first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — In a weekend that started out with a game against one University of Minnesota team, and ended with another, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team can officially call themselves Western Collegiate Hockey Association champions.When the weekend started, the Badgers (34-3-1, 24-3-1 WCHA) found themselves facing a more aggressive University of Minnesota-Duluth (15-20-1, 10-17-1 WCHA) in the semi-final game of the WCHA conference tournament.Wisconsin showed their grit as a team and shut Duluth out with a final score of 5-0, allowing themselves to advance to the final game against University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.In her 19th shutout of the season, goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens managed to block all 17 shots she saw on goal. Desbiens, who already has an NCAA record for most shutouts in a single season, surpassed her own record, solidifying her spot in NCAA history.Saturday’s game also meant that Wisconsin has ended every playoff game, until this point, with a shut-out, which is just another accomplishment that they can add to their long list of accomplishments in the season.Looking back on it now, Desbiens still cannot believe how this season has unfolded for her and her team.“If you had asked me at the beginning of the year, I would have said that [my NCAA shutout record] is not a real thing,” Desbiens said. “I [didn’t] think that was possible. It’s amazing. Everything that everyone in front of me has been doing is amazing.”Sunday’s contest against the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (32-4-1, 24-4-1 WCHA) tested Wisconsin to its absolute limit, with three high-intensity periods of play from both teams. The Badgers managed to end Sunday’s contest with a 1-0 score.The true sign of Wisconsin greatness came from their defense, as the unit managed to keep Minnesota from scoring, even though Minnesota gained four power-plays from Wisconsin penalties.Another remarkable feat was the cool, calm demeanor of Desbiens, who seemed to not feel the pressure of the NCAA finals. In fact, Desbiens could be seen dancing in her goal right before the third period began, even though her team would start the period a man down.Desbiens’ calm demeanor could also be considered a sign of trust, trust in a defensive zone that she knew would protect her until the very last buzzer. Desbiens was certainly not far off the mark, with the Badger defense using every measure and body part possible to make sure the Minnesota puck stayed out of the Badgers’ net.Gaining their 22nd shutout of the season shows this Wisconsin defense is truly a force to be reckoned with, and when UW is on their game, they are nearly unstoppable.Head coach Mark Johnson will now enter the NCAA playoffs with a WCHA regular season and conference champion team. When asked about his team, Johnson’s response was simple.“I’m proud of the team and certainly proud of their effort this afternoon,” Johnson said.last_img read more

first_imgAs the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team enters their final two games of the regular season, the team prepares to say goodbye to five seniors.In these five veterans lie two dynamic players who have played pivotal roles in the Badgers’ success throughout their entire careers at UW. Seniors Rose Lavelle and Micaela Powers both committed to Wisconsin back in 2011. Now, as the 2016 season nears its end, the two midfielders from the Cincinnati area reflect upon their long career with Wisconsin.“It’s sad to see it winding down,” Lavelle said. “It’s gone by so fast, but at the same time we still have some business to take care of so I have to stay focused on what we want to accomplish.”Powers is trying not to acknowledge that these are her last few games in a Wisconsin uniform, and instead go about her business as if it were any other game.“I don’t really look at it like it’s coming down to the wire,” Powers said. “I’m just trying to enjoy the whole process and take it one game at a time.”Throughout their careers at Wisconsin, Lavelle and Powers have combined to help the Badgers maintain a winning record since 2013. Lavelle has notched 19 goals in her Badger career while Powers is having her best season to date offensively in 2016 by tallying four goals.Women’s soccer: Badgers face tough challenge ahead with three-game road stretchFresh off a senior day victory, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team heads to the Wolverine State to face University Read…During their sophomore years, they assisted the Badgers to recording their winningest season in school history. In 2014, Wisconsin finished (19-3-2, 9-2-2 Big Ten) and won the Big Ten Tournament Championship. This year-long performance earned the Badgers an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, where they lost a heartbreaker in the second round to University of Central Florida.In that stellar year, Lavelle gathered three goals while Powers collected her first career goal as a Badger. Powers’ goal came in the final game against UCF as a late score, in which Lavelle sent a corner kick that Powers headed into the back post.Lavelle and Powers were also a part of the 2015 Big Ten regular season champion team that featured an eight-game winning streak even after a 3-4-4 overall start to the year.Just this preseason, Lavelle added yet another accomplishment to her résumé after Top Draw Soccer named her the No. 1 collegiate women’s soccer player in the country.With everything that has occurred in the last four years, highs and lows alike, the teammates still remember the feeling of stepping out on the field wearing a Wisconsin uniform for the first time more than three years ago.“It was so cool,” Lavelle said. “I feel the same way every time I get to put it on. To represent such a great university and to do it with my best friends and such a great coaching staff has been fun.”In their final act, Lavelle and Powers lead the Badgers to their last two regular season games with a record of 7-4-6. This is an impressive total considering this year’s Badgers team lost seven starters from the previous season’s lineup.As the two look to life after UW soccer, Lavelle hopes to play professionally and plans to enter the National Women’s Soccer League draft, while Powers is not quite finished with her time as a student at UW and will finish another year of school before graduation.Moving on brings both excitement and nervousness, but also brings along a feeling of sadness. Powers, after four years playing soccer at Wisconsin and many more before college, knows she will miss the sport’s sense of camaraderie the most.“Definitely the sense of family,” Powers said. “As you get older, you realize that the sport isn’t what you’re really going to miss, but it’s the competitive edge you get when you’re playing with people you care about and that you consider family.”Lavelle and Powers will play at the McClimon Track/Soccer complex for the last time Oct. 26 against the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights. Game time is at 7 p.m. and full coverage will be provided on BTN PLUS.last_img read more

first_img Published on April 29, 2018 at 7:40 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Toni Martin is tall. At 6-foot, she ranks behind only Faith Cain (6-foot-1) as the tallest player on Syracuse’s roster. It hasn’t always helped her at the plate. As a freshman, Martin’s long swing resulted in missing high-velocity pitches, and she finished the year with 14 hits in 55 at-bats. She needed to improve the timing of her swing, Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch said. In the months prior to this season, SU’s coaching staff helped Martin restructure her batting stance to make timing her swing easier.  “Since I’m really tall, I have these long limbs, it takes a lot for my body to get through the zone and my swing to be nice and short,” Martin said. “My swing would be really long, and I’d be late on the ball a lot.” Martin has used her revamped batting stance ever since, which has led to doubling her plate appearances and hits from last season. The sophomore’s improved timing has given Syracuse (28-19, 9-12 Atlantic Coast) another consistent hitting threat, something she rarely embodied during her freshman campaign. While Martin’s numbers at the plate still don’t pop out on a stat sheet, her newfound comfort at the plate and confidence in her swing has raised her ceiling significantly. “I immediately started hitting better,” Martin said. “I feel much better at the plate.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe stance, while effective, is unorthodox. Once Martin steps in the batter’s box and sets her feet, she positions her bat normally, over her right shoulder. As soon as the pitcher puts the ball in her glove and begins her windup, Martin fakes a bunt. A split second before the pitcher releases the ball, Martin repositions her bat over her shoulder before swinging or taking the pitch.  The stance forces Martin to shorten her swing, which has led to better results. This season, Martin boasts a .280 batting average along with five doubles, three triples and a home run. Last season, Martin recorded a .255 batting average and just three extra-base hits. The swing-shortening tactic, while not used by other SU players, is common in college softball to help hitters like Martin, Bosch said. “Look at her results. She’s increased her average since last year and had more success,” Bosch said. “She’s not alone, this is not a Syracuse-only thing. If you turn on ESPN, ESPNU, Big Ten or SEC Network, you’ll see a number of other teams using this approach.” To get comfortable using the stance by the start of the regular season, Martin worked in practice to perfect the execution of each step. Early in the season, there were a couple instances when Martin wasn’t prepared to swing because she didn’t pull the bat back quickly enough, she said. With experience, though, Martin’s technical mistakes have diminished and production has gone up. Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorMartin’s increase in production has given Bosch more freedom to move her around in SU’s batting order. When Sammy Fernandez’s injury kept her out against Niagara on April 18, Martin batted second and Alicia Hansen moved to the lead-off position. In all three games of the North Carolina State series the next weekend, Martin batted ninth.  Last season, Martin’s lack of production at the plate limited her playing time, and she started less than half of the Orange’s 50 games. Now, the sophomore is a regular starter and has become an expected contributor at the plate.  “I’ve tried it before in practice, it doesn’t work for me,” Hansen said about Martin’s stance. “It works for her, I’ve seen so much improvement from (Martin). Her changing her approach and stance has done a lot.”  Commentslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Orange’s special teams should again be one of the best units in the country. SU brings back punter Sterling Hofrichter, first-team All-American and Lou Groza Award-winning placekicker Andre Szmyt and Sean Riley — who averaged 18.6 yards per return last year.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe two transfersFormer Michigan State wide receiver Trishton Jackson is listed as a starter in the most recent depth chart, rising above the likes of spring football starters redshirt sophomore Cameron Jordan and junior Nykeim Johnson. Jackson made his Syracuse debut in the 2018 Camping World Bowl against West Virginia, catching a touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter in the back corner of the end zone. After a year off from game action, Jackson might be the Orange’s No. 1 wide receiver come Aug. 31.But Jackson’s fellow transfer, former Oklahoma running back Abdul Adams, is still listed as a co-backup to senior Moe Neal. Adams missed most of spring practice and the spring game with a shoulder injury. Adams shares the role with bruising sophomore Jarveon Howard. It was unlikely for Adams to dethrone an established back like Neal, but both running backs should get a good amount of handoffs in 2019. Adams had already demonstrated his prowess as a running back, scoring two powerful touchdowns on eight carries while, like Jackson, making his SU debut in the bowl game. Lining upAiron Servais, a redshirt junior and likely SU’s best offensive lineman, is back to center in the most recent depth chart after playing at right tackle throughout the spring. This is likely due to the arrival of graduate-transfer tackle Ryan Alexander from Southern Alabama. Alexander is now listed as the backup to freshman Anthony Red at right tackle. He’ll likely take over the starting job before the season opener, allowing Red to take a season to develop. Redshirt freshman Carlos Vettorello is still listed as the starter at left tackle after playing the position in the spring. With Servais’ move back to the interior of the line, redshirt junior Sam Heckel has flexed from center to left guard while redshirt senior Evan Adams has locked down the right guard spot. By the opener, SU’s offensive line is likely to consistent of Vettorello, Heckel, Servais, Adams and Alexander. Another year, another linebacking coreSyracuse graduated its top two tacklers — linebackers Ryan Guthrie (107) and Kielan Whitner (100) — from the 2018 team. Their combined 207 tackles were a quarter of SU’s team total. Vying to replace the two are seniors Andrew Armstrong and Lakiem Williams, sophomore Juan Wallace and touted freshmen Mikel Jones and Lee Kpogba. Armstrong and Williams are currently listed as the starters, holding their spots from the spring. Armstrong is the most experienced of SU’s linebackers and saw the most time last season, recording 45 tackles and snagging an interception. He’s played in 37 games, making one start last season at Pittsburgh. Wallace and Williams played mostly on special teams last season. Both were newcomers to SU — a freshman and transfer, respectively — but even their limited experience gives them an edge against the two four-star freshmen, Jones and Kpogba. Secondary shuffleAs expected, senior cornerback Chris Fredrick is listed as a starter. His backup, however, is a bit surprising. Scoop Bradshaw, a starter at cornerback for most of his career at SU, is now listed as a second-stringer. Bradshaw had a rough second half of 2018, struggling with injuries and, at times, mental mistakes. As of now, he’s lost his starting job to Trill Williams — who is now listed as the starting nickel back. The other corner position on the current depth chart is held by Ifeatu Melifonwu. Williams and Melifonwu, both sophomores, were pushing Bradshaw and Fredrick for snaps last season and when Bradshaw started to falter, Williams plugged right in. Melifonwu likely would’ve played more, but was slowed by injuries late in the season.The starting trio of cornerbacks is likely fluid, but Bradshaw is currently on the outside looking in entering fall camp.Other notesAntwan Cordy, who is still on Syracuse’s roster and eligible for a sixth year, is not on the newest depth chart. Cordy began last season as the starting nickel back and played 10 games before taking time away from the team for personal matters at the end of last season. However, this summer Cordy has been working out with teammates in Syracuse. Commentscenter_img Syracuse football released its 2019 media guide — including an updated depth chart — two weeks ahead of the opening of fall camp on Aug. 2. Since spring football, SU had made some slight tweaks, providing a look into which players SU will send out against Liberty on Aug. 31.  Published on July 16, 2019 at 10:37 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

first_img The Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-10 to secure their 10th National Football Conference – Northern Division (NFC North). With one game remaining in the regular season, the Packers secured their first division title since 2016 and made sure they celebrated the win in some style. Written By Last Updated: 24th December, 2019 19:35 IST Packers Go Wild In The Dressing Room After Clinching NFC North Division Title Green Bay Packers clinched the NFC North division title with their win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. They are 12-3 up in the division table. Also Read | Patriots Star Tom Brady Reveals Why He Has BANNED His Father From Speaking To MediaWatch: Packers vs Vikings highlights COMMENT First Published: 24th December, 2019 19:35 IST Also Read | Former Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy Eyes NFL Return In 2020Packers: On the pitch celebration 23 carries, 154 yards, 2 TDs.Hear from @Showtyme_33 after his big performance in Monday’s win over the Vikings.#GBvsMIN | #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/9QZ3FL4m2u— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 24, 2019 Green Bay Packers came on top at the U.S Bank Stadium after Minnesota Vikings failed to make a mark on the scoreboard in the final two quarters of the game. Aaron Jones starred for the Packers with 2 touchdowns and 154 completed yards. With the win, Packers have won their last four games in a row as they secured the division title in a dominant fashion. Victory sombrero for @Showtyme_33! #GoPackGo (via @ESPNNFL) pic.twitter.com/nmjcqEziwX— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 24, 2019 Sujay Chakraborty SUBSCRIBE TO US NFC NORTH CHAMPS!With today’s win, the @packers have secured the division title! pic.twitter.com/DJEnDIvCg6— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) December 24, 2019 Champions of the NFC North! 👑#ThePackIsBack | #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/KacKFnABf8— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 24, 2019 LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Also Read | NFL Playoffs: AFC, NFC Standings After Week 15 That Witnessed Multiple Records Being MadeThe Green Bay Packers aren’t done for the season. They will face the Detroit Lions on Sunday, December 29 to finish the regular season before will be battling it out with the likes of the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC title.Also Read | Bobby Wagner Issues Rallying Cry To Seattle Seahawks Fans After Win Against Vikings While the gruelling playoffs await the Packers, the team ensured they celebrated their division title win in some eccentric fashion. Securing the title with a game remaining is a fine Christmas present for Packers’ supporters. Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur gave an inspiring speech to the squad in the dressing room before celebrating with the team after Monday night’s (Tuesday morning IST) division-clinching victory over the Vikings. During the post-game conference, LaFleur expressed his delight with the Packers’ dominating campaign where they won 12 games and lost just three. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

first_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 2nd January, 2020 11:17 IST Associated Press Television News Written By WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020 11:17 IST Winning Watson Prepared To Lead Houston Texans Into Playoffs Deshaun Watson doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t competing. Whether it was trying to outrun his older brother while taking out the trash as a child or running away from defenders during a game of flag football he had the same mentality. Deshaun Watson doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t competing. Whether it was trying to outrun his older brother while taking out the trash as a child or running away from defenders during a game of flag football he had the same mentality.”It’s definitely in my DNA to go out there and compete and try to win in everything I do,” Watson said.Years later the Houston Texans quarterback has maintained that same mindset, and when you ask almost anyone about him that’s one of the first things they’ll bring up. As the Texans prepare to host the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday, coach Bill O’Brien reminisced about his early interactions with Watson and when he knew he was special.”He’s a winner, cares about winning, will do whatever it takes to win,” O’Brien said. “That came across in the first two meetings, so I would say it was way before he got here and on the practice field.”Since then as O’Brien has gotten to know Watson better and watched him lead the Texans he’s only become more impressed with him.”He’s got great poise,” O’Brien said. “Anybody that’s been around him for a long time, (knows) he doesn’t have any fear. He has no fear and …. he has a lot of fun playing, you see the smile on his face, he loves playing football and he loves being out there with his teammates.”Watson takes great pride in being a leader and knows how he carries himself will rub off on the rest of the team and impact how others perform.”You’re the face of the franchise and everyone is looking (at) you,” he said. “So regardless if you’re down, if you’re up, you’re facing that adversity (or) you’re having success too, people want to still see that fight and that will to continue to finish what you started and try to win the game or what you’re competing in. Everyone is going to follow that and everyone will see it.”Receiver DeAndre Hopkins loves that quality in Watson and thinks that’s one of the reasons why he’s so successful.”Everybody in this locker room, offense and defense feeds off of his game and how he never feels like we’re out of a game no matter what the score is,” Hopkins said. “He’s a winner. He’s won his whole career and it shows every day in everything he does.”Watson has a penchant for shining in the biggest moments. He did it when he helped Gainesville high school to a state title and at Clemson when he led the Tigers to a national championship in the 2016 season. Watson has continued that success with the Texans where he’s helped them to consecutive AFC South titles and had some of his biggest games when Houston was playing in prime time.But in perhaps the biggest game of his NFL career, Watson came up short. Last season in his playoff debut Watson threw an interception and struggled to move the offense effectively in a 21-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.He believes the experience in that playoff game will help him on Saturday when he gets another chance to notch his first postseason win.”Just knowing that … the game is going to go by faster, the plays, the players play a little bit faster than the regular season. Everything just speeds up,” he said. “So, just being able to be prepared and see how the energy and everything changes in a playoff game, it really helps out to get that firsthand look last year. I know it didn’t go our way, but we’ve got another opportunity this year.”He has thrown for 3,852 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and ran for 413 yards with seven more scores this season. Watson, who sat out last week with Houston’s playoff spot set, struggled with turnovers in his last three starts. He threw five interceptions in those games after only being picked off twice in Houston’s previous five games. He said those miscues are a big reason the offense hasn’t been as powerful recently as it was earlier in the season.”My turnovers,” he said. “That’s pretty much it … if I don’t turn two balls over in Tennessee that’s 14 extra points and who knows how the game goes. It’s something that we corrected.”O’Brien has no doubt that Watson will get back on track this week and raved about how much he’s improved in his three seasons with the Texans.”He gets better every day,” O’Brien said. “I wouldn’t be able to pick out one thing. He gets better every day at everything. He tries to work on everything from mechanics to knowledge of the game plan to defensive knowledge.” LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

first_img They’re not the only Irish pair in action today, as Damien Vereker also races with his Tipp town pilot Dermot Radford in the same race.Speaking on Tipp FM’s Straight Talk on Friday evening, Peter Ryan said the race could get tactical… While Upperchurch Drombane’s captain Paul Ryan is preparing for the Mid senior hurling final this evening, his brother – Olympian Peter Ryan – is preparing for the Men’s B Road race at the World Para-Cycling Championships.He, along with his Carrick on Suir pilot Sean Hahessy, race 109.3 km – with the race due to get unerway at around 1pm Irish TimeThey raced again on Friday in the Tandem Time Trial, where they placed 9th.last_img read more

first_img The third game of the Continental Basketball League tournament turned out a classic as the Abidjan Raiders dealt Yaoundé Giants a swift blow in front of their home fans winning the match 80-78. The giants had started well with the Lagos leg dropping only a game to Eko Kings and their fans hoped they could continue on that note in Cameroon but Tuesday night could only produce a near nightmare for those who throng the magnificent sports hall.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThis will be Okagbare’s second long jump final appearance in three attempts and the Beijing Olympics silver medallist in the event qualified for Friday’s final following her 6.51m leap in the qualifying round to place eighth in the final semi-final classification.Meanwhile, sprint hurdler Tobiloba Amusan will also today make her IAAF World Championships bow when she files out at 11.17am for the fifth and final first round heat of the women’s 100m hurdles.Amusan, one of the two athletes Nigerians are banking on for at least an individual medal at these championships has been in fine form this season and only last June won the highly competitive and prestigious American collegiate title in a 12.57 seconds personal best time.The time, the second fastest by a Nigerian nay African woman in history move the hurdler to seventh position in the pre-championships ranking and makes her one of the favourites to qualify for Saturday’s final.The petite Nigerian will however needs to successfully scale the first round hurdles where she has been drawn to run from lane 8.She is however expected to stroll in to the semi-finals as she is the fastest of all the eight athletes that will battle for the four automatic slots on offer.A win or top four finish for her will make her the fifth Nigerian athlete to qualify for the semi-finals of the event after Angela Atede (1997 and 2003), Glory Alozie (1999), Toyin Augustus (2009) and Seun Adigun (2011).Only Alozie managed to make it to the final and Amusan is tipped to become the second Nigerian to make it to the final and probably the second to also make the podium.Alozie won a silver medal in the event at the championships’ 7th edition in Seville, Spain.Also in action Friday is American-born Lindsey Lindley who will also be gunning for a semi-final ticket after crashing out in the first round in her debut in the event and the championships two years ago in Beijing, China.Lindley will run from lane five in heat three alongside reigning world record holder (12.20 seconds) in the event, USA’s Kendra Harrison who is also the world leader in the event this season at 12.28 seconds; Yanique Thompson of Jamaica, Alina Talay of Belarus, Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas and Australia’s Michelle Jenneke.The Nigerian will need to run faster than the 12.90 seconds personal best she ran before coming for the championships to make it beyond the first round or she will have to settle for one of the four fastest losers slot.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSAll eyes will be on Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor tonight when she takes to the long jump pit of the Olympic Stadium in London to battle for one of the three medals on offer at the on-going 16th IAAF World Championships.Silver medallist four years ago at the championships’ 14th edition in Moscow, Russia, the pretty Nigerian will attempt to consolidate on her status as Nigeria’s most successful athlete in the history of the Championships by winning her third medal following her silver and bronze medal wins in 2013.last_img read more

first_img‘This year’s race will be organised with a gold label template because we have applied for a gold label status for next year’s race,’ said Amodu who is confident organisers will pull off another world class event on May 25,2019.‘We have the experience and the trust by the IAAF that we can deliver a world-class race. Right from the inaugural edition of the race we have proved to be up to the task as far as the technical organisation of the race isconcerned and this was recognised by the IAAF who first granted us a bronze label status in 2015,the first ever in Nigeria nay West Africa.“We also proved we can organise a label event without supervision and the result is the elevation to a silver label status,” he said.Amodu reveals organisers of the race are not unaware of the new changes that have been made to the IAAF Label regulations for 2019 and the fact that all label races must have a minimum of six men and six women from the pool of athletes whose status corresponds to the Label being applied for. This will ensure that a Gold Label race, for example, has at least 12 of the world’s 300 best specialists at that particular distance.“This will make this year’s race the most competitive in the seven year old history of the event. We are going to have a minimum of 12 gold level running athletes for this year’s race and we don’t have to start looking for them all over the world. If we can get all 12 from Kenya, so be it,” he said and believes Nigeria, in no distant future will start having athletes who fall into these categories.”The previous rules obliged label race organisers to have elite athletes from at least five countries. From 2019 that rule will no longer exist, meaning races can, a) focus on building stronger elite fields and b) aspire to a label even with domestic elite athletes who are on the pool of the required status. “Our prayer will be to have many Nigerian athletes who will fall into the gold label category or other labels for other road races in Nigeria that are yet to be granted labels or those who are yet to move from bronze label to the next stage,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Today marks 30 days to go until the start of the seventh Okpekpe International 10km Road Race which is scheduled top hold on Saturday, May 25 in Okpekpe, a rural, hilly town in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.Zack Amodu, the race’s director of organisation has assured of a bigger and better race organised in strict accordance with International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) competition rules.The race, elevated by the IAAF to a silver label status last year will however hold with the aim of getting it upgraded to a first ever gold label road race in West Africa by next year.last_img read more

first_imgAs the number one seed of the men’s singles, Aruna Quadri was unbeaten to emerge winner of the 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open on Sunday in Lagos.To emerge as the champion, Quadri defeated Austria’s Robert Gardos (15-13, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-1) in the final while Russia’s Polina Mikhailova won the women’s singles title.Before berthing in the final, Quadri had ended the adventures of qualifier, India’s Soumyajit Ghosh (11-8, 11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4); while Gardos had to dip deep to beat Belgium’s Cédric Nuytinck, the no.2 seed (11-3, 7-11, 8-11, 15-13, 13-11, 11-9). Unlike Quadri, Polina Mikhailova finished the night as the most successful player of the competition as earlier in the day she had partnered colleague Yana Noskova to women’s doubles gold.To win the women’s Singles,  Mikhailova, the no.2 seed, recovered from a three games to nil deficit to beat Russian colleague, Yana Noskova, the no.4 seed, in the final (6-11, 6-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 15-13, 15-13).In the semi-final stage, Polina Mikhailova overcame Indian qualifier, Sreeja Akula (11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9), Yana Noskova accounted for Italy’s Deborah Vivarelli, the no.7 seed (12-10, 11-4, 7-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9). It was for Polina Mikhailova her second career win at an ITTF Challenge tournament in six women’s singles finals; the one prior success was in 2012 in Belarus.Quadri’s 2019 win had increased his Challenge series title to three having won the 2018 edition of the Nigeria Open as well as the 2017 Polish Open.But it was a disappointment for Nigeria’s duo of Olajide Omotayo and Segun Toriola as they had to settle for silver in the men’s doubles event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Aruna Quadri last_img read more

first_imgNAT’L SPORTS FESTIVALAdibe Emenyonu in Benin CityThe contracting firm handling the reconstruction of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, has rated the facility as one of the best in the country. Femi James, Site Engineer for Peculiar Ultimate Consult, the firm handling the reconstruction, stressed that the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium will rate next to the Nest of Champions Stadium in Uyo and the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja when fully completed.Speaking when he conducted sports journalists on tour of the stadium yesterday, the site engineer confirmed that the stadium which will be installed with modern sporting facilities as part of the reconstruction work, has attained 85 per cent completion.Noting that preparation for the laying of tartan tracks have been concluded with the casting of the surface, James said the contractors were only awaiting the arrival of the tracks from Germany.According to him, the mainbowl of the stadium will boast of the FIFA required facilities such as Surveillance Monitor and Standard Studio that will make it easier to relay live matches across the world.“As you can see, a whole lot of work have been achieved; while various fittings are currently being installed with others completed, installation of seats is also being completed.“This stadium which is about the best in the country, will be fitted with surveillance monitor 5km radius and also a studio facilities. It will be about the only stadium in the country with these facilities, the stadium will only be compared to that in Uyo and Abuja when completed.“As for the tracks, we are done with the ground work and only awaits the arrival of the facility which payment have been made from Germany,” he declared.James said aside the tracks, ordered and payment have been made for the floodlights and the scoreboard.“Though, we have already installed lights inside the covered stand and also installed that shadow casting lights, we are only awaiting the arrival of the aforementioned light for installation.”Similarly, the site engineer gave progress of work in the swimming pool and that of the lawn tennis courts to be between 50 to 55 per cent.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 18th August, 2020 08:05 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News center_img Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 08:05 IST LEADING OFF: Reds Eye Return After Positive Test; Rays-Yanks The Reds are scheduled for an early flight to Kansas City for a two-game series against the Royals that was put in doubt after a Cincinnati player tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend COMMENT A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday:WILL THEY PLAY?The Reds are scheduled for an early flight to Kansas City for a two-game series against the Royals that was put in doubt after a Cincinnati player tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. Players, coaches and other organization members were retested for the coronavirus Saturday and Sunday after one player was sidelined because of a positive result. The final two games of a series against Pittsburgh at Great American Ball Park were postponed.The Reds made travel plans for Kansas City and expected to start Luis Castillo (0-2) in the series opener, assuming it’s played.ROUND 2The Yankees look for revenge against the Rays when they open a three-game series in the Bronx. Tampa Bay took three of four from the AL East leaders a week ago and could steal away the division lead with a sweep in the second of three series scheduled between the rivals in this pandemic-shortened season. The Yankees are still without injured stars Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu. New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 2.31 ERA) opposes 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell (1-0, 2.08) in the opener.PROSPECT TRIES AGAINBlue Jays rookie Nate Pearson (0-0, 5.11 ERA) makes his fourth start, looking for a bounce-back performance against the Orioles after giving up four runs in 2 1/3 innings to Miami last week. The 23-year-old launched his big league career on July 29 with five shutout innings against the defending World Series champion Nationals but hasn’t been as sharp against Atlanta and the Marlins.Pearson said he made an adjustment to his delivery after his last start and intends to be more aggressive on the mound.“I’m developing at the highest level,” Pearson said. “When I don’t have my best stuff, I’m going to struggle.”A BETTER BUNDYBreakout right-hander Dylan Bundy tries to keep rolling for the Angels against San Francisco. Acquired from Baltimore last offseason after four underwhelming seasons, Bundy (3-1, 1.57) has been electric in Anaheim, striking out 35 and walking three in 28 2/3 innings over four starts.TIGER TRYOUTSDetroit is unleashing a few of its top prospects this week, including left-hander Tarik Skubal. The 23-year-old will start against the White Sox in his major league debut after being promoted from the alternate site. Skubal posted a 2.13 ERA in nine starts at Double-A last season and ranks among the top lefty prospects in baseball. He’ll be followed Wednesday by right-hander Casey Mize, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft also set for his big league debut. Tigers infielder Isaac Paredes has also been promoted.PITCHING INStruggling to assemble a consistent rotation, the Atlanta Braves dip into their bullpen once again for a starter. Josh Tomlin makes his first start this season against Washington, two days after Robbie Erlin tossed four innings in a 4-0 victory over Miami. The Braves hope that formula works again with Tomlin, used mostly as a reliever during his two seasons in Atlanta. Not that Tomlin doesn’t have plenty of experience in a lead role. He made 144 starts over nine seasons with the Cleveland Indians.“Whatever they want me to do, I’m very capable of doing it,” Tomlin said. “You never really lose that starter mentality.”The Braves’ rotation is in tatters after a season-ending injury to ace Mike Soroka and the demotion of both Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb. But, for now, the team has decided not to turn to a pair of top prospects, Ian Anderson and Tucker Davidson.Image credits: AP Written Bylast_img read more

first_imgA new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report indicates 88 percent of millennials (aged 18 to 25) admitted being  involved in driving infractions in the past 30 days, earning the dubious distinction as the worst behaved U.S. drivers.These dangerous behaviors which increase the risk of accidents, included texting while driving, running red-lights and speeding. These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7 percent, the largest single-year increase in five decades.“Alarmingly, some of the drivers believe their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable,” said Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety executive director. “It’s critical that these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences of engaging in these types of behaviors and that they change their behavior and attitudes in order to reverse the growing number of fatalities on U.S. roads.”In the research conducted among 2,511 drivers over 16, AAA found 88.4 percent of drivers aged 19 to 24 admitted to engaging in speeding, red light running or texting behind the wheel in the past 30 days include, compared to 68 percent of drivers over age 60.Traffic attorney, Michale Ramos of Miami, concurs with the report as he says over 70 percent of his clients who recently received traffic tickets mostly for speeding, running red lights and testing-while-driving offenses, were young adults age -20 to 35.According to AAA the report, drivers ages 19-24 were 1.6 times as likely as all drivers to report having read a text message or e-mail while driving in the last 30 days (66.1 percent vs. 40.2 percent). Drivers ages 19-24 were nearly twice as likely as all drivers to report having typed or sent a text message or e-mail while driving (59.3 percent vs. 31.4 percent).Regarding speeding offenses, drivers ages 19-24 were 1.4 times as likely as all drivers to report having driven 10 mph over the speed limit on a residential street. Nearly 12 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone, compared to less than 5 percent of all drivers.In the case of drivers who run red lights, the report found nearly 50 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported driving through a light that had just turned red when they could have stopped safely, compared to 36 percent of all drivers.Nearly 14 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive through a light that just turned red, when they could have stopped safely, compared to about 6 percent of all drivers.“Too often we see what can happen as a result of underestimating risk while driving,” said Amy Stracke, AAA – The Auto Club Group managing director for traffic safety advocacy. “Change starts with our own behavior.  We need to set a good example by following speed limits, putting the phone down and fully focusing on the task of driving.”last_img read more

first_imgJames ‘Smitty’ Smith The Miami Beach Police Department paid tribute to the city’s first black police officer, James “Smitty” Smith. To the city, he was Major James W. Smith.Officers and family members joined together Wednesday for the renaming of the Miami Beach Police Department’s community room in Smith’s honor.Smith was remembered as the epitome of a gentleman and a man who respected everyone in his community.When Smith enlisted in 1964, he caught the public’s eye for his skin color. Smith was Miami Beach’s first black officer during a soon-to-be integrated but racially-tense America.Smith served in the Miami Beach Police Department until 1990, when he retired. He climbed the ranks as sergeant in 1971, lieutenant in 1975 and major in 1989.Smith died Jan. 31 at the age of 87.last_img read more

first_imgOne of Guyana’s senior government ministers has called on Guyanese to ignore the ‘doom and gloom’ being peddled about the oil and gas sector. He has advised them to focus on the positive benefits the industry will bring to Guyana.Don’t kill the spirit and hopes of the people“That is why I have been making a lot of comments lately against those who seem bent on killing the spirit and hopes of the people of this country when it comes to oil and gas. There is a lot of doom and gloom about what Guyana isn’t getting, but the truth is, what Guyana is getting is what we should be the focused on,” Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin, said.‘Rough diamond’ needs polishingSpeaking on a radio program on Sunday, Gaskin reminded Guyanese “we have a ‘rough diamond’ that needs polishing, and we have to polish this rough diamond because it is ours, and no one is going to do it for us.”Guyana is expected to begin production of its vast oil wealth by 2020. The country has had to deal with a number of issues related to the sector after the US-oil giant, ExxonMobil made the discovery a few months ago.Gaskin confirmed that Guyana’s oil and gas wealth is so vast that it can help the country to transform those other industries that need a boost or are struggling to get established.No deal is perfectGaskin said the ExxonMobil contract will see Guyana receiving a fair amount of revenue, and while as a country “we can get more, no deal is perfect.”However, he noted that the revenues the country will receive, in terms of the size of the population, per capita, are among the highest in the world “therefore, we need to stop squabbling over how much more we could have gotten and start planning for what we will do with those resources.” Gaskin warned that it is extremely important that Guyanese approach the issue with a positive mind set, knowing that better is to come and realizing that they are the beneficiaries of what lies ahead.last_img read more

first_imgcredit: UNICEF  It is extremely ironic that as the community celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday, characterized mainly by overindulging in a feast, thousands of Americans have little to be thankful for as they agonize in poverty and related hunger.  40 percent of Americans living in poverty Earlier this year, a UN report indicated that 40 percent of Americans were living in poverty, including 5 percent who were living in “absolute poverty” similar to the poor in Third World countries.Associated with this high level of poverty usually is a high rate of hunger, especially among children in rural America and American inner cities.Millions of Americans have or are experiencing hunger mainly because of poverty, brought about by either unemployment, underemployment, disability, or misuse of whatever money they have on addictive habits like gambling, alcoholism and drugs. However, very few people accept a life of poverty and hunger by choice. Rather the poverty they experience is a result of often inescapable circumstances. Meanwhile, it is questionable, whether or not some people, although they are financial burdened could avoid the hunger afflicting their families. Contradictions  A local study in which CNW participated recently revealed a contradiction relevant to poverty being experienced by some South Florida families.  The study found there are poor families who are cutting back on food and groceries in order to have their low and declining incomes meet their expenses. The food budget in most households included in this study was down by an average of 12 percent. On the other hand, the study revealed some of the same families were deliberately cutting back on expenditure for food and were saving at least $50 a week to spend on holiday shopping. Fifty dollars a week could easily have made the difference between eating decently for a week or going hungry.Mis-prioritizing scarce income The implication from this study is some of the over 40 million Americans experiencing poverty and related hunger could result from them mis-prioritizing scare funds at their disposal.  There are incidences of heads of so-called poor households,  driving expensive, late model motor vehicles to supermarkets to purchase food with food stamps. It’s assumed these people received food stamps to assist them to be food secure because they met poverty guidelines that qualified them for government assistance. Then, some of these same people complain their food stamp allocation is insufficient to adequately feed the family, and further complain when their assistance is terminated. Yet they hang on to their expensive vehicles, when trading them for less expensive units or utilizing public transportation, could help to put food on the family table.Sometimes, it isn’t possible to differentiate between Americans who are experiencing hunger because of mis-placed priorities, and those who absolutely have little or no financial resources with which to feed their family. Poverty has no particular identification In America, unlike some poorer countries, hunger or poverty have no particular identification.  A well-dressed individual could be someone who is unable to buy a decent meal for days. Well-dressed children attending school daily may have no dinner to go home to. Only few people go walking around with signs indicating, “I’ll work for food.”  The fact is, whether deliberate or through real unfortunate circumstances no one, much less over 40 million Americans, should having limited access to food, even occasionally. Like personal wealth, food is too unequally distributed in this country. Hunger not solved by chartable feedingThe problem of hunger is not solved by the occasional charitable meal offered to the poor and hungry at Thanksgiving, Christmas and on weekends, or by delivering buckets of leftover food to homeless shelters. The society, not just the government, must find ways to effectively distribute the prevailing lopsided wealth experienced by only a few to those perpetually locked in the cycle of poverty.Regardless of the status of statewide and national economies it should be a priority to sustain (and better manage) social programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamp program. Means should also be taken to ensure more children from financial needy homes have access to school meals daily, and even when schools are not in session,  Granted, society usually bear the financial burden of these extended measures to the financially challenged.  But, it’s worth bearing this burden, rather than having over 40 million Americans, including 15 million children experience hunger and its long term social and physical negative effects. It’s also necessary to somehow find ways of educating those who are financially challenged to place food and nutrition for their families before unaffordable holiday shopping and acquisition of unnecessary material possessions.last_img read more

