the Lugogo Cricket Club, Kampala, when he clobbered seven fours and 10 sixes in a 71-ball 108 not out as his side achieved the 190-run target with four wickets and 13.4 overs to spare.Irfan had walked onto the crease with his side reeling at 32 for three in 15.2 overs and immediately took the charge by taking the attack to the bowlers and single-handedly steering his side home. His domination of the Malaysia bowling can be judged from the fact that when he took the guard, his side needed 151 runs and when he returned unbeaten, he had scored 108 out of those runs.Earlier, Malaysia’s 189 in 50 overs revolved around Shafiq Sharif (58) and Virandeep Singh (39), while bowling honours went to Frank Nsubuga (four for 43) and Henry Ssenyondo (three for 30).Malaysian captain, Faiz Ahmed said: “This game was crucial for us. I am happy with the batting, to score 189 runs and our bowlers did well for the first 20 overs. But because of the fielding, we gave the game away. Afridi scored a good innings of 108 runs, congratulations to them.”Uganda’s Davis Karashani said: “As I always said, we have to take it one game at a time. Today we came out knowing we needed to win big and we did it thanks to a big performance from Afridi Lala.“He showed he wanted to win it for us. He always desired to bat high up the order and which we have allowed him to do today and throughout the tournament. For him to play this well in such a big game is tremendous.”The top two sides from this competition will be promoted to ICC World Cricket League Division 2. From Division 2, the top two sides will join four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the bottom four ranked sides from the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018. The top two sides from the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, to be staged in the United Kingdom from 30 May to 15 July.Scores in briefCanada beat USA by 96 runs at Kyambogo Cricket Oval, KampalaCanada 256-8, 50 overs (Dhanuka Pathirana 87, Bhavindu Adhihetty 67, Nikhil Dutta 31 not out; Mrunal Patel 3-35)USA 160 all out, 43 overs (Ibrahim Khaleel 37, Elmore Hutchinson 29; Rizwan Cheema 3-31, Saad bin Zafar 2-29, Satsimranjit Dhindsa 2-19)last_img read more

Marseille’s Evra charged by UEFA for kicking fan

first_imgGarcia, however, blasted the fan who taunted the 81-times capped Evra at the compact Portuguese stadium.“He’s not a supporter of Marseille, because you can’t insult your own players, you have to be behind all of us.”The incident immediately brought back memories of another act of kung-fu kick madness by a French footballer.In January 1995, Eric Cantona, playing for Manchester United, launched a flying studs-first kick at a Crystal Palace supporter at Selhurst Park who had jeered him after he was sent off for kicking Eagles defender Richard Shaw.As he was walking towards the tunnel, Cantona launched himself feet first at Palace fan Matthew Simmons, who was shouting abuse at the enigmatic striker.Cantona, who was 28 at the time, was banned for eight months by the English Football Association whilst he was also stripped of the France captaincy by then-coach Aime Jacquet.He also faced a criminal charge of assault that led to an initial two-week prison sentence, commuted to 120 hours of community service on appeal.Evra, also a former Manchester United star, has received heavy criticism for his performances this season and lost his place in the team to on-loan Aston Villa left-back Jordan Amavi.According to football statisticians Opta on Thursday: “Patrice Evra is the first player to be sent off before the start of a match in the history of the Europa League”Share on: WhatsApp Marseille, France | AFP |  Marseille’s Patrice Evra was handed an initial one-match ban by UEFA Friday prior to a disciplinary hearing following his sending-off for launching a karate-style kick at a fan’s head before a Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes.Marseille announced they had opened an inquiry after the 36-year-old full-back was handed a red-card on Thursday following the heated altercation with a group of the French club’s fans on the touchline before kick-off in Portugal.European football governing body UEFA said Evra was banned for “violent conduct” and indicated that the former French international faced further sanctions at a disciplinary hearing next week.“Following his dismissal, the player is suspended for at least one match. The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will decide on this case at its next meeting on 10 November,” UEFA said in a statementBoth Marseille and Guimaraes, who went on the win the tie 1-0, were also charged over their fans invading the pitch.Announcing their probe, Marseille said in a statement: “No matter what happens, a professional player must maintain self-control despite provocations and insults, no matter how unjustified they may be.”Evra was confronted by a group of supporters who had managed to get out of an area in the Afonso Henriques ground reserved for around 500 Marseille fans.Stewards at the ground quickly intervened to break up the trouble, with Evra, who was originally listed as a substitute, ordered to return to the dressing room by the referee.“Pat has experience, and he must not react, it’s obvious,” said Marseille coach Rudi Garcia whose side lost the game 1-0 and also had Boubacar Kamara sent off three minutes from time.“Patrice is more than just an experienced player. You can’t respond, of course, to insults, as bad as they are and as incredible as they might be because they come from one of our supporters.“He must learn to keep his cool. That’s all I can say.”last_img read more

