Month: August 2020

Carnival time, Mon!!

first_imgTrinidad carnival Vanessa JamesBefore Christians begin 40 days of self-denial and sacrifice during the Lenten season beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1, several Caribbean Islands will celebrate one of the Caribbean’s more spirited entertainment event – Carnival. Nowhere in the Caribbean is Carnival more exhilarating, more colorful, more fun, than in Trinidad and Tobago.It is believed the first celebration of modern Carnival in the Caribbean originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the late 18th century when French immigrants brought the Masquerade tradition with them to the islands. According to legend, slaves who were emancipated in 1838, used carnival rituals to commemorate their sufferings on the plantations and at the same time lampooned the lifestyle of their former masters through costumed characters. From TNT Carnival spread to other Caribbean islands like Haiti.Carnival is always a time of fun in Trinidad and TobagoFor decades. the annual Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, begins with plans and events from early January, peaking on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.Visitors from all over the world descend on Trinidad and Tobago every year to celebrate Carnival, primarily for the last two days, which are described as a celebration of life, color and the artistry of the people of Trinidad. It is usual for those who visit Carnival, even for multiple times, to praise the festivities especially the colorful costumes worn by various bands, and the pulsating rhythm of calypso, steel drums, and soca, as an experience they cannot forget.Visitors to Carnival are advised to be well rested before going down to Trinidad for the fun as they say “never stop, and you can ‘grine and wine’ till you drop.” This is no idle advice, as during the build up to the climax, men and women of all ages, races, and colors wine through the streets, drinking rum under the sun and under the stars.Before the highlight of Carnival next Monday and Tuesday, those who arrive in Trinidad over the weekend and bring the children with them, can take in the Kiddies Carnival which starts at 11:00 am on Saturday at the Queens Park Savannah in Port-au-Spain, the central location for Carnival events. Later that evening, visitors will be in for a unique thrill at the Panorama National Finals also at the Savannah, where large and medium steel orchestras will be thrilling the crowd with phenomenal steel pan music as they vie for the title.On Sunday, there is a wide variety of events across the land, but for those who are unconcerned of the realities of not getting sufficient rest before the grand two-day celebrations, they can take in the Dimanche Gras, which is the King and Queen Competition finals, also at Queens Park Oval.Thousands line the streets in Port-au-Spain and other major cities like San Fernando and Point Fortin from all walks of life to experience Carnival Monday and Tuesday; the grand finale where months of preparation and artistry are displayed for the world to see.The big event which officially kicks off Carnival on Monday morning is J’Ouvert (or “day break“) which starts at 3am at Queen’s Park Savannah, ending after sunrise. This is a mass party like no other, referred to as “dutty mas” where revelers parade with painted bodies covered in mud, oil coca or many other forms of body paint, as they jam to calypso and soca music.While people jam till the wee hours of the morning, street vendors serve the ever popular “doubles”, bake and shark and corn soup and steel pan and rhythm percussion sections continuously play the latest soca tunes of the season.Those going to carnival to participate in Tuesday’s grand parade, Masquerade or “Mas” as it is commonly called, can join one of the all-inclusive bands like Tribe, Bliss, Fantasy, Yuma or Ronnie and Caro. With hundreds of bands to choose from, carnival revelers have their pick based on the vibe, costumes, or social setting they prefer.Young and old alike have made Trini carnival a staple travel destination for good reason. Whether you go for the popular (fetes) or all-inclusive parties, the delicious cuisine, the Mas or just the overall Carnival experience, be sure to give yourself at least a week to take in the unlimited vibes and soak in the sweet TNT culture. There’s truly nothing like it on earth.last_img read more

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Windies women beat Sri Lanka

first_imgWindies women beat Sri Lanka in T50 game in TrinidadThe West Indies women cricketers defeated Sri Lanka’s women by 6 wickets on Wednesday at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad to take a one game lead in their 3-match 50 over series.The three-match ODI series is part of the ICC Women’s Championships, used as qualification for the 2021 World Cup.Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. They were dismissed for 136 with Hayley Matthews, Windies skipper Stafanie Taylor and Afy Fletcher all taking three wickets each. Matthews took 3-18 while Taylor had 3-24 and Fletcher took 3-42Chasing a score of 137 for victory, the West Indies easily motored to 138-4 off 39 overs. Merissa Aguilera top-scoring with an unbeaten 34 runs and Kyshona Knight scored an unbeaten 21 against 2-27 from Ranaweera.Hayley Matthews who shared in a valuable 37 run partnership with Chedean Nation, but ws forced to retire with an injury, was named Player of the Match.The win gives the West Indies women 2 points as the series forms part of the ICC Women’s Championship.The next match is a Day/Night game on Friday 13 from 2:30pm which will also be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.last_img read more