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – The Director General of the National Police of Haiti (PNH), Michel-Ange Gédéon, Friday praised law enforcement officials for showing restraint during protest demonstrations across Haiti on Thursday that left at least four people dead and several others wounded. “Several officers were victims of malicious individuals who, having infiltrated the demonstration, wanted to create panic and chaos by throwing stones and firing for no apparent reason,” Gédéon, said in a statement.He said the police had been able to “show restraint…particularly in Mirebalais where the PNH had nine wounded in its ranks,” adding “the High Command is proud of their behavior and encourages them to control their emotions so they do not give in to provocation”.The PNH said it also wanted to extend sympathies to persons who “were victims of malicious individuals who, having infiltrated the demonstration, wanted to create panic and chaos by throwing stones and firing for no apparent reason.”Thousands protested On Thursday, thousands turned out in support of calls by the opposition parties here demanding the removal of President Jovenel Moise, jobs, corruption and the trial of those implicated in the ongoing investigation into the use of the funds under the PetroCaribe scheme through which Ven4ezuela had been providing oil to Haiti under preferential terms.30th anniversary of end of Duvalier regime The demonstration also coincided with the 30th anniversary of the end of the dictatorship of the Duvalier regimes and paralyzed most of the country.But there were violent clashes with police who used tear gas and repeatedly fired gunshots into the air to disperse demonstrators. Protestors also burnt vehicles and looted several businesses.The PNH deputy spokesman, Gary Desrosiers, on Thursday night reported that two people had been killed and at least 15 police officers were injured. But the figures rose on Friday as the authorities were able to give a better assessment of the situation.They said that 20 demonstrators were injured and that four people had been killed in Mirebalais, 60 kilometers north east of the capital.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya will pay a three-day State visit to Jamaica as the country celebrates its 57th anniversary of political independence from Britain next month.A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said the visit also provides an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations between Jamaica and Kenya, focused on the development of an economically strategic partnership through the fostering of trade and investment ties and the promotion of increased technical cooperation in areas such as tourism, education, sport and culture.President Kenyatta, who will be leading a delegation that includes his wife, Margaret Kenyatta, is due to arrive in Jamaica on August 5.He will also talk with Prime Minister Andrew Holness as well as other engagements and activities, including a courtesy call on the Governor-General, who will host a State Dinner in his honour.The OPM said that said President Kenyatta is also expected to meet with Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips.Jamaica will observe the independence celebrations under the theme “One Nation, One People” and President Kenyatta will lay a floral tribute at the shrine of the country’s first national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey at the National Heroes Park after which he will also visit the Bob Marley museum.Prime Minister Holness will host the Kenyan president at the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show in Clarendon on Independence Day. Later in the evening, President Kenyatta will attend the 57th Anniversary Independence Grand Gala.President Kenyatta leaves Jamaica on August 7.last_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles Jane Ryan – NektanLondon-AIM listed Nektan Plc announces one of its biggest partnerships to date, securing BetVictor as a new B2B client.Updating the market, Nektan has integrated its ‘E-lite Casino Platform’ within BetVictor’s digital framework, expanding the Gibraltar based operator’s gaming content across its verticals.Nektan secures the partnership through its operations and licensing partner Tyche Digital Malta, who will supply platform and games content to three BetVictor casino brands.Jane Ryan, Nektan Chief Operating Officer of B2B, said: “We’re thrilled to have partnered with BetVictor, a leading operator with a thriving global customer base. This landmark partnership is set to deliver commercial opportunities to develop and drive significant revenue generation for Nektan throughout the coming months and beyond. It is also a demonstration of how we are fast becoming the go-to provider of premium and compliant entertainment content throughout our industry. The speed with which we can deliver our content to live environments for partners is what differentiates our technology.In the update Nektan further reveals that the platform integration will see BetVictor significantly expand its HTML5 mobile games content, securing access to  24 of the industry’s leading games and content developers.Updating investors, Nektan Interim Chief Executive Gary Shaw stated that the BetVictor partnership demonstrated the firm’s operational and tech capabilities to secure tier1  industry clients.Turlough Lally – BetVictorBacking Nektan as its new platform provider, Turlough Lally Director of Casino at BetVictor, said: “With the constant technological advancements and new games available at the tap of a button, customer demands are becoming increasingly high. To cut through the noise, operators need to keep re-assessing and innovating their games portfolio to provide players with improved gaming options, that can easily be accessed via mobile devices, which are dominating the iGaming industry.”“This exciting partnership with Nektan is an important strategic move for BetVictor and we’re confident this global platform integration deal will bring new gaming opportunities for our global player base, while complementing our existing network of casino brands.” FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020 EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020last_img read more

first_img Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Share Publishing its Q3 2018 trading update (period ending 30 September), Stockholm-listed online gambling firm Kindred Group Plc declares that it is confident of delivering on its full-year corporate expectations and projects.Updating investors, Kindred details that it has maintained its strong post-World Cup Russia 2018 momentum, with group-wide customer activity up 25%.Detailing a further robust quarter, Kindred records period gross-win revenues of £230 million (Q3 2017: £193m), with its year-to-date group revenues generating £657 million (Q3 2017: £513m).Despite booking a 33% increase in group-wide ‘betting duties’, up 24% on 2017 metrics, the Stockholm enterprise maintains its earnings capacity, recording a period EBITDA of £56 million (Q3 2017: £47m), contributing to a YTD EBITDA of £145 million.Closing a busy trading period, Kindred governance declares group profits of £42 million (Q3 2017: £35m), contributing to YTD corporate earnings of £105 million (Q3 2017: £76m).Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group stated that the company had demonstrated its operational shrewdness during Q3 trading, a period in which the company faced a number of outside obstacles to sustaining its growth momentum.“Despite significant increases in betting duties and marketing investments up 24 per cent this quarter, our underlying EBITDA grew by 24 per cent in constant currencies compared to the same period last year (+19 per cent in GBP), showing Kindred’s scalability business model and our continued good cost control.”Closing the trading update, Tjärnström and Kindred governance note a number of strong future options for the online gambling group, which secured its first US-centric agreement with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, New Jersey.Furthermore, gearing up for its entry within the re-regulated Swedish gambling marketplace in accordance with the policies of the redrafted ‘Swedish Gambling Act’, Kindred has undertaken its biggest sponsorship and social/sporting commitment, with its Unibet SE brand becoming the title sponsor of Sweden’s Elitfotboll Allsvenskan and Superettan leagues.last_img read more

first_img BetConstruct has made the latest licensing list for the Agenzia Dogane Monopoli (ADM) – the agency responsible for both the collection of taxes and the protection of citizens’ rights through gambling licensing and regulation in Italy.Trading as Vivaro Limited, the Online Gaming Licence will enable BetConstruct to deliver online sports betting, horserace betting, casino games and poker, as well as skill games, virtual betting, betting exchange and bingo.The news follows a successful 2018 for BetConstruct, in which the the developer and provider of online and land-based gaming solutions collected a Remote Operating Licence from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for Live Casino and secured a Retail Solutions Licence in Romania.The firm also added poker to its set of licensed products in Malta, having been granted approval from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) to add the vertical – under both B2C and B2B licences – to its existing MGA licences covering sports betting and fantasy sports.Meanwhile, BetConstruct has set about expanding its operations in regulated states across the US, as well as in the re-regulated Swedish market – also through Vivaro Limited.The firm is also ready to enter Denmark, where it expects to secure an Online Sports Betting and Casino Licence from Spillemyndigheden (The Danish Gambling Authority). StumbleUpon Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

first_imgShare MySportwetten: What German players want from a bookmaker July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Interwetten named main sponsor for Greek Super League August 4, 2020 Interwetten signs Yakubu as first Nigeria ambassador July 14, 2020 Related Articles DACH bookmaker Interwetten has extended its sponsorship agreement with German Bundesliga clubs TSG Hoffenheim and Vfl Wolfsburg, with the partnerships due to last until June 2023.The betting operator has worked alongside TSG Hoffenheim since 2017, having helped develop a number of advertising and marketing campaigns, including the development of a social media activation which allowed fans to win a place on the official team photo.The extended agreement will see Interwetten continue to support the TSG Hoffenheim in marketing and advertising strategy, as well as including two large static TV advertising presences, a mini banner and LED advertising.Dominik Beier, CEO of Interwetten, added: “We have been a reliable partner of sport for 30 years – we need sport as a business basis and sport has been counting on us as a partner and sponsor for years. We usually maintain long-term, trusting cooperation and make sure to do this with partners at the highest level. We want to continue to stick to this path in the future.“With TSG, Interwetten has been maintaining an open and trusting partnership for three years, into which we have a lot of passion. The digital innovation and the enormous professionalism of VfL impressed us immediately after we started our collaboration in July 2019. With both clubs, the TSG and the VfL, we want to celebrate success together, learn from each other and develop together.“We were immediately impressed by the digital innovative power and the incredible professionalism at VfL Wolfsburg. As one of the longest established betting providers on the market, our clear goal is to be the first mover and a driver of innovation in the industry. VfL fits perfectly into this approach. We want to celebrate success together, learn from each other and develop together.”Interwetten initially signed a sponsorship agreement with Vfl Wolfsburg in 2019. The extended partnership will include Interwetten’s branding being shown across advertising boards for domestic television broadcasts in the form of the LED PowerPack boards, Cam Carpets next to the goals and various logo placements on press walls and digital branding.In addition, Interwetten will also continue to be the official presenter of the ‘Man of the Match’ award and various live statistics on Wolfsburg’s social media platforms. Furthermore, the operator has committed to offering match-related activities for fans and sponsors, including the roll-out of a new prediction game.“At VfL Wolfsburg we have found Interwetten to be an active and reliable partner, who is constantly developing and innovating,” said VfL Managing Director Michael Meeske. “We’re very happy to extend this partnership and are looking forward to working together over the next three years.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Golden Race has received the certification to distribute its complete suite of virtual sports products including races, football leagues and tournaments to licensed operators in Sweden. The certification has been issued by Quinel – an internationally accredited testing lab and inspection body – in accordance with the Swedish Gambling Authority standards and regulations, reinforcing the quality and reliability of Golden Race’s set of products. “We are very happy that we have been certified in Sweden and are now able to start operations there,” said Martin Wachter, Golden Race’s CEO and Founder. “Our main aim is to be certified in every regulated market, so that more responsible and compliant operators around the world have the possibility to offer our successful games to their players.”The Swedish Gambling Authority (Spelinspektionen) reported in March that licensed operators in the country generated revenue of SEK24.8bn (£2.03bn/€2.34bn/$2.62bn) in 2019.This certification for the Swedish market, said Golden Race, completes a “pool of certifications and licences” it now has for demanding betting and gaming jurisdictions including Malta, Spain, Italy and the UK.The company’s retail-based software is run by more than 50,000 betting shops, while over 400 websites across the world are operating its online virtual sports solution. Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

first_imgOwner of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team Jerry Jones and Real Estate tycoon John Goff have today announced the acquisition of a majority stake in esports team compLexity Gaming.As an organisation compLexity are veterans of esports, with history stretching back to 2003. Claiming over 130 championships in different gaming titles, they have the pedigree most teams lack. Joining in that success, the Dallas Cowboys have the joint-second highest amount of Super Bowl attendances and wins making this a successful partnership. compLexity currently have rosters in CS:GO, DOTA2, Hearthstone and GWENT, as well as a strong roster of streamers, who are set to benefit from this deal.Full terms of the deal have not been released, but is set to see Jason Lake remain as CEO at compLexity and retain a minority stake in the organisation. Co-Founder Jason Bass sells off his share of the company and is set to leave the organisation. The deal will also see the team move to the home of Dallas Cowboys, The Star, in Frisco, Texas. The two will also start work on a “state-of-the-art operations center”, featuring production studios and training facilities, where compLexity will be based. Jason Lake, Co-Founder and CEO of compLexity stated: “Dreams do come true. I’m thrilled and honored beyond words to be working with the Jones and Goff families. Everyone at compLexity is eager to re-locate to the great state of Texas and continue building our gaming legacy alongside such unparalleled partners.”Jerry Jones, Owner of the Dallas Cowboys added: “The growth in professional gaming is incredibly significant. We are proud to be stepping into this space with John Goff and an industry icon in Jason Lake. Between our stadiums, our personnel, and our experience and knowledge of professional sports, the synergies here are endless and I’m confident our resources will continue the growth of Complexity for years to come.”The full announcement can be read on compLexity Gaming’s website here. Jason Lake’s blog post about the move can also be read here.Esports Insider Says: A big move for one of the oldest known teams in esports. Being, probably, the most successful team in North American esports would’ve brought suitors a-plenty and choosing the right people would’ve been a stressful time. Congratulations Jason(s)!last_img read more

first_imgCritical Force, the Finnish studio behind mobile esports game Critical Ops, has announced the game has reached a sizable milestone: one million daily players.Critical Ops has been downloaded over 34 million times by mobile users now, and has an active, engaging social presence – spanning over half a million followers across several platforms. YouTube creators have, impressively, uploaded over half a million videos focusing on the mobile game.The official Discord server for Critical Ops is fairly sizable too, it currently maintains a membership of over 54,000. Discussing the success of the game, CEO of Critical Force Veli-Pekka Piirainen said the following: “Year 2017 was phenomenal for us in many ways. Our game became one of the de facto standard mobile eSports games and our staff more than quadrupled last year. We’re very much looking forward to 2018 and we have many great milestones ahead of us such as the official release of Critical Ops.”In 2016, Critical Force received a $4.5 million (£3,235,185) investment from Korean game publisher conglomerate NHN Entertainment. The company was also named the best Finnish game developer in the same year.Esports Insider: This milestone is undeniably a big statement for both mobile gaming and mobile esports in general, especially considering its niche mobile FPS genre. We look forward to seeing what other numbers Critical Ops can reach in the future!last_img read more

first_imgMaestro has today unveiled Impact Scores, a brand and agency-focused rating system designed for interactive live streams.Ari Evans, MaestroAri Evans, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Maestro said: “Live streams have evolved beyond simple TV broadcasts delivered over the internet. As a consequence, reach has become an insufficient metric on its own for measuring value.“As cord-cutting continues and live streaming grows increasingly interactive, so too does the need for new metrics that help our industry measure success. This is why Impact Scores track, analyze and rank engagement, monetization, and viewer hours side-by-side with viewership.”Maestro offers a white-label platform for enterprise live streamers ‘to own, engage, and monetize their audiences’. The platform is focused on creating engaging experiences with ‘a data feedback loop to identify viewers, tailor strategies, and maximize business metrics’. Their clients have included Microsoft, PlayStation, ESL, Ubisoft, Capcom, Warner Bros., Adobe, and more. An Impact Score is described by the company as a measure of a live stream’s performance within Maestro’s ecosystem. The final score, which is out of a possible 100, is a sum of four sub-scores. Each sub-score contributes up to 25 points, which are based on this event’s metrics compared to those seen in the ecosystem in the twelve months prior to the event. Increasing any sub-score raises the final Impact Score. Two of the four sub-scores, Engagement and Monetization are measured as the percentage of the audience who ‘directly engage or transact, respectively, during the stream using one of Maestro’s related features’.Maestro customers can expect to see Impact Scores begin to appear on their upcoming event reports.Esports Insider says: A sleek new service for Maestro clients, the Impact Scores should help the platform’s customers to better visualise and understand the performance of live streams. In turn, they can compare and contrast different streams to see what has worked best.last_img read more

first_img Source: Rita Mensah/CitiSports/Ghana Crystal Palace midfielder, Jeffery Schlupp is hoping his goal against Burnley will help him break into the team’s starting eleven.After making a strong start to the season, Schlupp’s form has slowly declined, eventually losing his place in the starting eleven to Andros Townsend.Schlupp has had to settle for a place on the Palace bench for the past three games, but made a strong impact against Burnley, coming off the bench to score the team’s second.“I’ve been a little bit frustrated of late, but the gaffer picks the team and they’ve done well,” he said.“I’ve been waiting. I’ve managed to get on and contribute with a goal. “The gaffer is going to put out the team he feels is best to win the game.“I’ve got to produce to keep my place.”Schlupp has scored one goal and provided two assists in 12 appearances for the club this season.Crystal Palace will take on Bournemouth on Tuesday, live on Citi 97.3 FM.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt was opening day in Alpena Circuit Court for the trial of 67–year–old Dennis Albert Liske. Liske who has been charged with sexual conduct in the 2nd degree sat in silence as jury selection began for his case.One by one Judge Mack along with Prosecutor, Ed Black, and Liske’s lawyer, Dan White questioned citizens to see who would be fit for the trial. Before selecting 12 people to determine Liske’s fate, Liske’s lawyer, called out names of possible witnesses who would be involved with the trial.Judge Mack went over the rule while Ed Black questioned possible jury candidates. At least 15 people we’re let go before a final jury was selected around 11:30 am.“You’re excused,” were the words Judge Mack uttered to citizens he decided to let go.Some issues while selecting a jury included the fact that over a dozen called to duty knew Liske. Some admitted that they would have a difficult time and felt uncomfortable with the facts of the case.“So again we haven’t given the specifics of the case. But if you’re having difficulty of the subject matter or if you think it will cause you not to be able to sit on the jury to a certain attempt to be able to listen to the judge’s obstructions and only consider the evidence that he obstructs you to consider?” Prosecuting Attorney, Ed Black questioned to the jury.Opening statements finally started around 1 pm. Liske was charged with a single count of criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd degree stemming back from an incident involving his now 13–year–old granddaughter.She was 12 back in January when she claimed Liske inappropriately touched her chest at his home. Liske pleaded not guilty to the charge. The trial has been set to last 3 days.WBKB News will have more details coming up this week.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Criminal Charges, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Dennis Albert Liske, Dennis LiskeContinue ReadingPrevious Besser Museum Celebrates ‘Night Sky’ With Upcoming EventNext Thomas James Guthrie Found Guilty of Criminal Sexual Conductlast_img read more

first_imgFrank Lampard has admitted for the first time that he wants to become Chelsea boss.But first the Blues idol, 34, wants a new three-year playing contract. Lampard said: “I am thinking about my coaching badges now but there is only one club I want to manage.“I know it might sound a bit big-headed or selfish but I wouldn’t want to go through ‘showing myself’ with a lower club.“Although I would never expect to walk into a position such as the Chelsea manager, this is the only club I’d want to manage.”Lampard is in the final season of his Chelsea contract and hopes to sign a new one to take him to the end of his playing career.But Lampard fears his move into management could destroy his Stamford Bridge legacy if he fails to make the grade. He said: “I’d love to have a crack at it but I’d want to do it well.“I wouldn’t want the supporters to forget everything I’ve tried to do as a player because I can’t manage the team.”Lampard has played for eight different managers in 11 years since signing from West Ham in an £11million deal in 2001.And he tells the Chelsea fanzine cfcuk he has already learned the art of man-management by studying all their methods.He said: “Without a doubt I’ve picked up some good things as well as some things that I’d do differently. The main thing I’ve learned is how to treat people properly. “It’s important to respect the players and by doing so, hopefully, you’ll earn their respect back.“We saw that with Jose Mourinho. I saw him being strong with players and having arguments but the vast majority who played or worked for him had a massive amount of respect for him.”last_img read more

first_imgRicarda Kiessling’s last-second strike denied China are second straight win in Group D to secure a 1-1 draw for Germany at Bayil Stadium.Germany, who have won six of their seven opening-round games at FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups, could have assured themselves of a place in the Azerbaijan 2012 quarter-finals had they continue that form.Predictably, the Germans came out strong against the Chinese. Vivien Bell tried a shot from distance in the early minutes, but Chinese goalkeeper Lu Feifei was equal to the task.After seven minutes, Zhang Chen created the first dangerous moment for the German defence with a mazy run into the box, but her efforts were eventually halted by the lunging Lena Luckel. The Chinese only had to wait until the 12th minute to get the game’s opening goal. Miao Siwen picked up a fine pass from Li Mengwen before hammering a powerful shot from 20 yards into the top corner.The half finished with a high tempo which bled straight into the second period, with China making the more impressive headway. Germany on the other hand struggled to make an impact against a well-organised defence.The introduction of striker Venus El-Kassem with 15 minutes to go improved their efforts, forcing Feifei into a save, but was taken off soon after through injury. This saw replacement Kiessling step up to the plate and nod home a free-kick with 94 minutes on the clock to save a point. The quote“We are very happy with this result. In the second half we put a lot of effort towards finding an equaliser and finally were rewarded at the end of the game. China, as we expected, were a strong opponent and they played very well.” Anouschka Bernhard, Germany coachlast_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi has hinted he may finish his career in Argentina after extending his Barcelona contract to June 2018.The Argentina forward, 25, who has signed a two-year contract extension, enjoyed a record-breaking 2012 for club and country, scoring 91 goals.“I said it before – in Europe I’d like to end my career at Barca. I wouldn’t consider moving to another European club,” he told the club’s website.“With that said, I’m not ruling out ending my playing career in Argentina.”Messi signed a new deal on Thursday afternoon and follows Carles Puyol and Xavi, who both signed their extensions last month.Defender Puyol and midfielder Xavi agreed new deals until 2016. A statement on the Barcelona website said: “Leo Messi extended his contract with FC Barcelona through 30 June of 2018.“The signing ceremony was attended by the player, president Sandro Rosell, vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the director of football Andoni Zubizarreta.“Messi added two additional years to his existing contract, which was set to expire in June of 2016.“The player, who joined the club when he was 13 and made his first-team debut three years later, will be 31 when his contract expires.”Barcelona are top of La Liga with a nine-point cushion over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid. They play the first leg of their last 16 tie in the Champions League away at AC Milan on 20 February. Messi has been in the best goal-scoring form of his career and surpassed Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record of 85 goals scored in a calendar year with a brace in a 2-1 win over Real Betis on 9 December.Messi had agreed the contract at the end of last year but has only just signed it.He has scored eight times in Barcelona’s first five La Liga matches of this calendar year, including four against Osasuna in a 5-1 win on 27 January.Last month he was awarded the Ballon d’Or for a fourth year running ahead of Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.last_img read more

first_imgThe President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari, Thursday ordered the NFF Technical and Development Committee to intervene in the on-going war of words between Super Eagles’ Head Coach Stephen Keshi and Captain Joseph Yobo.An exchange of words between the two principal characters in the Nigerian squad has dominated the media in the past few days, with Yobo expressing unhappiness with the Coach over his exclusion from last month’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kenya in Calabar.Maigari ordered the Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Chris Green, along with his Committee, to look into the issue as a matter of urgency and restore harmony.“This is a highly untoward development and the NFF and entire Nigerian football family are disturbed,” he said. “Less than two months ago, we lifted the Africa Cup of Nations in a blaze of glory, and this was made possible by hard-work and team-work in an atmosphere of peace, unity and tranquility.“The recent exchange of words between Coach Keshi and Captain Yobo is worrisome, at a time that we have so many important matches and major competition (FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013) ahead of us.”The NFF President also cautioned the nation’s mass media against over-sensationalism of the matter, reminding them they are important stakeholders in the game. “Such issues attack the fabric of the team and tend to destroy team spirit, which is key to achieving set goals and objectives,” Maigari said. Nigeria, the champion of Africa, has a heavy schedule of about 10 matches in the six weeks between the end of May and the middle of July.The Super Eagles take on CONCACAF champions Mexico, who are rated 15th in the world, in a friendly in Texas, USA on May 31, and immediately travel to Kenya and Namibia for 2014 World Cup qualifiers.Two weeks later, they travel to Brazil to take part in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup where they could play a total of five matches if they progress beyond group stage. They will then face a 2014 African Nations Championship two-legged fixture against Cote d’Ivoire.last_img read more

first_imgTottenham have completed the signing of Belgian winger Nacer Chadli from FC Twente.The 23-year-old has agreed personal terms with Andre Villas-Boas’ side and passed a medical, after a transfer fee was confirmed on Sunday.Chadli scored twice in Twente’s win over Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League two seasons ago and will join the club’s pre-season trip to Monaco on Saturday.A statement on the club’s website read: “We are delighted to confirm the signing of Nacer Chadli from FC Twente after the player agreed personal terms and successfully completed his medical.“The Belgium international is expected to be available for the first time when we travel to Monaco for our pre-season fixture on Saturday, August 3.”Chadli, who was also a reported target for Swansea and Fulham, was an important part of Twente’s side last season, making 26 Eredivisie appearances and scoring 12 goals as Michel Jansen’s side finished sixth. The Enschede club missed out on a spot in the UEFA Europa League, however, after a losing a play-off to Utrecht.last_img read more

first_imgUsain Bolt reclaimed his world title in the 100 meters.The Jamaican posted a time of 9.77 seconds at the world championships in Moscow on Sunday two years after he was disqualified for a false start in the 2011 final in South Korea.With rain falling in the Russian capital, Bolt comfortably beat American Justin Gatlin and Jamaica’s Nesta Carter.Bolt now owns six gold medals at the world championships to go along with his six golds at the Olympics.last_img

first_imgAustralian John O’Neill has quit as director of the 2015 Rugby World Cup citing personal reasons, the International Rugby Board (IRB) said on Tuesday.O’Neill, a former chief of the Australian Rugby Union as well as the Football Federation Australia, confirmed his departure was effective immediately.He held the role since March 2012 and IRB chairperson  Bernard Lapasset said in a statement he “reluctantly accepted” the resignation.”The board would like to thank John for his exceptional contribution and his tireless dedication to strengthening the Rugby World Cup brand, profile and profitability for the benefit of the global game,” he said, without going into the reason for the Australian quitting.O’Neill wished the organisation success for next year’s showpiece in England and the 2019 World Cup in Japan, with the IRB’s executive committee meeting in March set to discuss a new appointment.O’Neill’s resignation came on the same day Michael O’Connor quit as coach of Australia’s Rugby Sevens team, citing family reasons.last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona have announced they have been cleared by the Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) of any wrongdoing in the signing of Neymar.The 22-year-old joined the Spanish champions in the close-season from Santos, with the financial arrangements surrounding his transfer causing controversy.Sandro Rosell resigned as Barcelona president over the affair, although the club denied any wrongdoing after being charged with tax evasion by the Spanish authorities.And in a statement released on Monday, Barca revealed they had been cleared of breaching league rules.”FC Barcelona wish to express their satisfaction at the resolution of the Economic Control Committee of the Lliga Nacional de Futbol Professional (LFP) that there is no existence of any irregular conduct committed by FC Barcelona in the signing of Neymar Jr. The committee met last Wednesday, April 23rd and its decision was published last Friday.”According to the committee: “in view of the appeal made to the LFP by FC Barcelona (…), there is no evidence of any irregular conduct committed by the club which would have infringed the rules and regulations of the LFP. As a result of this, no further action in this matter will be taken”. “The Economic Control Committee of the Lliga Nacional de Futbol Professional (LFP) ordered FC Barcelona to provide a series of documents in February and, having analysed them in full, has reached the decision that there were no irregularities whatsoever by the club in the signing of Neymar Jr. “In a spirit of transparency, FC Barcelona would like to place on record its complete willingness to continue to provide the committee with any further information related to the signing.”last_img read more

first_imgBlack Stars dress for their first training in America(Miami)Black Stars dress for their first training in America(Miami)Wakasso Mubarak and Agyemang Badu in a chat before training Defender Daniel Opare Tawiah massages calf ahead of training Deputy captain Michael Essien stretches ahead of training Dede and Kelvin trying the BrazzuccaDoctor Baba and Adam Larsen Kwarasey in a chatCaptain Asamoah  Gyan in actionlast_img

first_imgThe President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Colin Allen has written to FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter to express his gratitude to FIFA for making the 2014 FIFA World Cup accessible to the deaf community.Highlights of every World Cup match were made available in International Sign (IS) on FIFA.com during the tournament, following pioneering coverage during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.“FIFA has made a huge step in safeguarding deaf people’s right to receive information in sign language,” WFD President Allen wrote. “Therefore, the World Federation of the Deaf highly appreciated and values FIFA’s engagement to interpret the 2014 World Cup in International Signs for the second time, which enables the international Deaf Community to be a part of the football community and to enjoy watching this popular sport.“We look forward to continue cooperation with FIFA to ensure deaf people’s access to information.”The WFD represents approximately 70 million deaf people worldwide, and assist in making sign language available to deaf people, especially regarding matters of education and information.The IS coverage on FIFA.com was one of a number of dedicated services for disabled fans during the 2014 World Cup. Special audio commentary was provided in four stadiums during the tournament, to enhance the experience for partially-sighted and blind fans, while all articles on FIFA.com could be listened to via a dedicated audio service on the website. “Football is a universal sport and it must be accessible to everyone,” FIFA President Blatter said ahead of the summer’s festival of football.last_img read more

first_imgManchester City’s acquaintance with the Champions League continues to be uncomfortable – for the fourth time in succession they failed to win their opening home group game as they were held by Roma.City are not yet up against it in Group E but a meagre return of a single point from their opening two games, a defeat by Bayern Munich in Germany and Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Etihad Stadium, provides evidence of the difficulty of both the club’s transition to Europe’s elite tournament and the task ahead.For a team so packed with experienced players, assembled at great expense by an ownership of high ambition, City’s struggle to fully come to terms with the Champions League remains a mystery.What are the factors currently at work as they once again make heavy weather of the early stages of their group?Embracing the Champions League challengeCity enjoyed 61% possession against Roma but only found the net once, from the penalty spot Manchester City’s squad is awash with talent and yet the players seem unable to cast off the cloak of inhibition when it comes to the Champions League.City have yet to convince that they have the collective self-belief that makes them feel at home alongside the exalted company they mix with in this tournament. There is, on occasion, an almost apologetic air about the way they go about their work.Make no mistake, they have barely caught a break when it has come to the groups they have been drawn in, but the evidence suggests they are still having trouble quite convincing themselves they have earned the right to be here.What makes these subdued displays, lacking in conviction, all the more mystifying is the experience contained within the squad. The Champions League is a challenge you would expect City to embrace, not shy away from.David Silva and Jesus Navas were part of Spain squads that won the World Cup and the European Championship. Yaya Toure has won the Champions League with Barcelona, while Sergio Aguero and Martin Demichelis were playing for Argentina in the World Cup final in Rio only in July. This is not a squad without talent or experience, so it may just be that they need to somehow fashion one big result – the win away to Bayern Munich last December was achieved with almost an air of defiance and was still not enough to win the group – that will settle all the nerves and uncertainty that appears currently to hold them back.Fans still not convinced about their pedigreeMan City’s home Premier League opener against Liverpool was watched by 45,471 fans, but Roma drew only 37,509No-one could ever accuse Manchester City’s fans of taking anything for granted – even the recent great successes have not wiped out that fatalistic streak that often has them fearing the worst.But it seems even they are having trouble with the Champions League at the moment. Tuesday’s attendance for the first home group game of this year’s tournament was watched by only 37,509 fans, a full 10,000 short of capacity at Etihad Stadium. This may be a source of disappointment to the club’s hierarchy given the scale of their investment, and how hard they worked to bring this sort of football back to Manchester City.Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue.Manuel Pellegrini promises Manchester City will ‘fight to the end’ to qualifyIn defence of City’s support, they have never been shy of lending their backing and maybe another home game was just a financial step too far for some on this night. They are not fickle fans.The home game with Bayern is likely to be a sell-out but this attendance was still a disappointment and drew scorn from former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who tweeted:  “How many empty seats are there at the City v Roma game by the way? Big CL game & fans would rather Ramsay’s Kitchen or something at home.”He added,  in reference to City’s planned ground expansion: “Expanding the stadium for what though?? For who though??” Cheap shots but the low attendance was a talking point, as was the subdued atmosphere for most of the game.Man City: Champions League ticket pricesAS RomaCSKA MoscowBayern MunichSource: mcfc.co.ukAdult: £40/£35Adult: £30/£25Adult: £45/£40 Disabled fans: £30/£25Disabled fans: £20/£15Disabled fans: £35/£30Over 65: £30/£25Over 65: £20/£15 Over 65: £35/£3016-21 years: £30/£2516-21 years: £20/£1516-21 years: £35/£30Under 16: £20/£15Under 16: £15/£10Under 16: £20/£15The lack of atmosphere at City games this season was even a matter for discussion before the game, and manager Manuel Pellegrini brushed aside questions on the subject in his post-match briefing.City’s fans are virtually above criticism when it comes to supporting their team as they were there in their thousands in good times and bad. Maybe they are also struggling to convince themselves that their club is at home in the Champions League.Again, one big result would change that landscape, but City are currently struggling to produce it and the mood of supporters is downbeat.Yaya Toure still struggling for the old authorityPellegrini recently came out in support of under-fire midfielder Yaya ToureThe groans of disapproval that greeted one over-hit pass from Yaya Toure in the second half summed up the current mood surrounding the player who was the powerhouse behind Manchester City’s Premier League win last season.Toure is currently a shadow of the figure whose goals and influence drove City to the Premier League, and the sooner he rediscovers his old authority the better.He was overshadowed in midfield on Tuesday, despite Roma being without their own two outstanding midfield players in the injured Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi. Radja Nainggolan and Miralem Pjanic were both highly impressive and came out on top against City’s midfield.Toure was bypassed with ease as Roma fashioned Francesco Totti’s wonderfully finished equaliser and there was barely a hint of the surging runs that have been his trademark. He is struggling badly.He is too good a player to be dismissed lightly or prematurely, and Pellegrini clearly has great faith that Toure’s powers will be restored. For the sake of City’s Champions League campaign, not to mention the Premier League, it cannot come soon enough.Has Pellegrini got his tactics right?Dzeko played as a lone striker against Bayern Munich but was paired with Sergio Aguero against RomaPellegrini persisted with playing Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko in attack against Roma, but once again this was a tactic that left City exposed to the dangers of being outnumbered in midfield.This was a problem as far back as last October when City lost 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich, and Aguero and Dzeko both started. City were overrun and well beaten.The temptation to use both is understandable as Pellegrini has a pair of quality strikers on his hands, but there are undoubted risks against the sort of elite opposition City will run up against in the Champions League and 4-5-1 (with one of the pair sacrificed) may be a case of ‘better safe than sorry’ against the stronger teams.Using David Silva and Jesus Navas in the wide areas was ambitious but also offered an open invitation to a side as progressive as Roma. It was no surprise when Navas was replaced by James Milner at half-time and Dzeko followed shortly after, with Frank Lampard being introduced.Pellegrini’s default position is permanently positive but he may have to consider caution or risk City being vulnerable when they travel to face Roma in Rome and welcome Bayern to Etihad Stadium.Can City still qualify?Ex-Chelsea star Lampard made his first Champions League appearance in a City shirt on TuesdayAbsolutely. This is a squad packed with quality but they need a spark, a catalyst that convinces them they are a team that can make serious inroads into the Champions League. There needs to be an injection of confidence, conviction and belief.City now have back-to-back games against CSKA Moscow, who are shaping up as the wooden spoon team in this group. Pellegrini’s side must win both matches and put themselves in prime position to welcome Bayern on Tuesday 25 November.That is the night Manchester City must be a Champions League team and the Etihad must provide a Champions League atmosphere – then it can be all up for grabs when they go to the ‘Eternal City’ to face Roma on 10 December.last_img read more