Arsenal make it 10 out of 10

first_imgAubameyang and Ozil celebrate. PHOTO @arsenal Arsenal 3 (Ozil 45, Aubameyang 63, 66) Leicester 1 (Bellerin 31-og)Aubameyang, Ozil star as Arsenal make it perfect 10London, United Kingdom | AFP | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil stole the show as Arsenal swept to their 10th successive win with a dominant 3-1 victory against Leicester on Monday.Unai Emery’s side trailed to Hector Bellerin’s first half own goal at the Emirates Stadium.But Ozil, captaining Arsenal on his return to the side after back spasms, produced a majestic display to lead the Gunners’ impressive fightback.Ozil, shrugging off his poor start to the season, equalised just before half-time and played a key role in Aubameyang’s second half double.Gabon striker Aubameyang scored twice in quick succession after coming off the bench, ensuring Arsenal won 10 consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since 2007.They have scored 30 goals in that blistering streak and climb to fourth place in the Premier League, just two points behind leaders Manchester City.On the 69th birthday of Emery’s predecessor Arsene Wenger, this was the kind of swashbuckling show that recalled Arsenal’s glory days under the Frenchman.It was the perfect start to a hectic week that sees Arsenal travel to Portugal for a Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday before returning to domestic action at Crystal Palace on Sunday.Emery has made a remarkable impact since replacing Wenger in the close-season.The Spanish manager’s two-game losing streak at the start of his Arsenal reign is now a distant memory as Gunners fans start to dream of a title challenge after their seventh successive league win.Initially, Arsenal struggled to get up to speed and Kelechi Iheanacho made a break behind Stephane Lichtsteiner, leaving him trailing in his wake as he cut into the area for a shot that was deflected over by Rob Holding.Iheanacho threatened again moments later, taking possession on the edge of the area before unleashing a curling effort that Bernd Leno pushed away.– Driving forward –Leicester had a strong claim for a spot-kick when Holding raised his arm above his head and clearly handled as he jumped to meet Jamie Vardy’s flick on, yet referee Christopher Kavanagh waved play on. Harry Maguire’s towering header forced a good save from Leno and Leicester’s pressure reaped a tangible reward in the 31st minute.Wilfried Ndidi’s pass picked out Ben Chilwell, who made a superb run in behind Bellerin and drilled a low shot that deflected off the Arsenal defender on its way past the wrong-footed Leno.Stunned into action by that setback, Arsenal nearly snatched an immediate equaliser when Granit Xhaka’s free-kick was tipped over by Kasper Schmeichel.Suddenly, Arsenal were driving forward with purpose and they drew level on the stroke of half-time.Ozil was the catalyst as his pass sent Bellerin away down the right and when the defender crossed into the Leicester area, it was the German midfielder who timed his run perfectly to guide a delicate finish into the far corner.Ndidi led the Leicester response with a powerful header that rattled the bar from James Maddison’s corner.But Emery sent on Aubameyang for Lichtsteiner after 61 minutes and it the match-winning switch paid instant dividends two minutes later. Ozil played a superb pass to Bellerin and the Spaniard’s low cross was just right for the unmarked Aubameyang to slot home from close-range.Aubameyang was in the right place at the right time again in the 66th minute as Arsenal conjured up another incisive raid.This was Arsenal at their finest as Ozil and Lacazette combined to carve open the Leicester defence in a blur of flicks and tricks, presenting Aubameyang with a simple chance to tap in his eighth goal of the season.Rounding off a depressing evening for Leicester, Vardy was forced off, leaving the visitors, who had already made all their substitutions, down to 10 men for the final minutes.center_img Tough week starts with winIt was the first win at the start of a week that  Emery still admits Arsenal will struggle to cope with a draining schedule.The Gunners next  travel to Portugal for a Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday before returning to domestic action at Crystal Palace on Sunday.In contrast, Sporting were due to face Loures on Saturday night, giving them more time to recover before hosting Arsenal.Emery has fielded a strong side in Arsenal’s previous Europa League matches, but he will be forced to rotate more heavily this time.“We are one team with a very high level and very high demand for us,” he said.“Every player, they need to feel they can play every match. With only three days difference between one match and another, you can’t do that.“You can’t do that with play and rest, play and we can’t do that without changing players. But if I decide to play with the same players Monday, Thursday, Sunday, the players can’t do that.“We want to play a lot of matches. We want to continue doing our way with different possibilities tactically and with the players – but with a lot of matches, we can’t do that.”Arsenal are on a ten-match winning streak in all competitions, but their chances of extending that run past the coming week will be severely tested.– ‘Not an excuse’ –“The TV has the target to choose the matches Friday, Sunday, Monday. If they decided we are going to play Monday we don’t stop to think if it is better to play Monday or not,” Emery said.“I prefer to play Saturday or Sunday. It (playing on Monday) has the advantage for more time to prepare the match – that’s one positive.“After, we are going to play Thursday, we are going to play Sunday also, two matches very quickly after Leicester. For me it’s not an excuse because we are preparing for Monday.”Meanwhile, Leicester manager Claude Puel earlier said he always knew Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette would come good.Lacazette endured a difficult first season with Arsenal, but has five goals in 10 games this term.Puel, who gave Lacazette his senior debut in 2010 when they were together at Lyon, said: “He is a complete player with good transition with the ball and without the ball. He is always available for the team.“He works all the time and he has kept his clinical edge and I am not surprised about his quality and his good work with Arsenal.“He started with me. His first game at the beginning he was always a striker but to find a place and get game time in the team he started as a winger.“He had always the same quality and was clinical in the box.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