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SALUTE Junior Murvin – Jamaican entertainer

first_imgSALUTE Junior Murvin by Howard CampbellJamaica was not for the faint of heart in 1976. The political turmoil there influenced many a song, one of which was ‘Police and Thieves’ by singer Junior Murvin.In 1977, (40 years ago), the album of the same name was released in the United Kingdom by Island Records. ‘Police and Thieves’, the song, entered the UK national chart the previous year.Lee ‘Scratch’ PerryProduced by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Police and Thieves was not only a hit with the UK’s growing West Indian population, but also the punk movement that dominated that country.The song was a massive breakthrough for Murvin who hailed from Portland, a scenic, rural parish in eastern Jamaica. He had been singing since the 1960s for various producers without success. At one stage during the early 1970s, he gave up music due to frustration. But then he hooked up with the eccentric Perry, who was enjoying a golden run with cutting-edge songs like ‘Duppy Conqueror’ and ‘Small Axe’ by The Wailers, ‘War Inna Babylon’ (Max Romeo) and Junior Byles’ ‘Curly Locks’.Wasn’t a political statementAlthough the political scene in Jamaica was bloody because of  conflict between criminal gangs supporting the ruling People’s National Party and Opposition Jamaica Labor Party, Murvin consistently insisted ‘Police and Thieves’ was not a political statement.The song, which caused a riot at the 1977 Notting Hill Carnival in the UK, has endured. It was covered by punk group The Clash for their self-titled debut album that year. Culture Club’s Boy George’s version entered the UK charts in 1998.‘Police and Thieves’ has been used in several movies including Rockers, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Third World Cop.Junior Murvin died in December 2013.For a previous SALUTE, visit the link: SALUTE Hasley Crawford – T&T track and fieldlast_img read more

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#Editorial: Loving and Respecting Others is the Christmas Message

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Christmas is perhaps the most celebratory event in the Christian calendar. Christmas Day is bundled with several holidays celebrated between the end of November and the end of December, which include Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve. Since these holidays include other religious commemorations, to be inclusive, this period from Thanksgiving to the New Year is simply called the holidays, but to Christians, it’s the Christmas season.It seems Christians, representing a large percentage of the South Florida population, are more adamant this year to emphasize that the season commemorates Jesus’ Birth. On several occasions, people offering “Happy Holidays” greetings have been rebuffed by the pronounced response, “Merry Christmas,” and this year more retailers have hung “Merry Christmas” banners instead of those depicting “Happy Holidays” as occurred in recent years. Greeting card stores are also selling more Christmas cards, rather than “holiday” cards.An interesting comment was made by a local Pentecostal pastor that the challenge of recent times is driving more people to seek hope in Christ, hence the reemphasis on Christmas. “People need hope more than ever these days,” said the pastor. “They are hoping for jobs, saving their homes from foreclosure, to get better salaries, have stronger families, find love; and they see this hope exemplified in the Christmas message with the commemoration of the birth of Christ, the Messiah born to bring hope and salvation to a sinful world.”People of different religious beliefs may disagree with his view, but it seems that Christmas, and the season that surrounds it, generate a degree of hope and optimism among a large percentage of the population wherever Christmas is celebrated.During Christmas, many people are more generous. Individuals who complained of being strapped for cash during the year find funds to spend on friends, relatives and themselves. People who were otherwise strangers during the year become more friendly, offering pleasant greetings for joy, blessings and happiness to each other. Generally, people become more charitable, reaching out to feed the hungry, and offer gifts to the poor, especially children, who would otherwise receive no gifts.However, people also tend to lose their sense of reasoning during the season, spending relentlessly, not heeding caution that this heavy spending will leave them in debt during the new year. While such spending augurs well for the economy, it depletes the personal savings of individuals and families who cannot afford this loss. However, many people get caught up in this environment of generosity, and harbor hopes that the new year will bring the blessings they prayed for during the passing year to compensate for their excesses during the Christmas season.But Christmas is not permanent. The festivity ends abruptly, especially in America, where at midnight on December 25, Christmas disappears like Cinderella’s coach, replaced by the pumpkin of reality.After all the glitter is cleared, and the visiting relatives return home, everyone has to find the most realistic means of coping with the challenges of their respective lives. Nonetheless, Christmas serves as an important reminder, and, like the pastor said, offers hope to a burdened people.The season proves that kindness, a spirit of sacrifice and goodwill, and a real attempt to reach out to the less fortunate is realistic. While most people won’t be able to spend without limit, they can share the true spirit of Christmas, regardless of their religious beliefs. They can continue to love and respect each other as they want to be loved and respected.This should be the legacy of the Christmas season and Christmas Day.May this message resonate long after the season ends.last_img read more

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Jamaica’s Minister of Labour & Social Security Shahine Robinson Has Died

first_imgJust last year October, Robinson’s younger brother Peter Fakhourie, a former JLP candidate, died after battling an undisclosed illness. Robinson, who was also the member of parliament for North-East St. Ann, died at her home in St. Ann today. Jamaica’s Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson has died at 66 years old. Robinson was previously a naturalised citizen of the United States before obtaining a Certificate of Loss of Nationality in December 2010. She is a graduate of the Miami Dade College, with an associate degree in Marketing and a diploma in Public Relations. Reports are that she had been “fighting” after falling gravely ill days ago amid a long battle with cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2018.last_img read more