first_imgA Martin Antwi first half strike handed Inter Allies their first home loss in the FCPPL on Saturday.Going into the game, the ‘Eleven Is To One’ side had scored 10 goals and conceded only in six previous home games this campaign but visitors Wafa changed the script by gallantly protecting their 41st minute lead.Inter Allies threatened to equalise on quiet a number of occasions but the Academy side kept to their beautiful style of play with George Waja putting up a man-of-the-match performance.With other match day 14 games set for Sunday, Wafa have moved into second place on 24 points – two better than Aduana Stars who host Bechem United in one of the day’s five regional derbies.Chief among them is the Accra derby which will have Great Olympics host city rivals Hearts of Oak at the Accra Stadium. This will be their 89th league fixture in as many years with Hearts having the most wins – 38. Olympics have won 22 of the derby games while 28 have ended in stalemates.New Edubiase United will host Asante Kotoko in the Ashanti derby while Hassacas entertain Medeama SC at the Essipong Stadium. The second Brong Ahafo derby has B.A United hosting Berekum Chelsea at the Sunyani Coronation Park.League leaders AshantiGold are faced with a tricky test up North in a trip to All Stars at the Wa Park.Match day 14 Fixtures – SundayGreat Olympics v Hearts of OakNew Edubiase v Asante Kotoko Aduana Stars v Bechem UnitedB.A United v Berekum ChelseaHasaacas v MedeamaAll Stars v AshantiGoldHeart of Lions v Liberty –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

first_imgCelebrity rapper Michael Elliot Kwabena Okyere Darko, known in music circles as Obrafour was on the E-Chat segment to explain why weekend squabbles with his wife are so frequent.There is a lot to look  forward to but not as much the Chelsea and Stoke City game which could define the Champion League season after a rather poor start.Mourihno had some of the pressure lifted off him after the champions league win but is aware that a win at the Britannia will be the turning point. But will that happen?How will Arsenal react against Spurs after they were thrashed at Munich, Can Manchester United score again in the EPL, and will the Ghana quartet of Jordan Ayew, Dede Ayew, Baba Rahman and Jeffery Shlupp steal the headlines?Click link  for answers including a preview to the footballing weekend on Touchline with Anchor George Addo Jnr. And oh! its seems Obrafour’s house will continually be on fire…Why?  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgThe Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa and scheduled to begin play in March 2020, named NBA Africa Head of Business Operations and Ghana-native John Manyo-Plange as BAL Vice President & Head of Strategy and Operations.Manyo-Plange, who goes by Manyo, will assume his new role immediately and will continue to report to BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall.“Over the last decade, Manyo has been instrumental in the continued growth of basketball and the NBA’s brand across Africa,” said Fall.“He has helped expand the NBA’s business across the continent, and I look forward to continuing to build the BAL and African basketball ecosystem with Manyo’s support and leadership.”Manyo-Plange has more than 20 years of experience in the NBA’s global operations and management and had been working in his previous role since May 2010 when he helped launch the NBA Africa office in Johannesburg, South Africa.Since then he has led many aspects of the NBA’s continued growth in Africa by helping secure marketing, media and consumer products partnerships and leading the operations around the three sold-out NBA Africa Games and the launch of The NBA Academy Africa in Senegal. Prior to relocating to South Africa, Manyo-Plange spent 14 years at the NBA office in New York City, holding management positions across multiple departments, including international business operations, events and marketing.last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error OAKLAND — The Clippers were not supposed to play as well Thursday as they did in a 40-point rout of Golden State on Monday in the second game of their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series.They also entered the lion’s den that is Oracle Arena knowing full well that the fans there would be as wild and crazy as any home fans they might face. That’s not to mention the Clippers knew they had to win a game on the road after losing homecourt advantage by falling in Game 1 at home.No problem.After withstanding a furious rally by the Warriors that saw them erase all but one point off an 18-point deficit, the Clippers came away with a 98-96 victory over Golden State before a wild crowd of 19,596. The Warriors had one more chance, but Steph Curry missed badly on a 3-point attempt that would have won the game.DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 22 rebounds for the Clippers, tying a franchise record for rebounds in a playoff game. He also blocked five shots.“DeAndre really protected the basket tonight,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Paul scored 15 points and doled out 10 assists.Thompson led the Warriors with 26 points, Curry had 16 and Draymond Green had 13 points, 11 rebounds and one flagrant 1 foul to match the one taken by the Clippers’ Matt Barnes.“That’s not physical play,” Rivers said, when asked about the physical nature of the game. “That’s something else, and I don’t like either one of them (flagrant fouls).”The Clippers may have homecourt back, but that doesn’t mean Rivers is stoked about it.“No, we have to play better,” he said. “And I told our guys that after the game.”Rivers did not like the very idea that his team had to stave off the Warriors after they had been so dominant the first half of the third quarter before Golden State slowly but surely began to eat away at the Clippers’ lead.“I didn’t think we closed it out well,” Rivers said.Rivers liked the defense Paul played on Curry on the last shot, saying he didn’t think there was any foul.“I think it was a great play,” Rivers said. “I think Steph jumped out to try to draw the foul, but the ref’s not going to bail him out on that play.”With the momentum definitely back in the Clippers’ favor, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he knows exactly what his team must do now.“Our job is to take care of business Sunday because we have proven we can go over there and win,” he said. The Clippers shot 46.5 percent from the field, 28.6 percent (8 of 28) from 3-point range. The Warriors shot 41.6 percent, just 19.4 percent from beyond the 3-point line.Contributing nicely for the Clippers was Jamal Crawford with 13 points; he made 3 of 6 shots from 3-point range. Warriors fans were going bananas throughout. Jackson talked about that pre-game.“These are the best fans, no secret about that,” he said. “Playoff basketball here is incredible. They’re passionate, energetic and enthusiastic. For the guys that haven’t been in a Warriors uniform prior to this year, it will be brand-new to them, and for the Clippers.“This will be different than it was in L.A., with all due respect. That being said, they (fans) will not score a basket, they won’t get a defensive stop and they won’t get a rebound. But this place will be off the charts as far as the energy in the building.”center_img The Clippers lead the series 2-1 and the teams play again Sunday afternoon.L.A. led 68-50 when J.J. Redick (14 points) buried a 3-pointer with 5:30 to play in the third quarter. When Klay Thompson banked in a six-footer with 4:22 to play, Golden State was within 87-86.But Blake Griffin, who led the Clippers with 32 points and eight rebounds, began a 7-0 Clippers run with a fallaway 17-footer. Chris Paul came back with a 12-footer and then Paul made a 3-pointer, after which he pounded his chest, for a 94-86 lead with 2:40 to play.Leading 94-88, Draymond Green was whistled for a foul on Paul, who stepped to the line and made both free throws for a 96-88 Clippers lead with 1:38 to play, seemingly sealing Golden State’s fate.Not that the Warriors threw in the towel. They again pulled within a point before Paul made one of two free throws for a 98-96 lead with 8.6 seconds left. last_img read more

first_imgClippers coach Doc Rivers has noticed.“When you came into this year, you thought the West would be the conference with all the teams over .500,” he said. “I don’t even think there are six; I think there are six teams in the West that may be over .500 and then what, 12 or 10 in the East?“What it says is both leagues are good this year and the West needs to pick it up.”Redick brings the juicePoint guard Paul had played in 15 of the 19 games before Saturday, and shooting guard Redick had played in 16; however, Redick only played 17 seconds of the Indiana game before going down with a sprained right ankle.Rivers was talking about Redick at practice, and he mentioned something that was thought-provoking.“The part I think people miss with J.J. is when J.J. doesn’t practice, our practices are different,” he said. “When he doesn’t play, our games are different. There are guys who bring energy to the team, and J.J.’s one of those guys. And when you don’t have him, you miss a big energy guy.”Redick was out again Saturday.Multiple injuries for CP3Paul played all 82 games in 2014-15 for the first time in his career. This season he has had a fractured finger during training camp as well as a groin strain and inflamed rib cartilage.Rivers is confident things will change.“Obviously, whenever someone gets injured early in camp and then has multiple injuries, you don’t like it,” he said. “But he’ll be good.”Paul also missed Saturday’s game.On the roadThe Clippers will begin a five-game road trip Monday in Minnesota. There will also be stops in Milwaukee, Chicago, Brooklyn and Detroit. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “A little bit, but that’s how the NBA season is sometimes,” said Griffin, when asked if he felt like the team has been on a treadmill. “Sometimes you feel like you’re working hard and doing all the right things, and it’s not happening.“So when that happens, you’ve just gotta work even harder. Eventually, we’ll get out of it. Everything evens out. It’s all a roller coaster over the season, not getting too high with the highs and not getting too low with the lows.”Tough Eastern ConferenceThe Western Conference has been so much stronger than the Eastern circuit in recent seasons. Things, at least so far, are different this season.At the outset of play Saturday, there were 10 teams from the East with better than .500 records. In the West, there were six.center_img The L.A. Clippers will have played 20 games after Saturday night’s contest against the Orlando Magic. That’s just about a quarter of the season.For a team that was so highly touted at the outset, starting 10-9 was not what coach coach Doc Rivers and his players could have envisioned. Yes, they won three in a row and four of five before Wednesday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, but it’s still hard to get excited about the overall record.And since starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick had already missed a handful of games with injuries, it has felt more like one step forward, one step back.Blake Griffin, the team’s ultra-talented power forward, intimated at practice Friday that it’s too early to be concerned.last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Only part of the intrigue on draft night involved the men the Clippers actually acquired. There was also the matter of what they didn’t draft: A big man.There might have been a message there.The Clippers filled a couple of spots in their backcourt Thursday night, trading with Charlotte to move up from No. 12 to 11 and nab 6-foot-6 point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Kentucky – who is no relation, by the way, unless he becomes really, really good – and drafting shooting guard Jerome Robinson of Boston College at No. 13.They did not select Robert Williams, a 6-9 center from Texas A&M, a player with whom they had been linked in a number of mock drafts … and a player who bore some similarity to one they already have. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Williams eventually went to Boston at 27. And the bottom line might have been that the Clippers probably feel pretty good about retaining their incumbent center from Texas A&M, DeAndre Jordan, for at least one more season.As other pieces from the Lob City Era have been uncoupled and scattered across the NBA landscape, Jordan is the last man standing. He can opt out of the final year of his contract before July 1, or he can re-up for one last year at $24.1 million and hit free agency next summer. In either case, the Clippers retain his Bird rights, meaning they still have a monetary advantage if Jordan goes on the open market.Yes, it’s probably a reach to connect a college sophomore with a 10-year veteran. But this would certainly seem to confirm, or at least strongly suggest, that as the reload-on-the-fly process ramps up Jordan will be a key component again in 2018-19.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.If that was indeed the case, Lawrence Frank didn’t give anything away. The Clippers’ president of basketball operations gushed about Gilgeous-Alexander and Robinson, but when asked if the draft results meant a measure of comfort that Jordan would return, he sidestepped the question.“One of the things going into the draft, what we prioritize is, draft the best available talent,” Frank said. “We don’t go by need. We go by the best available talent that fits what Clipper characteristics are all about.”center_img In other words, a creative “no comment.”The Clippers still have some time to contemplate Jordan’s wishes. Thursday night they acquired a player, in Gilgeous-Alexander, who sees himself as an alpha dog, and another in Robinson who spent seven weeks in L.A. last summer playing against established pros and came away convinced he could play on their level.“It was life-changing,” he said by phone from Brooklyn. “… I was very confident leaving there that I was going to be in this position 12 months later.”Hanging with NBA guys on equal terms is one indication you can play on this level. Another is when The Logo himself lets you know he thinks you’ve got game.“I felt like they really liked me,” Robinson said of his workout for the Clippers’ brass. “Talking with Jerry (West), talking with Doc (Rivers), they thought my game really fit them well.“Jerry said he loved my game and the way I play.”If Jerry says it, that settles it.Robinson is a 6-5 combo guard who averaged 20.8 points per game as a junior at Boston College, shot 40.9 percent from 3-point range and improved as a shooter every season.He and Gilgeous-Alexander could be an intriguing combination.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He’s a fabulous talent,” Gilgeous-Alexander said during his phone interview. “Everybody in the country knows how well he shoots it, but what they don’t know is his playmaking ability as well.”Added Robinson: “He hit it right on the head. We’re both very good playmakers, and we should be able to create (for) each other. Having a guy like that makes it easier for yourself.”Oh, and as for that other issue …“I feel like they don’t have an alpha dog point guard right now, and a guy that brings leadership to the group,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I feel that’s one of my biggest attributes, and what I bring to the table: my competitive nature and my leadership.”Well, let’s see: Patrick Beverley, who only played 11 games last season before a knee injury ended his year, is an elite defender at point guard, as well as a guy who brings some attitude to the position himself.Those training camp scrimmages should be quite entertaining.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The world is flat!The space landing was faked!After the furor died down, Kyrie said he just wanted evidence and hoped to stimulate debate.Meanwhile, back here on Earth …The Celtics are now a disappointment, a problem for Kyrie since they’re now his team, which is what he wanted in Cleveland.This prompted him to take responsibility … no, not, on himself. Instead, he took it and placed it on the young Celtics.After a Jan. 12 loss in Orlando, dropping them to 25-17, No. 5 in the Eastern Conference, Irving announced:“The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship-level team. What it takes every day. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we’re trying to get to the Finals?”As if.The young players, led by Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, enjoy a special cachet with fans after taking the team to Game 7 of the Eastern Finals last spring with Irving and Gordon Hayward both sidelined with injuries.On the other hand, Coach Brad Stevens has gone heavily with veterans. Against Orlando, Tatum was the only starter on a rookie contract with Irving, Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart.Maybe Kyrie envies the adoration the young guys get while he carries so much pressure.Or maybe he’s just trying to stimulate debate.“Sometimes I may come off and say things,” Irving said by way of explanation, vowing not to question teammates in public “ever again,” noting. “I just want to win so bad.”Not that it’s merely a veterans-kids issue with Irving. Before their last play in Orlando, he argued with Stevens in the huddle. When Hayward missed the last shot that could have tied the score, Irving held out his arms theatrically on the floor, questioning the shot.All around the league, GMs were going, “Aha!”There’s a strongly held insider’s theory that Irving and Durant, who are good friends, intend to join up with the Knicks. One GM I talked to after Kyrie finally pledged to stay in Boston said, “We’ll see.”Not that this scenario is a state secret. In the Celtics’ next game, a loss in Brooklyn, Nets fans chanted, “Ky-rie’s lea-ving!”Irving then astounded all, including James, by calling LeBron, apologizing for acting like a brat when they were together and asking his advice on leading the young Celtics.The conversation was so warm, the Lakers could now be a possible destination for Kyrie, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, a reliable conduit to LeBron’s people.It’s hard for me to believe Kyrie will leave Boston and even harder to see him as a Laker, but time always tells.(And hey, he does fit perfectly with LeBron, the more so in Kyrie’s sadder but wiser phase!)Then there’s Jimmy Butler, another All-Star free agent-to-be who seemed perfect in Philadelphia and vice versa, until he did another of those Jimmy Butler things, going off on Coach Brett Brown to get him more shots.Or, what have you done for me lately, Coach?Despite their success, rising from a 9-6 start to go 20-10 since acquiring Butler, necks have been out of joint since he arrived.With Butler on a spectacular start, Joel Embiid mailed in a string of pallid performances, acknowledging he was upset at being parked on the perimeter to accommodate Butler.Now Embiid’s happy and Butler less so.There’s a big difference between the two. The personable Embiid is beloved by 76ers fans and management. Butler is on his third team in three seasons, remembered in Chicago and Minnesota as a basketball-playing Attila the Hun given to railing that none of his teammates played as hard as he did.A Chicago insider thinks Butler will stay if the 76ers max him out, which remains the way to bet … but, of course, that depends on how the season ends and whether Jimmy goes off on anyone else.It has already been wild with preparations for the summer of 2019 overshadowing the season leading up to it.The salary cap-savvy site, Basketball Insiders, lists more than 230 players who can become free agents. With 420 slots, assuming each of the 30 teams keeps 14 players, half the league might be about to turn over.The site’s Eric Pincus lists more than half the league – 16 teams – with at least one maximum slot, another unprecedented development that foretells bidding the likes of which we’ve never seen.The Lakers and Clippers, with competitive teams in a glamor market, hope to get their pick but then so do the Knicks, Nets, et al. …In the meantime, what all of them are is eclipsed by what all of them are to be. Now, the free agent summer to end all free agent summers.Of course, this is a big deal around here, once the glamor capital of the NBA, better known lately as its leader in salary cap space.A year ago the Lakers had two max-contract slots, cashed one in on LeBron James and saved the second for 2019.This year, it’s the Clippers who can create two max slots.center_img Happily for the local teams, this isn’t a thin class like last summer’s, which was basically LeBron and Paul George. This one is loaded with stars, headed by Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, and more who could be available via trades (Anthony Davis, John Wall or, perhaps, any Wizard.)The list seems to grow daily. With Memphis falling, there’s speculation that free agent center Marc Gasol, who was expected to stay, might reconsider, and guard Mike Conley might be traded, with both meeting with owner Robert Pera last week.Then there’s All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who announced he would stay in Boston before saying another of those Kyrie things that required him to explain, once more, what he meant.Irving, an undoubtedly great player, looked normal enough until he forced the Cavaliers to trade him a year after winning their 2016 title alongside LeBron.Welcomed effusively in Boston, Kyrie refused to commit to staying last season, while sharing a bunch of his favorite conspiracy theories.last_img read more

first_imgAnd whenever Harrell does return to his team’s embrace, Rivers said it’s important that he – and all the players competing in the enclosed environment, as well as all other associated personnel – be aware of the psychological support that’s available.“I think it’s the untapped resource in our league,” Rivers said. “Not only just players but coaches, too. I don’t know why it’s always been taboo, but it has been and we have to do a better job of making it like a sprained ankle where you get treatment just like you do if you injured your knee or something like that.“I mean, we had three major things happening to our guys and my job then is just forget the coaching part, just to support. We have several therapists on staff, the league has a therapist here full-time and we should all seek it out.” “Some of the things are just human issues that it’s very difficult other than support,” Rivers said before Saturday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans at HP Field House. “Give your guys support that are going through tough things.“The league has always run the league and now they’re trying to run teams as well, because of the way they’re doing the bubble. And the bubble has been fantastic, but they’re also learning that there’s a lot of life that’s involved with each individual team. I think the media is learning that, too, because we’re all in the same place, so it’s accented when a guy leaves the bubble or when he has personal problems a lot more. That happens.“We were just unfortunate that it happened to three guys at the same time. There’s nothing you can do about that. You just roll with it and when they come back, they come back and you hope you’re ready.”Williams is nearing the end of his extended, 10-day quarantine he received because he stopped at a Atlanta gentlemen’s club, reportedly for food, while he was outside of the bubble to attend a funeral. Beverley finished a shorter quarantine and rejoined the team Thursday, immediately returning to action with 12 points in 16 minutes off the bench in the Clippers’ 103-101 bubble-opening loss to the Lakers.There is no timetable for Harrell’s return, Rivers said Saturday. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “I’ve talked to him,” said the Clippers’ 21st-year coach, who says he’s been fielding queries about the star reserve, who is having a career season, with bests in points (18.6 points) and rebounds (7.1). “I get asked from inside, like, ‘When is Trezz coming back?’ And my answer’s been the same: When he’s ready. When he’s ready he’ll come back. You can’t play if you’re not right mentally and because of the emotional part of it.“His grandmother is very tight with him, so all I told him is I love him and take your time. We’ll be ready with open arms when you come.”Related Articlescenter_img Montrezl Harrell is hurting. The Clippers forward has shared some of those feelings publicly the past the few days on Instagram, including Saturday, when he posted a tribute to his grandmother, whom he’d left the team and the bubble to be with before she died.“I LOVE U GRANDMA,” wrote Harrell, the 27-year-old from North Carolina, in an Instagram story that continued, in part, “I don’t know when I will Stop crying prolly never every day I wake up I’m talk to you every day till I see you again.“I don’t know how to feel right now I feel lost empty you are my queen, my best friend, my light in all darkness. I never had you leaving my side.”Harrell left the bubble July 17. He’s one of three members of the Clippers who lost a loved one since the team arrived on the closed NBA campus at Walt Disney World Resort in early July; Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley also left following the deaths of people dear to them. And JaMychal Green’s arrival was delayed after his 100-year-old grandmother died. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgThe local forecast calls for rain throughout the weekend beginning Saturday afternoon, so the highly anticipated matchup of Clayton Kershaw and Doug Fister — as well as that between Zack Greinke and Max Scherzer on Sunday — is in jeopardy.Both teams received permission from Major League Baseball to add a 26th player to their roster Saturday. That’s a bit easier for the Nationals, whose Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y. is a mere 1 hour and 15 minutes away by airplane. Oklahoma City, which is also in the middle of a homestand, is more than twice that distance from Nationals Park.So, Saturday should be an adventure. Friday was something of an adventure, too.The light banks first went dim in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Dodgers leading 2-1 on the strength of a two-run home run by Adrian Gonzalez. One hour and 20 minutes later, the lights were back on and play resumed.After a mere nine minutes of baseball, the lights went out again and didn’t come back on for another 40 minutes. WASHINGTON, D.C. >> Center field at Nationals Park is dotted by a pattern of off-brown discolorations, a visible reminder of the Taylor Swift concerts here Monday and Tuesday. A technical malfunction Tuesday briefly trapped Swift at the end of a catwalk in the middle of her performance. Friday’s game between the Dodgers and Washington Nationals offered a reminder of that, too.The game was suspended after five innings due to repeated power outages in a pair of light banks above the third-base line.The Nationals will be leading the Dodgers 3-2 when the game resumes in the top of the sixth inning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (11 a.m. Pacific) on Saturday. The regularly scheduled game between the Dodgers and Nationals will begin 20 minutes after the first game ends, or at the originally scheduled time of 4:05 p.m. ET, whichever is later. The Nationals needed only 12 minutes to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning on a two-run home run by Yunel Escobar. Then the lights went out again.“After the first one, I don’t think anybody knew quite what was going on,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “After the second one, they felt they kind of knew. They basically told us if it happened again, we were going to finish it Saturday.”Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger actually returned to the mound after the initial delay, with one out in the fourth inning, then retired Tyler Moore and Michael Taylor without issue.“When the lights are fully on,” Bolsinger said, “maybe I need glasses, but I can barely see the signs already. When they dim down like that, it’s easier to see to me.”During the delay he signed autographs for fans, threw lightly in the bullpen, and tossed a baseball at the Nationals’ mascot. Signing autographs, Bolsinger joked, “was a good way to keep my arm loose.”When the game was called just before 11 p.m. local time in Washington, the players seemed happy to get a chance to start over — with a full bank of lights.“It’s a great day to play two,” said Dodgers infielder Justin Turner. “One and a half, yeah. I’m just glad they’re not making us start over.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Trump bumpN.Y.: Donald Trump was born in Queens — just like the Mets — and raised by his father to buy as many New York skyline hotels, office buildings and luxury condos as possible. Insists he was once approached by Mets owner Fred Wilpon to buy a share of the team but declined because he didn’t want just a minority piece, but a majority (as if the MLB would approve that anyway considering Trump’s ties to the gaming industry). Got into a minor controversy this season when Mets pitcher Matt Harvey thanked Trump for letting him and some teammates play on his Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point. the New York Daily News ran a headline: “A-hole In One: Tone Deaf Mets Ace Plays Trump Card.”L.A.: The Dodgers have held their annual charity event at the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. Which isn’t in Los Angeles, but actually Rancho Palos Verdes. In March, the PGA of America said its 2015 Grand Slam of Golf would be at Trump’s course in November. Then the Republican presidential candidate said a few things about immigration. Then the PGA said it was not only revoking its deal with Trump but canceling the event altogether. The Dodgers also decided not to hold an annual charity golf event this season rather than have it at the Trump course.Advantage: Seriously? Neither. This is a true lose-lose.Ownership power N.Y.: Mets owner Wilpon, co-founder of New York-based Sterling Equities commercial real estate development, has a net worth of $500 million even after he claimed to have lost some $700 million in the Bernie Madoff scam. He also claims Sandy Koufax as a personal friend.L.A.: Dodgers majority owner Mark Walter, a Chicago financier with Guggenheim Partners, has a net worth of $2.8 billion. He has since been introduced to Koufax and claims Magic Johnson as a business associate.Advantage: L.A. Even if Frank McCourt continues to get some spare change in the seat cushions for his parking lot surrounding Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers still have much deeper pockets.Channeling the fansN.Y.: Mets own a majority share of SportsNet New York, launched in 2006 with Time Warner Cable as a minority partner. Millions of New Yorkers have access to it.L.A.: Dodgers own SportsNet L.A., launched in 2013 with Time Warner Cable as a majority rights holder. Hundreds of Southern Californians have access to it.Advantage: N.Y. The city with the nation’s largest TV market apparently knows how to get a distribution deal done. The Dodgers, in the No. 2 TV market, could learn something there.The mascotsN.Y.: Mr. Met.L.A.: None. Although Tommy Lasorda would be considered the closest thing to that definition.Advantage: L.A. Y’ever met Mr. Met? It looks like a cross between Bartolo Colon, the Jack In The Box clown and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. There are some 40 mascots in MLB today — some teams have a few of ’em — and Forbes once ran a poll that said Mr. Met was deemed “most popular” among them. Lasorda should have been given consideration.Mayoral supportN.Y.: Bill de Blasio, who was once booed at Citi Field after making a ceremonial first pitch. Claims he’s a Red Sox fan.L.A.: Eric Garcetti, who once dropped an F-bomb during live coverage of a Kings’ Stanley Cup victory parade celebration.Advantage: L.A. Imagine the smack talk Garcetti would have for former L.A. mayors Richard Riordan, James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa, seeing how the Dodgers last won a World Series when Tom Bradley was mayor 27 years ago.Downtown skylineN.Y.: One World Trade Center on 57th Street, aka the Freedom Tower, is 1,776 feet tall (104 floors)L.A.: The U.S. Bank Tower on 5th Street, formerly the First Interstate Bank Center, is 1,018 feet tall (73 floors).Advantage: L.A. Size doesn’t matter, especially in the land of earthquakes (see the movie “San Andreas” … or don’t). Besides, the owner of the Nordstrom Tower right down the street on New York’s “Billionaires’ Row” is threatening to expand his antenna to 1,795 feet. Does that mean they’ll rename the Freedom Tower as the “Nordstrom Rack Shack”? Geographically challenged managersN.Y.: Mets skipper Terry Collins played in the Dodgers’ minor-league organization, managed their Triple-A affiliate and spent a few years managing the Anaheim Angels before going back to the Dodgers as a minor-league field coordinator and farm director. Eventually, the Mets hired him.L.A.: Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly played his entire 14-year big-league career in New York for the Yankees, became a hitting coach for Joe Torre’s Yankees, somehow became part of a package deal when Torre became the Dodgers’ manager and has survived five seasons running the team.Advantage: N.Y. The 66-year-old Collins, the big league’s oldest manager, may not have led a team to the playoffs before, but his compass seems to be better calibrated. He challenged 34 calls this season and had 19 overturned (56 percent). Mattingly challenged 41 calls and had only 17 overturned (41 percent).The ‘mane’ pitchersN.Y.: Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, who open the series in Games 1 and 2 on the mound.L.A.: Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, who open the series in Games 1 and 2 on the mound.Advantage: L.A. Consider Kershaw and Greinke made a combined $58 million this season — more than the entire Arizona Diamondbacks roster. And you can’t find a cheap hair stylist? The Mets have done much more promotionally. Syndergaard is known as Thor for his long blond locks, and the team used deGrom’s shaggy ’do for a marketing campaign, giving out posters with a silhouette of him and the slogan #hairwego.Implosion alertN.Y.: Game 3 starter Matt Harvey, raked over the coals for being late for a mandatory workout this week, has also been involved in a controversy over innings pitched in relation to his Tommy John surgery two years ago.L.A.: The bullpen. The 3.91 staff ERA for the pen is the second-highest of any of the 10 teams that made the playoffs (behind the Rangers’ 4.12). The .317 batting average of balls put into play against the pen was the third-highest in the game. Advantage: N.Y. Dodgers fan @LA-Bullpen on Twitter has already been printing T-shirts that read: “My Bullpen Makes Me Drink.”Roster payrollN.Y.: $99.6 million (ranks 20th out of 30 teams)L.A.: $227.3 million (ranks first).Advantage: N.Y. The Mets could get swept, but they’ll still have advanced farther than New York’s other team (Yankees second at $214.2 million).Inter-city title bragging rightsN.Y.: The Yankees won the 1977 and ’78 World Series over the Dodgers.L.A.: The Kings dumped the Rangers in a double-OT decisive game to clinch the 2014 Stanley Cup.Advantage: L.A. Besides, the Dodgers gained some revenge in squashing the Yankees in the 1981 World Series. But then, Trump’s New Jersey Generals defeated the L.A. Express in the first United States Football League game at the Coliseum in 1983. Somehow, it always comes back to The Donald.center_img This N.Y.-L.A. culture clash that starts Friday at Dodger Stadium is far more complicated than just comparing apples to oranges. Think more of people with orange hair and Rally Bananas.Depending on how you drink in this Dodgers-Mets best-of-five 2015 National League Division Series, the team you cozy up to could come down to a simple preference for the original Bloody Mary from the King Cole Bar & Salon at the St. Regis in New York or a classic (don’t call me Kirk) Gibson martini from Musso & Frank in Hollywood.Hey, it’s 6 o’clock somewhere. Here’s our tale of the tape with a twist of irony:last_img read more

first_imgSAN DIEGO — For want of a nail, the Dodgers’ starting rotation is in flux.Left-hander Rich Hill was placed on the DL on Wednesday, retroactive to his start on Saturday when the nail on the middle finger of his pitching hand cracked. Left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill his spot on the roster.“We thought we’d just monitor it until Friday, but unfortunately it hasn’t dissipated as much as we wanted it to,” Hill said. “It’s more of a precautionary event than anything.”Hill said he could have pitched with the nail as is but “it just would inhibit the command of the fastball.” For a pitcher who missed extensive time with blister issues over the past two seasons, Hill recognized that it wasn’t wise to do anything that might “compound” the problem. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season 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.Roberts said a “bullpen game” is an option during this stretch. In Triple-A, the OKC Dodgers’ rotation has been depleted by the loss of right-handers Zach Neal (traded to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday) and Alec Asher (claimed on waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers).Right-hander Walker Buehler pitched Monday for OKC. He is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his first three starts at Triple-A this year. He threw five innings once, four innings each in the other two starts and threw a season-high 80 pitches in the Monday game.Right-hander Brock Stewart started at OKC on Wednesday and went 5-2/3 innings. He is 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts.CLOSING TIMEWhile Kenley Jansen searches for his lost velocity and the movement on his cut fastball, the Dodgers closer said he will not let it get to his confidence.“Listen, people can criticize you. Everybody can criticize you,” he said. “That’s OK. They deserve to criticize me. But me – I need to be strong in my mind. I know who I am. I’ve done this for a long time. I’m just going to go out there and have that confidence when I go out there.”Roberts said he has not considered moving Jansen out of the closer role to allow him time to work out his problems in a less stressful role.“I think we’re a ways from that. I think he’s earned that,” Roberts said. “Sometimes with a guy like that with his track record, you’ve got to let him work things out.“That’s not even on my mind right now.”HIT PARADEWhen Chase Utley called for the ball in the second inning Tuesday night, it caused some confusion in the Dodgers’ dugout. Utley had just been hit by a pitch for the 200th time in his career and he wanted a souvenir that would last longer than the bruises those 200 pitches left.“That’s a lot of ouches,” shortstop Corey Seager said in the dugout when the significance of the moment was explained.Utley said he doesn’t know what he’s going to do with the souvenir baseball – not the first he has collected, but the first he collected after being hit by a pitch. He ranks eighth all-time in taking his lumps.Where has he been hit most frequently?Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t really know,” he said. “Probably this area – the back of the shoulder-ish.”Where does it hurt the most to get hit?“That’s a good question,” he said, giving it some thought. “Bone – any bone. I got hit in the spine once. That really hurt.“I got hit here once (pointing to the inside of his left arm in the biceps-triceps area). It must have hit a nerve because my hand froze up like this (makes a claw with three fingers clutched together). I couldn’t open it up. It probably only lasted five seconds but it felt a lot longer.”The all-time record for being hit by pitches is held by Hughie Jennings, who was hit 287 times during a career that ran from 1891 to 1918. The 39-year-old Utley does not plan to challenge the record.“I don’t think I can stick around long enough to get 88 more,” he said. “Even if I put my mind to it.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 1-2, 1.73 ERA) vs. Nationals (RHP Max Scherzer, 3-1, 1.33), Friday 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) “As frustrating as it is for me and not wanting to do this, you have to look at it from the long view,” Hill said.In the short term, the Dodgers will use the off day Thursday to mitigate the loss of Hill.They will just skip Hill’s scheduled start on Friday and move Clayton Kershaw up to start on normal rest in his place. That means a matchup of Kershaw and Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.Left-handers Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Saturday and Alex Wood on Sunday. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday night that right-hander Kenta Maeda would not start again until Tuesday.That means the Dodgers will need to find a fifth starter for Monday’s game against the Miami Marlins. Whoever makes that start would then line up to pitch in the doubleheader in San Francisco the following Saturday with Hill eligible to return the day before.last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Related Articles Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching The deadline to sign this year’s draft picks is Friday at 2 p.m. PT. If the Dodgers do not persuade Ginn to change his mind before then, they will receive a compensation pick next year following the first round (31st overall). As of late Thursday afternoon, Ginn was one of six first-round picks unsigned.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman had no comment Thursday.If Ginn does not sign, it will not be the first time the Dodgers have failed to sign a top pick during Friedman’s tenure. In 2015 – the same draft that brought them Walker Buehler – the Dodgers chose University of Louisville right-hander Kyle Funkhouser with the 35th pick overall, a compensatory pick for losing Hanley Ramirez as a free agent.Funkhouser did not sign. He returned to Louisville and was a fourth-round selection of the Detroit Tigers the following year. The Dodgers received a compensatory pick (36th overall) in the 2016 draft and used it to take Vanderbilt right-hander Jordan Sheffield.The slotted money for the 30th overall pick this year was approximately $2.275 million, which will be taken away from the Dodgers’ overall draft pool. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day The Dodgers’ first-round pick in last month’s draft says he won’t be signing with the team.Mississippi high school right-hander J.T. Ginn posted on his Twitter and Instagram accounts Thursday afternoon, saying he had chosen to follow through on his commitment to play college baseball for Mississippi State.“After being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round, I had a lot to think about over the last month,” Ginn posted. “My ultimate goal is to one day play in the Major Leagues and the draft provided one path to that goal. College baseball offered another path. I am grateful for both opportunities and after giving it a lot of thought I have decided to pursue my lifelong dream of playing college baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs!!!”Ginn was taken with the last pick of the first round, 30th overall. The Dodgers did sign their second-round pick on Thursday, college right-hander Michael Grove, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.last_img read more