7.1 Earthquake Hits Southern California

first_imgAnother earthquake has struck Southern California after a 6.4 earthquake Thursday. Friday evening a 7.1 earthquake struck near Los Angeles. Multiple fires and injuries have been reported in the city of Ridgecrest. There have been a large number of medical aid calls to 911 but so far no reports of any deaths.last_img

Crestwood Middle School on lockdown after false report of shooting

first_imgCrestwood Middle School in Royal Palm Beach is on a code red lockdown Friday afternoon following a false report of a shooting.The Palm Beach County School District confirmed that it received a report about a shooting, but there was no evidence to prove it.According to reports, a call was placed to police claiming that an unidentified minor brought a gun to the school, and started shooting.Reports also say that there is a heavy police presence currently at the school.However, PBCSD says the call is a false report, and that the school is on a code red lockdown as a precautionary measure.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it received a call about shots fired and is responding to see if the call is legitimate or not.This story is developing.last_img read more

Miami-Dade prison officer accused of kidnapping, raping woman he supervised on house arrest

first_imgA Miami-Dade prison officer is behind bars for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman he was supervising on house arrest.Yulian Gonzalez, an 11-year employee of the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections, was arrested Friday following an investigation.The 36-year-old appeared before a judge Saturday who denied bond and issued stay away order for the victim meaning he is banned from any and all contact.He is charged with four counts of armed sexual battery and four counts of armed kidnapping.Prosecutors say Gonzalez would force the woman to have sex with him by threatening to put her back in jail.Miami-Dade Department of Corrections director told CBS Miami that the department is committed to maintaining public trust and that they are taking the allegations seriously.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more

Authorities search for missing 20-year-old deemed ‘vulnerable’

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a missing 20-year-old woman.Socheata Blossom Weimer was reported missing on February 26th after she failed to return to a recovery center.Officials say Weimer has ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and bipolar disorder and has not been taking her medication since she went missing.Weimer’s family also says that she is vulnerable to influence and that she’s been taken advantage of in the past due to her disorder.Weimer is described as 5’2  and 150 pounds. She has no phone and no form of transportation.If you have any information regarding Weimer’s location, you are asked to contact the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at 561-688-3400.last_img read more

President Trump Cracks Down on Violence with “Overwhelming Force, Domination”

first_imgTrump says it’s his job to do whatever it takes to protect the American people. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mocked the president and declined to activate the national guard. Police arrest a driver during ongoing looting in the SoHo shopping district on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in New York. Protests were held throughout the city over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)As a result looters trashed Manhattan last night and broke into high-end stores along 5th avenue and the Macy’s flagship store…causing Mayor Bill de Blasio to move the curfew up to 8 pm. After calling for strong federal action to keep American streets safe amid protests President Trump is patting himself on the back, saying Washington, DC had “no problems” overnight while making “many arrests” during ongoing protests. Last night Trump told the nation that he will take matters into his own hands if governors and mayors don’t. Trump is threatening to deploy active duty military forces against violent protesters if local governments don’t get the rioting and looting under control. Tuesday, Trump tweeted that the situation in Minneapolis was “also great” and added — “Overwhelming force. Domination.” All this a week after the brutal death of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis police.D.C. had no problems last night. Many arrests. Great job done by all. Overwhelming force. Domination. Likewise, Minneapolis was great (thank you President Trump!).— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020 Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces. Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020center_img My fellow Americans – My first and highest duty as President is to defend our great Country and the American People. I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our Nation — and that is exactly what I will do… pic.twitter.com/pvFxxi9BTR— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020last_img read more

England seniors on a roll against the Swiss

first_img England senior men are two steps away from regaining the European Senior Men’s Team Championship after romping into the semi-finals at Sierra Golf Club in Poland. Richard Palmer’s new-look squad booked their place in the last four with a 5-0 quarter final victory over Switzerland after qualifying from the 36-hole stroke play in second place behind Sweden. With each match decided over one foursomes contest and four singles, England completed a clean sweep with only one game going to the final green. Alan Mew and Tony McLure won the foursomes 3 and 2 over Lionel Berruti and Pascal Carantola before the afternoon singles began with a 2 and 1 win for English senior champion Stephen East over Yves Robyr. Richard Latham (Image © Leaderboard Photography) then beat Bernard Stutz 3 and 2 before Andrew Stracey wrapped up a similar victory against Marcel Grass. The closest game saw new senior cap Clive Jones complete the one-sided victory with a 1 hole win over Yves Hofstetter. England face a tougher test tomorrow when they face Ireland in the semi-finals while Sweden meet Scotland. 4 Sep 2014 England seniors on a roll against the Swiss last_img read more