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Former Super Eagles Striker ‘The Yak’ Retires From Football

first_imgHe featured for clubs like Everton, Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers, Reading, Maccabi Haifa and many more.The Yak made his debut for the Super Eagles of Nigeria in 2000 and went on to score 21 goals in 57 appearances thus becoming the 3rd highest goalscorer in the history of the team.Yakubu Aiyegbeni played for Nigeria at four African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournaments in addition to him representing the country as part of the Eagles team to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. RelatedGreatest Nigerian Player: “No Where In The World” Mikel Better Than Oliseh – Aiyegbeni (AUDIO)August 10, 2020In “Featured”Yakubu Aiyegbeni Picks His All Time Super Eagles XIAugust 7, 2020In “Featured”Diafra SakhoJune 30, 2017Similar post Former Super Eagles striker Yakubu ‘The Yak’ Aiyegbeni has retired from football at the age of 35.Yakubu, who is the second highest African goalscorer in the Premier League with 96 goals, played for many clubs during his impressive career.last_img read more

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bettingexpert stays in second despite strong showing at Ascot

first_imgbettingexpert and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average total for bettingexpert.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.Each tipster will get a ‘Nap of the Day’ each week which scores double points.For example, if bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris backs a winning horse at 8/1, he will get 8 points; if he has put this horse forward as his ‘Nap of the Day’, the reward is 16 points. Submit RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Share StumbleUpon SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Sharecenter_img Related Articles 1Sarah Shannon – OneBet210.38 2Stephen Harris – bettingexpert29.72 3Tim Reynolds – Sun Bets25.00 4Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 5Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air24.50 6Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 7Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 8Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Square in the Air director Ben Cleminson and bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris made a flying start in the Tipster Challenge at Ascot by sharing success across the first four races.However, neither managed to find the long odds winners in the final two races of the day, which left Harris in second place despite increasing his weekly average with a 12.00-point haul.Meanwhile, Cleminson had to be content with taking fifth place in the competition, sponsored by Betting Gods, after wins for Le Brivido in the opener and 5/2F Qemah in the 3.40.Race Winners at Ascot:Le Brivido – 2/1Heartache – 5/1Qemah – 5/2Highland Reel – 9/4Zhui Feng – 25/1Con Te Partiro – 20/1Tipster Challenge 2017 Leaderboard ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020last_img read more

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BetRegal diary – Defining our acquisition strategy

first_img Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Submit Former Pinnacle Marketing Director Aly Lalani is one of the key drivers behind the launch of BetRegal.com, a new sportsbetting and gaming brand created to provide its customers with the “highest possible value” in prices. After defining the go to market strategy, Lalani is back to share his experiences about the challenges of bringing a new brand to the market.From the start, we wanted to identify the differentiators that will help us stand out in the sector. In terms of sustainability, there has to be something beyond just having a bigger bonus, right? Customers are smarter now, and the onus is on operators to ensure we are providing a differentiated product and a top-notch customer experience.We needed a peg to hang our hat on and declare THIS is who we are going to be. As you may remember from the first two diaries in this series, we decided to push hard on the customer support motto of “killing them with kindness”, while utilising the EveryMatrix platform to aggressively manage our pricing to a very granular level.As we establish ourselves as a brand, this is how we intend to stand out in the convoluted and sometimes complicated European market – customer support and pricing – but first, we will trial such an approach in certain markets in South and Central America, where we hope to leverage some acquisition in a ‘fresh’ territory not as ripe with competition.Okay, so we’re all caught up. We’ve worked out what we want the BetRegal brand to mean to the customer, where we might find this type of customer, and how we can get to market quickly. Now, we need to have a serious discussion around the acquisition of players.Firstly, we need to be clear on our target customer, which is between the ages of 25 and 49 and living in Europe, or at least with the ability to wager from Europe. Obviously ‘Europe’ is a pretty big place so we’ll have to narrow down our focus to a few key markets, but from a product perspective we realize that all the major European sports will need to be included in our offering.It is important for us to attract players with an understanding of how odds work. I don’t expect BetRegal to be a user’s first sportsbook account, rather I anticipate more of a category user. As important as their betting experience, our customers motivation to bet will be derived from a passion for sport, rather than a purely a desire to generate revenues. We anticipate odds comparison sites to be a strong source of acquisition initially, partly because I have some good personal relationships in that area from my Pinnacle days, but more importantly because that’s where we can best highlight our intended pricing differentiator. However, as you can imagine I’m pretty stretched with plans for the product itself, so a short term priority is to take on a European based affiliate manager to lead this strategy. If we can be fairly aggressive in pricing in one or two markets in a specific leagues/games of significant popularity, we can at least get some presence on these odds comparison sites to not only jump start acquisition, but also to build the brand to those price aware customers we’ve defined as important to us. We realise that the customers that frequent these sites aren’t always influenced by the marketing of the big blue-chip brands. They don’t necessarily care about jersey sponsorship as much as they do about having a quality product and good service. We should be a good fit and can hopefully generate reasonable acquisition from that segment of affiliates.We plan on following through with a fairly aggressive content strategy. It’s obviously still very early days so we need to define it much more clearly, but in general, producing high quality, engaging content provides the backbone for so many other marketing channels. There is the obvious SEO value that comes along with strong content. It provides extra touch points and communication paths for affiliates to get your brand in front of their customer base. It also provides an initial footprint in the social media space giving us a reason to interact with customers (and potential customers) through various social media channels. If we can get to the point of consistently generating quality content (articles, tools, widgets, calendars,calculators), I think it will set us up well to begin exploring and leveraging those other marketing channels relatively quickly.We want to make our customers a little bit smarter. Not too smart, but a little bit smarter by giving them access to as much information as possible. Particularly on the sports side, you normally bet when you have the perception that you have an edge, or that you have a little more information than someone else has. We really want to harness that and make people feel that they get value just from visiting the site.That’s the plan. Start with the affiliates in our target markets, and move on to a more aggressive content strategy to support affiliate acquisition, start building our SEO visibility and engage in some carefully devised social media campaigns. I’m going to need some help.Let’s go! 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Super Early Bird offer for Betting on Football 2018