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Justin Turner doubled against right-hander Corey Oswalt. Manny Machado followed with an RBI double of his own, then scored when a wild pitch caromed off the backstop and toward the Mets’ dugout.Leading 7-4, Matt Kemp walked and was replaced by pinch runner Tim Locastro. Freese doubled in Locastro, then scored on a single by Kiké Hernandez. Two more runs scored on a Yasmani Grandal double before the inning was over; all but one was charged to Oswalt.The announced crowd of 46,651 at Dodger Stadium witnessed the Dodgers’ largest margin of victory since an 11-1 win over the Padres on Aug. 24.“Guys are passing the baton pretty well here,” Hill said. “We know that we can do that on any night against anybody. That’s something that’s really exciting to see. Just looking forward to more of it.”The Mets raced to an early lead against Hill (7-5). Todd Frazier led off the second inning with a single. Jay Bruce saw a slow curveball over the middle of the plate and hit an opposite-field home run that snuck out over the right field fence.After letting out a few primal screams between innings, Hill repeated his transgression. Wilmer Flores singled, then Michael Conforto saw a slow curveball over the middle and launched a home run halfway up the right field bleachers.“The one Bruce hit out kind of hung there,” Hill said. “The other one, I didn’t really finish either. It’s just a matter of finishing the pitches.”The Dodgers hadn’t scored four runs since last Tuesday’s win over the Texas Rangers. Trailing 4-0, they picked a good time to snap the streak.The comeback began at the bottom of the lineup. Mets starter Jason Vargas (5-9) got ahead of Chris Taylor 0-and-2, but the Dodgers’ number-7 hitter rallied to draw a walk. Barnes got a 3-and-1 fastball over the plate, extended his arms, and launched a home run into the left field bleachers. It was Barnes’ second home run of the season and his first since May 3.“It’s a frustrating little funk I’ve been in,” Barnes said. “Not really little. It was nice to contribute. Felt good for sure.”Down 4-2, the Dodgers weren’t done.Freese led off the fourth inning with his first home run as a Dodger. Hernandez singled and went to third base on a gap double by Taylor. Vargas got Barnes to hit a routine ground ball to the third baseman Frazier, who bobbled the baseball. Hernandez scored on the error and the score was tied 4-4.Barnes advanced to second base on a failed safety squeeze by Hill, then alertly stole third base on the first pitch from reliever Tyler Bashlor. When Brian Dozier legged out a potential double-play groundout, Barnes trotted home from third with the go-ahead run.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers. Manny Machado (8) scores on a New York Mets wild pitch in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to the plate against the New York Mets in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill flips to third baseman David Freese (not pictured)for the out on New York Mets’ Michael Conforto (not pictured) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets’ Jay Bruce watches his two run home run against he Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets’ Jay Bruce rounds third base after hitting two run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets’ Jay Bruce shakes hands with third base coach after a two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets’ Jay Bruce, right, high fives teammate Todd Frazier after hitting a two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets’ Jay Bruce high fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Mets’ Michael Conforto watches the flight of his two-run home run in front of Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes during the third inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto watches his two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill wipes his mouth after giving up a two run home run to New York Mets’ Michael Conforto (not pictured) in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto rounds third bae after hitting a two run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) high fives teammate Wilmer Flores after hitting a two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto smiles in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes watches his two run home run against the New York Mets in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes (15) high fives third base coach Chris Woodward (45) after hitting a two run home run against the New York Mets in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes (15) high fives teammate Chris Taylor (3) after hitting a two run home run against the New York Mets in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes (15) high fives teammate Justin Turner (10) after hitting a two run home run against the New York Mets in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier hits ground ball and is safe at first base on a fielders choice against the New York Mets in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard smiles in the dugout against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado singles against the New York Mets in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) speaks with a coach and catcher Kevin Plawecki in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his solo homerun, to trail 4-3 to the New York Mets, with manager Dave Roberts #30 and bench coach Bob Geren #16 during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers. Manny Machado (8) scores on a New York Mets wild pitch in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers. Manny Machado (8) reacts with teammate Matt Kemp (27) after scoring on a New York Mets wild pitch in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) reacts as Manny Machado (8) score on a New York Mets wild pitch in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) reacts as Manny Machado (8) score on a New York Mets wild pitch in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese watches his RBI double against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Tim Locastro scores on a David Freese (not pictured) double against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor scores on a single by Yasmani Grandal (not pictured) against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor scores on a single by Yasmani Grandal (not pictured) against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese is hit by a pitch against the New York Mets in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is hit by a pitch during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario throws out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his double against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a RBI watches his double as teammate Justin Turner (not pictured) against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado watches his RBI watches his double as teammate Justin Turner (not pictured) against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas delivers a pitch to Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo cannot catch a ball that went for a double by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor is tagged out at home plate by New York Mets’ Kevin Plawecki during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)Former Bishop Amat pitcher and current New York Mets pitcher Daniel Zamora in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept.. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws to home plate during the ninth inning of their 11-4 victory over the Mets on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal shakes hands with relief pitcher Pat Venditte after the final out of their 11-4 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/John McCoy)The Dodgers’ Andrew Toles, left, Alex Verdugo, center, and Chris Taylor celebrate after the final out of their 11-4 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/John McCoy)Los Angeles Dodgers. Manny Machado (8) scores on a New York Mets wild pitch in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 45Los Angeles Dodgers. Manny Machado (8) scores on a New York Mets wild pitch in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — In a career spanning three presidential administrations, Rich Hill had never allowed four runs in a game he won. The Dodgers hadn’t scored four runs in a week.Both streaks ended Tuesday night in a rare spasm of offense. A six-run seventh inning turned a close game into a laugher, and the Dodgers beat the Mets 11-4 to keep pace with their rivals in the National League West.The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks both won earlier in the day Tuesday. At 76-63, the Dodgers trail the Rockies (76-62) by a half-game for the division lead. The Diamondbacks (75-64) remain close on their heels.The Dodgers trail the St. Louis Cardinals (77-62) by one game for the NL’s second wild-card berth. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Barnes’ three RBIs were a season high. Despite his .203 batting average when the day began, the Dodgers’ front office chose not to replace him with a better-hitting alternative to Yasmani Grandal at the trade deadline. Roberts said that he didn’t waver in penciling Barnes into the lineup because of his value as a catcher – framing strikes, working with a pitching staff, calling pitches.“You’re responsible for 150 pitches or whatever a night,” Roberts said. “You could argue that’s more impactful than three at-bats. He’s never let his defense go by the wayside. That’s a credit to (Barnes).”Hill salvaged his final line by pitching perfect fifth and sixth innings. He allowed seven hits and four runs, both of which scored on the homers. The left-hander walked one batter and struck out eight.In 266 career games prior to Tuesday (138 starts), Hill had never allowed more than three runs in a victory.Pedro Baez, Zac Rosscup and Pat Venditte closed out the victory with a scoreless inning of relief. Venditte set down the Mets in order in the ninth inning after right-hander Josh Fields loaded the bases without recording an out.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 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 think we all know what we’re capable of as a team,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “To finally put some good games together, some hard-fought wins, and put a big offensive night on the board tonight was big.”Barnes could be forgiven for forgetting his own capabilities. The Dodgers’ starting catcher during their run to the World Series last autumn, Barnes is hitting just .207 in his second full season as Yasmani Grandal’s backup.Tuesday, he and David Freese hit home runs as the Dodgers’ starting 5-8 hitters went 7 for 13 with a walk.Freese also doubled in his second start as a Dodger. Playing first base, he acrobatically caught a long throw from shortstop Manny Machado and tagged out a baserunner for the final out in the seventh inning, preventing a run from scoring. At that point, the Dodgers led 5-4. The win was anything but inevitable.Then the Dodgers unloaded. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The Dodgers’ manager seemed calmer than the situation might dictate. But over the past three years, he’s seen almost everything happen to them before.This opener of a three-game series with the reborn Padres might have seemed a big deal to the locals, although a majority of the sellout crowd in Petco Park was wearing blue. It was another day for the Dodgers, who fell behind 3-0 and took out the brick and mortar and built a 4-3 win, for a 21-13 record.Center fielder A.J. Pollock is out for who knows how long with yet another elbow problem, but the Dodgers push through such setbacks because, a year ago, they were basically missing their rotation and third baseman Justin Turner, too. Amid cries to dissolve the molecular structure of the franchise, they got it together and won another NL West Division title in the 163rd game, then got to their second consecutive World Series.This year’s travails will be unique to this year. Friday night was devoted to turning around some of the stragglers, dispelling worry among the faithful.Clayton Kershaw gave Manny Machado a 3-and-2 slider that was embossed like an invitation. Machado whacked it 437 feet for a 2-0 San Diego lead in the first inning. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Left fielder Hunter Renfroe was dashing this way and that to rob Dodger bids for extra bases. Left-hander Eric Lauer, the 23-year-old in a rotation that has no one over 27, gave up no hits for the first four innings, by which time it was 3-0, thanks to Ian Kinsler’s home run off Kershaw.Then Kershaw shut San Diego down through the sixth inning and posted his fourth quality start in four starts.And the first Dodgers hit was a home run by Chris Taylor, who is now hitting .173.Turner’s 11-pitch at-bat ended with a walk and helped create a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the sixth. The Dodgers got only one run, and 6-foot-9 lefty Brad Wieck got the final two outs.But in the seventh, Austin Barnes took Wieck deep to tie it. Barnes, now getting the majority of catching duty, is hitting .218 with 11 RBIs in 27 games.Related Articles The final defiance of the odds came against the Padres’ Kirby Yates, who has 14 saves and had given up one earned run. Padres manager Andy Green threw the closer into a tie game in the Dodgers’ ninth, and Barnes doubled and scored on a Max Muncy base hit that first baseman Eric Hosmer couldn’t stop.Kershaw now has a 2.87 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 26 innings. Outs that are achieved with 90 mph pitches still count the same as those achieved with 96.“When you’re not feeling your best and still keep us in it and go six strong innings, that’s a pretty good effort,” Barnes said. “No matter what, his ability to battle and make pitches is next-level. As the game went on, he got stronger and stronger.”The Dodgers’ habitual winning doesn’t make it easier for Barnes and Taylor and anyone else to hit when they’re struggling, but it does buy time.“It’s a grind, it’s like anything else,” Barnes said. “It’s up and down. Tonight I just got a couple of balls in the zone. I felt pretty good at the end of spring training, hit a little bit of a skid. Now I’m feeling good again. This was a good win, a hard-fought win.” SAN DIEGO — “I didn’t see any panic,” Dave Roberts said.Not even when he saw Cody Bellinger crouched near first base, after he had dived unsuccessfully.Not even when Roberts learned that Bellinger’s right shoulder had somehow come loose from the rest of him, and then re-entered wherever it was supposed to be.“We did some strength testing with him, he took a few swings in the cage,” Roberts said. “I think he’ll be fine. But his shoulder popped out. That’s happened with him before.”last_img read more

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Game 1 is Thursday at 5:37 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium, and some in the sellout crowd of 42,993 chanted “Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.!” as members of the Nationals lingered on the infield with family members after the rare playoff triumph for a franchise that had never before advanced in the playoffs since moving to Washington from Montreal before the 2005 season.“We’ve been here a bunch of times. Never kind of broke through,” said Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals’ first draft pick back in 2005, who singled as a pinch hitter in the eighth. “Finally caught a break tonight.”Yes, Washington had been 0-3 in winner-take-all postseason games, all NLDS Game 5 losses at home.But this time was different. Thanks, in large part, to one of the kids making his debut in October, Soto, who is wholly unencumbered by any past playoff failings on this stage and in this stadium.Still, things didn’t look good early for Washington.Yasmani Grandal and Eric Thames homered in the first two innings off Nationals ace Max Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner whose teams had lost each of his most recent seven postseason games.Milwaukee led the NL in walks, and Scherzer put leadoff man Grisham aboard.The first pitch to the next batter, Grandal, came in at 98 mph and was transformed into a blink-and-you-missed-it shot that rapidly reached the bullpen beyond right field. The ball landed with such force that it bounced back onto the outfield grass.Just like that – three minutes and seven pitches into the evening – the Brewers led 2-0.The once-rowdy park sunk into sudden silence; if all of those red-wearing spectators’ thoughts could be heard, they might have been summed up as a sigh. Strasburg paced in the bullpen.Milwaukee extended the margin to 3-0 in the second when Thames’ first career postseason at-bat ended with him driving a curveball deep to right-center.That meant Scherzer had given up a pair of homers in three of his past six postseason appearances – and in each of his last three games in 2019.Washington got one run off Brandon Woodruff on a solo shot from Trea Turner in the third off a high fastball, making it 3-1.Woodruff, a burly righty, lasted four innings, giving up just two hits, and was greeted by hugs from teammates in the dugout.Related Articles That’s when Counsell began his maneuvers, going to Brent Suter for the fifth, then Drew Pomeranz for the sixth and seventh, before turning to the lefty fireballer Hader. The Nationals’ bats finally got going – and their team’s dramatic turnaround from 19-31 in May to a playoff team gets to continue.“Everything changed,” Soto said. “The energy of the team, it changed.”TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich, lost to a fractured kneecap on Sept. 10, was in the Brewers’ dugout before and during the game. … Outfielders Ryan Braun (calf) and Lorenzo Cain (ankle) were in the starting lineup despite late-season injuries. They came into Tuesday a combined 0 for 29 with 12 Ks against Scherzer and went 0 for 4 while he was in the game, without getting the ball out of the infield. … Braun came up limping after catching a ball against the wall in left in the second.Nationals: Catcher Kurt Suzuki, who missed most of September because of a bothersome right elbow, started behind the plate Tuesday and played nine innings.ODD FOURTHThe fourth inning was bizarre. Fire alarms – false alarms, thankfully, the Nationals eventually said – rang out. The public address system went completely silent for several minutes, so the Racing Presidents mascot race in the middle of the inning went on without the usual play-by-play, and the initial two Nationals batters in the bottom half went to the plate without any walk-up music or announcement of their names.UP NEXTThe Nationals get another chance to try to win a series against the Dodgers, who eliminated Washington in Game 5 of their 2016 NLDS, when Clayton Kershaw memorably earned his first save in the majors. The Dodgers won four of the seven meetings between the two this season. Grisham’s take?“It’s gonna sting,” he said.Stephen Strasburg threw three scoreless innings to earn the win in the first relief appearance of his major league career, regular season or playoffs.Daniel Hudson pitched the ninth for the save. With a runner on, Ben Gamel hit a fly ball to the warning track in center for the final out.The Nationals, so familiar with playoff heartache, now will carry a nine-game winning streak into their best-of-five NL Division Series against the NL West champion Dodgers. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies PreviousWASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 01: The Washington Nationals celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers with a score 4 to 3 in the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer follows through on a pitch to the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a National League wild card baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Milwaukee Brewers Yasmani Grandal (10) hits a two-run home run during the first inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsWASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 01: The dugout celebrates Yasmani Grandal #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers two run home run against Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals during the first inning in the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 01: Yasmani Grandal #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates after hitting a two run home run to score Trent Grisham #2 against Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals during the first inning in the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 01: Yasmani Grandal #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates after hitting a two run home run to score Trent Grisham #2 against Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals during the first inning in the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 01: Yasmani Grandal #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with Mike Moustakas #11 and Trent Grisham #2 after hitting a two run home run against Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals during the first inning in the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal (10) celebrates with Trent Grisham, left, after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Milwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal, right, rounds the bases past third base coach Ed Sedar after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Milwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal, right, celebrates with teammate Trent Grisham after batting Grisham in on a home run in the first inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Milwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal, center, celebrates with teammate Orlando Arcia (3) after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff follows through on a pitch to the Washington Nationals in the first inning of a National League wild card baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Milwaukee Brewers’ Eric Thames hits a solo home run during the second inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Milwaukee Brewers’ Eric Thames gestures after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 01: Eric Thames #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with Orlando Arcia #3 after scoring a home run against Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals during the second inning in the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers’ Eric Thames high fives teammates after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 01: Brandon Woodruff #53 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning in the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Washington Nationals Trea Turner, right, watches his solo home run in front of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal and umpire Mike Everitt in the third inning of a National League wild card baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner, right, celebrates his solo home run with teammate Adam Eaton in the third inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)A sign reads “Going Going Gone” in the stands as Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff, foreground, returns to the mound after giving up a home run to Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner during the third inning of a National League wild card baseball game at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) pitches during the sixth inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto (22) can’t field a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Eric Thames during the fourth inning of a National League wild card baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto (22) can’t field a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Eric Thames during the fourth inning of a National League wild card baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Milwaukee Brewers’ Eric Thames, center, gestures to his teammate after hitting a double during the fourth inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich stands in the dugout during a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches during the fifth inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Brent Suter (35) pitches during the fifth inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames, left, can’t get to Washington Nationals Brian Dozier (9) at first base in the fifth inning of a National League wild card baseball game at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas received a throwing error on the play. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Washington Nationals’ Victor Robles (16) tries to pump up his teammates after singling to left during the fifth inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) walks out of the dugout in the fifth inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames, right, reaches but is unable to make the tag on time as Washington Nationals’ Brian Dozier singles in the fifth inning of a National League wild card baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Drew Pomeranz follows through on a pitch to the Washington Nationals in the seventh inning of a National League wild card baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez stands in the dugout in the sixth inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Washington Nationals relief pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws to the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth inning of a National League wild card baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Washington Nationals’ Anthony Rendon walks off the field after striking out looking in the sixth inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich, third from left, sits in the dugout in the fifth inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The Nationals’ Juan Soto hits a two-out single to right field that resulted in three runs scoring off an error by the Brewers’ Trent Grisham during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s National League wild-card game in Washington, D.C. The Nationals won 4-3 and will face the Dodgers in a best-of-five NLDS. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)The Nationals’ Juan Soto celebrates after hitting a two-out single to right field that scored three runs off of an error by the Brewers’ Trent Grisham during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s National League wild-card game in Washington, D.C. The Nationals won 4-3 and will face the Dodgers in a best-of-five NLDS. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers’ Eric Thames, left, flips his bat after striking out in front of Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki in the ninth inning of a National League wild-card baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. Washington won 4-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Washington Nationals relief pitcher Daniel Hudson, left, and catcher Kurt Suzuki celebrate with teammates after closing out a National League wild-card baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. Washington won 4-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 01: The Washington Nationals celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers with a score 4 to 3 in the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer follows through on a pitch to the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a National League wild card baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)NextShow Caption1 of 41Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer follows through on a pitch to the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a National League wild card baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)ExpandWASHINGTON — Washington’s Juan Soto delivered a bases-loaded single against Josh Hader that scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Nationals rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in the NL wild-card game on Tuesday night.After Hader loaded the bases by hitting one batter, walking another and allowing a bloop single, Soto took a 96 mph fastball to right, and the ball skipped under rookie outfielder Trent Grisham’s glove for an error. That allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate and Soto to get to second, then turn for third.Eventually, Soto, a 20-year-old outfielder, was caught in a rundown to end the inning, but that didn’t matter: He had turned a 3-1 deficit into a lead, and so he clapped his hands, then pounded his chest and high-fived third base coach Bob Henley, shouting “Let’s go!”“The inning was an ugly inning,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Crazy things happen.”center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgFormer NBA player Glen “Big Baby” Davis will avoid jail time on drug charges after agreeing to pay a $15,000 fine, according to the AP.The 33-year-old Davis was arrested in February 2018 in a Maryland hotel with 4 ounces of marijuana and a briefcase containing $92,000. After indictments on seven counts of drug possession and distribution, he had faced up to five years in jail. Prosecutors dismissed the charges in exchange for Davis paying the fine.Davis’ attorney, Brandon Mead, told the AP no evidence indicated Davis was selling drugs. The former LSU star played for the Celtics, Magic and Clippers in eight NBA seasons before retiring in 2015. He averaged 8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in his career. Davis still faces a felony assault charge stemming from an April 2018 incident at a West Hollywood, Calif., club. He was arrested last May and released on $30,000 bail. He faces up to seven years in state prison if convicted.Davis signed last month to play in the National Basketball League of Canada with the St. John’s Edge.last_img read more

first_imgThe truck driver involved in the fatal bus crash with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in April 2018 that killed 16 people and injured 13 was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 30, pleaded guilty in January to all 29 charges against him – 16 counts of dangerous operation of motorized vehicle causing death and 13 counts of dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing bodily injury. Driver in Humboldt Broncos fatal bus crash pleads guilty Related News The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team was bound for a playoff game on April 6 when the bus and a semi-truck collided at a rural intersection in Saskatchewan between Nipawin and Tisdale. Sidhu was not hurt.In announcing Sidhu’s sentence, provincial court Judge Inez Cardinal said (per Global News), “Somehow, we must stop the carnage on our highways Attention to the road matters.”center_img Humboldt hockey team back in playoffs 11 months after deadly bus crash Cardinal noted that Sidhu had a clear view of the intersection yet failed to see five signs or the bus.“It is baffling, and incomprehensible, that a professional driver, even one with little experience, could miss so many markers over such a long distance,” she wrote in her decision.Read the judge’s full sentencing decision for the truck driver in the Humboldt Broncos crash https://t.co/XVHlnDhYzZ pic.twitter.com/VgOPOCufwg— CBC Canadian News (@CBCCanada) March 22, 2019In a statement (per ESPN), Humboldt Broncos president Jamie Brockman said, “This past year has been extremely difficult. Having this legal matter settled and the sentencing complete is a big step in the healing process for the survivors, grieving families, our organization and the community of Humboldt and surrounding area. The sentence is subject to varying opinions but what is important is that Mr. Sidhu plead guilty, has shown remorse and has remained accountable for his careless actions.”last_img read more

first_imgMEMPHIS — When Lonzo Ball twisted his knee in overtime on Saturday, he thought little of it. The pain went away after the next play. The rest of the evening, he felt fine, too.“Then I woke up the next morning and could barely walk,” the rookie point guard said after sitting out the Lakers’ 123-114 loss to the Grizzlies on Monday at FedEx Forum.The Lakers are 0-7 this season when Ball does not play.Ball joined Brandon Ingram on the sidelines, and the Lakers showed just how important the pair of No. 2 overall picks are to their success on the floor. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhile Ingram was a game-time decision on Monday with a mild ankle sprain, Ball’s situation seems more serious. The Lakers will practice Tuesday in Oklahoma City before facing the Thunder the following night.Ball’s status is very much in question for that matchup. He said he was unsure if he would be able to test out the knee.“If it is like today,” he said, “probably not. But if it’s a little better when I wake up, then yeah.”Ball returned to the lineup on Jan. 5 after missing the previous six games with a sprained shoulder. The Lakers lost to Charlotte that night, but proceeded to reel off a season-best four straight wins.“It’s tough,” Ball said. “Obviously I want to play. Any chance I can, it’s my job, I love putting on a show for people, and it’s hard to sit back here and watch the game. Got to stay positive and try to get back as fast as I can.”center_img Ball said he suffered the injury in overtime in Dallas, on a late basket that helped the Lakers secure their fourth win in a row. He said he felt incrementally better on Monday than the day before.“It’s getting better,” he said. “Obviously still couldn’t play today. So just got to ramp up the treatment and get well soon.”FITS LIKE A GLOVEHe had not practiced and had only been briefed on the Lakers’ offense in the most general terms by South Bay Lakers coach Coby Karl. Still, with the Lakers trailing by 20 at the start of the fourth quarter, Lakers coach Luke Walton turned to Gary Payton II.Prior to the loss, Walton said it was possible he would play Payton, who signed a two-way contract with the Lakers on Monday morning, but that it would not be the ideal situation.“Defensively, we feel comfortable with what he can do out there for us,” Walton said, “but offensively, obviously never practicing and knowing the play calls and this and that would get a little complicated.”Indeed, the Lakers’ coach cast aside most of the playbook for Payton, as the team just ran repeated pick-and-rolls and tried to score in transition.“When we put him in, we were just looking for guys willing to fight,” Walton said. “I thought he did a good job even though he’s only been on the team for a few hours now. He did a good job of fighting and made some nice plays for us.”The son of former Lakers point guard and NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton, the latest addition to the locker room seemed unfazed by the unique circumstances.“It’s a young team,” Payton said, “they like to run. That’s what I do best is play defense, run in transition and get buckets.”Payton appeared in 18 games over the past two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 2.8 points and 1.2 assists in 11.4 minutes per game.He arrived in Memphis on Monday morning, signed a contract that will allow him to split his time between the Lakers and their G-League affiliate, and within hours was on the court warming up with assistant coach Jud Buechler.Like his legendary father, who played for the Lakers in 2003-04, Payton is a point guard and hangs his hat on defense. That might be where the similarities end, though.“I don’t have the trash talk like he does,” Payton said, “but I can still get it going. We kind of have similar games, but I’m above the rim more than he was. So you can throw it up to me.”KING IN MEMPHISThe Lakers and Grizzlies were one of the games featured as part of the NBA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day lineup.“It’s absolutely an honor to play on this holiday,” Walton said.He added that what separated King as a leader was “he emphasized doing it through a peaceful manner.”“All he wanted was what everyone should want,” Walton said, “that’s equality. You don’t see skin color, male, female, everyone has the same opportunities and the same rights and the same opportunities to really make something of themselves.“So to be able to play on this day, especially in a sport where you get so many people from different backgrounds and different places around the world is an honor.”The Lakers on Sunday afternoon visited the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel where King was assassinated in 1968.last_img read more

first_img For Clayton Kershaw and Mookie Betts, coronavirus pandemic affects charities UCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers UFC 252: Stipe Miocic retains heavyweight crown with decision over Daniel Cormier Arizona State (20-11) finishes conference play 8-10, losing five of its last six, and then gets ousted in the first round of the conference tournament, but it also benefits from some impractical jokers who allow it to advance to another play-in game and kicks to the curb 23-11 USC, which went to the Pac-12 Tournament final and finished with a 34 RPI ranking.The Trojans’ two-point loss to the Sun Devils (an RPI of 66) in Tempe, Arizona on Feb. 8 must have been the deciding factor? We may never know.What does appear to be evident: Teams on the bubble that ran into some FBI issues – that includes USC, Louisville and Oklahoma State – are trying to get their head around an NIT bid at this point, as well as four other Pac-12 teams.Meanwhile, Big West tournament champ Cal State Fullerton (20-11, 127 RPI), which lost to pre-season AP No. 10 USC by 42 points in the season opener and is among the teams given a 2500-to-1 shot at winning it all, is also in the NCAA East Region as a No. 15 seed, sent to play in Detroit, when that regional in San Diego would have been so much nicer.Also: NIT first-round games: UNC Asheville at USC, Tuesday, 8 p.m., TV TBDNO. 2: COLLEGE BASKETBALL NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT BRACKET ANNOUNCEMENTDetails/TV: Monday, 4 p.m., ESPNUCLA (24-7) will likely be a first- and second-round host at Pauley Pavilion, as 16 campus sites are in play, starting Friday. The Bruins, who came up three points short in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals, stand firmly at No. 9 in the latest rankings. CSUN (19-15) wormed its way through the Big West tournament to win and get in also. The target team again is unanimous No. 1 UConn (30-0), which logged a 78-60 win at UCLA back in late November. But the Huskies aren’t the defending champs – South Carolina is.The regional sites after this are in Lexington, Kentucky and Kansas City, Missouri, Albany, New York and and Spokane, Washington, feeding into the Final Four at Columbus, Ohio on March 30, with the national title game on Sunday, April 1. More info: https://www.ncaa.com/womens- final-four/road-to-the- championshipNO. 3: RUNNING: 33rd CITY OF LOS ANGELES MARATHON Details/TV: Sunday, 6:55 a.m., Ch. 5 (coverage begins at 6 a.m.)This is the 10th year of the “Stadium To Sea” course – starting at Dodger Stadium, passing through Chinatown, the Hollywood landmarks, Rodeo Drive and the last six miles of Route 66 to end up at the Santa Monica Pier.The Dodgers’ Justin Turner is the official honorary starter, with his foundation as the official charity. Kenya’s Elisa Barno was the top runner of 18,892 finishers last year in two hours, 11 minutes, 53 seconds. He was the fifth different Kenya runner to win this race over the last six years. More info: www.lamarathon.com.Start times: 6:30 a.m. for wheelchairs, 6:42 a.m. for handcycles, 6:45 for elite women, 6:55 a.m. for elite men and full field.NO. 4: NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP SERIES AUTO CLUB 400 Details/TV: At Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Ch. 11Kyle Larson, the 24-year-old pole-sitter in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy, outlasted Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr., for the 202-lap victory last year – they needed two extra “overtime” spins because of another late caution flag.Truex, the eventual 2017 season champion, was strong at the start but finished fourth overall because, as he admitted afterward, a decision not to pit under the next-to-last caution flag didn’t play out in his favor. “We thought more guys would stay out there,” he said. “It was definitely a disadvantage at the end and just really tight. Holding on for fourth was good for points.” More info: http://www.autoclubspeedway. comAlso this week at Fontana: Fanfest and Hauler parade, Thursday at 4 p.m.; Practices and pole day, Friday starting at 11:35 a.m.; Xfinity Series NXS 300, Saturday at 2 p.m.NO. 5: NBA: LAKERS at WARRIORS Details/TV: At Oracle Arena in Oakland, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Spectrum SportsNet, ESPN NBA: CLIPPERS at ROCKETS Details/TV: At Toyota Center in Houston, Thursday, 5 p.m., Prime TicketThe 51-16 Warriors will have had a couple of days to process back-to-back losses at Portland and Minnesota, which came while Steph Curry stayed back to rest an ankle injury. “I’m very confident in where we’re heading,” said coach Steve Kerr. “But we’re in the middle of a tough stretch.” Two of the Warriors’ three wins over the Lakers so far have gone to OT.Related Articles Del Mar horse racing consensus picks for Sunday, Aug. 16 Meanwhile, the Rockets, who’ve taken over the Western Conference lead in the meantime as the only other NBA team so far beyond the 50-win mark, handed the Clippers a 105-92 loss last month, win No. 14 during their recently ended 17-game victory streak.Also this week for the Lakers: At Staples Center vs. Denver, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., SSN; At Staples Center vs. Miami, Friday, 7:30 p.m., SSN.Also this week for the Clippers: At Chicago, Tuesday, 5 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Oklahoma City, Friday, 5 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Staples Center vs. Portland, Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket.NO. 6: TENNIS: WTA/ATP BNP BARIBAS OPEN FINALS Details/TV: At Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Sunday, 11 a.m., ESPNBefore we get to the conclusion, there’s another historic moment here when Serena Williams meets Venus Williams in a third-round match on center court, a place they didn’t get to face off 17 years ago in the semifinals that led to an ugly spectator backlash and a family boycott of the event until 2015.This 29th career meeting (Serena leads, 17-11) will be on ESPNEWS  Monday at 7 p.m., with the 36-year-old Serena unseeded and in her first event since maternity leave and the 37-year-old Venus holding strong with the No. 8 seed.Also this week: Women’s semifinals are Friday at 7 p.m., ESPN2; men’s semifinals are Saturday at 11 a.m., ESPN.NO. 7: NHL: RED WINGS at KINGS Details/TV: At Staples Center, Thursday, 7 p.m., NBCSN NHL: RED WINGS at DUCKS Details/TV: At Honda Center, Friday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports WestThe Kings pummeled Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard in a 4-1 decision at Detroit last Nov. 28 – in typical Kings’ fashion, they trailed 1-0 after the first period. Howard stopped the visiting Ducks, 2-1, on Feb. 13, making 15 saves in the first period. Howard, in his 11th season, ranks 10th all-time in NHL wins by an American-born goalie. He may never catch the Kings’ Jonathan Quick, who is seventh, or the Ducks’ Ryan Miller, who sits third.Also this week for the Kings: At Staples Center vs. Vancouver, Monday at 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West; At Arizona, Tuesday at 7 p.m., FSW; At Staples Center vs. New Jersey, Saturday at 1 p.m., Fox Sports WestAlso this week for the Ducks: At Honda Center vs. St. Louis, Monday at 7 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Honda Center vs. Vancouver, Wednesday at 7 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Honda Center vs. New Jersey, Sunday at 6 p.m., Fox Sports West.NO. 8: COLLEGE BASEBALL UCLA at CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE Details/TV: At Matador Field in Northridge, Tuesday at 2 p.m. USC at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Details/TV: At Page Stadium in Westchester, Tuesday at 6 p.m.The Bruins and Trojans make a local trip outside their comfort zones against local Big West rivals prior to their first Pac-12 season openers at home.Also this week for UCLA: At Jackie Robinson Stadium vs. Washington State, Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for USC: At Dedeaux Field vs. Utah, Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m., all on Pac-12 NetworkAlso this week for Cal State Northridge: At Ohio State, Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at noon, Sunday at 10 a.m.Also this week for Cal State Fullerton: At Titan Field vs. Grand Canyon University, Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for Long Beach State: At Blair Field vs. Washington State, Tuesday, 6 p.m.; At Blair Field vs. Tulane, Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.Also this week for UC Irvine: At Anteater Ballpark vs. Utah Valley, Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for UC Riverside: At Riverside Sports Complex vs. Grand Canyon University, Wednesday at 6 p.m.; At University of Nevada, Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., Sunday at noon.Also this week for Pepperdine: At Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu vs. New Mexico, Tuesday at 3 p.m.; Starting the West Coast Conference schedule at Gonzaga, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for Loyola Marymount: Starting the West Coast Conference schedule at BYU, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at noon.NO. 9: MLB EXHIBITION BASEBALL DODGERS at WHITE SOX Details/TV: At Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., Saturday, 1 p.m., SportsNetLA ROCKIES at ANGELS Details/TV: At Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., Friday at 1:10 p.m., Fox Sports WestDid you know: The Angels’ Tempe Diablo Stadium was first opened in 1968 as spring training home for the Seattle Pilots in 1969, before their one and only season of existence in 1969. But the Pilots actually had two spring seasons in Tempe. The team went bankrupt and was in the process of being sold to Bud Selig in the spring of 1970. The sale wasn’t approved officially until April 1, six days before the start of the regular season. As players awaited their fate in Tempe, the team’s equipment was sitting in Provo, Utah with drivers waited to be told whether to take it to Seattle or Milwaukee. They ended up going to Wisconsin in a rush, and the players wore altered versions of their old Pilots uniforms. You can look it up.More schedule information: www.dodgers.com and www.angelsbaseball.com Dodgers edge Angels in 10th to take first two in Freeway Series AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersTrue enough, it’ll take most Bruins and Titans followers about 68 extra seconds to find that do-we-have-it truTV channel on your TV menu, even if you’re culturally affected by “The Carbonaro Effect” or believe “Impractical Jokers” adds to the enrichment of humanity.That said, the lack of the Pac-12 Effect on this tournament is painfully evident – regular-season and tournament champion Arizona (27-7), a surprisingly low No. 4 seed in the South Region, is the only one from the league that could be alive when the big-boy field of 64 starts on Thursday and Friday?What’s wrong with that reality series?UCLA (21-11) must go through Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday to be allowed to advance as a No. 11 in the East Region against No. 6 seed Florida on Thursday in Dallas (again, truTV, approx.. 7 p.m.).Thanks? NO. 10: GOLF: PGA TOUR ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL Details/TV: At Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla., Thursday-Sunday, Golf Channel, Channel 4The Tiger Woods Red Shirt Sundays are back. He has committed to this one coming off the tied-for-second, one-stroke loss last week at the Valspar Championship. If Woods prevails this one, things will get even redder – this event began a tradition last year by giving winner Marc Leishman a red cardigan sweater in Arnold Palmer’s honor. Ranking the top 10 sports events March 12-18 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: COLLEGE BASKETBALL NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENTFIRST FOUR: UCLA vs ST. BONAVENTURE Details/TV: At University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday at approx., 6:10 p.m., truTVFIRST ROUND: CAL STATE FULLERTON vs PURDUE Details/TV: At Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Friday at 9:40 a.m., truTV Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgSpeculation about the strength of Golden State’s reserves has been going on since the start of 2018-19. While it retained Kevin Durant with a one-year, $30 million deal and got a bargain on Cousins due to his recovery from an Achilles tear, the second unit’s impact diminished.Key role players from years past like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston combined for just 13.2 points per game in the 2019 playoffs. Iguodala has struggled with calf tightness and hasn’t looked like himself as the postseason has wound down. But he is just one Warrior who has been hobbled.Durant ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 and was out for the series, Kevon Looney fractured his collarbone and Klay Thompson missed his first career playoff game with a hamstring injury while leaving with a knee injury in Game 6. Despite Golden State being short-handed, Steve Kerr seemed reluctant to play Cousins, who was a 2018 All-Star. His performance has simply been inconsistent since he tore his quad in the first round.A supporting cast composed of Jordan Bell, Jonas Jerebko, Quinn Cook and Alfonzo McKinnie couldn’t cut it this time around given the circumstances, especially playing against a Raptors bench which peaked at the perfect time.Poor team 3-point shootingThis probably sounds strange, but the Warriors weren’t that great shooting the long ball in the Finals. The “Splash Brothers” did their job, though.Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were fantastic for much of the series but the rest of the team was not.By no means is Draymond Green a sharpshooter, but he struggled from deep, even if he nearly averaged a triple-double.In the absence of Durant, some critical weaknesses were exposed.The Raptors were too versatileKawhi Leonard became the face of Toronto basketball in less than a year, but the team is more than him.The emergence of Fred VanVleet and contributions from Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka added to the team’s offensive and defensive prowess. VanVleet was essential to defending Stephen Curry and he also knocked down some crucial 3-pointers in the series. Golden State won’t be crowned the NBA’s three-time defending champion.The Warriors lost their last game ever at Oracle Arena to the Raptors 114-110 on Thursday in Game 6 of the Finals. NBA Finals 2019: 7 key stats from the Raptors’ championship run This could be the end of a dynasty built in Oakland, as several players could go elsewhere ahead of the team’s move to San Francisco.Here are three reasons Golden State lost to TorontoLack of depthThe Warriors put together one of the most intimidating starting lineups ever last summer. The addition of DeMarcus Cousins gave them five players with All-Star experience, but the bench matters in the postseason. Related News Siakam dazzled in his first Finals appearance while Serge Ibaka provided much needed veteran experience. And then there’s still five-time All-Star Kyle Lowry to worry about.Needless to say, Toronto had too many options to pick Golden State apart.last_img read more