Darwin Salver win gives Turner a special double

first_img19 Mar 2015 Darwin Salver win gives Turner a special double Teenage international Ashton Turner pulled off a unique double when he scored an impressive four-shot win in the Darwin Salver at Rye.Turner, from Kenwick Park in Lincolnshire, is the only player to have two wins in the South of England Youths’ Championship, following his previous success in 2013.“I’m honoured by that,” said Turner, who celebrates his 19th birthday next Wednesday. “Hopefully it will be three next year!“This win means a great deal to me. It’s a really nice course and it gets the year off to a good start.”Turner finished four shots clear of fellow international Ben Amor of Wiltshire, while Oliver Farrell of Worcestershire was third. The round of the tournament came from Kent’s Freddie Price who carded 63 in the second round, equalling Tom Lewis’ course record, set in Open Championship qualifying in 2011. He shared fourth place.Turner had scores of 66 68 71 and 66 – and took great pride in his final round. “I played well in the first three rounds but in the last round I really struggled off the tee, but I saved myself with my short game.“The highlight was probably on the 15th, where I blocked my drive miles right onto the 18th green. I dropped on the fringe, but the fringes at Rye are really good and I didn’t want to damage it, so I thinned the ball and got it to about 8ft and holed for a birdie!”Turner’s short game was so good that he had just one bogey in the round and three birdies. “I was really pleased with the way I scrambled and everything came together on the greens and I holed all the putts,” he said.At the halfway stage of the event Turner was two shots off the pace, set by Kent’s Mark Collins, the winner of last year’s English County Champion of Champions Tournament. Turner took the lead after the third round, edging a stroke ahead of another international, Harry Hall of Cornwall, before securing the title with his final round 66. Meanwhile Ben Amor shot up the leaderboard with a last round 65 to snatch second place.Turner and Amor, a past winner of the English U18 boys’ Carris Trophy, are both members of the England Golf men’s A squad.Turner has another reason to find the Darwin Salver memorable. Last year he scored a hole-in-one on the 9th – which was his 18th hole – on his 18th birthday.Leading final scoresPar 68 CSS 71 71 72 72271 Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park) 66 68 71 66275 Ben Amor (Marlborough) 68 75 67 65277 Oliver Farrell (Evesham) 69 69 74 65279 David Ramsay (Mold) 68 68 72 71; Freddie Price (Royal Blackheath) 71 63 74 71Click here  for more information about the Darwin Salverlast_img read more

Stroke survivors tee off in Bath and North East Somerset

first_img Jamie Blair, England Golf Disability Manager, said: “It is great to see the partnership with the Stroke Association develop across the South West and to see the positive approach Farrington Park Golf Club is taking to engaging with their local community Liz Jeggo, Communication Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association, said: “More people than ever before are surviving a stroke. But many stroke survivors tell us that after all the effort to save their lives they then feel isolated when they return home.  For further information about the programme, please contact Liz Jeggo on 07717 275792 or liz.jeggo@stroke.org.uk, or Philippa Gordon on 07515 596736 or philippa.gordon@stroke.org.uk Grandfather of two, Stuart Ashman, 64 from Chew Magna had a stroke in April 2016. The stroke left Stuart with weakness down the right side of his body and a communication difficulty called aphasia.  “Golf can offer a huge range of health and social benefits to stroke survivors. I hope that by working with the golf club and local stroke groups we can continue a strong partnership to bring the benefits of the game to more people in Bath and North East Somerset.” The Stroke Association in Bath and North East Somerset has teamed up with England Golf to provide golf courses for stroke survivors in the area. The Get into golf five week course begins on Tuesday 19 September at Farrington Park Golf Club. At the weekly sessions, eight stroke survivors and support volunteers will have access to an hour’s coaching session on the driving range and putting green. 12 Sep 2017 Stroke survivors tee off in Bath and North East Somerset “The golf course provides an opportunity for stroke survivors to meet others who are also experiencing a life after stroke, benefit from exercise, build their confidence, communicate together and enjoy learning new skills.   Stuart said: “The Stroke Association have been great! I’m looking forward to playing golf again!” “We’re extremely grateful to the team at Farrington Park Golf Club who have been incredibly supportive throughout the course. We would encourage stroke survivors across Bath and North East Somerset to get in touch should they like to get involved in any future sessions.” Tags: disability. inclusive, Get into golflast_img read more

Overtime: Steubenville jocks got off too easy

first_imgBILL NEAL :10 Hey, here’s a bulletin! Just because a girl is high, drunk, knocked out, what­ever, doesn’t give anyone the right to do anything to her. Let alone rape! The two punk jocks from Steubenville should get more than a year in the juvenile system. I’m just saying!:9 The bad news…your Pirates lost to the Yankees 11 to 9. The good news…your Pirates scored 9 runs on the Yankees. I guess that’s good news. :8 At the time of this writing, Monday, March 18, 2:30 p.m…the Boston Celtics will end the Miami Heat’s record setting 22 game winning streak. Now take that to the bank!!:7 Remember, you heard it here from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ No. 1 fan…yes, that would be me. The boys on ice won their 9th in a row and “Sid the Kid” and company have a direct hook-up with some guy named “Lord Stanley.” Yeah, I know. I am the hockey man…man! :6 Rumors that “former” Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is going to Baltimore to date are just that, rumors. But if he goes, then he just has to go down with the rest of the dirty birds.:5 The update you wanted and needed. The Lakers are now one game up on Utah for the final 8th spot in the West. Listen, you don’t want the Lakers in the first round mmmaaannn!!!:4 Did you see Brittney Griner of Baylor spin on that girl and flat out dunk it on her? Fellas, it’s a new day. I mean she threw it down.:3 And you thought that whole landing on the moon thing was a big deal. Kentucky coming to play Robert Morris College in the NIT at the RMC Sewell Center…now that’s big.:2 March Madness is here…Let’s go dancin!:1 At the Buzzer. Hhheeerrreee We Go•The 38th Annual Champions Western Pa. High School All-Star Basketball Classic is set for Sunday, April 7th at the new and magnificent Penn Hills Senior High School: Middle School Girls – 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon; Middle School Boys—12:00 noon -3:00 p.m.; Senior Girls City vs. WPIAL—3:00 p.m., Senior Boys City vs. WPIAL—5:00 p.m.Free parking on lower level, Refreshments, Vendors, Celebrities, Slam Dunk. 3 Point and foul shooting contest and an amazing half-time show by Karate Master Jacquet Bazemore. For more information, call the Champions at (412) 628-4056.•Harlem Nights coming at ya again every last Friday…Set for Friday, March 29th at 3 Lakes Golf Club, 6700 Saltzburg Road in Penn Hills. You must be dressed up, no exceptions…“Go deep in the closet”—free parking—cash bar—cash kitchen until 10:00 p.m.—50/50—cash prize for best dressed. This is the best old school over 30 par-tay in town. Special guest D.J. “The Legend…” Sly Jock!!~ GAME OVER ~last_img read more