first_img Share SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 SBC strengthens sales team with Ross Main appointment April 17, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share DOWNLOAD: Superbet CEO stars in first SBC Magazine for 2020 January 28, 2020 Submit Tickets are now on sale for next year’s Betting on Football conference, which has been scheduled for 20-23 March to address key industry issues ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.Delegates who purchase tickets before 1 December will be eligible for the Super Early Bird offer with a 50% discount on ticket price. Get your tickets HERE.Following on from the success of Betting on Football 2017 at Stamford Bridge, after which 97.4% of delegates said they would recommend it to a colleague, the fifth edition of the largest international football and betting conference will return to the home of Chelsea FC.More than 1,500 senior executives are expected to attend #bofcon2018, which will feature more than 180 world class industry speakers across multiple targeted conference tracks, including a full day dedicated to Russia 2018, and specific tracks around sponsorship and market profiles across the globe. Once again, it also provides an opportunity to make high level connections with three evenings of networking parties at some of the best venues in London.The ‘World Cup and beyond’ track will focus on trading algorithms for the tournament, the increased importance of CRM, the balance between acquisition and retention, the use of big data, the battle for social media supremacy and ‘Life beyond the bonus’.Meanwhile, Betting on Football will emphasise its international appeal with updates around seven of the biggest sports betting jurisdictions, including the fast-growing markets in Spain and Italy, increased legislation and mobile betting advancements across Africa, and the move towards legalised sports betting in more of the US states.Former CCO of AC Milan Jaap Kalma will be heading up the event’s exclusive Betting on Sponsorship track. He commented: “Betting on Sports and Betting on Football have in my view quickly become must-attend events for those in the betting world and those in related industries, such as key suppliers, but also given the ever greater importance of partnerships both for operators and rights holders, for sports teams.“The format allows you, in very little time, to update yourself on the state-of-the-art of the industry and to establish connections with all the key players. Highly recommended.”Super Early Bird tickets for the biggest ever Betting on Football conference, headline sponsored by OPTIMA and VSoftCo, are available for just £349 (+VAT) until 1 December. After this date, ticket prices will revert to the standard rate of £699 (+VAT).SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron said: “We are excited to launch this Super Early Bird offer for next year’s Betting on Football. We believe it provides the best value of any conference ticket on the market. In 2018, no other conference will have such a high concentration of leaders, decision makers and speakers from across the sector.”last_img read more

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AgiproNews’ Italian View – New government faces same old industry dilemmas

first_img Related Articles Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Share Whatever form the next Italian government takes following this March’s ground-breaking general election results, Italy’s new political taskmasters’ will have to revamp the country’s existing gambling framework.A coalition government, led by the legislative novices of the 5-Star Movement has a daunting task in creating a more cohesive industry framework, in-line with business provisions set out by Italy’s new ‘Stability Law of 2017’.In 2018, Italian betting stakeholders point to three critical industry concerns which must be addressed by the new government.First up, the government will have to adjudicate new proposals to add a further 10,000 new betting points within Italy’s autonomous regions.Set to be delivered this September, the betting industry has met resistance from multiple state regulators, who have implemented laws restricting the operating of betting points near ‘sensitive places’ such as churches, schools and hospitals.Further concerns are raised about whether a new government will move to approve new betting industry provisions, currently being revised by Italy’s Ministry of the Economy.Betting stakeholders seek a strengthening of the national betting code in relation to Asian Handicap offers, operator Cash-Out functionalities and setting fixed policy and clear practices on ‘market disputes’ relating to bookmakers and their customers.From a long-term industry standpoint, the new government will be tested on whether it can finally align Italy’s complex governing framework between the state and autonomous regions, which has affected previous governments presiding the betting sector.Revamping Italy’s gambling agenda, set in a previous agreement the industry had settled on reducing its overall slot machines portfolio by 35% from 400,000 to about 265,000, with licensed operators significantly reducing machine inventory in bars and tobacconists.Nevertheless, set against the constant battle of federal laws versus regional rights, Italy’s new political actors face numerous obstacles in delivering business/commercial alignment… Italian gambling stakeholders will have to wait and see whether 2018 will truly be a year of change!last_img read more