first_imgYes, Horan hollered in the stadium tunnel.MORE: Naeher’s save the perfect answer to doubters“Well that was not needed,” said England defender Steph Houghton, speaking with London-based talkSPORT. “It’s disrespectful.”Indeed, we have reached the point in the evolution of the U.S. women’s national team where they cannot celebrate in blowouts, cannot celebrate enormous goals in enormous games and cannot even shout when they’re in the relative privacy of the stadium tunnel — all because there might be damaged feelings.The United States is the reigning power of international women’s soccer. Its dominance began with victory at the initial World Cup in 1991 and the initial competition at the 1996 Olympic Games and has continued through this decade with three World Cups finals.They are what Brazil was to the men’s game during Pele’s reign.Pele, though, barely has had a negative word said about him in his six decades as a public figure, not even about his acting in “Victory.” Is the difference now that criticism is amplified? Or is it that the standard is different for female players?The headline in Wednesday’s Daily Mail declared United States star Alex Morgan, following her goal against England in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinals, had sparked a “storm in a teacup with ‘distasteful’ celebration.”The word “distasteful” appeared in quotes, which meant someone with some station had labeled it as such. Honestly. Morgan scored the game-winning goal, advancing the U.S. women’s national team to their third consecutive World Cup final, and pretended to drink a spot of tea.That’s an issue?It’s the world’s most popular sport, whatever one wishes to call it, so hasn’t anybody watched any soccer/football/futbol/calcio lately? Dudes are practically staging full-length productions of “Pagliacci” after each time they score.MORE: Rapinoe makes profound statement in victory over FranceWe have seen players cupping their ears toward the standings, the universal gesture for “I can’t hear you.” We have seen players put their index fingers to their lips, the gesture for “I just shut you all up.” A player for the Italy national team once pretended to play the violin. In a club game, Roma’s Francesco Totti took a selfie. In Lithuania a few years back, Dzmitry Kowb ran up into the stands after scoring, sat down and applauded his own effort.England veteran Lianne Sanderson, working as an analyst for BeIN Sports, was the person who took umbrage with Morgan’s flying pinkie. “You can celebrate however you want, but that, for me, is a bit distasteful, and I don’t think she needs to do that,” Sanderson said. “She can celebrate however she wants, and I’m a big believer in the Americans and how they celebrate, but for me this was a little bit disrespectful.”When I was sitting in the upper corner end zone in Reims for the United States’ 13-0 victory over Thailand, as I watched 10 second-half goals scored at our end of the field, I cringed at the celebrations the American players performed. Not because I was bothered or thought it was problematic, but because I know how the media world works. I knew the players would be eviscerated for enjoying their victory.That ought to have been a one-day story, though. It has been stunning to see this narrative advanced as the tournament continued.VERTELNEY: Disgraceful? Classless? That’s what reactions to U.S. 13-0 win has been England coach Phil Neville could be forgiven for carping in advance of the semis about two anonymous U.S. soccer officials “invading” the Lionesses’ hotel housing; a coach does what he can to legally gain an edge. When the game was over and England still was griping about disrespect, it became more than obvious the team that is being disrespected is the reigning champion.It wasn’t an American who flopped twice, trying unsuccessfully to draw penalties and later acted as though a bump in the calf had caused a catastrophic injury. That was England striker Ellen White, whose histrionics led to a video review that showed enough of a foul to call a penalty (that time). It wasn’t an American who committed two egregious fouls that warranted yellow cards and thus was sent off for the resultant red card. That was England defender Millie Bright. And it wasn’t a U.S. coach complaining afterward that the game referee had “lost control.” That was Neville.It wasn’t clear from the audio what Horan had shouted as she passed through the tunnel on the way to another celebration that apparently was private enough to offend no one. Let’s just hope it wasn’t anything about Brexit, because that would have been mean. It was Lindsey Horan’s perfectly placed pass that United States teammate Alex Morgan transformed — using her head, literally — into the game-winning goal that advanced the U.S. to the final of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.Perhaps it was that play on her mind, or teammate Alyssa Naeher’s stunning penalty save, or just the breadth of joy at achieving a lifelong dream, when Horan had the audacity to shout as she traveled from the field to the locker room following the semifinal victory.last_img read more

first_imgNo contract is unmovable in the NBA. Presti will keep searching for a workable trade that benefits the Thunder and Paul, but he’s not going to simply do Paul a favor. He has plenty of assets from the Westbrook and George trades, so he can attach a pick to Paul if that’s necessary.Paul-to-the-Lakers is a fun topic for a debate show. It’s less fun once you try to figure out how it would actually happen.UPDATE: There is a growing expectation that Paul will start the season with the Thunder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.OKC has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the year with the Thunder. https://t.co/LjHCdLPZVg— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 17, 2019 The Thunder acquired Chris Paul as part of Thursday night’s blockbuster trade with the Rockets, but the future Hall of Famer shouldn’t get too comfortable in Oklahoma City.With Paul hoping to play for a real contender, and with the Thunder heading into a rebuild following the departures of Russell Westbrook and Paul George, OKC general manager Sam Presti has been attempting to find a landing spot for Paul. The Heat quickly emerged as a potential trade partner, but they don’t seem all that eager to add the nine-time All-Star. TRADE RUMORS: What do Cavs want for Kevin Love?There isn’t much of a market for Paul outside of Miami, though there is one team always interested in stars of any kind. Could the Lakers make a play for Paul?Short answer: highly unlikely.A Lakers-Thunder trade isn’t happening, so the only route would be a buyout. Paul is owed $124 million over the next three years of his contract. Either Paul would have to give a substantial amount of money back, or Presti would have to be willing to eat the cap hit.The Carmelo Anthony trade last year is a clear indication that Oklahoma City would rather trade draft assets to move money and not have a dead cap hit sitting on the books. Either Paul is on the roster or traded- hard to believe a buyout would even be part of the discussion.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 12, 2019If Paul and the Thunder somehow reached an agreement, Paul could then sign for the minimum with the Lakers and play alongside LeBron James. (Shoutout to the Banana Boat crew.) But then there are the issues that could arise with Paul’s new teammates.Just last season, Paul traded punches with Lakers guard Rajon Rondo on the Staples Center floor, continuing a beef that has been brewing for a decade. Los Angeles also recently signed DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year deal, and he doesn’t have a great history with Paul. Sure, Paul’s relationship with James could help ease the transition, but it’s not like the Lakers need more drama right now.Purely from Paul’s point of view, he would have to be comfortable with a reduced role. That might be tough for one of the league’s most intense competitors. On top of that, he would be taking a buyout and reduced salary, which isn’t a great look for the president of the National Basketball Players Association.last_img read more

first_img Emmanuel Sanders injury update: Broncos wideout (Achilles) reveals he had ankle surgery, too Theo Riddick injury update: Broncos running back out 6-8 weeks with shoulder fracture, report says “You always miss coaching, but it’s been five years,” Shanahan said. “I made the decision a long time ago, right when I got fired (by the Redskins), I said if I didn’t get the right job right away, where you had a chance to win a Super Bowl, that I was probably going to do what I’m doing, being a dad, kind of following your son, the organization, being a part of it.”Despite Shanahan being fired by the Broncos after the 2008 season, general manager John Elway — who Shanahan coached in the mid-90s — said Shanahan will always be a member of the Broncos.”Mike’s always been a big part of this organization,” Elway said. “And it’s nice to get him back out, in my mind it was never really closed, but it was nice to get the communication back — I’ve played some golf with Mike … it’s always good to see him out here because I always enjoy talking football with him … glad he was able to come back and know that this is home to him.” After his time in Denver came to an end, Shanahan coached the Redskins from 2010-13, but hasn’t coached since he was fired at the end of the 2013 season after posting a 3-13 record.Shanahan said he does miss coaching, but is content watching from the sideline now and rooting on his son, Kyle.center_img Mike Shanahan said he was gearing up to return as the Broncos’ coach before the 2018 season, but that it “didn’t work out.”Shanahan was watching son Kyle Shanahan, the current 49ers coach, play against the Broncos during Saturday’s joint practice when he made the surprise revelation. “I was close, I was close,” Shanahan said, via ESPN.com. “One thing that has to happen is you all have to be on the same page. One thing you’ve got to make sure of when you are a head football coach that the owner, the GM, the quarterback are all on the same page. And if it doesn’t happen the chances of you winning the Super Bowl aren’t very good. … I had a great conversation with John as everybody knows, it didn’t work out, sometimes it works out for the right reasons.”Shanahan was the coach of the Broncos from 1995-2008, where he led the team to 146-91 record in the regular and postseason. In 1997 and ’98, he pushed Denver to two Super Bowl wins. Related Newslast_img read more

first_imgBiH U-21 football team will play an exhibition match tomorrow with U-21 team of Macedonia, as a part of preparations for qualifications for European Championship, reports FENA.BiH team will have another training today, and manager Vlado Jagodić said to official web-site of BiH Football Federation that the result is very important.‘Macedonia is a serious opponent, and we expect improvement in the game after the match with Poland. The result is important, and the victory would mean a lot to us, because June is close and the beginning of qualification’, said Jagodić.Manager noted that he’s sorry that Muhamed Bašić will not play, because he returned to Hungary, but added that BiH is a good team even without him.Jagodić said that he’s only worried about the field, because if the weather is bad than the conditions for the match will also be bad.The match will be played tomorrow at 3.30 at stadium ‘Slavija’ in East Sarajevo.last_img read more

first_imgYesterday, BiH football players had a training before today’s match with Latvia, and after the training Sušić said that he can count on all players and he released the list of player who’ll play in today’s match.“Begović is a goalkeeper,  Mujdža , Spahić, Zukanović, Lulić, Medunjanin, Rahimić, Pjanić, Salihović, Ibisević and Džeko will start the match. There were some dilemmas, whether to put Zahirović  or Rahimić, but we need more experienced players. Also, there was a dilemma between Medunjanin and Stevanović, and I chose Medunjanin who’ll strengthen the middle field, and Stevanović will be called if needed’Sušić is convinced that players will give their best and he’s convinced in victory.‘I respect our opponent, but we came here to win, we have no other choice. We also need to expect a hard match, but they are not as motivated as we are. For us, this is a game of a lifetime, and we hope to play just like in Zenica’, said Sušić.(nfsbih)last_img read more

first_imgLovers of auto sport in B&H are waiting for the start of November, when the 7th Rally Jahorina will take place. The last time the rally was held back in 1985.Rally Jahorina 2013 will be organized by the Automobile Club Auto 4×4 and with the help of several local automobile, which has planned a drive through Sarajevo and on mountains Trebević and Jahorina.First Rally Jahorina was held back in 1968 and this year’s rally route will pass through Sarajevo and East Sarajevo. A particularly interesting part of the event will be a ceremonial start on Saturday, 2nd November at 19:00, at the Square of children in Sarajevo, in front of BBI shopping center, where people will be able to see closely the competition cars.This tourist and sports events should be used for the promotion of the Olympic Mountains and the upcoming competitions 2014 and 2017.(Source: Autosport.ba)last_img read more

first_imgAs part of the 10th  round of the first Croatian football league, the Hajduk team celebrated as guests in Istra 1961 with a result of 2: 0. The BH representative Tino Sven Susic brought victory to Hajduk in 51st minute, with his goal from 18 meters.The final result was set by Bradarić in 59th minute.The goal by Tino Sven Sušić can be seen on the following link: (Source: Vijesti.ba)last_img

first_imgTarik Omeragic, junior BH national team skater on short track, after he have fulfilled the standard of the International Skating Union, will perform at the World Junior Championship in Osaka, which will be held from 25th February to 1st March.“Omeragic has a full support from the Alliance of skating sports BiH. We believe that he will achieve a good performance and win new pints that would make him closer to the best ranked skaters of the world”, said president of the Alliance Zikrija Donko.Omeragic has fulfilled the standard at the International Competition “Danubia Series-Austrian Open“, which was held in Graz (Austria) at the end of the last year.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

first_imgThe famous Spanish arbitrator Alberto Undiano Mallenco will judge the meeting between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Wales.UEFA has delegated one of its best referees for this extremely important match for both selections.The BH team needs a victory in order to stay in the game for the placement to the barrage, while the Welsh need only one point to secure direct qualification to the European Championship.Undiano Mallenco is celebrating his 42nd birthday today. Since 2000, he has been judging in the elite ranks of Spanish football, and since 2004 he is a referee with the sign of FIFA.Four days ago, Undiano Mallenco was a referee at the Madrid derby between Atletico and Real (1:1).Umberto Mallenco’s assistants in Zenica will be his compatriots Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar and Raúl Cabañero Martínez. The judges behind the goals will be Carlos Clos Gómez and Javier Estrada Fernández. The fourth referee is Pau Cebrián Devis.Delegate at the match will be the Hungarian Balázs Makray, and the referee bystander Zbigniew Przesmycki from Poland.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

first_imgThe junior national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated on hosting their peers from Northern Macedonia today in Skopje with 1:0.The only goal of the match was scored by Madžid Šošić in the 19th minute.The elected ones of Slaven Musa will meet with North Macedonia in Skopje once again on 20th February at 11:00 h.Northern Macedonia – Bosnia and Herzegovina 0:1 (0:1)FFM Training Centre, SkopjeReferee: Furkan IdriziGoals: 0:1 Šošić (19th minute)Northern Macedonia: Stefan Mitrev, Benjamin Dalipi, Aljtrim Jakupi, Imran Fetai, Spase Terziev, Hamza Ramani, Ivan Nikolov, Leonid Ignjatov, Mario Ilievski, Metodi Maksimov, Behar Feta. Head Coach: Škumbin ArslaniBosnia and Herzegovina: Nikola Ćetković, Din Cviko (56th minute, Daniel Kovačević), Marko Kujundžić (84th minute, Denis Kovačević), Leonid Srdić, Salih Husić (64th minute, Amar Cerić), Ivan Bašić, Andrija Drljo (64th minute, Aid Tabaković), Silvio Ilinković (64th minute, Faruk Duraković), Lejs Pličanić (56th minute, Omar Beća), Madžid Šošić (84thminute, Dejan Javorac), Hamza Gasal (56th minute, Ajdin Jusupović). Head Coach: Slaven Musalast_img read more

first_imgThere is usually a scoreboard. But on Thursday there was none.By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School girls softball team opened the 2013-14 campaign Thursday at Worden Park. But the new scoreboards were a no show.Worden Park is getting two new scoreboards for the east varsity and junior varsity softball fields. The new scoreboards will look basically the same but will have LED bulbs which will be more energy efficient and provide more light to the board.Wellington City Director of Public Works Jeremy Jones said unfortunately the swapping of the softball scoreboards didn’t get done in time. The new brackets to hold up the scoreboard were still in need of getting installed before the new boards was to be put in place. Jones said the city was waiting for a dry enough day to do the scoreboard swapping.“We’ll have that done by Monday’s softball game,” Jones said. Wellington girls will be hosting Rose Hill Monday.The city of Wellington has been a busy group of workers lately. Currently, lights have been erected on the new improved Vandenburgh Ave. Also, the city expects to start putting up new lights at Hibbs Hooten Field at Sellers Park. After Monday, there will be no baseball game at home until April 28 because of the schedule. Jones said the city is looking into getting that project completed between Monday’s home game with Rose Hill and the Circle game on April 28. 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

first_imgSandell, Aaron C.30Wellington, KS501 N Washington Wellington, KSSUSOWarrants- PV x 212/23/14 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 12/22/2014 thru 12/29/2014  Walz, Jonathon E.32Hazelton, KSKTA I35 MP33 Sumner County, KSKHPDUI12/29/14 Caldwell PD1 Swing, Jeremy M.29Overland Park, KST-35 mp 16 Sumner County, KSKHPDriving While Suspended12/22/14 Sedgwick Co15 Schulz, Trey L.21Caldwell, KSGrant County, OKSUSOWarrant- PV12/23/14 KHP3 Henry, Timothy P.23Caldwell, KS1000 Blk S. US 81 Wellington, KSWPDDriving While Suspended12/22/14 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Department report for Dec. 22 to Dec. 29, 2014 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Bobeck, Bryan E.42Caldwell, KSLola and Boyd, Caldwell KSCAPDDestroy, Alter or deface ID number of Motor Vehicle, Illegal Registration, No License12/27/14 Ables, Tyson L.40Belle Plaine, KS956 E 90th Ave. Belle Plaine, KSSUSOServing Sentence12/23/14 NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Droneberger, Matthew J.24Ponca City, OKI-35 MM 17 Wellington, KsKHPDUI12/28/14         Dridi, Heshaem B.24Topeka, KSShawnee County Jail Topeka, KSSUSOWarrant- Theft12/22/14 Total31 Sumner Co7 Spillman, Jill A.38Belle Plaine, KS902 N. Timber Road Belle Plaine, KSSUSOWarrant- FTA12/23/14 Trione, Amanda D.28Haysville, KSSedgwick County JailSUSOWarrant- PV12/26/14 Crumine, David D.42Belle Plaine, KS606 N. Main, Belle Plaine, KansasBPPDDV Battery12/28/14 Mulvane PD1 Bookings Belle Plaine2 Spencer, Melanie L.40Arkansas City, KS211 N. 2nd Mulvane, KSMPDWarrant- FTA12/28/14 Littleton, Timi D.51Billings, OK721 Cedar Street Perry, OKSUSOWarrant- PV12/23/14 Howland, Robert H.18Belle Plaine, KS606 N. Main, Belle Plaine, KansasBPPDDV Battery12/28/14 Wellington PD2 Slaight, Eric A.30Wellington, KS215 S. B St Wellington, KSWPDDV Battery12/28/14last_img read more