Pitt in unfamiliar position in return to NCAAs

first_imgby Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NCAA tournament held opening weekend games at Consol Energy Center last spring, a few hundred feet from Tray Woodall’s front door. The Pittsburgh guard, however, wanted none of it.“We weren’t in the tournament so I didn’t go over there,” Woodall said. “I was frustrated.”A year later, Woodall and the Panthers are back in the middle of the madness.Following a lost season in which Pitt missed the tournament for the first time in over a decade, the eighth-seeded Panthers (24-8) will play ninth-seeded Wichita State (26-8) in the second round of the West Region in Salt Lake City on Thursday.While senior center Dante Taylor admitted he was a little surprised to see a team that went 12-6 in the Big East drop all the way to an eighth seed, it certainly beats the alternative of not being in the tournament at all.“I definitely think it’s something we’re going to use to our advantage,” Taylor said. “There’s nothing we can do about it. Yeah we usually are higher but we’ve got to prove to people we deserve to be higher.”Pitt hasn’t been seeded so low in the NCAA since being a ninth-seed in 2005, when the Panthers were knocked off by Pacific in the opening round. Woodall cautioned Pitt could make another early exit if it takes the Shockers lightly.“We said while we were watching the (selection) show, we basically could be playing Gonzaga but if we do that we’re overlooking” Wichita, Woodall said. “We want to win. Me and Dante want to go out on top. We want to make a big run.”It’s something the Panthers failed to do in their final go-round at the Big East tournament last week. Pitt qualified as the fourth seed and earned a double-bye but never really got going in a 62-59 loss to Syracuse.The Panthers shot just 37 percent from the floor and never led over the final 28 minutes. Taylor earned five stitches over his right eye while battling for a rebound and has missed two straight practices and his vision out of the eye remains blurry. He didn’t practice Sunday but insisted “I’ll be good” by Thursday.Pitt will certainly need him against the Shockers, who average a robust 38.4 rebounds per game and will hardly be intimidated against a team that has looked vulnerable at times. The Panthers went just 5-7 against teams that made the NCAA field and have five players making their NCAA tournament debuts, including starting point guard James Robinson and center Steven Adams.The 7-foot Adams, a New Zealand native, is still trying to get a handle on the NCAAs. It was never a priority while growing up half a world away.“It never interested me at all,” Adams said with a laugh.Things have changed in the last few weeks.  He called the atmosphere at Madison Square Garden for the Big East tournament an eye opener and believes he’s better prepared to handle the pressure that comes this time of year.“I’ve been progressing,” he said. “I’ve been quite happy about it as I’ve been gaining a bit more confidence here or there.”Even if the bank of TVs turned to the selection show and the murmur that went up when Pitt’s name finally popped up caught him by surprise. Adams has no real sense of what the seeding means. He just knows one loss and the season is over.“I don’t really care who we play, just so long as we win,” Adams said.It’s an ethos preached by coach Jamie Dixon. While he anticipated a team that finished fourth in the Big East getting a friendlier seed, he pointed out “nobody except the ones are probably happy with their seeds.”Besides, for once Pitt enters the tournament under the radar. For a program still searching for its first Final Four appearance in the modern era, that’s not a bad thing. The Panthers were a No. 1 seed two years ago only to fall victim to eighth-seeded Butler in the second round.How fitting if they could earn a chance to turn the tables provided they can beat Wichita State first. Pitt dominated the last meeting between the two schools in 2009, rolling to a 68-55 victory behind 19 points from Woodall.It seems like a long time ago, but for veterans Woodall and Taylor the mission remains the same.“We’ve just got to go in and handle business,” Taylor said. “We’ve got to get the W.”QUOTE OF THE DAY“They didn’t even tell me there was going to be a whole bunch of people here. They just told me there was going to be food. So I said, ‘Sweet, food,” Pittsburgh freshman center Steve Adams, who grew up in New Zealand and had no idea why his teammates and a few hundred Panthers fans were gathering to watch the tournament selection show. –AP FINAL BIG EAST BATTLE–Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams (13) goes up past Syracuse’s C.J. Fair during the Big East Conference tournament, March 14,  in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)last_img read more