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Spain follows through with tax break for burgeoning online gambling market

first_imgShare Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Spain’s Parliament has pushed forward with its 2018 fiscal budget, which will implement a significant 5% tax reduction on a number of online gambling/betting services.Spain cuts taxes on gross gambling revenues from 25% to 20% on a range of industry online verticals including sports and exchange betting, online casino games and horseracing.Despite the recent upheaval in Spanish politics, which last June saw Mariano Rajoy discharged as Prime Minister following bribery scandals attached to the governing Partido Popular (PP – Conservative Centre Right).The Spanish parliament has decided not to delay its budget, which was initially agreed on in May, with the new fiscal policies being implemented by the new PSOE (socialist) government led by Pedro Sanchez.The tax breaks come at a crucial point for the burgeoning Spanish online gambling market, which is set to expand its licensing programme in 2018, welcoming a number of new operators to its marketplace.From a governance perspective, Spain will maintain its federal and regional divide between online and land-based gambling services.The Federal government will continue to regulate the Spanish online gambling marketplace through the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), whilst Span’s autonomous communities will be able to grant individual gambling concessions to enterprises adhering to DGOJ standards.last_img read more

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Newcastle Racecourse to receive multi-million pound face-lift

first_img New look ARC revamps executive leadership team February 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020 Share Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Submit The Arena Racing Company (ARC) has revealed a multi-million pound development scheme for Newcastle Racecourse and High Gosforth Park, following on from the success in similar previous work undertaken.Planning to submit its plans for the next stages of its development to Newcastle City Council in Autumn this year, it is hoped the proposals will boost the international prestige of the racecourse, in addition to creating a plethora of new jobs and driving a significant uplift of visitor numbers through the city. Improvement detailed for the racecourse estate includes an approximate 3,500m2 events centre, alongside significant refurbishment of the public and hospitality areas, as well as the racing staff accommodation. In its media statement ARC also outlined its plans for High Gosforth Park, which includes the development of “high quality” residential accommodation, and refurbishment to the listed Brandling House and its associated public space.David Williamson, Executive Director of Newcastle Racecourse, said “Our plans will complete the transformation of Newcastle Racecourse into a world class sporting venue. The development of the racecourse, and the wider High Gosforth Park Estate, will provide a significant boost to Newcastle’s local economy and help create a number of jobs.“These plans will completely transform the customer experience here at Newcastle, with brand new facilities for racegoers including bars, restaurants and hospitality suites, alongside significant upgrades for owners and trainers as well as the accommodation for racing staff.  “We very much look forward to hearing people’s views on the plans, and welcome feedback at the exhibition on 31 August. We look forward to introducing the public to our plans and hearing their views.” A public consultation has been launched on the plans, with local residents invited to submit their views. Newcastle Racecourse will host a public exhibition and drop-in session before racing on 31 August between 12:00 and 16:00.last_img read more

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Raketech ups Finnish sports profile acquiring TVmatsit

first_img Raketech boosts global network with Lead Republik acquisition March 11, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Michael Holmberg – RaketechStockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network Raketech Group Plc has moved to expand its presence within Finland, acquiring legacy sports listings portal – Tvmatsit.com.Updating investors, Raketech confirms that it has secured an x5.2 EBITDA transaction, valuing TVmatsit.com at a purchase price amount of €1.6 million.In addition, Raketech will enhance its acquisition offer, with a further €300,000 in incentives to be rewarded over a 24-month period, pending agreed-upon performance targets.Confirming the acquisition, Michael Holmberg Chief Executive of Raketech noted clear organic synergies between Tvmatsit.com and the firm’s active European sports portfolio which currently operates  – TVmatchen.nu (Swe), TVsportguide.com (UK), TVsporten.dk (Den), TVsportguide.de (Ger), TVkampen.com (Nor) and Esportsguide.com (Global).Considered one of Finland’s most trusted sports news publishers, TVmatsit generates its traffic organically by delivering a complete guide to sports broadcasting in Finland and through a successful media buying strategy.Raketech informs that the founders of TVmatsit.com will continue to run the product post-acquisition, and also integrate successful aspects of the platform and media strategy across Raketech’s key markets.Michael Holmberg, CEO of Raketech, said: “We are pleased to acquire TVmatsit.com, a product which complements our existing range of online sports listing platforms. The acquisition is in line with our strategy to offer all product categories in Raketech’s key markets, and until now we have lacked a guide product in Finland. We look forward to working with the TVmatsit team to further optimise the product with our content and SEO expertise, and also replicate their successful media buying strategy in other markets.”last_img read more