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Thank you for your input. +27 Vote up Vote down Trey Coulter · 285 weeks ago Can’t tell you how proud I am of Miguel! He’s one of the hardest working athletes I know, when he has the motivation. I know he’ll do great at State! Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 285 weeks ago Not a sports follower, but this story is kind of inspirational! Great job Miguel! Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down maria · 285 weeks ago glad to see that someone else is in the spotlight for his sports abilities. we often let some of the good ones not have the spotlight because they are not “a name” here in wellington. I am impressed that we are putting others in the spotlight now. there are many excellent athletes that don’t get the honorable mention they should. Miguel is an inspiration to many! Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Crusader Pride · 285 weeks ago Great job Miguel. Good luck to you. Trey Coulter you set a great example for Miguel. Nice to see your post. Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Lonnie Burnett · 285 weeks ago Go into Beast mode Miguel, leave everything you’ve got on the mats! Good luck, go Miguel – go Crusaders!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down elisa gonzalez · 285 weeks ago Miguel has worked hard to be where he’s at now!!! Couldn’t be more proud to call him my Brother!!! Good luck at State Miguel Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Celia Lujan · 285 weeks ago He has worked very very hard, it’s inspirational to see what he’s done. Like they say, good things don’t come to those who wait, good things come to those who work their butts off and never give up. It feels really good to have the town behind him! thanks guys #getematstatemiguel #teamwellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Kyle Hea**** · 285 weeks ago I have been watching Miguel wrestle over the the last few weeks and his speed and strength for his size is impressive! Get em at state Miguel and the other wrestlers also!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 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 — Sometimes you never know in sports.One day, a reporter is looking for a roster, any roster, just to learn to spell your name. The next day he’s writing a Sunday feature on you.Miguel Lujan will be wrestling for Wellington next week in the Class 4A State Wrestling tournament in Salina as a heavyweight. He will be joining Skylar Brand at 220 pounds, Joey Haydon at 182 pounds and Andrew Pelkey at 152 pounds. He will be this year’s only underclassman in Salina wrestling for the Dukes.Miguel Lujan pins Mulvane wrestler to qualify for state.While there is a very nice lengthy list of those who have worn Wellington red and silver at the state’s premiere high school wrestling tournament, it may not be too much of a stretch to say Lujan may be Wellington’s least known state qualifier in its history.But there he was Saturday afternoon standing on the podium – a third place finisher in the Class 4A Regional in Pratt after going 4-1, and pinning his last three opponents.  Forgive the average Wellington wrestling fan (and a reporter) for not knowing much about the junior. But here’s the excuse.Lujan was 3-1 for his varsity career going into the regional. He only became weight eligible last week at the Remington Tournament — an event not even originally scheduled if it hadn’t been for Wellington pulling out of another tournament because of a spreading case of impetigo.Wellington head coach Mitch McComb just laughed and shook his head when analyzing Lujan’s rise to the state tournament-hood.“A lot of things had to happen for Miguel to reach this point,” he said.And his story is what makes sports great – the element of surprise.The domino effectThe Wellington wrestling program as of late has been a pretty heavy-laden group – no pun intended. Wellington has flourished on the upper weight tier where most of the state Crusader qualifiers have been in recent years.Last year, Tyson Hodson was a heavyweight. Dalton Holt and Taylan Lamkin were at 220 and 195 – the second highest weight classes.This year, when Wellington started its season, the Crusaders were weak in the lower ranks – begging people in the halls to go out. But not at heavyweight. There were four heavyweight wrestlers in the weight room, and that didn’t include Trey Coulter, the probable starter who decided not to go out.Of those kids, Lujan was third or fourth on the depth chart, and pretty much unrecognizable for those who may not have had a deft eye for the WHS program.“But Miguel has always been a dedicated wrestler,” McComb said. “He has been going to practice faithfully since his freshman year. Never complaining, just working out to make the other wrestlers in his weight class better.”Part of the issue is Lujan’s weight. The roster at the beginning of the year said Lujan was 313.6 pounds. In Kansas wrestling you have to get down to 285 pounds to compete.Lujan was happy with that. Jace Lowe, who weighed in at 239 pounds, was the designated heavyweight for the division. He got injured and could not complete the season.So then McComb went with his son Matt McComb, a freshman.“I finally told Miguel, ‘Hey, why don’t you lose the weight and get down to 285 and we’ll see what you can do – you could be a potential state qualifier,” McComb said. “He looked at me and shrugged his shoulders and said ‘I’ll try coach.’”Lujan decided to take McComb’s advice and shredded 28 pounds in the last few weeks. He finally made weight at 285 for the Remington tournament – weighing in at a razor thin 284.9 pounds. McComb took him as one of the “part x” team members – meaning he was listed as a junior varsity wrestler. In his first varsity action, he would go 3-1, losing to a wrestler from Southeast of Saline 10-8.Still, just getting to the regional was not a guarantee. He had to wrestle Matt McComb in a face-off on Monday to determine if he was going to represent Wellington at heavyweight. He won.The Pratt RegionalThen came the tournament.Lujan would beat Trenton Ging of Winfield 3-0 in the first round. That set up a second round match with Austin Ochoa of Ulysses. This was a tough grind em out battle in which the two boys were tied at 3-all. But Ochoa would eventually get a takedown to beat Lujan late 5-4.That would set up Lujan against Brady Helton of Clearwater on Saturday. After a slow start, Lujan would build momentum taking a 3-0 lead into the third before getting a pin.That put him into the “blood” match, the battle for a state tournament berth in the consolation semifinals. His opponent would be Layne Becker of Mulvane with a 17-10 record – the third ranked heavyweight in his division.It was probably fitting that Lujan’s big bout came at a time when Wellington fans were just coming off the dramatic devastating consolation semifinal loss of Aaron Fair at 195. His match with Becker started just as Fair’s match ended. And for awhile went unnoticed.“I had to collect myself, but when I did, I noticed Lujan was holding his own, and had a very good chance of beating this kid,” McComb said.And after two scoreless periods, Lujan would pin Becker 1:38 in the third.Talk about a mood swing for Crusader fans in a matter of minutes.Lujan’s final triumph of the tournament came in the third place match. He was battling Ochoa in a rematch — the same kid who beat him 5-4 the day before.Miguel Lujan dominates Ocheo after losing to him one day earlier.And this showcased the remarkable progress of Lujan in just the regional tournament alone, Lujan was now dominating Ochoa. He would score two takedowns to lead 4-0 going into the third and with the final horn approaching, Lujan would eventually pin Ochoa with just three seconds remaining.And now everyone in Wellington knows Lujan’s name.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgWith his third NFL chance, wide receiver Josh Gordon is going from Tom Brady and the Patriots to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Gordon was claimed by Seattle following his release from New England earlier this month.Gordon, recovering from a knee injury, was not ready to go for the Seahawks’ Week 9 home game, but he will be a consideration for Week 10’s big NFC West road game at the division-leading 49ers. “He’s a unique talent. Next week, we’ll take a look and see what he looks like,” Carroll said. “He’s done a lot of good stuff and made a lot of good plays.”Because the Seahawks, like the Patriots, are a very capable offense without Gordon, this the ultimate low-risk, super high-reward move. Although it would be nice to have his services against former Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman and a tough San Francisco pass defense, you can bet they will make sure he’s physically and mentally ready before playing him. Carroll is a different style of coach than Biil Belichick, but he’s also welcoming to anyone who can “Do Their Job” to help the Seahawks win more games. The supportive culture and coaching is there for Gordon to make Seattle a final, fruitful NFL stop. JOSH GORDON TIMELINE:WR’s twisting path leads him to SeahawksWhy did the Seahawks, rather deep at wide receiver, decide to claim Gordon and what reason is there to think it will the team-player relationship will work out better and for longer than it did for Gordon with the Patriots or Browns? Here’s breaking it down:How Josh Gordon improves the Seahawks’ receiving corps, offenseGordon, 28, at 6-3, 225 pounds will be another downfield threat for Wilson outside to join promising rookie second-rounder D.K. Metcalf, who at 6-4, 229 pounds has posted 23 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns halfway through his first NFL season. Metcalf has been a strong deep and red zone threat, averaging 17.5 yards per catch. With New England and Cleveland, Gordon averaged 17.1 yards per catch, spiked by his league-leading 1,646 receiving yards in ’13. Tyler Lockett was the Seahawks’ premier home-run hitter last year and can still deliver big plays, but his role has been adjusted to take on more of slot possession duties, too, in the wake of Doug Baldwin’s retirement.Before Gordon, the Seahawks’ third-best reciever was Jaron Brown, followed by youngsters David Moore, Malik Turner and Gary Jennings. With the loss of tight end Will Dissly, Wilson was hurting for reliable targets in general to both stretch the field and finish drives.No wonder he was pumped at the news of Gordon’s addition.Welcome Flash.Time to put in this work!@JOSH_GORDONXII— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) November 1, 2019Gordon won’t suddenly make the Seahawks a pass-first team, however. They still will be grounded and run-heavy with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny remaining the foundation of Brian Schottenheimer’s offense. But he can still be a key downfield weapon.Wilson’s pass attempts are up to an average of 31 per game from fewer than 27 last year, partly because Seattle’s defense is more of a liability. He leads the NFL in TD passes over eight games with 19, and he’s done it at a career-high 8.5 yards per attempt and 115.5 passer rating.Wilson isn’t a dinker and dunker. He also doesn’t need volume to put up big passing numbers. He’s the league’s most efficient deep-ball passer and the running game facilitates that on play-action. The speed and quickness of Lockett was already hard to handle inside and now Metcalf has posed size problems for defensive backs. Gordon will often find himself in favorable matchups in a system tailored to his strengths, playing off Lockett and Metcalf like he did Julian Edleman and Rob Gronkowski.Why do the Seahawks think Josh Gordon will give them his best?Gordon had some great moments for the Patriots in less than two full seasons. Consider over 17 games, he posted 60 catches for 1,007 yards and 4 TDs. He worked hard and handled the complicated offense well. Gordon showed good chemistry with and was trusted by Brady when on the field. The issue, of course, was Gordon’s availability. When he wasn’t missing time with injury, he was making time to take care of himself the right way off the field to get past his past struggles with substance abuse.Gordon is a smart and articulate individual, and the type of quiet, grinding player who has worked out well for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll several times in the past. Carroll has been able to focus more on talent and has belief that his rah-rah style can get everyone to buy into his college-styled program.Carroll shared with reporters his optimism about the acquisition.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s NFL week 13, otherwise known as Thanksgiving week. And NFL bettors have plenty to be thankful for, from the traditional Thursday three-game ledger before a jampacked Sunday gets underway, capped off by back-to-back primetime showstoppers on Sunday and Monday.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook Review MIN – LB Ben Gedeon (Concussion), S Anthony Harris (Groin), G Josh Kline (Concussion) and S Harrison Smith (Hamstring) are listed as questionable for week 13SEA – DT Jarran Reed (Ankle) and CB Neiko Thorpe (Groin) is listed as day-to-day.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Vikings vs. Seahawks In this NFL Week 13 betting guide, a veritable buffet of betting analysis is laid out for fans to chew on. Opening NFL odds, market movements, injury reports and various key stats and betting trends and more are highlighted in an effort to provide insight to NFL bettors in their handicapping endeavors.Chicago Bears vs. Detroit LionsThursday, Nov. 28, 2019, 12:30 p.m. ETFord Field, DetroitTV Broadcast: FOXOpening Line: PK / 41Season Record: Bears (5-6-0) vs Lions (3-7-1)Bookmakers went to press with – understandably – a PK line for this Thanksgiving appetizer between the Bears and Lions, two subpar NFC North rivals. Since open doors, however, the public has bet up Chicago to almost a field goal advantage on the road. NFL bettors that shop around will find the Bears hanging on a 2.5 point spread with most online sportsbooks while some have gone to Bears -3 with adjusted vig. That the public has bet up Chicago says more about the dire straits the Lions are in than it does say anything positive about the Bears. Let’s face it, Mitch Trubisky is still no better than he was a few weeks ago and the Chicago offense is still suspect. Talk is rife about the beginning of the end for Trubisky in Chicago.Matt Nagy’s only saving grace is the defense, which is doing as much as possible. It’s that side of the ball Nagy relies on and the very same reason why football bettors are likely hanging their hats on Chicago with their Week 13 NFL picks. Consider the matchup against the Detroit’s crippled offense and porous defense and this could be a more lopsided outcome than the NFL betting market would have it.  NFL Betting Trends:Lions are 0-5 ATS in their last five gamesLions are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games at homeBears are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 gamesBears are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago’s last 5 gamesKey Injuries:CHI – OL Bobby Massie (Ankle) is doubtful for Thursday; DB Sherrick McManis (Groin) is out indefinitely; TE Adam Shaheen (Foot) and LB Danny Trevathan (Elbow) are both listed as questionable for Thursday.DET – DT Damon Harrison Sr. (Knee), P Sam Martin (Abdominal), TE T.J. Hockenson (Shoulder), QB Jeff Driskel (Hamstring), WR Marvin Hall (Foot), CB Rashaan Melvin (Ribs), CB Jamal Agnew (Ankle) are all listed as questionable for Thursday.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Bears vs. LionsBuffalo Bills vs. Dallas CowboysThursday, Nov. 28, 2019, 4:30 p.m. ETAT&T Stadium, ArlingtonTV Broadcast: CBSOpening Line: Cowboys -7.5 / 45Season Record: Bills (8-3-0) vs Cowboys (6-5-0)The point spread for Thanksgiving’s main course is an eye-popper if ever there was one. Dallas generously laying a touchdown or thereabouts to Buffalo must be hard to swallow given the Cowboys have yet to beat a winning team this season. Last checked, the 8-3 SU Bills were a winning team. More so than the Cowboys at 6-5 SU are this season.A lot is being made about the Bills’ record being the result of a soft schedule. At some point though one has to let go of that notion because it’s disrespectful to all involved.Winning in the NFL isn’t straightforward. So-called lesser opponents can punch above their weight class from time to time (cough*Jets beat Cowboys*cough). So, eight wins out of eleven games is nothing to sneeze at and maybe it’s time the Bills get some respect.Whether you’re on board with Josh Allen and the Bills offense or not, the Bills defense is legit and it can do damage against a Cowboys side that isn’t all that. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys have struggled against strong defenses this season – Vikings, Packers and Patriots have all taken strips off America’s team, the former two accomplishing the feat at the AT&T. As such, this is an exploitable spread for Buffalo and NFL bettors should grab the points.NFL Betting Trends:Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 gamesCowboys are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games at homeBills are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 gamesBills are 9-3 SU in their last 12 gamesThe total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas’ last 7 gamesKey Injuries:BUF—C Mitch Morse (finger) is listed as questionable; WR Robert Foster (Hamstring) and S Siran Neal (Concussion) are listed as probable for Thursday.DAL – S Jeff Heath (Shoulder), LB Leighton Vander Esch (Neck), S Donovan Wilson (Illness) are all listed as questionable for Thursday.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Bills vs. CowboysNew Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta FalconsThursday, Nov. 28, 2019, 8:20 p.m. ETMercedes-Benz Stadium, AtlantaTV Broadcast: NBCOpening Line: Saints -7 / 48.5 Season Record: Saints (9-2) vs Falcons (3-8-0)Thanksgiving’s dessert comes in the form of a rematch between NFC South rivals that met only a couple of weeks ago to deliver a surprising outcome. Indeed, the Saints losing to the Falcons at the Superdome didn’t go down a treat with the home faithful or the betting public that had long written off Atlanta. The Falcons went on to upset yet another NFC South foe in the ensuing week when they beat Carolina. However, that brief surge proved short lived. The wheels came undone again against the erratic Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12. The Saints, meanwhile, reeled off back-to-back victories over NFC South rivals since that awful loss to Atlanta. Drew Brees led the Saints to wins over the Bucs and Panthers, the latter of which was a nail bitter at the Superdome that ended in a 34-31 victory for the hosts.To be fair, the Saints giving up almost a touchdown on the road to the Falcons is unnerving. Based on the contrasting fortunes of both teams it makes sense that the Saints are heavy favorites. However, divisional matchups can be unpredictable.NFL bettors may consider playing it cool here before placing their Thursday Night Football picks. Already there’s a bit of movement in the market with the Saints dropping by half-a-point. It might drop further to Saints -6, which would take care of the pesky hook and make all the difference in a heated divisional battle.NFL Betting Trends:Falcons are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games at homeFalcons are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games against SaintsSaints are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 gamesSaints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on the roadThe total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 5 games at homeKey Injuries:ATL – DT Tyeler Davison (Neck), DE Takkarist McKinley (Shoulder), DB Jordan Miller (Illness), S Sharrod Neasman (Shoulder), TE Luke Stocker (Back), CB Desmond Trufant (Toe) and WR Julio Jones (Shoulder) are all listed as questionable for Thursday.NO – C Will Clapp (Back), WR Deonte Harris (Hamstring), CB Marshon Lattimore (Hamstring) and FB Zach Line (Knee) are all listed as questionable for Thursday.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Saints vs. FalconsNew York Jets vs. Cincinnati BengalsSunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 1 p.m. ETPaul Brown Stadium, CincinnatiTV Broadcast: CBSOpening Line: Jets -4 / 41Season Record: Jets (4-7-0) vs Bengals (0-11-0)The Jets are surging behind a three-game winning streak, taking care of business against fellow stragglers such as the Giants and Redskins and then upsetting the highly fancied Raiders at home. Indeed, the Jets proved to be the value underdogs in week 12’s lopsided 34-3 victory over fringe playoff contenders Oakland. By the win-loss column, the 4-7 SU Jets hardly strike a convincing pose. Yet, laying just 4 points to the hapless Bengals, who are winless this season and sport a 4-7 ATS mark seems to be naff. Consider the Bengals are losing games by an average 12.3 points this season. They’re also 0-5 ATS at home with a whopping 15.8 losing margin on average.Oddly enough the spread for this game is on the move and it’s trending towards the Bengals, who are now hanging on just 3.5 points with most top-rated sports betting sites. This might have something to do with the proposed return of Andy Dalton to the starting line-up. Was Dandy Andy that good in his first 8 starts? Not really. Besides, even if Dalton is an upgrade on Ryan Finley by virtue of experience, it doesn’t change the fact that the issues with the Bengals runs deep, from an injury-riddled offense to an unfit defense and a wholly overwhelmed coaching staff. In short, the Bengals are just bad. As such, the Jets at -3.5 is a steal bet.NFL Betting TrendsBengals are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 gamesBengals are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games at homeJets are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games on the roadJets are 5-6 ATS in their last 11 games:The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 gamesKey Injuries:NYJ – T Kevlin Beachum (Ankle) is listed as day-to-day; T Chuma Edoga (Knee) is out indefinitely.CIN – TE Cethan Carter (Concussion) is listed as day-to-day.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Jets vs. BengalsTennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis ColtsSunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 1 p.m. ETLucas Oil Stadium, IndianapolisTV Broadcast: CBSOpening Line: Colts -3 / 42Season Record: Titans (6-5-0) vs Colts (6-5-0)Bookmakers went to press with the Colts laying a field goal to the Titans on the NFL odds board. But the NFL line is on the move since markets opened this week and it’s moving in favor of the Titans. As it stands, Colts are now laying -2.5 with most top-rated online sportsbooks. Clearly, the public is buying what the Titans are selling with Ryan Tannehill as the signal caller. Tennessee is after all 4-1 SU since the Miami castoff took over from Marcus Mariota, and last week’s 42-20 win over the Jaguars, which included Tannehill catapulting into the endzone for a TD, was yet another signal of intent to the AFC South. Indeed, the Titans are coming – literally and figuratively. Jacoby Brissett and the Colts can’t underestimate this Titans team. The 19-17 victory in week 2 by Indy is a lifetime ago and it featured Mariota not Tannehill 2.0 (a much improved version of his Dolphin days). It doesn’t help the Colts’ cause that they’re one banged up team and a shell of their early season selves. To all intents and purposes, backing the Titans as the road underdogs is worth considering for Week 13 NFL picks, if not for the outright upset.NFL Betting Trends:Colts are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games at homeColts are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against TitansTitans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 gamesTitans are 4-1 SU in their last 5 gamesThe total has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee’s last 5 gamesKey Injuries:TEN – CB LeShaun Sims (Ankle) is listed as day-to-day.IND – TE Eric Ebron (Ankle) is on I-R; RB Marlon Mack (Hand) is out indefinitely.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Titans vs. ColtsPhiladelphia Eagles vs. Miami DolphinsSunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 1 p.m. ETHard Rock Stadium, Miami GardensTV Broadcast: FOXOpening Line: Eagles -7.5 / 46.5Season Record: Eagles (5-6-0) vs Dolphins (2-9-0)Carson Wentz and the Eagles are fast falling out of favor in Super Bowl LIV betting markets following back-to-back losses to the Patriots and Seahawks at home that have the Eagles sitting on a lowly 5-6 SU mark. Philadelphia is simply not the team many expected they would be in 2019. What’s more, Wentz has succumbed to a second-half-of-the-season-injury yet again. Can the franchise-tagged quarterback ever complete a season intact? Oddly enough despite the legitimate concerns surrounding Wentz and his right-hand injury, the market on this game received a massive jolt with the Eagles shooting up in favor from -7.5 to -10 in some cases. Early bettors appear to be pounding the Eagles for Week 13 NFL picks.To be fair, early reports do suggest Wentz will be starting on Sunday against the Dolphins. However, that’s not a confirmation but mere conjecture at this point in time. Bettors be wary.On the whole, the Eagles have the talent advantage over the Dolphins, but the hosts have made games rather interesting of late. They’re 5-2 ATS in their last seven games, including two wins over the Jets and Colts. The Eagles should win, but the Fins could make it closer than the NFL odds would suggest. Miami as the double-digit home underdog might be exploitable as such for point spread bettors looking for tempting puppies to tickle on their NFL picks.NFL Betting Trends:Dolphins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 gamesDolphins are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games at homeEagles are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 gamesEagles are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games on the roadThe total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 gamesKey Injuries:PHI – QB Carson Wentz (Hand), WR Nelson Agholor (Knee) and Brandon Brooks (Illness) are listed as day-to-day.MIA – WR Jakeem Grant (Ankle), WR Albert Wilson (Ribs) and CB Ken Crawley (Shoulder) are all listed as day-to-day.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Eagles vs. DolphinsGreen Bay Packers vs. New York GiantsSunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 1 p.m. ETMetLife Stadium East RutherfordTV Broadcast: FOXOpening Line: Packers -7.5/ 46.5Season Record: Packers (8-3-0) vs Giants (2-9-0)The Packers were jumped by the Niners on Sunday Night Football in a bad way, but inasmuch as the loss was embarrassing it could also be a sobering experience for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers well ahead of the playoffs. Fix any issues before the going gets really tough and the stakes are higher. A date with the woeful Giants is just what the doctor ordered and Aaron Rodgers should be licking his chops at an opportunity to serve up a clinic. Daniel Jones is experiencing growing pains in the NFL and the G-men are riding seven-game losing streak into Week 13.Appropriately, bookmakers went to press with the Packers laying -7 on the NFL odds board. Surprisingly, the NFL line is moving against Green Bay with several online sportsbooks posting the Packers on -6.5 or -6 against the spread. For those bettors on board with the Packers bouncing back in week 13, grab the points now before they head back up later in the week. The Giants are 4-7 ATS this season with an 8.3 losing margin on average and just 1-4 ATS with a 7.2 losing margin on average at MetLife.NFL Betting Trends:Giants are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 gamesGiants are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games at homePackers are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games on the roadPackers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games on the roadThe total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Giants’ last 5 games at homeKey Injuries:GB – T Bryan Bulaga (Knee) is listed as day-to-day.NYG – WR Golden Tate (Concussion) is listed as day-to-day; S Jabrill Peppers (Back) is expected back mid-December.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Packers vs. GiantsCleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh SteelersSunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 1 p.m. ETHeinz Field, PittsburghTV Broadcast: CBSOpening Line: PK / 40.5Season Record: Browns (5-6-0) vs Steelers (6-5-0)The grudge match between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers is sure to garner a whole lot of attention in week 13. Probably best Mike Tomlin has given undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges the nod to start instead of Mason Rudolph. A lot is at stake in this matchup in terms of the postseason prospects of both teams. The Steelers are ahead in the table behind a 6-5 SU mark, which includes a win over the Bengals in week 12. The Browns have played themselves into playoff contention with three straight wins. Not surprisingly, bookmakers went to press with this match delicately poised on a PK line. Essentially throwing it out to the public to decide its temperament. As it stands, it’s all shades of Brown. The public has bet up Cleveland, tendering the Browns as the nominal road favorites anywhere from -1 to -2.5 depending on your choice sportsbook.It bears mentioning that this game is set to get underway at Heinz Field. A place that has been unkind to the Browns in recent memory (or forever more like). It’s also worth taking stock of the fact that the Steelers are a league best 4-2 ATS at home with a 6.5-point winning margin on average this season. That’s made all the more impressive considering the quarterback carousel in Pittsburgh.NFL Betting Trends:Steelers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 gamesSteelers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at homeBrowns are 2-4-1 ATS in their last 7 gamesBrowns are 1-7-1 SU in their last 9 games against SteelersThe total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 gamesKey Injuries:CLE – DE Myles Garrett (Suspension) is out for the season.PIT – no new injuries listed.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Browns vs. SteelersWashington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 1 p.m. ETBank of America Stadium, CharlotteTV Broadcast: CBSOpening Line: Panthers -9.5 / 41Season Record: Redskins (2-9-0) vs Panthers (5-6-0)Dwayne Haskins gives new meaning to the term millennials. How does he get lost taking selfies with fans in the stands while the game is still not over and Case Keenum is forced to take the last snap? Oh dear. Suppose he should be allowed to enjoy his first NFL victory. It might be the last of the season. Certainly, the NFL odds are stacked heavily against Washington for their Week 13 date against the Carolina Panthers, who are still smarting from a narrow loss to divisional foes New Orleans Saints. Kyle Allen gave as good as he got in a 34-31 loss to the Saints that was decided by a last-gasp field goal. While the Panthers didn’t pull off the outright upset, they covered as the big road underdogs in New Orleans. All told, the Panthers are much better than their 5-6 SU record would suggest. They may be just 2-3 SU at home this season, but they’re essentially 2-1 SU at home with Kyle Allen. The lone loss was a 29-3 loss to the Falcons. Carolina opened as the -9.5 home chalk but early betting has seen the Panthers climb up to -10 already. For those bettors on the fence here, playing it coy and waiting to see how this line progresses over the course of the week might be the smart option. Washington is 2-3 ATS on the road with a 10-point losing margin on average.NFL Betting Trends:Panthers are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 gamesPanthers are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games at homeRedskins are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 gamesRedskins are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games on the roadThe total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina’s last 7 gamesKey Injuries:WAS –  LB Ryan Anderson (Stinger), S Deshazor Everett (Head), QB Dwayne Haskins (Wrist), LB Ryan Kerrigan (Concussion) and WR Paul Richardson Sr. (Hamstring) are all listed as day-to-day.CAR – T Greg Little (Ankle), RB Jordan Scarlett (Knee) and G Greg Van Roten (Toe) are all listed as day-to-day; DT Dontari Poe (Quadricep) is out for the season.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Redskins vs. PanthersTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Jacksonville JaguarsSunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 1 p.m. ETTIAA Bank Field, JacksonvilleTV Broadcast: FOXOpening Line: Jaguars -3 / 49Season Record: Bucs (4-7-0) vs Jaguars (4-7-0)The in-state clash between Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars is one of the week’s biggest tossups as far as point spread betting goes. Despite Nick Foles returning to the line-up, the Jags can’t seem to buy a win no matter how hard they try. Meanwhile, Jameis Winston continues his erratic ways from game-to-game. The Jags are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Titans while the Bucs are flush off an upset over the Falcons. Not surprisingly, bookies have rolled out the customary field goal advantage awarded to a host when things look tricky and technically could go either way. NFL bettors can good reason to back either of these two teams for their spread picks. However, the value play here might be in total betting markets. The total opened at 49 points but it’s on the move and down to 48.5 points. The Bucs are a league-leading 9-2 against the number. The OVER bet is definitely workable here. NFL Betting Trends:Jags are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 gamesJags are 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 gamesBucs are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 gamesBucs are 4-11 SU in their last 15 gamesThe total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games against JacksonvilleKey Injuries:TB – DL Beau Allen (Stinger) and CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (Knee) are listed as day-to-day.JAX –  S Ronnie Harrison (Concussion) is listed as day-to-day.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Buccaneers vs. JaguarsSan Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore RavensSunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 1 p.m. ETM&T Stadium, BaltimoreTV Broadcast: FOXOpening Line: Ravens -5 / 46Season Record: Niners (10-1-0) vs Ravens (9-2-0)This is the marquee game of the early Sunday NFL betting card for week 13, featuring a clash between the best teams in the AFC and NFC, which could be a prelude to a potential Super Bowl showdown. [Insert dramatic shiver].The Niners and Ravens both deposited impressive accounts in their respective primetime slots in week 12. The Niners decimated the Packers at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday Night Football, while the Ravens crushed the Rams in Los Angeles on Monday Night Football. Homefield advantage holds up the Ravens as the home chalk in Week 13 NFL betting markets. Ravens opened laying -5 to the Niners and, interestingly, since open doors the Ravens have crept up to -6. Lamar Jackson is an NFL prodigy. A revelation to behold. And the Ravens offense is no slouch. Three games in a row, Jackson has been kicking back in the fourth quarter and letting RGIII remind NFL fans that he’s still alive and well. However, the Niners defense is something to behold as well. Giving Robert Salah’s crew that many points must feel like all your Christmases rolled into one. Surely, the Niners are good for the cover here, if not the outright upset?NFL Betting Trends:Ravens are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 gamesRavens are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games at homeNiners are 2-3-1 ATS in their last 6 gamesNiners are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the roadThe total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco’s last 5 gamesKey Injuries:SF – OL Mike Person (Upper Body), T Justin Skule (Leg), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (Calf), and RB Jeff Wilson Jr. (Illness) are all listed as day-to-day.BAL – CB Marlon Humphrey (Calf), G Matt Skura (Knee) and G Ben Powers (Thumb) are all questionable for Sunday.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for 49ers vs. RavensLos Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 4:05 p.m. ETState Farm Stadium, GlendaleTV Broadcast: FOXOpening Line: Rams -3.5 / 47Season Record: Rams (6-5-0) vs. Cardinals (3-7-1)The Los Angeles Rams are losing their grip on a playoff wildcard in the NFC as they slip to a 6-5 SU record following Monday Night Football’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. As it stands, they need a miracle to make a postseason appearance now.In spite of their recent woes and the disappointment they’ve become for many NFL fans, oddsmakers are still on board with the Rams as the road faves for their divisional tilt against the Arizona Cardinals in week 13. The Rams enter NFL betting markets as the field-goal favorites or thereabouts depending on your choice online sportsbook. However, taking the shine off of the Rams for Week 13 NFL picks is the manner in which they lost to the Ravens. Barely striking an audible chord in a 45-6 beatdown. They were like lambs to the slaughter. Goff and the offense were rendered ineffective and the defense was found wanting.While the Rams are on the decline the Cardinals appear to be on the up. They’re coming off a bye week, which is an advantage over the Rams who are faced with a short week. Can Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray dial up another stunner for Sean McVay and the Rams? Murray is a mobile quarterback, not unlike Jackson in some respects.The Cardinals twice gave the Niners a serious run for their money. They’ve been knocking on the door of an upset since week 1 and this could finally be the matchup in which they announce their arrival. Betting on the upset here might be workable for Week 13 NFL picks. NFL Betting Trends:Cardinals are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 gamesCardinals are 1-4 SU in their last 5 gamesRams are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 gamesRams are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on the roadThe total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games at homeKey Injuries:LAR – LB Natrez Patrick (Illness) is listed as questionable.ARI – DE Jonathan Bullard (Foot) and CB Tramaine Brock Sr. (Hamstring) are both listed as questionable for week 13.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Rams vs. CardinalsLos Angeles Chargers vs. Denver BroncosSunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 4:25 p.m. ETEmpower Field at Mile High, DenverTV Broadcast: CBSOpening Line: PK / 38.5Season Record: Chargers (4-7-0) vs Broncos (3-8-0)Two AFC West opponents fast going nowhere in 2019 collide in week 13 for a matchup that will bear little importance save for pride. The Chargers are a massive disappointment in 2019 while the Broncos are exactly what many expected they would be this season. Anthony Lynn’s side recently fell to the Chiefs in Mexico City, a loss that marked their second straight loss and fifth in the last seven games. The Broncos, meanwhile, suffered their second straight loss in week 12 in Buffalo. Not surprisingly, bookies went to press with this matchup hanging on a PK line. The public has reacted by betting up the Chargers to -2.5 with most sports betting venues. At face value, the Chargers are the better team overall. Plus, Rivers is the better quarterback than the untried and untested Brandon Allen. Still, it’s hard to feel confident about either team with Week 13 NFL picks against the spread. Perhaps betting the total is the best angle for profit in this game. The Chargers are 3-8 against the number while the Broncos are 4-7 against the number. A wager on the UNDER may be exploitable as a result.NFL Betting Trends:Broncos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 gamesBroncos are 1-4 SU in their last 5 gamesChargers are 2-5 SU in their last 7 gamesChargers are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games on the roadThe total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles Chargers’ last 10 gamesKey Injuries:LAC – CB Michael Davis (Suspension) is eligible in week 15; LB Drue Tranquill (Calf). T Russell Okung (Groin), RB Justin Jackson (Calf) and T Sam Tevi (Knee) are all listed as questionable for week 13.DEN – LB Von Miller (Knee), WR Courtland Sutton (Ankle), NT Shelby Harris (Ankle), LB Josey Jewell (Ankle), DB Duke Dawson Jr. (Concussion) and CB Cyrus Jones (Illness) are all listed as day-to-day.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Chargers vs. BroncosOakland Raiders vs. Kansas City ChiefsSunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 4:25 p.m. ETArrowhead Stadium, Kansas City TV Broadcast: CBSOpening Line: Chiefs -11.5 / 54.5Season Record: Raiders (6-5-0) vs Chiefs (7-4-0)The Raiders were caught admiring themselves in the mirror and as a result came crashing back down to reality in the Big Apple on the heels of an embarrassing 34-3 loss to the New York Jets. A few weeks ago, NFL experts were writing the Jets’ obituary on the season all the while spouting untold fortunes for the Raiders, including suggesting Oakland would wrestle the AFC West title from the Chiefs’ firm grip. If the tussle in New York was anything to go by, Oakland fans shouldn’t hold their breaths. Derek Carr and the young Raiders offense were found sorely wanting. Not without some irony, the Raiders are set to take on the very rival in week 13 that they were supposedly destined to take down this season. Should be an interesting matchup to spot, particularly as the NFL betting market is severely cast against the visiting Raiders.Kansas City Chiefs are laying a bucketload of points to the Raiders for their clash at Arrowhead in Sunday’s marquee game of the afternoon. The Chiefs haven’t been dominating the way they were last season, but they’re coming off a bye week and should be raring to go. It’s the home stretch right now and the AFC West title is in the reigning MVP’s hands. The last time the Raiders and Chiefs collided, Mahomes tossed 4 TDs in the second quarter to lift the Chiefs to the 28-10 win on the road. Don’t be surprised if the Chiefs make a mockery of the point spread again.NFL Betting Trends:Chiefs are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games at homeChiefs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games at homeRaiders are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against ChiefsRaiders are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games on the roadThe total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland’s last 9 gamesKey Injuries:OAK – DT Jonathan Hankins (Leg) and C Rodney Hudson (Foot) are both listed as day-to-day; WR Hunter Renfrow (Ribs) is out indefinitely.KC – RB LeSean McCoy (Concussion) and WR Tyreek Hill (Hamstring) are both listed as probable for week 13; S Jordan Lucas (Shoulder), C Austin Reiter (Concussion) and RB Damien Williams (Ribs) are all listed as questionable for week 13.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Raiders vs. ChiefsNew England Patriots vs. Houston TexansSunday, Dec. 1, 2019, 8:20 p.m. ETNRG Stadium, HoustonTV Broadcast: NBCOpening Line: Patriots -4 / 44.5 Season Record: Patriots (10-1-0) vs Texans (7-4-0)The New England Patriots enter week 13 with a stellar 10-1-0 SU record and a 7-3 ATS record that includes a 16.6 winning margin on average. On the road, they’re 4-2 ATS with a 16.3 winning margin on average. So, it’s no surprise the Patriots descend on Houston as the road favorites, anywhere from -3 to -3.5 depending on your preferred sports betting platform. The NFL line is down from the initial -4, which can only be interpreted as great news for Patriots fans looking to bank on New England for Week 13 NFL picks. The Texans are coming off a long week following a Thursday Night football victory over the Indianapolis Colts, a positive outcome that puts them at the top of the AFC South. However, taking down the Patriots is a tough ask, something Bill O’Brien has yet to accomplish in his career with the Texans. Color the world shocked if the Patriots don’t smash the point spread to smithereens here. Deshaun Watson wilted in the last big game that featured the Texans and Ravens. It was awful to watch. While he may not be as bad this time around, the Patriots defense could still make him look average in Sunday Night Football. NFL Betting Trends:Texans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games at homeTexans are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against PatriotsPatriots are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 gamesPatriots are 15-1 SU in their last 16 gamesThe total has gone UNDER in 6 of New England’s last 7 games on the roadKey Injuries:NE – S Patrick Chung (Head) is listed as day-to-day.HOU – DE Carlos Watkins (Hamstring) is day-to-day; LB Dylan Cole (Calf) is on I-R.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Patriots vs. TexansMinnesota Vikings vs. Seattle SeahawksMonday, Dec. 2, 2019, 8:15 p.m. ETCenturyLink Field, SeattleTV Broadcast: ESPNOpening Line: Seahawks -3 / 49.5 Season Record: Vikings (8-3-0) vs Seahawks (9-2-0)Seattle Seahawks welcome a rejuvenated Minnesota Vikings for Monday Night Football, rounding out Thanksgiving week of football. This should be a right cracker between two in-form NFC playoff hopefuls. As it stands, very little separates this pair in the NFC standings. The Seahawks have the lone win advantage and both occupy the fifth and sixth seeds respectively. Seahawks are flush off a 17-9 victory over the Eagles while the Vikings have been resting their laurels with a week 12 bye. Kirk Cousins is having a season to remember and, importantly, has come up trumps for Vikings fans in primetime this season. His primetime worth is sure to be tested at CenturyLink field against a Seahawks team that is rounding into form down the stretch – as per usual – and with Russell Wilson featuring in the MVP mix. The Seahawks are tipped as field goal favorites but the Vikings are dangerous floaters that could pull off the upset. NFL bettors will be challenged by this week 13 NFL pick because it really could go either way. Homefield advantage sways this game ever so slightly in Seattle’s favor, but the Vikings are 3-3 ATS on the road this season with a 2.7 winning margin on average. The Vikings could very well keep this close, if not pull off the upset. The total for this game is the most intriguing as it’s trending down on the NFL odds board from an initial serving of 49.5 to 48.5 at several sports betting outlets. A trend that makes an OVER bet workable given both teams are 6-5 against the number.NFL Betting Trends:Seahawks are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 gamesSeahawks are 7-1 SU in their last 8 gamesVikings are 6-1 SU in their last 7 gamesVikings are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against SeahawksThe total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 gamesKey Injuries:last_img read more

first_imgWEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWe have drastically different types of QBs as sleepers. You could take old man Philip Rivers, rookie Drew Lock, or previously benched Andy Dalton in favorable matchups if you’re looking for a quarterback stream this week. Our sleeper D/STs and at least two of our TEs are all available on the waiver wire, too. If you read one part of our Week 15 sleepers article, we really, really, really hope it was the Perriman section. Three touchdowns was even better than we could’ve dreamed of. If you followed our Ryan Tannehill advice, that didn’t work out too bad, either. Sony Michel delivered coming off a bad week, and so did Jared Goff (eventually). Even Chris Conley found the end zone twice, and A.J. Brown was the stud we expected.Patrick Laird didn’t work out quite as well, but at least he got touches. Peyton Barber was as pedestrian as usual. And tight end wasn’t great, as Ian Thomas disappointed and David Njoku was a surprise inactive.MORE WEEK 16: Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emWeek 16 Fantasy Sleepers: Running backsTarik Cohen, Bears vs. Chiefs (Billy Heyen). Cohen’s going to be on the field a lot as the Bears very likely get involved in a passing shootout, and coming off eight carries, he might also exploit Kansas City’s poor run defense a couple of times.Adrian Peterson, Redskins vs. Giants (Vinnie Iyer). He seems to get the ball All Day, and the Giants can’t offer much resistance against him all the way through the red zone.Mike Boone, Vikings vs. Packers (Matt Lutovsky). Someone has to start at RB on Monday for the Vikings, and with Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ribs) banged up, it could be Boone, who ran for 56 yards and a score on 13 carries in relief of Cook last week. The Packers allow the seventh-most fantasy points to RBs, so this is a potential fantasy legend-making spot for Boone. WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 16 Fantasy Football Sleepers: QuarterbacksPhilip Rivers, Chargers vs. Raiders (Heyen). The Raiders continue to have one of the league’s worst pass defenses, and Rivers has a bevy of weapons to work with. The possession passes to Keenan Allen, throws down the seam to Hunter Henry, jump balls to Mike Williams, and screens to Austin Ekeler should add up to a solid day.Andy Dalton, Bengals @ Dolphins (Iyer). He should put some numbers dueling Fitzmagic with his receivers all having good matchups, and there’s no weather worry here.Drew Lock, Broncos vs. Lions (Lutovsky). The Lions have allowed three or more passing TDs in six of the past nine games, and Lock threw for 443 yards and five TDs in his first two (non-snowy) starts. Take advantage of a collapsing Lions defense if you’re in a QB bind. WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPWeek 16 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide receiversJustin Watson, Buccaneers vs. Texans (Heyen). Breshad Perriman will get his, but as long as Chris Godwin (hamstring) is out, Watson should see eight-plus targets and produce.Breshad Perriman, Buccaneers vs. Texans (Iyer). He steps into another potential smash spot at home to be Jameis Winston’s most trusted outside target.Russell Gage, Falcons vs. Jaguars (Lutovsky). Gage was shut down in Week 15 against the 49ers, but he’s still the No. 2 receiver in a pass-happy offense. The Jaguars are reeling on defense, so Gage has a good shot to pile up receptions this week. MORE WEEK 16 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 16 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight endsJacob Hollister, Seahawks vs. Cardinals (Heyen). Yes, this is low-hanging (but delicious) fruit. Hollister should be played in every league possible against a defense that’s allowed more than 800 yards and 15 touchdowns to the position this season. Noah Fant, Broncos vs. Lions (Iyer). He can make multiple big plays against a defense giving up a ton and with no safety or linebacker to contain him.O.J. Howard, Buccaneers vs. Texans (Lutovsky). Yes, another Buc. Howard led the team in targets (8) last week, and Houston is allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to TEs. The Bucs throw almost 40 times per game, so there will be plenty of targets to go around. MORE WEEK 16: Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tips If you haven’t heard of Mike Boone before this week, that’s understandable. But with Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison hurting, Boone is in position to be a Week 16 sleeper on Monday Night Football with fantasy football championships on the line. Of course, there are other sleepers — and you certainly wouldn’t want to play any busts — but it would take some guts to play Boone. As usual, though, it’s all about matchup and the opportunities, which is why other injury fill-ins like Breshad Perriman and O.J. Howard are listed below.Receivers Justin Watson and Russell Gage are both benefiting from increased opportunities thanks to injuries to Mike Evans/Chris Godwin and Calvin Ridley, respectively, but players don’t necessarily need to injuries for chances to shine. Tarik Cohen, for example, has a favorable matchup and could have the game script turn in his favor.  Week 16 Fantasy Sleepers: DefensesLos Angeles Chargers vs. Raiders (Heyen). Derek Carr was so poor against the Jaguars that he was booed off the field in the Raiders’ final home game in Oakland. The Chargers have a talented enough defense to keep Carr’s struggles going.Indianapolis Colts vs. Panthers (Iyer). Always use defenses going against QBs making their NFL debut, especially when those defenses are at home. Denver Broncos @ Lions (Lutovsky). Over the past four games, Detroit has allowed 15 sacks and 10 takeaways while averaging 15 offensive points per game. Denver has 10 sacks and seven takeaways in that span. With this game in Denver, expect plenty of turnovers.last_img read more

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The 2015 season progresses for the Oxford boys baseball team. The Wildcats are now 6-9 after sweeping Elk Valley/Fredonia but losing to Udall.The game reports are as follows: Game  1: Oxford 16 Elk Valley/Fredonia 1  Game over in three innings:Pitching: WP — Grant Smith, 3 IP, 6 K’s, 2 BB, 1 ER.Batting:Grant Smith  3-3, 2 singles, double, 1 BB, 3 RBI’s.Oggie Shimkus 1-1, single, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 run scored.Cal Shimkus 1-1, single, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored.Dalton Silhan 2-3, 2 singles, 2 RBI’s, 2 runs scored.Game 2: Oxford 9 Elk Valley/Fredonia  2Pitching:WP — Cal Shimkus: 7 IP, 13 K’s, 2 BB, 1 ERBatting:Grant Smith 2-2, single, double, 2 BB, 2 RBIs.Cameren Clements 1-2, single, BB, 2 RBIs.Oxford head baseball coach comments on Elk Valley/Fredonia doubleheader:We didn’t know what to expect coming in vs. EV/Fredonia. They are no longer a league game for us as Elk Valley is coopting with Fredonia, which makes them a big 3A school. There were a lot of unknowns. Our kids did a great job of working counts at the plate and we were able to get runners on via the walk early. Then we executed with runners on and were able to score a pile of runs in Game 1 in the 3rd inning to put it away.I believe we put up 11 runs in that frame. Grant did a great job on the mound, kept his pitch count low and pitched to the zone. He also did a great job at the plate. We got quality production out of the Shimkus boys and Dalton Silhan.  Game 2, our offense was a little sluggish compared to game 1. We had some poor execution of situational hitting early in that game. Cal Shimkus got his first career varsity win on the mound for us.He did a great job of filling it up with strikes and getting outs when he needed too. Cal’s a freshman and it’s been great to see his confidence continue to build on the mound as the year has gone on. Grant and Camren led the offense in game 2. We executed some little things to extend the lead and then Cal basically locked them up for the win. This was a sweep we needed at this point in the year. It was key especially for our freshman to have a little bit of success. Freshman Dalton Silhan had been struggling at the plate coming into these games and he busted out of that in a big way in Game 1.Credit to him, he just keeps working everyday and getting better. Not letting little things get him down.4-27-15Game 1: Udall 9 Oxford 1Pitching: LP — Grant Smith: 4 IP, 7 K’s, 8 BB, 4 ER. Cameren Clements - 3 IP, 4 K’s, 1 BB, 1 ERBatting:Oggie Shimkus 1-2, single, 1 RBI, 1 BB.Dalton Silhan 1-2, single.Game 2:Udall 4 Oxford  2Pitching:LP — Oggie Shimkus 6 IP, 5 K’s, 2 BB, 3 ER.Cal Shimkus - 1 IPBatting:Dalton Silhan  2-3, 2 singles.Dakota Mitchell 1-2, single, scored 1 run, 1 sac bunt.Derek Williams 1-3, single.Green’s Comments on Udall double header:I thought we had a chance to compete with Udall coming into these games. The are tied for first in our league and we had lost a close game two weeks ago to Flinthills who is tied with Udall for the league lead and we thought we had a shot. Grant didn’t have his best outing on the mound after pitching well the week before. Credit to the maturity of him, he flat said I didn’t pitch well. For a sophomore to say that says a lot about his character.We continued to battle but after we got in a hole early it proved to be tough. We barreled up some balls really well. Udall’s 2B Tanner Roberts had a heck of a game for them. He made several plays that as a baseball guy, you just say wow, what a great play. He had himself a day robbing us of hits in key situations in Game 1 especially.Game 2, we played well, we just did not get timely hitting. Oggie threw well as did Billy Barnett from Udall. It was a well played game for the most part and both pitchers just competed and battled. We scratched out 2 runs but couldn’t get closer.Udall is about as solid a team defensively as you will see in our league. I was proud of our kids for competing in the 2nd game and battling. That’s the type of development you want to see out of a young team. We had 6 freshman, 2 sophomores, and one senior on the field the majority of the game. You always worry about how young kids will respond in tough situations but our kids have done a great job handling adversity as the year has gone on. Next up: West Elk on Monday, May 4th. We have two JV double headers, one tonight, one Friday.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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first_imgThe NHL has created new procedures requiring teams to report any acts of physical or verbal abuse to league officials, but according to Aliu, there remains an underlying sense that players are unwilling to come forward with similar allegations.”A lot of them are afraid of retaliation and the problem with that is, for the most part, it’s maybe only one guy on a team here and there. He feels secluded, he feels alone, he feels that everybody is going to be looking at him in a different light,” the former Calgary Flame said. “I know guys are afraid. I know they’re on one-year contracts. I know they’re afraid of their brands and stuff like that. They’re worried about the way management and ownership are going to look at their message and being one of the few, that’s a tough spot to be in.”But to grow and bring more minorities to the game, we have to be the first ones to kind of stand up and start having this conversation.” “Not very surprising the things we’re hearing about Babcock. Apple doesn’t fall far from the Tree, same sort of deal with his protege [Bill Peters],” Aliu wrote. “Dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.”Not very surprising the things we’re hearing about Babcock. Apple doesn’t fall far from the Tree, same sort of deal with his protege in YYC. Dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music. First one to— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 26, 2019MORE: Akim Aliu calls Bill Peters’ apology ‘misleading, insincere and concerning’MacLean asked Aliu, who spent time with the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames systems during his career, what life has been like mentally, spiritually and emotionally since he hit send on that tweet.”To be honest, it wasn’t something that was planned so after it happened, my life literally kind of turned upside down,” he said. “It’s been super emotional. I’ve done a lot of soul-searching; it was kind of something that has been on my mind for a long time but I never really knew exactly when and how I would tell my story.”It’s one thing just to tweet about or bring it to light but it’s a completely different thing to see it through and if I can bring change to even one or two kids coming up to not have to go through what I went through because it was really a tough route, to be honest — really, really tough route. So if I can help the road be a little easier, a little smoother, then it’ll all be worth it.”The longtime AHL and ECHL player pointed out that black players’ actions are looked at differently in hockey, from what they wear, how they act, how they speak and also — what became the issue with Bill Peters — their music preferences. He said coaches would instruct him to cut his hair to “look more professional.””Another thing, obviously, that’s super sensitive to talk about, I feel like hockey is a little bit of an ‘old Boys club’,” Aliu told MacLean.Essentially, if one organization has an issue with a player, other teams will be unwilling to take them on.”You don’t really have a voice to climb out of that,” he added.Although Aliu said he believes everybody deserves a second chance, he also noted that he feels Peters ruined his career. Aliu only ever played seven NHL games; all were with the Flames between the 2011-13 seasons. Peters, who was Calgary’s coach at the time of his resignation in the fall, was not the Flames’ coach at the time.”It’s a tough question for me because my career has gone out the window and he’s been making millions of dollars in the NHL,” he said.MORE: Akim Aliu pleased after meeting with Gary Bettman: ‘Big change is coming’The 30-year-old was also asked about a hazing incident during his time in the OHL in 2005 in which rookies were forced to strip naked and were locked in a bathroom on the team bus. Aliu refused to participate.”I kind of was made out to be the villain,” Aliu said of the response to the incident. “I ended up getting traded. ‘Till this day, I’m not really sure what I did wrong besides stand up for myself and bring light to the fact that that was going on. I got shunned from the under-17 Team Canada, I didn’t play under-18 Team Canada, I never had a chance with the World Juniors, I never played in any Canada/Russia series, anything like that.”Aliu said when his agency sought answers to why he was not being afforded any opportunities, they were told that he was a “bad kid” — but the teams could never provide examples. ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ aired Ron MacLean’s one-on-one interview with Akim Aliu on Saturday in which the former pro discussed the Bill Peters saga, which ended in the coach’s resignation on Nov. 29, as well as personal hazing experiences and the NHL’s new push to better address abusive behavior.It all started with Aliu’s tweet after allegations about former Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock surfaced following his firing in Toronto.last_img read more