Clairton Bears is no longer ‘Bout Dat’

first_imgLENNY WILLIAMS—Sto-Rox quarterback sprints 22 yards to the end zone for the winning touchdown in the Vikings 24-19 win over Clairton in the WPIAL Class A playoffs, Williams rushed for two touchdowns and returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown.“Bout Dat” was the Clairton Bears rallying cry for the last few years. Clairton’s 66 game winning streak was the longest in WPIAL and state history with five consecutive WPIAL and four straight state championships. But all dat changed in 2013.The WPIAL championship is high school football’s version of Mount Everest and the Bears climbed to the top of the mountain over Sto Rox’s for the last two years.On a chilly Friday night at Chartiers Houston Stadium the Vikings were looking for payback and revenge is a dish best served cold.Quarterback Lenny Williams led Sto Rox’s (12-0) to a 24-19 win over Clairton (10-2).The physical tools always have been there for Williams: arm strength, quickness, speed, patience and leadership qualities. He’s an elite player who seem to put it all together as a senior.Williams is the first player in WPIAL history with more than 10,000 yards of offense and has passed for 34 touchdowns this season.Sto Rox took an early 6-0 first quarter lead on a Lenny Williams 12 yard touchdown run.The Bears showed the heart of a champion when Ryan Williams threw a 12 yard touchdown pass to Aaron Matthews to even the score at 6-6.The Bears took a 13-6 halftime lead when Vance Allen returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown.Division I prospect Brendan Blair got on the scoreboard with a 5 yard touchdown run to close the gap to 13-12.Blair leads the team with 18 touchdowns and 800 yards rushing. He is being recruited as a wide receiver and defensive back.For Blair, competing is a burning fire that never dies. It’s like the pilot light inside an oven. It might be smaller and dimmer, but it’s always there.Williams turned into the “Turnover Machine” for the Vikings. He lost two fumbles and his interception was returned for a touchdown. He almost handed the game over to the Bears.Williams, who is one of the state’s best players, began to give the Bears fits with his scrambling ability. He ran for 133 yards and made his presence felt on offense and defense.Williams returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown to give the Vikings an 18-13 lead.“Lenny is a big time player,” said Blair. “Big time players make big time plays in big time games.”The lead was short lived because Harrison Dreher ran around, through and out raced the Vikings for a 53 yard touchdown. Clairton took the lead 19-18.After getting over some jitters in the first half, Williams was able to take over the game. He passed and scrambled the Vikings down the field and his 22 yard touchdown run put Sto Rox ahead for good and into the championship game Saturday at Heinz Field.“He’s a good player,” Clairton coach Tom Nola said. “We had him a number of different times, but he always seemed to get out of it.”Sto Rox will face North Catholic Saturday at 11 a.m. The Vikings could be overlooking the Trojans who will be making their first WPIAL championship appearance.“We haven’t accomplished anything yet,” said Blair. “We had to get this monkey off our backs. Our goal isn’t just to make it to the championship. We are going to win it.”Western Pennsylvania has been called the cradle of quarterbacks and Williams is one of the best. He can run, pass and defend.Williams and Blair are out to prove that beating Clairton was no fluke.last_img read more

Magic: Sterling ‘shouldn’t own a team anymore’

first_imgIn this Feb. 21, 2013, file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers player Earvin “Magic” Johnson arrives at a memorial service for Jerry Buss in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)Magic Johnson called upon the NBA to “come down hard” on Donald Sterling, even saying that the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers should essentially be ousted from the league.“He shouldn’t own a team anymore,” Johnson said Sunday.Johnson’s comments were among the strongest condemnations yet of Sterling, who allegedly made racially charged comments in an audio recording obtained and released by TMZ. Included in the recording: A male, purported to be Sterling, urging a woman to not bring Black people to his team’s games and upset that she posted photos of herself posing with Black friends on her Instagram account.In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)One of those now-deleted photos is believed to have been of the woman posing with Johnson. On Sunday, Johnson said Sterling was one of the first people he met after moving to Los Angeles, where he was a Lakers star for many years.“I had a friendship with him. So for him to then make these comments, or alleged comments, about myself as well as other African-Americans and minorities, there’s no place in our society for it,” Johnson said. “There’s no place in our league, because we all get along. We all play with different races of people when you’re in sports. That’s what makes sports so beautiful.”Johnson spoke on ABC’s playoff pregame show Sunday.Both the Clippers and the NBA are investigating the audio tape and the comments on it, and Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night that he’s hoping for a swift resolution.“He’s got to come down hard,” said Johnson, adding that Sterling should also come forward and say he no longer wants to own a team. “This is bad for everybody. This is bad for America.”Johnson said he would not attend Clippers games as long as Sterling owns the team. He also said the Clippers should be focused on their playoff series with Golden State and not the latest scandal involving their long-controversial owner.last_img read more