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Riot Games to consolidate competitions into singular Latin American league

first_imgRiot Games has announced its plan to consolidate its two current Latin American League of Legends competitions into a singular league – the name of which is yet to be announced.Eight teams will face off in this new league starting in 2019, playing in Santiago de Chile, Riot Games believes the location contains means that are “essential for the future of the scene”. Riot Games originally made a decision in 2016 to segment Latin America into North and South to increase “the relevance, audience and internal of each of the leagues.” As the announcement admits, it didn’t quite work out as expected.As it stands, Riot Games currently operates both the America South Cup (also known as Copa Latinoamérica Sur or CLS) and the Latin America North League (also known as Liga Latinoamérica Norte or LLN). Each league sees eight teams in contention to win, though when the leagues are brought together, there will only be room for eight teams. Riot Games are expected to reveal how these teams will be decided upon in the upcoming days – alongside the competition format and key dates for the league.The announcement explains the decision: “Latin America has a diverse and extremely rich culture, but we believe that esports fans share many similarities across the continent. The way in which an Argentine player passionately enjoys a final is not different from the excitement of a Mexican fan to see his favourite team devote champion, and that is reflected in each and every one of the countries that make up the region. Today we believe that dividing efforts, resources and fans into two scenes that share so much is not the best way.”Esports Insider says: Bringing the competitions together with the best teams from both North and South Latin America regions sounds ideal for providing the most competitive experience. Riot Games tried doing it another way and realised it perhaps wasn’t the best way, so we’re looking forward to seeing what they pull out of the bag for this unnamed league.last_img read more

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“Measure your expectations of us”- Felix Annan to Kotoko fans

first_imgAsante Kotoko goalie and captain, Felix Annan, has called on the team’s fans to be tempered in their expectations of the players as they try to make their way through the CAF Champions League and other assignments in the coming months.Kotoko made it first round of the Champions League after they beat Kano Pillars 2-0 in Kumasi on Sunday to progress 4-3 on aggregate.They will face Champions League big timers, Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia, in the next round and they will hope to make it to the group stage but Annan wants the fans to keep their cool and not to place huge pressure on the team to get the needed results in the competition.“As players, we are very ready to give 200 hundred percent but we want to tell the fans that they should limit their expectations of us. This is a new team and players are trying to gel.Their efforts are not bad at the moment. There will be improvements as we go along. We will give our best but they need to take things easy for us and keep supporting us and we will do our best for them.”Annan shared his thoughts on the victory the team got over Kano Pillars and said that it was good to see that they executed well on the day and they gave the fans a very good result.“We got the result that we wanted. We used the experience of playing in last season’s CAF Confed Cup and it was something special. We are happy to have made it through to the next round.It would have been a big blow if we had failed because of the expectations of the fans. If we did not win, we would feel as though we had not done our job. We are happy and we will try to get through to the next stage.”last_img read more

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Kevin Prince-Boateng: Choosing Ghana over Germany was a great decision

first_imgBeşiktaş forward, Kevin Prince-Boateng, has revealed that choosing Ghana over Germany was the best decision in his career.The former AC Milan attacker revealed this in a Puma interview with Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry.Boateng confirmed his nationality switch before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and was part of the Black Stars team for that tournament and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Overall, he played 15 times for Ghana.When asked by the former Gunner why he chose Ghana over Germany, the 33-year-old highlighted the fact that he was of a mixed race and was discovering himself as he grew up.“That’s a tricky one. But it is simple. If you were like me, like yourself, we are all mixed race. Two sides.When you are young, you do not really know who you are. So you always have a lot of questions, trying to figure out yourself.So I did not feel German 100%, neither did I feel Ghanaian 100%. Of course, I am both Ghanaian and German but a lot of mixed-race people born in Germany feel 100% German.Others also felt they were more Nigerian, Cameroonian, Ghanaian or whatever but I was always in the middle not knowing 100% what I was”.Boateng admitted he was willing to represent Germany at the national level but thought he did not have the right character to be able to make the jump to the first team of the national team.“So when football came in and offered me the chance to play for Germany, I was proud to play for them, to hear the national anthem and what have you.But as I grew older, and kept my brains where I was, I said what I think, I always wanted to prove my point, whatever. It was not so welcomed, let’s put it like that. I always said it’s like this and the coaches will be like ‘no, it is like that’. Obviously the coaches are right but I always wanted to prove my point.So there came a point when I thought that maybe I would not play for the first team of Germany. Because maybe it will not be about qualities. My character did not fit so I chose to play for Ghana and honestly, it is the best decision I have made in my career.Because to go home to see your roots, to see your people, different culture and I had the chance to play two World cups. It gave me a lot”.Boateng (first from bottom left) in a Black Stars team picture during the 2010 World Cup in South Africalast_img read more

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Brew On The Bay Is Back

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisBrew On The Bay is coming up next month and this year the proceeds are going towards an exciting project in Alpena. Each year the Rotary Club partners with Alpena Beverage to help raise money for local projects. This year there will be over 30 vendors, over 200 auction items available for people to bid on, 20 live auction items and a variety of silent auction items. Through events like Brew On the Bay, the Alpena Rotary Club has been able to help raise money for multiple projects around Alpena and this year the proceeds will be going towards the splash park.Brew On the Bay will be held at the Aplex on March 1st from 6–10pm if you’re interested you can purchase tickets from Neiman’s family market, Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, Perch’s IGA or from the Rotary Club AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Brew On The BayContinue ReadingPrevious WBKB News Team Takes A Plunge For a Great Cause!Next West Branch Regional Medical Center to become MidMichigan Affiliatelast_img read more