first_imgUPDATE: The PGA Tour on Thursday announced the cancellation of the Players Championship and all tournaments through the Valspar Championship due to coronavirus concerns.The Players Championship, unofficially called golf’s “fifth major,” represents the first big tournament of the year on the PGA Tour schedule. Nearly all of the world’s top 50 golfers are competing at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., with Tiger Woods as one notable omission. The 15-time major winner is nursing a stiff back and has not played on the PGA Tour since he finished a lowly 68th — last of all players who made the cut — at the Genesis Open three weeks ago.The Players makes up for the lack of prestige compared to the other majors with its massive purse, the largest on the PGA Tour in 2020, and that’s enough to ensure a well-endowed field. World No. 1 Rory McIlory will attempt to become the first player in history to repeat as champion in the tournament. He’ll tee off with Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka as part of a start-studded featured grouping. The field also includes Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and others.Of course, Sawgrass is an attraction in itself, known as one of the most storied courses in golf. It features the famous 17th hole, a par 3 surrounded almost exclusively by water.Here is a guide to watch the Players Championship in 2020, including a list of tee times (updated daily), the complete TV schedule and more. You can also follow SN’s live leaderboard for scores from each round.MORE: Players Championship picks, sleepers, betting adviceWatch the Players Championship 2020Dates: March 12-15, 2020TV channels: NBC, Golf ChannelLive stream: PGA Tour LiveNBC and the Golf Channel will broadcast live coverage of the Players Championship in 2020. The tournament airs exclusively on Golf Channel for the first two days, before shifting to NBC for the final rounds on Saturday and Sunday. You can stream The Players on PGA Tour Live, which offers early coverage starting at 7:30 a.m. ET daily.DateTimeTV channelThursday, March 121-7 p.m. ETGolf ChannelFriday, March 131-7 p.m. ETGolf ChannelSaturday, March 142-7 p.m. ETNBCSunday, March 151-6 p.m. ETNBCLIVE: Follow SN’s Players Championship leaderboardWho is in the 2020 Players Championship field?The biggest news about the 2020 Players Championship field is who isn’t playing: Tiger Woods. The 15-time major champion is nursing a lingering back injury and hasn’t played on the PGA Tour in three weeks, skipping the WGC-Mexico Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational.Otherwise, the 144-player field is not lacking for star power with 47 of the world’s 50 top-ranked golfers on hand at Sawgrass, including each of the top five: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.McIlroy, the 2019 winner, leads a handful of recent Players champions including Webb Simpson, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler.Players Championship tee times for 2020Thursday’s featured group includes the three top players in the World Golf Ranking: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka. They tee off at 1:51 p.m. ET.Here is the complete list of Players Championship tee times for Thursday’s first round.Round 1: Thursday, March 12FIRST TEETee time (ET)Group7:40 a.m.Brian Harman, Rory Sabbatini, Sepp Straka7:51 a.m.Scott Brown, Lucas Glover, Cameron Tringale8:02 a.m.Aaron Baddeley, Scott Stallings, Michael Thompson8:13 a.m.J.B. Holmes, Brice Garnett, Ryan Armour8:24 a.m.Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker8:35 a.m.Chez Reavie, Graeme McDowell, Daniel Berger8:46 a.m.Jim Herman, Sung Kang, Louis Oosthuizen8:57 a.m.Cameron Champ, Nate Lashley, Kevin Tway9:08 a.m.Dylan Frittelli, Scott Piercy, Pat Perez9:19 a.m.Corey Conners, Charles Howell III, Russell Knox9:30 a.m.Ryan Moore, Danny Lee, Abraham Ancer9:41 a.m.Adam Hadwin, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Christiaan Bezuidenhout12:45 p.m.Luke List, Carlos Ortiz, Kiradech Aphibarnrat12:56 p.m.Patrick Rodgers, Sam Burns, Bernd Wiesberger1:07 p.m.Peter Malnati, Bud Cauley, Victor Perez1:18 p.m.Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff1:29 p.m.Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia1:40 p.m.Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele1:51 p.m.Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm2:02 p.m.Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Tommy Fleetwood2:13 p.m.Andrew Putnam, Tony Finau, Zach Johnson2:24 p.m.Kevin Na, Jason Day, Patton Kizzire2:35 p.m.Emiliano Grillo, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Roger Sloan2:46 p.m.Kevin Streelman, Bronson Burgoon, Mark Hubbard10TH TEETee time (ET)Group7:40 a.m.Russell Henley, J.J. Spaun, Denny McCarthy7:51 a.m.Brian Stuard, Matt Every, Brian Gay8:02 a.m.Jhonattan Vegas, Scottie Scheffler, Matt Wallace8:13 a.m.Sungjae Im, Gary Woodland, Bryson DeChambeau8:24 a.m.Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay, Hideki Matsuyama8:35 a.m.Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson8:46 a.m.Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth8:57 a.m.Tyrrell Hatton, Max Homa, Paul Casey9:08 a.m.Marc Leishman, J.T. Poston, Francesco Molinari9:19 a.m.Nick Taylor, Lanto Griffin, Keith Mitchell9:30 a.m.Branden Grace, Harris English, Joel Dahmen9:41 a.m.Chesson Hadley, Jason Kokrak, Tom Hoge12:45 p.m.Retief Goosen, Talor Gooch, Sam Ryder12:56 p.m.Matt Jones, Adam Schenk, Jazz Janewattananond1:07 p.m.Kyle Stanley, Martin Laird, Wyndham Clark1:18 p.m.Cameron Smith, Keegan Bradley, Ian Poulter1:29 p.m.Brendon Todd, Sebastián Muñoz, Ryan Palmer1:40 p.m.Kevin Kisner, Troy Merritt, Danny Willett1:51 p.m.Andrew Landry, Tyler Duncan, Billy Horschel2:02 p.m.C.T. Pan, Adam Long, Si Woo Kim2:13 p.m.Joaquin Niemann, Shane Lowry, Aaron Wise2:24 p.m.Chris Stroud, Nick Watney, Byeong Hun An2:35 p.m.Charley Hoffman, Vaughn Taylor, Harold Varner III2:46 p.m.Mackenzie Hughes, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Erik van RooyenPlayers Championship purseThe 2020 purse at the Players Championship is $15 million — a sharp increase from the $12.5 million purse in 2019. The winner will pocket $2.7 million in prize money, making it the most lucrative tournament on the PGA Tour this year. Rory McIlroy earned $2.25 million for winning the 2019 Players. Players Championship odds, picks for 2020Rory McIlroy +700Jon Rahm +1200Justin Thomas +1600Bryson DeChambeau +2000Dustin Johnson +2500Patrick Cantlay +2500Tommy Fleetwood +2500Hideki Matsuyama +2800SungJae Im +2800Webb Simpson +2800Xander Schauffele +2800Despite historical trends, Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite (+700) to repeat as winner of The Players Championship, according to odds from BetOnline.ag. That means a $100 bet would win $700. You can find odds for the entire field here.Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner are among Sporting News’ picks and sleepers for 2020.Players Championship past winnersNo golfer has ever repeated as Players champion, but there has been an especially strong variety in recent winners. Prior to Tiger Woods, the last golfer to win multiple Players was Davis Love III in 2003. Greg Norman’s 24-under par in 1994 is the Sawgrass record, while Steve Elkington’s seven-stroke win in 1997 is the largest margin of victory. YearWinnerScore2019Rory McIlroy-162018Webb Simpson-182017Si Woo Kim-102016Jason Day-152015Rickie Fowler-122014Martin Kaymer-132013Tiger Woods-132012Matt Kuchar-132011K.J. Choi-132010Tim Clark-16last_img read more

first_imgCast: Zune MP3 Player (4). Maybe we should blame production for this, but there wasn’t much brought to the table outside of Wes and Bananas as a speechwriting team.T.J. Lavin: Kicker Car Audio System (7). It’s tough to fault Teej for anything he does, but he was a little over the top with his praise of Jenny.Overall: Zune MP3 Player (4). Our scoring system is weighted, so if it’s a bad production/cast night, that’s gonna hurt the overall score. Welcome to the recap for Episode 2 of DeeTV’s “The Challenge: Total Madness.” What’s that? It’s MTV? Well, you wouldn’t have known it from this episode, which was dominated by one of the least entertaining people in the entire cast. And even though Wednesday’s episode gave us insight into how the nominations, Tribunals, and interrogations will go the rest of the season, MTV still spent an awful lot of time on just one of the 27 remaining cast members.Well, four of the 27 remaining cast members. Rookie Jenn was all over this episode, too, and she provided us with one of the all-time cringiest moments in Challenge history. Tori and Jordan were also prominent players this week, but not for any positive reasons. It’s rare that a 90-minute episode with almost the entire cast can be so uneventful, but with zero hook-ups, one notable argument, a suspense-free elimination, and a whole lot of strategy/game talk (that, again, was largely centered around just a small handful of people), this episode was a letdown after a solid season premiere. Perhaps this is the Most Dangerous Season EverTM because viewers might die of boredom? MORE CHALLENGE: Season 35 cast breakdown | Best competitors of all-timeWe’re not saying a competition/strategy-based episode is always a bad thing — far from it — but if you tuned in hoping to see Kailah and Bear hook up, someone throw a punch, or Kaycee appear on screen for more than two total seconds, well, better luck next time. Let’s break down what did happen on the second episode the “The Challenge: Total Madness.”“The Challenge: Total Madness:” Episode 2 recap***NOTHING BUT SPOILERS AHEAD***The episode starts with everyone talking about the new must-win-an-elimination-to-be-in-the-final twist. Jay doubles down on the fact he’s the only one eligible to run T.J.’s final right now, which is what someone who doesn’t know how the future works would say. CT and Ashley both complain that this will blow up their strategies, with CT explaining that his entire Challenge career was about intimidating people so he wouldn’t get put into eliminations. This isn’t exactly true because there was also that time he hooked up with Shauvon on a roof.Still, CT pretty much has the strategy figured out: Be nice to people so they put you in an elimination against the opponent of your choosing. He also points out that no one will put Jenny in an elimination unless they’re an idiot. (Dee: Hold my beer…)Tori says she wants to go in first, and Big T says she has been training hard in the offseason and wants a chance to show people how strong she really is. Chances are, most of the females would also like to see how strong Big T really is because they still don’t think she’s very strong. Her wig game in the talking heads is on point, though.Jenn and Rogan are flirting/talking strategy, and Dee is watching like an attentive koala. (We’ll pay that off later). Rogan acknowledges that because Jenn has no alliance, it’s probably not smart to associate with her, but he also admits that sometimes he “likes to think with his penis,” so you can see his dilemma. It was a rare moment of self-awareness and one most guys reading this can relate to. Maybe the gals, too. It’s a boundary-less world nowadays.Dee, who has intimate knowledge of Rogan​’s penis-centric thought process, isn’t a fan of it this season, and after a pep talk from Tori, proudly proclaims she’s not OK with Rogan moving on yet. Not sure it’s her choice, but fortune favors the bold.DAILY COMPETITION: AIRDROP EXTRACTIONThe cast assembles in front of giant letters that spell out “Challenge,” and as is the case every year, we’re left to wonder if they fly those over from the States or have a company in the host country make them. It really is one of the most enduring mysteries of the show, along with what T.J. does all day and how Aneesa keeps getting invited back.The cast is randomly divided into nine groups of three. (Why random? Pick nine captains and let’s do this schoolyard style). Each team has to transfer 15 “heavy” military crates one mile between two “missile launch platforms.” The top three teams advance to Round 2, which is where “all the fun happens,” according to T.J. The three remaining teams will board a helicopter and drop their nine bombs on targets on the missile launch platforms. The team that has the “most accurate bombs” will make up the Tribunal. Missiles? Bombs? Helicopters? That’s right — some real Most Dangerous Season EverTM s***.The teams:Wes/Jordan/Jenny (Team Is This Rigged?)Josh/Bayleigh/Jenn (Team CBS)Kaycee/Jay/CT (Team Eye Chart)Cory/Swaggy/Dee (Team Heavy D and the Boyz)Fessy/Kyle/Melissa (Team Best Looking)Ashley/Bear/Jenna (Team New Racks and Alternative Facts)Nelson/Kailah/Tori (Team Up-a-Cup and a Young Buck)Bananas/Aneesa/Nany (Team Past Their Primes)Rogan/Big T/Mattie Lynn (Team Funny Accent)Already, we have problems, as clearly teams with two females are at a disadvantage. I understand that we, in fact, live a boundary-less world nowadays, but there’s also a common-sense world that says three of the four teams with two dudes are gonna advance. (Spoiler alert: That’s what happens.)Jordan says he wants to keep pace with Fessy because Fessy is a “D1 football player.” Again, D1 FCS football player. Don’t want to keep harping on that every week, but, you know, slight difference. Josh says Bayleigh “has proven that she’s a strong competitor”, and Bayleigh also says she’s a “strong competitor,” so clearly Bayleigh​’s “speak-it-into-existence” plan is working because we haven’t seen her do anything (and that includes her “Big Brother” season).Josh is worried about Jenn, who’s worried about herself. She says if she’s not in the Tribunal, she’s “130 percent” going into elimination (let’s hope fractions aren’t involved). She then tells us she wants to start her own swimsuit line, and that’s when viewers should have known there was a 230-percent chance she was going into elimination. If a cast member ever talks about future business endeavors, you know right then things are about to go south.Tori sees Jenn struggling and makes an analogy about jumping on her like a lion (no word if she was referring to the lion that stalked and presumably ate Natalie after her wrong turn during the “Final Reckoning” final). Aneesa says Jenn is “looking her best, trying her least,” which would carry a lot more weight if it was coming from someone else. So, yeah, we get it — Jenn sucks — and while we wait for her inevitable demise, we take a break to see Bear lust over Kailah for the second straight week. Just hook up and get it over with, please.Big T is doing surprisingly well (according to Rogan), and Ashley realizes this just isn’t her day and decides to mail it in. We compared her to LeBron in our season preview because of the money she’s invested back into her body, and once again she reminds us of LBJ by conserving her energy for when it really matters. Pretty soon we might be having Ashley-vs.-Jordan for the greatest of all-time debates…just like we do with LeBron!Team Is This Rigged? (Wes, Jordan, Jenny) is the first to finish (duh), followed by Team Best Looking (Fessy, Kyle, Melissa) and Team Heavy D and the Boyz (Cory, Swaggy, Dee). Team Is This Rigged? gets first crack to drop bombs from the helicopter — which seems like a punishment, not a reward, for finishing first — but much to everyone’s delight (especially Bananas), they struggle, hitting just two of nine targets. Even Wes, who’s on the team, doesn’t mind doing poorly because “there’s nothing better than seeing Jordan lose.” Man, Jordan must be a real dick, huh? (Not an insult on this show.)Team Best Looking follows, which means Melissa finally gets to speak this season. After a couple misses, they hit seven of nine targets. As Dee gets ready to board the helicopter with Team Heavy D and the Boyz, Bananas suggests this is a good time for Rogan and Jenn to hook up, though Dee might kamikaze out of the helicopter to stop them. Rogan is a fan of the idea, pointing out they have 20 minutes, while Bananas says they’ll be good even if they have just five. And that wins the award for classiest exchange of the night.Team Heavy D and the Boyz hit all nine targets, putting Dee, Swaggy, and Cory in the Tribunal. Swaggy says “he’s lit” (the second-most annoying thing he says this episode), and after Jordan throws a tantrum (and Bananas makes fun of him for dropping one of his boxes “in Germany”), everybody returns to the bomb shelter, where they will decide on the first female to go into the elimination round.STRATEGY TALKDee pushes for the house to pick Jenn for three reasons: “She’s the weakest girl…her social game is s***…she’s flirting with my man/ex man, whatever he is, but I don’t like it.” Jenny wants to get chosen by the Tribunal because she says this is an easy path to a red skull (she must have used a strategy app in addition to her equations app in the offseason). Fessy admits he has no clue what’s going on, which doesn’t come as a surprise if you watched his “Big Brother” season and saw him get led around like a donkey by J.C.Jenn, in a misguided attempt to save herself, turns to Bananas and Wes, and so begins the cringiest 10 minutes of the entire season. The two “showmen” (Bananas’ word) convince Jenn she needs to have a speech ready for nominations, and they all but dictate what she should say, including comparing herself to a stock that will be at its highest when she’s losing in the final. Bananas sums it up: “I don’t think that Jenn actually understands what’s happening to her right now. It’s basically, like, we’re giving her a roadmap that leads directly off of a cliff into a pit of sharks and broken glass.”Actually, Nelson sums it up best by sitting there with his mouth agape, undoubtedly shocked that he’s not the dumbest cast member this season.ELIMINATION VOTE AND INTERROGATIONBananas kicks off the elimination vote by having Wes read the docket for that week’s meeting, which is just an excuse to put poor Jenn in the spotlight. Jenn nervously starts by saying, “Hello…greetings, earthlings…” and that’s when even the most black-hearted “Challenge” viewers had to watch between their fingers. Words can’t do justice to how brutal it was. She points out that everyone thinks she’s weak, but that’s really not that bad of a thing. Mattie Lynn shows up for just the second time this season (not a good sign for her long-term prospects) and says you should never call yourself weak even if you are weak. Jenn goes on to explain that they should keep her around so they can beat her in a final, which actually makes sense (shout out to Katie Doyle), but as she continues to give “one of the worst speeches in nomination history,” according to CT, she goes off the rails and says rookies shouldn’t go against strong competitors and everyone laughs at her.Wes finally puts her out of her misery and votes her into Purgatory. Jenn is hilariously shocked by this. Everyone but Bananas, Rogan, and CT vote for her, with those three throwing their votes toward Big T. Wes says he’s had a fun couple hours and goes off to continue growing his beard.Jenn then decides it would be a good idea to get into an argument with Dee, who holds the fate of her opponent in her hands. Did Wes tell her to do that, too? Jenn accuses Dee of watching her in her sleep, saying she peaks under her koala eye mask to make sure she’s not hooking up with Rogan. Night-vision footage seems to confirm this, which once again proves that Dee is a real D(ee)-blocker.She’s also a T-blocker, as in Tori. Tori wants to go into Purgatory, but Dee says (numerous times) that her “No. 1 girl” is Jenny, and she promised her a spot in Purgatory this week. Tori isn’t about that life, and points out that Dee won $250,000 last season by riding her and Jordan’s coattails. Jordan says if Dee doesn’t vote in Tori, then he’s done working with her, which seems a bit dramatic, but, as established, Jordan is a dick.After a weird conversation where Tori and Dee stand in lockers like Screech on “Saved By the Bell” and production plays church music, Dee reaffirms that Tori is not her No. 1 and is now annoyed that Tori threatened her (which she knew because Tori started the conversation with “This is not a threat…”). Dee says for the second time this episode that she has big balls (hey, it’s a boundary-less world), and we’re off to the Tribunal.The Tribunal decides to nominate Jenny, Tori, and Big T. It’s odd Swaggy doesn’t want to get Bayleigh in Purgatory in what figures to be the easiest matchup a girl can have all season, but she’s such a strong competitor (11th place on “Big Brother 20”) that she probably doesn’t have to worry.Big T says absolutely nothing of consequence while being interrogated, Swaggy refers to himself in the third person when talking to Jenny (his most annoying moment of the night), and Dee and Tori go for a lengthy Round 3 about whether Dee owes Tori and Jordan anything because of last season. Holy crap, if it wasn’t for Wes and Bananas f’ing with Jenn, this episode would be instantly forgettable.Later, Wes points out to Dee that it might not be smart to give Jenny a free red skull and ticket to the final, as that will make it more difficult for Dee to not only make it to the final but also win. This thought had definitely never occurred to Dee, but she pretends that it has and suggests if they get to Purgatory and see it’s a puzzle, she might pivot to Tori, who is “s***” at puzzles. Not a bad save, all things considered.Also, we should note that we’re 75 minutes into the episode and Kailah, Jenna, and Nany, aka the “Holy Trinity,” have said fewer than four combined words…which kinda makes sense since it’s Holy Week.PURGATORY (ELIMINATION COMP)A buzzer sounds and we’re headed to Purgatory. The cast is very excited, and they get even more fired up when T.J. explains yet another twist: Someone in the Tribunal can vote themselves into Purgatory. He doesn’t explain how the voting process works for that (Can Dee be overruled by the two guys if she wants to go in? What would’ve happened if there were two females in the Tribunal?), but Teej likes to keep us on a need-to-know basis, so I guess we’ll find out later.Everyone is pumped to see if Dee will take on her early-season nemesis, but she explains that she’s a “woman of her word” and has to vote for Jenny because they shook hands (boo!). If you’re keeping track at home, that means “big balls” Dee passed on the easiest opportunity she’ll have all season to earn a red skull. Care to take back your praise, Wes? To be fair, Dee also explains that she wasn’t mentally ready to go into elimination (valid) and that she was worried about dying of embarrassment if she lost, which is the opposite of what someone with big balls would say.The Tribunal votes in Jenny by a 3-0 margin, and we don’t even need to watch the rest.The competition is called “Flip the Switch”, and each competitor has to flip 10 barrels on strings over some poles. The first person to flip all 10 to their opponent’s side wins and is officially fit to run “T.J.’s final” (something he says three times in the next four minutes).Jenny throws her barrels over the poles with ease, while Jenn “looks like a little kid at a birthday party trying to keep the balloon from touching the ground,” according to CT. He adds a faint “whee” to drive the point home of just how ineffectual Jenn is.As the rest of the cast freaks out over Jenny essentially doing the comp with one hand, Jordan must have been like, “Yeah? Welcome to the club.” T.J. gets a little too excited over Jenny’s performance and says she could “single-handedly smoke [himself] and anyone else up there.” Swaggy yells out, “Facts!” when Teej says this, continuing his quest to speak only in Tweets.After T.J. congratulates Jenn on getting beat by Jenny (odd), Bananas hollers,”We miss you already” as Jenn leaves. Call me crazy, but I think he really means it.Unlike the producers of this episode, Ashley has no time for Dee, saying, “Dee thinks she’s this great game player ’cause she learned from Wes, but she gave the strongest girl in the house the easiest ride to the final, and now she’s gonna have to compete against her in a final. Good luck, honey. Dream on.” (pause) “Pfft.” The “pfft” was a nice touch.Jordan says Dee can’t be trusted, and she’s the “only one” on his and Tori’s list right now. Great, does that mean we’ll have to endure another Dee-Tori-Jordan-centric episode this season? If so, I’d like to opt out. As the credits roll, Wes has a rare moment of humility and admits he doesn’t know what the right strategy is, which we already knew from when he was praising Dee.WHAT WE LEARNEDLike all reality TV producers, “The Challenge” crew likes to foreshadow. Sometimes it’s for the immediate next one or two episodes; sometimes it’s for the entire season. Based on what we saw in Episode 2, a few things seem clear:Jenny was talked up so much that you can almost book her appearance in the final. Fessy also got talked up by none other than Jordan, so he’s likely going a long way this season.It’s not a death knell to get minimal screen team early in the season (after all, there are still 27 people on the show), but for Jenna, Nany, Kailah and Kaycee to get a combined one talking head is a very bad sign for all four. There’s a big difference in getting a little bit of time (like Ashley and even Bayleigh did) and getting zero time. Jay, Kyle, and Nelson were mostly no-shows tonight, too.We also learned that Fessy “came to compete,” (thanks), Big T wants to be in “every single Tribunal” in the future (bold strategy), and Bear and Cory — two of the biggest cads in recent Challenge history — draw the line at being a sore loser (a man got to have a code).We’ll see next week if the guys are smart enough to nominate Jay. He has a red skull, which means he’s taking someone’s spot in the final, and he’s likely the worst male competitor in the game. He should be a unanimous nomination, with one of the big players trying to manipulate the Tribunal to put him in against the rookie. Based on CT’s rant early in the episode, my money’s on him going in.OVERALL EPISODE RATINGFrom now on, we’ll rate aspects of the episode based on the daily competition prizes cast members used to win on older Challenges. Here’s our rating system:1=Freestyle Kite (this was actually a prize given out)2=Burger King Feast (apologies to Turbo, who was very excited about this)3=Blockbuster Gift Certificate (there’s one still open somewhere)4=Zune MP3 Player (iPods were overrated)5=Razor Scooter (these were cool for hot minute in the mid-aughts)6=T-Mobile Sidekick (the best cell phone for getting a clue from T.J.)7=Kicker Car Audio System (who didn’t want to win one of these?)8=Plasma TV (this was a big deal when it was won)9=BMW motorcycle (Brad’s finest Challenge moment…other than explaining that him and Britni weren’t on an “I love you” program)10=Saturn Ion Quad Coupe (hey, a car’s a car)Production: Razor Scooter (5). Nothing great, nothing bad. At least they gave us a dual talking head with Wes and Bananas and had footage of Dee watching Jenn. They also had some nice reaction shots of a horrified Aneesa during Jenn’s speech.Competitions: Kicker Car Audio System (7). The daily comp was demanding and the second part looked fun, and the elimination comp could have been decent with more evenly matched competitors.last_img read more

first_img“One of the things I’m not going to miss is when I came out of those draft rooms over the weekend, my old shins used to have big old bruises on them,” Jones said (per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). “That was from Stephen kicking me under the table for three straight days relative to some of our decision-making.”MORE: Cowboys mock draft 2020It should be noted that Stephen Jones is the one who stopped his father from drafting quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 16th pick of the 2014 draft. They instead went with guard Zack Martin, a six-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro.So who knows what sort of shenanigans the elder Jones might get into? The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has greatly affected the way the Cowboys will conduct the 2020 NFL Draft, and Jerry Jones’ shins couldn’t be happier.Dallas’ owner/general manager will conduct the team’s draft by himself at his home, without anyone in his direct vicinity to question what moves he might make. That includes his son Stephen Jones, Dallas’ vice president of player personnel, who apparently took to physical violence to make his father hit pause on his previous picks. That said, Jerry Jones won’t make the team’s eight picks completely on an island. Some outlets have erroneously reported that he told his scouting department not to bother him as he conducts the draft, based on a satirical tweet by Matt Mosley of The Dallas Morning News. Mosley quickly refuted his own tweet once he saw it picking up steam:Just having fun here. Jerry is all ears to his scouts. 🤣🤣 https://t.co/FtLPWXwDo8— Matt Mosley (@mattmosley) April 23, 2020He apparently didn’t set the record straight quick enough, however; Bleacher Report, for example, was one of several outlets that treated his tweet as valid news..@BleacherReport my Jerry Jones “report” was a satirical headline. I quickly made that clear when I saw it getting out of control. Please be advised. 🤣— Matt Mosley (@mattmosley) April 23, 2020So, to recap: Jones will make the Cowboys’ picks alone, in his home (and his shins will be better for it). He will, however, be in contact with his team as he makes the selections.last_img read more

first_img Michael Jordan celebrates with Jerry Stackhouse after Stackhouse’s game-winning dunk against the Lakers on Nov. 8, 2002. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8/b/mj-stack-051919-getty-ftrjpg_1szvkdrrao4z515ojpbg4zj8no.jpg?t=417815242&w=500&quality=80O’Neal wasn’t the show, however. Reporters flocked around Kobe Bryant, who was reveling in another pregame before another matchup with his idol. These Lakers were coming off three straight championships, but this clearly wasn’t just another game. Bryant would score 27 points that night, and you couldn’t help but watch every 1-on-1 battle between him and Jordan.  The crossovers, fadeaways and drives to the basket. You didn’t realize at the time how much you should appreciate those exchanges, which mean so much more now, months after Bryant tragically died in a helicopter crash.  There was much more to this game. Doug Collins was the Wizards’ coach, and Patrick Ewing was an assistant. I was walking with my head down in the tunnel and almost bumped into Ewing — a moving screen that nearly led to me being wiped out. Magic Johnson was working for ESPN at the time, and I made it a point to introduce myself to my favorite basketball player of all time and shake his hand.  That was really awesome.  FOSTER: I saw Michael Jordan play in person only once, and my one memory isn’t even realYou look back at the box score and see other names. Robert Horry won seven rings. Christian Laettner and Charles Oakley came off the Wizards’ bench. Bryon Russell was Jordan’s teammate. Remember Kwame Brown? He was there, too.  You looked out in the stands that night and Mike Tyson was sitting next to Ray Lewis. Bruce Smith was in the locker room after the game.  That game was decided with Jordan playing the role of decoy. Jerry Stackhouse took a pass from Russell in the final seconds for a dunk at the buzzer that gave the Wizards a 100-99 victory.  I still wish Jordan would have taken the last shot, but it’s OK that he didn’t. Jordan didn’t have a press conference afterward. He spoke in the locker room for a few minutes, then walked out the door. When I left the arena, I thought to myself, “I might never cover something like that ever again.”  On a certain level, that’s true.  Imagine being in the same building as five of the greatest basketball players of all time, the greatest basketball coach of all time and countless other players whose threads intersected those basketball careers.GREER: Three flaws in “The Last Dance”Michael Jordan was there, of course. He was in the final season with the Wizards, and he came off the bench that night to score 25 points. Even at 38 years old, it was impossible to ignore his presence on and off the court. Before the game, Phil Jackson was talking to reporters when Jordan called out the Lakers coach from down the hallway. I can’t remember what Jordan said, but I remember Jackson smiling and shaking his head.  Then you walk into the Lakers’ locker room. Shaquille O’Neal was there. He didn’t play that night while recovering from foot surgery, and that was the story I was tasked to write. I snuck in two questions to O’Neal, who joked that he painted his toenails “money green.” I watched my hand disappear when I shook O’Neal’s hand afterward.  That was awesome.   For those who watched Jordan play in person, the experience never left. Whether it was during his college career at North Carolina, the run with the Bulls in the 1990s or the last chapter with the Wizards. Countless fans have an MJ story to tell.  That’s why “The Last Dance” was a huge hit.  It told that story the best. Getty Images Most NBA fans might not remember the game between the Lakers and Wizards on Nov. 8, 2002, as a significant date in basketball history. But it’s still the coolest sporting even I have ever covered.I was a 22-year-old intern for the Scripps Howard News Service, and those memories flooded back while watching the final installments of “The Last Dance” on Sunday.  last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes lifting the Premier League title this summer is exactly what some of the club’s players need to get even better. He also thinks the club is desperate to carry positive momentum into the 2020-21 campaign. The Reds return to action Sunday against Everton and need just two more wins to wrap up the league title after an almost perfect campaign. Jurgen Klopp’s side, which fell short this year in its bid to repeat as Champions League titlist, has dropped just four points in the league and boasts the best defense in the competition.  “The most important thing in life is health and we all had to deal with the suspension of the season and everyone had the feeling there would be a time when we finished the season.”It was strange to stop so abruptly and being in the unknown. Not knowing when we will start again. Sometimes people were putting things in the media saying the league should be canceled. You read these things because you have plenty of time to read when there is suddenly no football being played.”I wasn’t worried but being left in the dark, not knowing what was going to happen, personally I hate that. You ask questions to certain people who know what is happening behind the scenes and it was pretty clear there was no option at all to cancel the league. So you try to make sure you stay fit, do all the right things and make sure you are even more ready than before when the league resumes.” “We have not won the title yet. We have not won anything yet. But the aim is to start next season in the same fashion,” van Dijk was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “We can be a team that can keep progressing. We have players who can progress and make big steps in their development. Winning the league would be a big experience that could take them to the next level.”We can achieve that first and foremost this season and then we will see what can happen next season. If we win the title this season, we will try to retain it. That’s what we are aiming for but everyone knows how difficult it is to retain the title, especially in England, and we are not there this season yet. We tried to retain our Champions League title and it wasn’t possible. It’s very difficult.”We will try to focus on the nine games we have left but we hope to set the pace for the rest of next season with the title behind our name and defend the title as well.”— Liverpool FC (at 🏠) (@LFC) June 20, 2020The Reds’ looming triumph will be bittersweet to some extent with no fans allowed to attend matches, but van Dijk stressed they must accept the situation. He admitted he was unsure at one point whether the season would be completed. “I know how long our fans have been waiting for this, but unfortunately it’s something we all have to deal with that they won’t be able to be there if it happens,” he said.”We’ve seen clubs winning cups already in other countries and everybody is getting on with it. For me, winning the Premier League and lifting that trophy would be a dream come true. We were very close last year and we are very close this year, much closer than we were last year. We have nine games to go and we will try to win all of them. That’s our goal.last_img read more

first_imgJurgen Klopp issued a warning to the rest of the Premier League that Liverpool “will not stop” despite ending the club’s long wait to be crowned champions again.The Reds lifted the trophy on Wednesday after a 5-3 win over Chelsea in their final home game of an unforgettable season, though no fans were present inside Anfield. “That’s how life is — you make the best of what you can get,” the former Borussia Dortmund boss said. “Our families are allowed to be there, which is incredible”Everything would be better with fans, but we’ve known for months that would not be possible. A few months ago, I wasn’t even sure it was going to be possible to even play football.  “I couldn’t be happier, to be honest. It would be perfect if the stadium was full, I know, but we cannot change it. What we try to do to make clear for the people is that we do it for them.” However, the players and staff were able to have their families in attendance to enjoy the occasion, with the ceremony taking place on a stage built on the famous Kop end.MORE: Klopp says Reds forwards’ production has been a surpriseLiverpool had never previously won the title in the Premier League era, their last triumph coming 30 years ago under Kenny Dalglish, who was involved in the presentation.”We will not stop. We will not stop. We have challenges, internal challenges. We can improve, obviously,” Klopp told Sky Sports.”We have the players. Naby [Keita] played pretty much only the last part of the season. We pretty much have the chance to take another step. But we have to, because the others will not sleep.  “[There are] no guarantees for anything, other than we will try.”Klopp steered Liverpool to Champions League glory last season, while they have also lifted the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup this term.While not usually one for nostalgia, the German coach admitted he will have a photo with all four trophies so he can forever remember the achievement.”It’s unbelievable, to be honest. We won four trophies — big ones — and I couldn’t be more proud,” he said.”Normally I’m a person who doesn’t need pictures with something. As long as I can remember it, it’s worth it. But I will have a picture with all four trophies because it doesn’t happen often.”The coronavirus pandemic not only delayed Liverpool clinching the league crown but also denied them from receiving the trophy in front of their supporters, though Klopp hopes the absent audience understands the role they have played in the successful campaign.last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Starting next year, those pork chops on a stick can be put on your card.The Iowa State Fair says it will require all food and drink vendors to accept credit and debit cards beginning in 2020.Cash has long been the dominant method of payment for the fried cheese curds, corn dogs and other foods bought by fairgoers. Thirty ATM machines are located on the fairgrounds.But the fair recently informed vendors that they will be required to use Clover cash registers starting next year that accept credit and debit payments. They can begin using them this year.In a letter to vendors, concessions director Mike Nye says research shows people spend more per transaction when using cards and prefer cashless payment options.Fair spokeswoman Mindy Williamson says the system will still allow for cash purchases. She says the change is being implemented over two years to allow vendors to spread out expenses and train employees.last_img read more