Lawyer: Florida State investigating Jameis Winston

first_imgIn this Aug. 30, 2014, file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) passes under pressure from Oklahoma State linebacker Josh Furman (14) during an NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An attorney said Florida State is investigating the sexual assault case involving Jameis Winston in an effort to determine if the Seminoles quarterback violated the student code of conduct policy.Baine Kerr, one of the attorneys for the woman who said Winston sexually assaulted her, said Thursday the university interviewed his client “early last month.” He said “an investigation is ongoing.”Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs did not bring charges against Winston in the case, saying last December that there was not enough evidence to win a conviction against him.The university would not confirm the investigation but said in a release, “While we cannot comment on any individual case, in general, complainants control the timing in our process.”Kerr disagreed with the implication that the interview occurred recently because of actions by his client, saying that the woman has been asking “Florida State to comply with federal law and expeditiously investigate and resolve her complaints.”“I take issue with that statement as it applies to this particular complaint,” Kerr said. “She’s definitely been asking that this go forward. The timing has not been controlled by her or by us, however. We have for months said that she was willing to be formally interviewed as part of the disciplinary process and made her available.“She has not been controlling the timing and she has consistently been asking for the investigation to be conducted as promptly as possible.”The university is currently being investigated by the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights for possible Title IX violations after the woman filed a complaint. Florida State announced an initiative aimed at the prevention of sexual violence on Wednesday.Kerr said the woman was interviewed by a formal Title IX investigator from the Florida State Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.“We expect that there will be charges filed and see no reason at this point for delaying those,” Kerr said.Attorney David Cornwell, an adviser to Winston’s family, had a different perspective.“The real story here is that after her Colorado attorneys created a media frenzy alleging that Florida State University failed to comply with its Title IX obligations, (the woman) had to come clean and admit that she previously refused to cooperate with the university’s Title IX inquiry,” Cornwell said in a statement.“Now that she has finally done her Title IX interview, this is the fourth time (the woman) has told her story. We anticipate the same conclusion that followed her previous three statements to the Tallahassee Police Department, Florida’s State Attorney’s Office and in the FSU Code of Student Conduct hearing. Jameis Winston did not sexually assault” the woman.Winston is expected to play Saturday against The Citadel.“This team just moves on,” coach Jimbo Fisher said after Thursday’s practice. “I have no idea how that’ll go or what it’s about. That’s for other people to find out. We’re just here playing ball.”last_img read more

Pitt ends skid, edges Virginia Tech 21-16

first_imgPitt’s James Conner breaks thru Virginia Tech defenders for a 15 yard touchdown run, Conner rushed for two touchdowns in the Panthers 21-16 win. (Courier Photo/William McBride)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh held a team meeting before its game Thursday night against Virginia Tech to provide a reminder that all was not lost despite a three-game skid.“We told each other we can’t go down 0-4, we can’t have this losing streak, we have to redeem ourselves in prime time,” wide receiver Tyler Boyd said. “That’s what we did.”Chad Voytik’s arm – and more surprisingly, his legs – led the way. The sophomore quarterback ran for a career-high 118 yards, threw a touchdown pass to Boyd and even caught his first pass since middle school as the Panthers held on for a 21-16 victory.Pitt’s Tyler Boyd from Clairton High hauls in a 53 yard touchdown pass in the Panthers 21-16 win over Virginia Tech (Courier Photo/William McBride)“We needed it bad,” Voytik said. “I got emotional after the game because I knew how big it was. Just how hard our guys have worked. The stage was big and we come out and performed.”James Conner ran for 85 yards and two scores for the Panthers (4-3, 2-1 ACC), who took control early and fended off a late rally by the Hokies.Virginia Tech (4-3, 1-2) trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter but had the ball and a chance to take the lead in the final minutes. Michael Brewer’s fourth-down pass to Cam Phillips sailed high and the Panthers ran out the clock.“I thought that we came in here and made a lot of plays, but we sure missed a lot of plays,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. “We also had some opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on, and those come back to get you.”Brewer shook off a slow start to finish with 265 yards passing and a 14-yard scoring strike to Phillips, but the Hokies remained winless in four visits to Heinz Field.Forced to plumb the bottom of the depth chart at running back with Shai McKenzie, Marshawn Williams and Trey Edmunds all out with injury, Virginia Tech could do little offensively. The Hokies ran for 26 yards, the longest run of the night Sam Rogers’s 9-yard burst.“We have good backs, but give (Pitt) credit, they were tough,” Beamer said. “They crowded and blitzed us, and we needed to throw the ball a little bit better and connect on a couple more that we had an opportunity to. Then, it would have been a different game.”Instead, it was an ugly one. The teams combined for five fumbles, 15 penalties and little rhythm in what likely amounted to an elimination game in the wide-open Coastal Division.Pitt came in reeling, having seen its promising 3-0 start evaporate into puzzling losses to Iowa, Akron and Virginia. The opportunity to be any sort of factor heading into the season’s second half, the Panthers responded with a dominant – if not exactly crisp – performance.Relying heavily its trio of sophomore stars Voytik, Boyd and Conner and the nation’s fourth-ranked defense, Pitt took a 14-6 halftime lead. Voytik found Boyd down the seam on the Panthers’ second possession and the Boyd did the rest, catching it at the Virginia Tech 30 and sidestepping two defenders on his way to a 53-yard touchdown, Pitt’s longest pass play of the season.Virginia Tech didn’t pick up a first down until there were 6 minutes left in the half as Brewer struggled to get anything going. He overthrew some receivers and short-hopped passes to others.Only Pitt miscues kept Virginia Tech close. Twice the Panthers had the ball inside the Hokies 35 only to come away with no points. Still, Conner bolted in from 15 yards out to make it 14-3 before Virginia Tech pulled within eight on Joey Slye’s second field goal. The kick came at the end of a strange sequence that included Pitt having an interception called back because of a late hit on Brewer, and Phillips dropping the ball innocently on the wet turf without being touched as he darted toward the end zone.The Hokies made it 14-9 early in the second half before the Panthers appeared to put it away in the fourth quarter when they stopped Virginia Tech on fourth down and Voytik followed by darting 49 yards on a read-option and Conner bulled his way in from 13 yards out.Pitt missed a chance to take a two touchdown-lead when the Hokies blocked Chris Blewitt’s field goal attempt and the brief appearance of “Beamer Ball” seemed to give Virginia Tech life.Virginia Tech responded with a brisk 80-yard drive, with Brewer hitting Phillips to cut it to five. Pitt couldn’t run out the clock but the Hokies drove to midfield before stalling. Brewer’s final pass sailed high and Phillips absorbed a punishing blow as it feel incomplete. There was no flag thrown and the Panthers exhaled after resurrecting their season.last_img read more