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Maidens hopeful as they come up against Uruguay

first_imgBlack Maidens will enter the Bayil Stadium in Baku on Wednesday aware that only a win can keep their hopes of a second round berth at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012.Ghana’s U-17 women’s team face newcomers, Uruguay in Group D after either side lost their opening game.For the Black Maidens, who are making their third-time appearance at the competition, they cannot afford to lose, having overcome the heartache of their a 2-1 defeat to Germany on Sunday.Mas-ud Didi Dramani’s side can change their destiny at the competition, a belief held by Ellen Coleman, one of the competition’s veterans and who is making her third appearance following her debut in 2008.“It [defeat to Germany] was our first game and we promise that we’re going to win our next game and get out of the group,” she said.“We have a lot of belief in our team and in our ability. Though we couldn’t get the win in our first game, we need to keep our chins up and believe we can beat Uruguay and China. If we can get out of the group, I think we can make the semis or even the final here.”last_img read more

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Barcelona face PSG, Madrid play Galatasaray in Champions League quarters

first_imgParis Saint-Germain will take on Barcelona in the standout tie of the Champions League quarter-finals after the draw at Uefa house in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.Barcelona, who won the competition in 2011 and overturned a 2-0 deficit to dump out AC Milan this season, will face Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain with the first leg taking place in the French capital.Last season’s finalists Bayern Munich face a tough clash with Serie A leaders Juventus in another huge fixture.Primera Division champions Real Madrid are rewarded for their victory over Manchester United with a tie against Turkish giants Galatasaray, while Malaga, who knocked out Porto, take on German champions Borussia Dortmund.The four first legs will take place on March, with the second legs scheduled for April 9 and 10.The draw for the semi-finals will be held on April 12, and the tournament concludes at Wembley Stadium on May 25.last_img read more

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Referee admits error in Italy vs Brazil Confed Cup match

first_imgFIFA says the referee who awarded Italy a goal after first whistling for a penalty in Saturday’s match against Brazil acknowledges making the wrong call.Referee Ravshan Irmatov blew his whistle to award Italy a penalty. Moments later, as play continued, Giorgio Chiellini scored. Irmatov was seen pointing at the penalty spot and then giving a goal.FIFA spokesman Pekka Odriozola said: “He has admitted he made a mistake.”Irmatov is a widely respected referee from Uzbekistan who had been expected to have a chance to referee the Confederations Cup final. Now he is expected to be sent home with his assistants, who also made two key errors in Saturday’s game.Brazil won the match 4-2.last_img read more

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Arsenal defeat Vietnam in historic match

first_imgArsenal strolled to a 7-1 victory on Wednesday over Vietnam’s national team in a match which saw the first English premier league club play in the Communist country.Olivier Giroud drove home the first goal just five minutes into the game to rapturous applause from the packed stadium. He secured a hat-trick just moments before the end of the first half.Action gathered pace in the second half, despite hot and humid temperatures, with Arsenal scoring another four goals. As the humidity turned to rain, Vietnam fought back with a goal close to full-time, but the two minutes of extra time wasn’t enough to save them.Arsene Wenger’s team will wrap up their pre-season tour in Japan with two more friendlies. They beat an Indonesian team 7-0 late Sunday.Premiership clubs are very popular in Vietnam – much to the detriment of local teams. Around 25 000 fans turned out to cheer Wenger and his players at My Dinh National Stadium during the training session Tuesday night.Devoted fans have been following the North London team since they arrived in the capital on Monday. But one fan made such a big impression that he was invited to lead Arsenal onto the pitch for the game on Wednesday, according to media reports.The fan, dubbed “Running Man” by the club, was filmed from the window as he ran alongside the team’s bus for several kilometres. He was eventually allowed onto the bus to get his shirt signed. Despite the team’s popularity, the Gunners’ historic trip doesn’t come without controversy. The team’s sponsor in Vietnam, business group Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL), was the subject of a report in May by Global Witness, a campaign group which highlights abuses related to the exploitation of natural resources.The group accused HAGL of acquiring vast amounts of land and contributing to environmental and human rights abuses at its rubber plantations in Laos and Cambodia. HAGL, which is run by one of Vietnam’s richest men, Doan Nguyen Duc, denied the accusations.“As a large listed company, we always abide by the laws and regulations of countries where we do business, and we meet all the environmental criteria of Laos and Cambodia,” he was quoted as saying in state-run newspaper Viet Nam News in May.last_img read more