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Twenty-two of the candidates in the Democratic presidential race plan to be at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake this Friday night for the “Wing Ding.”“It’s going to be a packed house,” says Randy Black, the Wing Ding’s chairman and chief organizer.About 1800 tickets for the annual event have been snapped up.“We’re sold out,” he said late last week, adding there will be a couple of hundred event campaign staff, reporters and event volunteers in the ballroom as well as ticket-holders.Wing Dings of the past have featured large crowds. In 2007, future 2008 Iowa Caucus winner Barack Obama was the Wing Ding’s keynote speaker. By 2015, four candidates — including Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — were the main draw.“That was a sell-out and that was huge, but I really, really think this one here is going to be even bigger,” Black said. “It’s just going to be crazy.”For starters, there are more than five times as many candidates as there were at the Wing Ding four years ago. Each candidate will be given five minutes to speak on stage this Friday night. It’s the same stage where music legends ranging from Duke Ellington to Buddy Holly have performed. In addition to the 22 presidential candidates who’ll take the stage this Friday night, Black says a “special guest” will speak to the crowd, too.“We will announce that special guest on Friday, at the event,” Black said. “I love surprises.”Black is sharing a hint, though, that the person is a “foreign dignitary.”The first “Wing Ding” was held 16 years ago to raise money for three county parties. It’s grown to seven host counties and another 28 county parties sell tickets, getting to keep $12 from every $35 ticket sold.“I have a philosophy: ‘Go big or go home,’” he said, “so we did that.”Black said boosting the bank accounts of county parties is part of the Wing Ding’s legacy. Another goal is to give Iowa Caucus-goers a venue to evaluate the candidates.“They deserve to see up-front who they’re going to choose come Caucus Night in February,” Black said, “and we’re just one of those tools to make it happen.”The Wing Ding’s website indicates the event will kick-off around 5 p.m. Friday. C-SPAN is carrying the event.last_img read more

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Councils of Mason City and Clear Lake as well as the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors this week will consider initial approval of a “Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund” to provide financial relief for small businesses through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation CEO Chad Schreck says businesses who have experienced significant disruption and revenue losses will be eligible for grants of up to $5000 to help ensure business continuity, with the goal of the program being to assist companies within the county in maintaining operations through the pandemic, or re-opening once it’s over. Schreck says the assistance will provide businesses with immediate, short-term cash flow that can be deployed for a variety of uses. Priority will be given to locally-owned, independent businesses under 25 employees.The goal is to raise over $500,000 collectively pending the approval of each governmental body. Private businesses or individuals that would like to support local businesses through that effort will also be able to donate to the fund.  Pre-applications to verify eligibility will open on April 8th, with the first review of full applications starting April 17th and continuing weekly until the funds are expended. The program details and application can be found at northiowacorridor.com/recoveryfund.last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — State campgrounds reopened this past weekend and the head of the Department of Natural Resources Parks Bureau says things went pretty well.Todd Coffelt says it was evident when the opening time hit that many people were itching to get outdoors. “People started to trickle in at eight o’clock just like the announcement. Some people must have their campers already loaded and ready to go — because being able to be there at eight o’clock — that’s something,” Coffelt says.He says this is a start to getting things back to normal. “I would say on average most of the campgrounds were 25 to 30 percent full,” according to Coffelt. “We wanted everyone to be there, but the weather wasn’t the 80 degrees we had the weekend before and the sudden change in travel plans is always a challenge.”Coffelt says people at the campgrounds have been following the social distancing guidelines in most cases. “For the most part, folks are doing a pretty good job. We have general reminders — our goal is to educate folks not to enforce laws…if we do see a group most of the time it is temporary and we don’t really have push back from anybody,” Coffelt says. in the campgrounds when we open them up, we are limiting access to the campgrounds to just the registered campers.”The registration system for campgrounds is now open again and Coffelt says they had some three-thousand people already registering through Monday afternoon. “Seventy-five percent of the sites in our campgrounds are reservable. There still is walk-in traffic — but as we near the Memorial Day holiday — it is a bigger risk the closer you get,” he says. “People are starting to look forward now that we know the campgrounds are open — they obviously have taken advantage of the convenience of making a registration.”Coffelt says you should always check campground availability before heading out. He says you can call ahead or check the websites beforehand. Coffelt says they are still working on the parks and sometimes projects will impact the availability and access to sites.You can go to www.iowadnr.gov to find out about the availability of campsites or to make a reservation.last_img read more

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved sending out requests for proposals to do a housing market study for the community. The city and the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation have received inquiries over the last few years from housing developers regarding the city’s housing market and the availability of different types of housing. Potential employers looking at the market also consider the availability of quality housing to serve their expected workforce, as well as existing companies expect their employees to have housing choices that fit their incomes and lifestyles. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the reason the study was not included in the budget process for the just-started fiscal year was the city has been waiting for the state to do such a study.  “The reason that it wasn’t brought forward honestly last year was because the state was toying with the idea of funding the housing studies for every county in the state of Iowa through the Empower Rural Iowa initiative. They decided not to do that. I think that this is information that’s critical to continuing to take smart policy decisions with relation to housing within the city of Mason City.” Burnett says studies like this help the city make good policy decisions for the future.  “Right now we try and pull those levers to make sure that we’re doing the right thing within the community to continue to grow that spectrum of housing within our community, but the reality is we’re flying a little bit blind in that respect because we don’t have that data to really make those good policy decisions.”The cost of the study is estimated at $40,000 and would take about six months to complete. Proposals will be due on September 3rd, with the council to review the RFPs at their October 6th meeting.last_img read more

first_imgKCCA FC XI: Benjamin Ochan, Habib Kavuma, Timothy Awany, Tom Masiko, Derrick Nsibambi, Paul Musamali, Denis Okot, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Isaac Kirabira, Denis Rukundo, Allan Okello (68′ Paul Mucureezi)Club Africain XI: Farouk Ben Mustapha, Bilel Halifa, Ahmed Khelil (69′ Wisen Ben Yahya), Nader Ghendri, Ali AbdI (57′ Oussama Garradi) Mokhtar Belkhither, Slimen Kchouk, Ibrahim Chenihi, Ghazi Ayadi, Jaziri Fakherddine, Seif Touka, Saber KhalifaGroup AAt KampalaKampala Capital City Authority (UGA) 2 (Nsibambi 45, Masiko 63) Club Africain (TUN) 1 (Belkhiter 20)WednesdayAt Port Harcourt, NigeriaRivers Utd (NGR) v FUS Rabat (MAR) (1500 GMT)                    P  W  D  L  F  A  PtsFUS             1  1  0   0  3  0  3Africain      2  1  0   1  4  3  3KCCA          2  1  0   1  2  4  3Rivers        1  0  0   1  1  3  0 *********MATCH PREVIEW GOOAAAL: Masiko celebrates the winner. ALL PHOTOS KCCA MEDIAResult:KCCA 2 Club Africain 1WednesdayRivers Utd (Nigeria) vs FUS Rabat (Morocco)KCCA showed they will have a big say in Group A of the CAF Confederaton Cup Tuesday by rallying from a goal down to shoot down giants Club Africain of Tunisia at Lugogo.Derrick Nsibambi put the Kampala side level on the stroke of halftime, before Tom Masiko produced some second half magic to secure the lead, and win.Mokhtar Belkhither had given the former African champions the lead early in the game at the Philip Omondi Stadium.The result gave Mike Mutebi’s KCCA FC their first points of the group, and put them level with Club Africain and FUS Rabat who all have a win each. This is the first time any Ugandan club is competing at the group stages.KCCA, newly crowned Ugandan champions, return to continental action on match-day 3, June 2-4 when they take on the Nigerian side Rivers, as FUS battles Africain.Impressive home form in Africa gives Nigerian club Rivers United hope of getting off the bottom of the table.  The Port Harcourt outfit host Group A pacesetters FUS Rabat of Morocco Wednesday in a must-win match for the west Africans.center_img Home form gives Nigerian club hope as KCCA seek first group stage pointsJohannesburg, South Africa | Impressive home form in Africa gives Nigerian club Rivers United  and Uganda’s KCCA FC hope of getting back on track this week in the CAF Confederation Cup.The Port Harcourt outfit host Group A pacesetters FUS Rabat of Morocco Wednesday in a must-win match for the west Africans.United, a 2015 merger between Snarks and former Confederation Cup runners-up Dolphins, scored nine unanswered goals in three home CAF matches this year.They struck four against Real Bamako of Mali and three against Al Merrikh of Sudan in Champions League qualifiers.Demoted to the second-tier Confederation Cup, Rivers maintained a perfect home record with a 2-0 play-off victory over Rayon Sport of Rwanda.Surprise 2010 Confederation Cup winners FUS are likely to be more stubborn defensively than the other three African visitors to Port Harcourt.But Rivers captain and defender Festus Austine believes his side will not only beat the Moroccans, but go on to lift the trophy.“Our aim is to become the first Nigerian winners of the Confederation Cup,” he told reporters. “We are good enough to achieve that goal.”Austine and fellow defender Ifeanyi Nweke watched a 3-1 group-opening loss at Club Africain of Tunisia from a stand this month due to suspensions.Some of the wounds suffered by Rivers in the match were self-inflicted with Togolese Joseph Douhadji conceding an own-goal and Emeka Ogbugh blazing a penalty over the crossbar.“Those mistakes are history,” stressed Austine. “All we are thinking about is how to defeat FUS and get back into contention for first place.”Dreaded Club AfricainIn the same group, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), the first Ugandan qualifiers for a CAF club group stage, will be seeking their first three points.Beaten 3-0 at FUS, KCCA hope for goals from leading scorer Geoffrey Sserenkuma when they host Club Africain.Club Africain are better known in East Africa for their 7-3 aggregate (6-2, 1-1) humiliation of then Ugandan giants SC Villa in  the two-leg final of the the 1991 African Club Championships.Like FUS, title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, CS Sfaxien of Tunisia and Zesco United of Zambia are seeded to win groups.Record three-time Confederation Cup winners Sfaxien cannot have been happy with a 1-0 Group B win at home to outsiders Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland.They face what is likely to be a tougher task Tuesday away to Mouloudia Alger of Algeria, who began with a 1-1 draw at Platinum Stars of South Africa.Boosted by the return from Angola of former star Tresor Mputu, Mazembe tackle Horoya in Guinea having opened with a 2-0 Group D win over Mounana of Gabon.Now 31, Mputu achieved a remarkable feat in 2007 by finishing leading scorer in the Champions League and Confederation Cup.Group C favourites Zesco take a multi-national squad including Kenyans David Owino and Jesse Were to Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFIFA president Sepp Blatter looks on with fake dollars note flying around him thrown by a protester during a press conference at the football’s world body headquarter’s on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRININew York, United States | AFP | The FIFA scandal, which erupted in May 2015 with the arrest of seven top officials in Zurich, has several judicial tracks.One in the United States targets former North and South American officials.Others in France and in Switzerland, where FIFA is based, have gone after former European officials of world football’s governing body.US prosecutors indicted 42 football and sports marketing executives for allegedly receiving millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.Of those, 24 pleaded guilty in the United States. Fifteen others are still abroad, where some will be tried, while others fight extradition.Three former heads of Latin American football federations go on trial Monday.Here are the major figures in this global scandal:– On trial –– Jose Maria Marin –Of the seven officials arrested in Zurich, the former Brazilian Football Confederation president is the only one to plead not guilty. He was extradited to the US in November 2015. At 85, he is among the oldest of the accused and faces seven charges for allegedly taking millions of dollars in bribes from sports marketing companies linked to the sale of rights, primarily for the Copa America tournament.– Juan Angel Napout –The 59-year-old Paraguayan managed his country’s football federation from 2007 to 2014 before becoming president of CONMEBOL, South American football’s governing body, and a FIFA vice-president from 2014 to 2015.He was arrested in Zurich on December 3, 2015 and extradited to the US.Napout faces five charges including corruption and bank fraud for allegedly accepting millions of dollars in bribes in return for selling marketing rights for regional tournaments and World Cup qualifying matches.Like the two others going on trial, he is free on bail, after putting up $20 million to secure his release. He has been awaiting trial at a luxury apartment in Miami.– Manuel Burga –President of the Peruvian football federation from 2002 to 2014 and a member of FIFA’s development committee, Burga, 60, was arrested in Peru in December 2015 and extradited to the US a year later.He is accused of corruption, fraud and money laundering in connection with bribes allegedly received from a sports marketing official in exchange for television rights to several editions of the Copa America.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

first_imgIn scenes that will have caused consternation to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Jones went down gesturing to his heavily strapped left thigh and had to come off, with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez taking over.Germany already looked the more dangerous side by that point, with Sane showing signs of his superlative Manchester City form by crashing a shot against Pickford’s bar from a position on the right.Pickford, promoted after Jack Butland broke a finger in training, twice showed textbook technique to thwart Timo Werner with one-handed saves, Jones heading Sane’s follow-up off the line on the first occasion.England began to assert themselves as half-time neared, Abraham seeing a shot drift just wide via a deflection off Antonio Rudiger and Jamie Vardy lobbing Marc-Andre ter Stegen, only for Matthias Ginter to head clear.Vardy went closer early in the first half when he met Kieran Trippier’s cross with a firm downward header, but Ter Stegen got down to his right to paw the ball away.Loftus-Cheek became more influential as the second half wore on, drifting away from challenges and using the ball intelligently, but neither he nor anyone else could provide the spark required to break the deadlock.England should have won it at the death when Harry Maguire’s back-post header from Marcus Rashford’s free-kick fell to substitute Jesse Lingard six yards from goal, but he wastefully skied his shot over the bar.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |  England debutants Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye as Gareth Southgate’s injured-ravaged side played out a 0-0 draw with world champions Germany in Friday’s Wembley friendly.Everton goalkeeper Pickford, 23, made a number of smart saves, while 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan at Crystal Palace, produced an assured display in the number 10 shirt.It was only the second time in seven matches that England had avoided defeat against Germany at Wembley, with the other game a draw in the semi-finals of Euro 96 that culminated in a penalty shootout loss.Gareth Southgate was the fall guy back then, but the England manager had more to smile about on this occasion, albeit despite a first-half injury to Phil Jones further limiting his options ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with Brazil.Joachim Loew’s Germany, for whom RB Leipzig full-back Marcel Halstenberg made his debut, came closest to scoring when winger Leroy Sane rattled the crossbar midway through the first half.The Confederations Cup winners missed out on an eighth successive win, but they have now gone 20 games unbeaten ahead of their year-ending home game with France — the last team to beat them — on Tuesday.England’s injury plight obliged Southgate to hand debuts to Pickford, Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham and he quickly found himself having to pitch another newcomer into the fray.last_img read more

first_imgIndigenous activists are planning more demonstrations and have dubbed the event the “Stolenwealth Games”, a reference to Britain’s colonisation of their ancestral lands.Australia will hope for a fast start when competition gets underway, with Olympic champions Mack Horton and Kyle Chalmers expected to star in the outdoor Southport pool.Cate Campbell looks back in form after her 2016 Olympics flop, and South Africa’s Chad le Clos could become the most successful athlete in Games history when he takes on a Michael Phelps-style seven swimming events.English breaststroker Adam Peaty, who has his eye on an unprecedented sub-57 seconds in the 100 metres, is another who will try to crash the Australian pool party.Australia will also go head-to-head with England in track cycling, where they will field a revamped line-up under the tutelage of British coach Simon Jones.In athletics, Gold Coast’s world champion hurdler Sally Pearson is battling an Achilles’ problem but Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake should provide fireworks in the absence of the retired Usain Bolt.Elaine Thompson also looks set to blaze to sprint gold for Jamaica, while South Africa flag-carrier Caster Semenya is said to be targeting the longstanding 800m record.The Games’ 4,000-plus athletes will also compete in events including rugby sevens, shooting, gymnastics, badminton, netball, boxing and beach volleyball.Organisers insist the Games, which started life as the British Empire Games in 1930, are still relevant in the modern world, pointing to the move to an equal number of men’s and women’s medal events.For Australia, displacing eternal rivals England — the 2014 table-toppers — at the head of the medals tally would be the perfect tonic after their cricketing calamity.RELATED Uganda’s flagbearer Peace Proscovia leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 4, 2018.  AFP PHOTOGold Coast, Australia | AFP |  A heavy downpour, a giant floating whale and Aboriginal protests marked the start of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday as Australia flagged off 11 days of competition in the resort city of Gold Coast.Britain’s Prince of Wales declared the Games open at an upbeat ceremony featuring dancing lifeguards, giant flip-flops and Australia’s team marching in to Men At Work’s “Down Under”.“G’day!” said Peter Beattie, chairman of the organising committee, adding: “We are the friendliest people on this planet… we invite you all now to share the dream.”The Games baton arrived in a turquoise campervan and was delivered to Games president Louise Martin, who struggled before opening it and handing a message inside to Prince Charles.“Over the years these ‘Friendly Games’ have shown the potential of the Commonwealth to connect people of different backgrounds and nationalities,” the prince told the near-capacity crowd in the 35,000-seat Carrara Stadium.A giant replica of Migaloo, the white humpback whale which has become a symbol of environmentalism in Australia, then floated gently into the stadium.The Games at beachside Gold Coast give Australia a timely opportunity to repair their sporting reputation after a cheating scandal in cricket left the country reeling.The competition across 23 different sports should soothe the trauma of the cricket row, after a player was caught doctoring the ball with sandpaper.“Sand and sport have not been a happy combination for this country of late as we endure our national shame over the ugly fusion of cricket and sandpaper,” The Australian newspaper said in an editorial.“Starting tonight on the Gold Coast we can flick the switch to optimism and celebration.”– ‘Stolenwealth Games’ –Enthusiasm is not universal, however, and Aboriginal protesters held up the final stages of the Games’ baton relay with a sit-in along its route in Gold Coast.Outside the opening ceremony, there were minor scuffles as about 100 protesters chanting “Always was, always will be Aboriginal land” faced off with police on horseback. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgAjax reacted to the South African Football Association disciplinary decision by announcing they will seek a court order blocking the play-offs.Ndoro played for three clubs — Orlando Pirates and Ajax in South Africa and Al Faisaly in Saudi Arabia — during the 2017/2018 season, one more than permitted by world body FIFA.The Cape Town club had seven points deducted while Platinum gained three, which reversed the positions of the clubs on the final standings.In the revised table, AmaZulu dropped out of the top eight, depriving them of a place in an eight million rand ($640,000/540,000 euros) winners-take-all knockout competition next season.Share on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Ajax Cape Town were relegated from the South African Premiership Tuesday for fielding ineligible Zimbabwean striker Tendai Ndoro, league officials said.The club, which has links to former European champions Ajax, had finished second last and were scheduled to play a promotion/relegation match Wednesday.Losing top-flight status is a massive blow to Ajax as the Premiership is the richest national football league in Africa with 30 million rand (about $2.4 mn/2 mn euros) prize money.Platinum Stars, who came last, will take the place of Ajax in the play-offs, a Premier Soccer League statement said.Second division sides Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos complete the mini-league line-up and the top team after a double round qualify for the 2018/2019 Premiership.last_img read more

first_imgThis passage of play suggested Chelsea were beginning to assert themselves but Palace’s belief had clearly been strengthened by their victory at champions Manchester City eight days previously.The home side appeared happy to concede territory in the hope of hitting Chelsea on the break and it was little surprise the game remained locked in stalemate at half-time.It did not take long, however, for Sarri’s side to breach the Palace defence at the start of the second half with Luiz injecting the moment of creativity needed to find a way through.The centre-back was allowed time to pick his pass and his perfectly weighted chip fell into the path of Kante who had made a positive run towards the penalty spot.The France international controlled the ball on his chest before hitting a left-foot shot that flew wide of Guaita’s dive.Having dominated long periods of the game before the goal, Chelsea assumed total control after Kante’s opening goal.Guaita was called to save yet again from Willian after the Brazilian was set up by a clever Hazard backheel before Giroud saw his second effort of the game ruled out for offside.Wickham’s 89th-minute chance gave Sarri’s side a late scare but this was a comfortable Chelsea win. London, United Kingdom | AFP | N’Golo Kante showed signs he is growing into his more advanced midfield role with a composed finish that gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has been criticised for moving Kante out of his more familiar position in front of the back four, with Jorginho filling the holding role.As a result, Kante’s effectiveness this season has been questioned, but the former Leicester City man impressed as he struck the 51st minute match-winner that helped the Blues tighten their grip on fourth by opening up a five-point gap to Arsenal.Kante followed a perfectly timed run to meet David Luiz’s chipped pass with a clinical finish to cap a dominant display by Sarri’s side against London rivals Palace.Chelsea’s failure to add to Kante’s third league goal of the season will have given Sarri some concern, though, and would have proved costly had Palace substitute Connor Wickham not skied a late chance over the bar.The Italian manager reshaped his forward line by including Olivier Giroud as the central striker — a decision that handed Alvaro Morata another reminder of his place in the strikers’ pecking order at Stamford Bridge.The Spaniard was among the substitutes, while Giroud’s inclusion freed Eden Hazard from his recent duties as a false nine, allowing the Belgium international to return to his more familiar position on the left of the front three.But despite dominating, particularly in the second half, Chelsea’s chances remained limited.– Hazard warning –Hazard quickly made the most of his freedom to drift in from the flank, testing the Palace defence with a number of runs from deep.The Belgian’s 34th-minute run towards the home penalty area drew a foul from Cheikhou Kouyate and led to the game’s first real opportunity.Willian’s curling free-kick from 25 yards took a deflection off the defensive wall before clipping the outside of Vicente Guaita’s right-hand post.The Palace goalkeeper did well to punch the resulting corner clear, but Willian almost caught the Spaniard out with a fierce low shot from distance. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img“And Ceballos is in the middle because he came before Pepe, but he got an injury and he stopped training. He needs to know the Premier League, so today was important for him and for us.”– Defensive lapse –Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce was left to rue a key defensive lapse in his first match in charge of the club he supported as a boy.The 58-year-old could only look on as full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles intercepted Paul Dummett’s attempted pass to substitute Jetro Willems before feeding Aubameyang.“That’s the big disappointment for us all, to lose it in the way we did, a mistake,” Bruce said.“We defended fantastically well throughout the game — I can’t remember my goalkeeper making a save, and that against Arsenal is a big, big positive.“But we’re disappointed that we made a mistake and unfortunately left ourselves open and got punished.”Newcastle, who handed a competitive debut to club-record signing Joelinton, started promisingly and were unlucky not to score when Jonjo Shelvey hit a post, while the Brazilian striker forced a first-half save from Gunners ‘keeper Bernd Leno.“Listen, we have made a genuine mistake. When the pass was too short or whether he hasn’t reacted quickly enough, at the end of the day, I can’t criticise anybody for making a mistake,” Bruce added.Share on: WhatsApp Aubemyang off the mark. PHOTO ARSENAL MEDIANewcastle, United Kingdom | AFP | Unai Emery saluted Arsenal’s gritty 1-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday as the Gunners erased the painful memories of last season’s away-day woes.Emery’s side did not record their first Premier League clean sheet on their travels until April last term and managed only one in the top flight all season.That wretched run played a key role in Arsenal’s failure to finish in the top four.But Emery has worked hard to overhaul Arsenal at the start of his second season in charge, with a host of new signings and a more determined mentality fuelling the north Londoners’ solid effort at St James’ Park on Sunday.While they were only sporadically effective in attack, they remained organised enough at the back to keep Newcastle at bay until Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired the second-half winner.New boys Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli were introduced from the bench to add more optimism for Arsenal fans.“I want to win, I want to score and I want to do a clean sheet. Today we won and we did that,” Emery said.“The balance offensively and defensively is only taken with the victory. Today in our 90 minutes, we could do that.“Also, we created chances and we need also to create chances for our strikers and today with Auba, we won.”Asked about his new signings, Emery added: “David Luiz did pre-season with another team and he is OK to play physically, but he only trained completely with us yesterday. On Friday, he did 30 minutes with us.“Nicolas Pepe came one week ago and physically he needs to get his best fitness to be ready to play 100 percent for 90 minutes. Today, 20 minutes is good for him.last_img read more

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Turin, Italy | AFP | Paulo Dybala’s stunning curling free-kick rubber-stamped top spot in Champions League Group D for Juventus on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in Turin.The Italian champions had already booked their place for the last 16 with two games to spare but made sure of top spot with an impressive win.Diego Simeone’s Atletico meanwhile will have to wait until their final group game against Lokomotiv Moscow in Madrid to advance to the knockout rounds.Juventus have 13 points from five games, with Atletico still on seven, one point ahead of third-placed Bayer Leverkusen after their 2-0 win over Lokomotiv.Cristiano Ronaldo returned to action after recent knee problems, partnered by Dybala as in-form Gonzalo Higuain started on the bench.The 34-year-old Portugal international was rested for last Saturday’s Serie A win over Atalanta despite scoring four goals for Portugal in the international break after being substituted in Juventus’ previous two games.He had another injury scare in the opening period as he grimaced in pain and limped after colliding with the corner flag as he tried to stop the ball going out of play, but played on.Atletico had their chances in a balanced first half with Thomas Partey sending a long-range volley wide after 13 minutes, as Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny got down low to smother a goal-bound Saul Niguez effort. However it was 26-year-old Dybala who was the standout player, and he got the breakthrough just before the break when he curled in a superb strike from a tight angle to leave Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak stunned.Ronaldo threatened after an hour racing towards goal only to send wide, before Federico Bernadeschi rattled the post after coming on for Welsh international Aaron Ramsey.Dybala went off to a standing ovation when replaced by Higuain for the last quarter of an hour.Matthijs de Ligt, who had been a doubt after dislocating his shoulder at the weekend, pulled off a brilliant sliding tackle to steal the ball from the feet of a goal-bound Angel Correa with seven minutes to go.And Alvaro Morata missed the chance to steal a point in the final moments of the game.Correa sent the ball across the face of goal but the former Juventus striker failed to finish off on front of an empty goal.last_img read more

first_imgA South Florida family is searching for answers after their two-year-old daughter came home from her first day at a day care center with second-degree burns.Salma Yemmas and Hudson Michel say they dropped their daughter off to the Exploration Station on Miami Dade College’s North Campus Monday but hours later, they received a concerning phone call.Their daughter’s teacher called Yemmas to ask if she dropped her daughter off with a cut or scratch on her stomach. When Yemmas said no, the teacher told the mother not to worry and that she would take care of it.Several hours after that, day care center called Yemmas again and told her that her daughter needed to be picked up because the wound was not getting any better.Yemmas arrived at the day care to her daughter who she says was cry hysterically.I’d never seen her cry like this,” Yemmas explained. “I lift up her shirt and it’s big — skin peeled off — it’s a big wound.”Yemmas then took her daughter to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where the staff told her that her daughter suffered a second-degree burn.On top of the diagnosis, Yemmas says she does not know what happened to her daughter because she is too young to remember and the staff who were supposed to be watching her say they did not see what happened.“They’re like, ‘We can’t say it’s a burn because we don’t know what happened.’ I said, ‘You were with my daughter. How do you not know what happened?’” Yemmas said to reporter.“Don’’ just say you don’t know,” Michel added. “You’re getting paid to watch my daughter and other kids.”While the day car declined to comment on the specific situation, they did release a statement say that the safety if their staff and the children are their top priority and that they are currently investigating the incident.last_img read more

first_imgInfectious diseases expert Dr. Aileen Marty says a cornonavirus vaccine will not be available by the end of the year as the president said over the weekend. She says that there are at least 100 different vaccines being tested at this time around the world.Everyone recognizes that this is a horrible virus, so there is a willingness to cut some corners to see if they can get a decent vaccine out sooner. They are trying to figure out which vaccine is demonstrating that it is effective and safe.The study that is ongoing with the various vaccines determines if they are safe in non-humans. Then it will be on to human testing and there is always a concern when giving a trial vaccine to people that it will not be safe.Sunday, President Trump predicted a coronavirus vaccine is on the horizon.At a Fox News townhall, Trump said he believes a vaccine will be available by the end of the year.Trump admitted that he would rather have therapeutic treatments for the respiratory illness. He touted the hope that the drug remdesivir could treat coronavirus. It’s being fast-tracked for FDA approval after a study showed it could hasten recovery from COVID-19.last_img read more

first_imgJust hours after a protest took place calling for the firing of Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, the Broward Sheriff’s Deputies Union has formally written to Gov. Ron DeSantis requesting for Tony’s removal.“The request to formally ask the Governor to remove Gregory Tony was made out of necessity for the 5,000 Union members at the Broward Sheriff’s Office who come to work knowing that their boss is unqualified during a time of national emergency and epidemic,” union president Jeff Bell, who has been suspended by Tony, said in a statement Thursday.Bell went on to write that, “If Gregory Tony were to accurately and honestly complete a Law Enforcement Officer job application today with all of the information the public has learned over the past two months, he would have a near impossible time finding a Law Enforcement job anywhere in the Nation.”Tony was named sheriff by DeSantis, after the governor removed Scott Israel in the aftermath of the Parkland massacre.Meanwhile, Tony and Israel are both leading candidates in the election for the sheriff’s position this year.Tony’s campaign said earlier Thursday that politics was the reason for the protest.“Yet again, Scott Israel’s campaign just can’t be honest,” Tony’s campaign said in a statement. “This was a political event organized by Scott Israel’s paid political consultants, and attended by political opponents of Sheriff Tony and Scott Israel himself.”last_img read more

first_img13 Jul 2013 Glory for Spain and disappointment for England Golden glory for Spain and disappointment for England – that’s the story of the final day of the European ladies’ team championship at Fulford, York.Spain (Image © Leaderboard Photography) beat Austria in the final to become champions for the fifth time, amid scenes of great celebration by the players.  But England ended the week empty handed when they lost the bronze medal play-off to Finland.The team were on the back foot after lost both morning foursomes, one finishing on the 19th and the other on the 18th. But they vowed to come out fighting in the singles – and that’s exactly what they did.They needed to take four of the five afternoon matches and, although Bronte Law lost her match, it was a case of ‘game on’ when Georgia Hall, Hayley Davis and Meghan MacLaren all won. But a birdie blitz from Lauren Taylor’s opponent stopped the charge in its tracks.Lauren had been ahead after 13 holes, but Finland’s Krista Bakker, produced a run of consecutive birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th to come from one down to two up. When the 17th was halved, England’s medal hopes were finally ended and it was Finland who took the bronze.England captain Emma Brown remarked: “We had a great fightback in the singles, they all played well this afternoon and made it an exciting, close match. They are disappointed, but they have done well and they will bounce back.”Steve Robinson, the England coach, echoed her words: “We’ve given a lot of people a lot of entertainment this week and we ended up playing for a medal.“We would have liked to win one and I am disappointed for the girls after they put in such a lot of effort. I can’t fault them for effort, they were 2-0 down and they gave Finland a fright. I’m proud of them.”In the final, Spain put the early pressure on Austria when they won both morning foursomes and needed just two points from the singles.The afternoon session was closely contested and each side had won a point before the top game turned into the decider. Austria came down the 18th one-up, but Spain’s Noemi Jiminez squared the match when she got up and down from a bunker for birdie.When she sank her par putt on the 19th to win the hole and the championship it was the signal for the Spanish celebrations to begin.Spain’s captain Mabel Pascual Del Pobil said: “I am so happy, it has been so tight. We have been so close this year in other events that we really wanted this. It’s been a really tough week and the girls have played great. I am very, very proud of my team.”The championship ended as it began, in glorious sunshine, with another eye-catching ceremony featuring all the teams and the Yorkshire Volunteer Band.Tributes were paid to Fulford Golf Club’s support for the event, for their green staff’s work to present the course in superb condition and for the army of volunteers who helped to make the tournament run so smoothly.Fulford president Barbara Saville told the players: “We have loved having you here and hope you return to your countries with happy memories.”The 2014 championship will be hosted by Slovenia.Finals placings1 Spain2 Austria3 Finland4 England5 Denmark6 France7 Netherlands8 Sweden9 Germany10 Belgium11 Ireland12 Scotland13 Wales14 Italy15 Slovenia16 Norway17 Iceland18 Switzerland19 Slovakialast_img read more

first_img Golf has helped transform the life of Graeme Mazur after a serious road accident – and now he’s setting out to inspire more disabled people to follow him in to the sport.Graeme, now 29, almost died after the accident in 2000 which left him with brain injuries and semi-paralysis. But, thanks to his love of golf, he has gained purpose and direction and plans a future in golf coaching.He has passed his Level One coaching qualification and is now able to assist more qualified PGA coaches to pass on his enthusiasm for the game, which he first learned as a boy.His focus is on working with disabled people, both in his home county of Kent and further afield, for he says: “Through golf I have found a passion and direction in my life and I hope I can inspire other people who are disabled to take up golf as a hobby.“My brain injury has affected my ability to plan and organise day-to-day tasks and golf has helped me to overcome some of my difficulties. It is good for the mind as it focusses you on one specific goal, to get the ball in the hole in the least amount of shots.“Golf has made me much more focussed on doing the right things in the right order. The sport has helped me with planning my way round the golf course and therefore planning my life in a structured and organised fashion. It has helped me rediscover skills and adapt to new ways of achieving goals.”Graeme has worked closely with two Kent PGA professionals: Richard Silman, the head pro at his club, Tenterden; and Gary Bason, the county development officer for the Kent Golf Partnership, which works to grow the game.Richard has helped Graeme adapt his swing, by playing one-handed to overcome the effect of his injuries, which weakened his right side. “He works really hard  and is so determined to get better, but he understands his limitations. He enjoys it, he loves every day he plays golf, you can see it in his face,” said Richard.Gary has worked with Graeme to achieve his Level One coaching qualification, and points out that his ambitions to involve more disabled people in the sport coincide with those of the England Golf Partnership (EGP) and its national network of county partnerships. This is also reflected in the aims of the England Golf Strategic Plan 2014-17, which include increasing the number of regular golfers and removing barriers to participation.“Through the coaching we have done together Graeme has grown in confidence and improved his coaching knowledge,” said Gary. “There’s no doubting his enthusiasm and commitment to helping those with a disability to have more opportunities in golf – and this is one of the priorities of the EGP, which is funded by Sport England.”Graeme has already worked with Gary and other Kent coaches to deliver disability golf sessions. He also hopes to travel the country working with disability groups and his ambition, he says is: “To get those clubs with wheelchair access to have lots more members who are disabled.”Jamie Blair, the England Golf Disability Manager, commented: “Ensuring that disabled people have opportunities within all areas of the game, not just as players, is key to making our game truly inclusive“Graeme’s passion for the game is fantastic and, as we develop more opportunities at clubs for disabled people to get into and return to the game, we can use his passion to enthuse others.”Graeme features in a video, Graeme Mazur: Golf for the Disabled (Justin Barry / www.transitionalmedia.co.uk ) Please Click here to viewTo find out about Get into golf opportunities across England click here. Get into golf is a national campaign designed to inspire adults to take up the game. It offers affordable coaching for beginners and returners to golf and all sessions are run by PGA professionals.Click here for more information about Level One coaching opportunities. 30 Sep 2014 Inspirational Graeme takes golf to disabled people last_img read more