Museum to Host Fall Military Collectibles Event

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIC Flight MUSEUMOlympia Regional Airport Back by popular request, the Olympic Flight Museum has added a second Militaria Show and Sale to its fall calendar, to be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  This event features collectors and dealers who display or sell an assortment of unusual or historic examples of field gear, uniforms, insignia, vintage vehicle parts and other military accessories.  Come to look, buy, sell or trade!  Vendor tables are available for $25 each.  Reservations are required for tables.  General admission is $5.00 per person, museum members and children 6 and under are free.  The Olympic Flight Museum is located at the Olympia Regional Airport on Old Highway 99.  For more information, visit www.olympicflightmuseum.com or call (360) 705-3925. Olympia, WA – Museum to Host Fall Military Collectibles Eventcenter_img Submitted byTeri ThorningExecutive Director(360) 705-3925last_img read more

Denise Wheeler Soars as Lydia Hawk Elementary School Principal

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 By Amy Davidson, River Ridge High School internDenise Wheeler is the new Principal at Lydia Hawk Elementary School within North Thurston Public Schools.“Mrs. Wheeler is different. But she’s a good different,” says a sixth grade student at Lydia Hawk. “She visits our class a lot, and makes sure we understand what we’re learning.”She’s referring to Denise Wheeler- the new principal at Lydia Hawk Elementary School.Originally from Minnesota, Mrs. Wheeler moved to Montana between her junior and senior year of high school, where her parents owned a small business. She has worked in Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, and now Washington.She has two undergraduate degrees from the University of Montana-one in elementary education and one in forestry. She also has a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Montana.Wheeler has been in education for over 30 years, and was brought to Washington in order to be closer to her daughter.“My daughter has an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in chemical engineering. She works as an engineer for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) in Bremerton and is responsible for operating and maintaining a pure water production facility. She is also involved in recruiting new engineers for PSNS & IMF and participates in STEM activities at various locations,” explains Wheeler.Mrs. Wheeler says that she was looking for elementary principal positions on the Association of Washington School Principals Website. There were 2 positions open in Public Schools. She researched the district, liked what she saw and thought it would be a good place to apply.Her first impressions of Lydia Hawk were second to none. “I love, love, love Lydia Hawk,” she said. “I have an incredibly wonderful staff that really cares about students and will do just about anything for them! They also like and respect each other and are warm and welcoming to others. We are the most diverse elementary school in the district and have the highest poverty level which makes it an interesting place to work.”Throughout the past 15 years, there have been three different principals at Lydia Hawk – Paula Quinn, Charles Harrington, and now Mrs. Wheeler.Through those 15 years, students have always gone by the ABCD rules, and one of the first changes to Lydia Hawk this year was getting rid of the ABCD rules:A: Act safelyB: Be respectfulC: CooperateD: Develop responsibility and do your bestThe students are now being taught the ways of the SOAR rules.S: SafetyO: OwnershipA: Aim highR: Respect“I like the SOAR rules,” says a fourth grader. “They’re easier to remember.” Mrs. Wheeler also agrees that the SOAR rules are simpler, and the word itself is more fitting for their school, considering their mascot is a Hawk. The team behind the change thought ABCD sounded too institutional, plus they liked the connection to their mascot. They also thought that SOAR was more unique.Lydia Hawk is known as a Title I school, which means they aim to bridge the gap between low-income students, and other students. Types of students that might be served by Title I schools include migrant students, students with limited English proficiency, who have disabilities, are neglected, delinquent, at-risk or in need.I asked her what she thought of the students at Lydia Hawk and she said, “They are so great! As I said earlier we are a very diverse school. Of our 455 students, 35% of our student population is white, 35% are Latino and 30% are Asian, American Indian, Pacific Islander, Black, or 2 or more races. We have a poverty rate of 75%.”Mrs. Wheeler is very excited to help the students at Lydia Hawk. “The students are well-behaved and have been very welcoming. I get lots of hugs every day, which is one of the perks of being at the elementary level.”Her hobbies include golfing, reading, canoeing, gardening, attending the theater, upholstering, arranging flowers and arts and crafts. She also has a semi-hairless cat who loves to huddle under blankets!Most importantly, she loves kids and is a huge advocate of public education. She says her main goal for this year is to learn about the community and school district and get her bearings. She also hopes to have learned all of the students’ names by the end of the school year.last_img read more