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I never wrote a resignation letter to the GFA: Sammy Adjei

first_imgEx Black Stars goalkeeper Sammy Adjei has revealed to Asempa Sports that he never planned to retire from the senior national team as reported in 2008.The 32-year old goalkeeper of Accra Hearts Of Oak made these Revelations on Asempa sports heroes program over the weekend and described it as an ordeal.Ex Black Stars goalkeeper Sammy Adjei has revealed to Asempa Sports that he had never planned to retire from the senior national team as reported in 2008.Adjei who had stints in the Israeli league with FC Ashdod before the 2008 Africa cup of nations in Ghana said that he had never wanted to retire from the national team but was forced to retire by his club because he decided to leave the club to come and play for Ghana in the 2008 Nations cup.In addition he reiterated his resignation letter to quit the Black Stars was written by FC Ashdod and not him because they had warned him to stay and play for them but he refused and came to Ghana for the tournament.He explained that he was given conditions to stay and play for the club or else he would lose his starting place in the team after the Nations cup tournament. The club authorities lured him made to sign a letter to show that he was going for the Nations cup but he later realized it was a resignation letter.The veteran goalkeeper expressed his disappointment in the Ghana Football Association(GFA) saying that most of the officials there including the then GFA vice president Fred Pappoe knew about the issue but never tried to defend him when the news broke.On the flip side goalkeeper Sammy Adjei said he was hoping to get back to his best since he still has a lot to offer.He played for Club Africain of Tunisia in 2004 and was part of the Accra Hearts of Oak team that conquered Africa in 2000 and the Black stars team that went to the 1st ever World cup in Germany in 2006.Sammy Adjei also promised he may not join any team if Hearts of Oak rejects him as its been speculated.last_img read more

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Awal Mohammed recovers from injury to face Super Sport

first_imgBlack Stars defender Awal Mohammed returns from injury to face Super Sport on Wednesday Evening.The 25-year-old sustained a light injury whilst on duty for his club Maritzburg United in the Nedbank Cup win over Platinum Stars last week Saturday in the South African League.The experience defender had to be pulled off in the 45th minutes and replaced by Mario Booysen after suffering  the injury midway through the game.The ex Asante Kotoko center half has however been given the all clear to play against Super sports by his team after a doctor review session on Monday.News of Mohammed’s recovery serves as a massive boost for Ghana’s coach Kwesi Appiah who is looking to have all of his players fit and ready to play when the 2014 World Cup kick start in June.Maritzburg United lie 13th on the PSL table with 24 points out of 23 games playedlast_img read more

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Appiah ought to be honoured by the whole nation- Primeval CEO

first_imgThe Chief Executive Officer CEO) of Primeval Media, organizers of the Stephen Testimonial Match,Chief Larry Otoo, has called on the entire nation especially corporate bodies to join hands with his outfit to honour Stephen Tornado Appiah on June 27.The testimonial match which is expected to feature past and present Black Stars players and football stars around the globe will all grace the befitting sending off for the former Ghana captain.Appiah remains a cult figure in Ghana not only for his dedication to the Black Stars but also for his philanthropic deeds in several communities – especially in Chorkor and its environs.But Chief Larry, believes the time is right for the nation to show appreciation for Appiah’s immense contribution to the nation by offering massive support during his testimonial match especially corporate businesses.“Stephen Appiah’s contribution to football in Ghana can never be underestimated. He was an inspiration to many especially the youth in Ghana.“His contribution was not only limited to football, we all know the various philanthropic activities he undertook in Ghana and therefore worth celebrating”, he added. Participants in the testimonial game will be hosted to an A-listed dinner at the State Banquet Hall in Accra on the eve of the testimonial match.–last_img read more

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CAF won’t back Musa Bility’s FIFA presidential bid

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football will not support the FIFA presidential bid by Musa Bility of Liberia.CAF says its executive committee heard Bility at his request at a meeting on Thursday and decided against supporting his proposed candidacy.The executive panel “wished him good luck” with his bid, CAF said in a statement.The statement made no mention of possible contenders from Africa or elsewhere it might support.CAF president Issa Hayatou, FIFA’s senior vice president, and South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale, a member of FIFA’s discrimination task force, have been speculated as candidates to succeed Sepp Blatter on Feb. 26.CAF says its executive committee wants time to study all options. The panel will next meet Oct. 27, the day after FIFA’s deadline for applications.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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TOUCHLINE: Mzvee confirms it’s Asamoah Gyan on E-Chat segment!

first_imgWill let you into the MzVee – Asamoah Gyan connection on the E-chat segment of this week’s edition of Touchline.But First, the clash between the normal one (Jurgen Klopp) and the special one (Jose Mourinho)will more than dominate the headlines in the Epl. Mourinho will be seeking to alleviate some pressure of him while Klopp attempts his second win for Liverpool. Elsewhere Arsenal, and Manchester United will seek to return to winning ways after  capital one cup losses against Swansea City and Crystal Palace.Could Chelsea make it into the Top four this season? Your complete football weekend preview Show -Touchline -had all answers covered  on the Big Game preview .Just Click link below to satisfy your curiosity on the What MzVee had to say about Asamoah Gyan. Fast Paced Video Podcast is Anchored by  Joy Sports George Addo Jnr.last_img read more

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All set for Asempa FM fitness and fun festival

first_imgAsempa FM, a subsidiary of the Multimedia Group of Companies will host millions of Ghanaians as they mark the 7th edition of their annual fitness and fun festival at the El-Wak Sports Stadium on November 26.The event dubbed “Fitness for Peace”, seeks to drive home the importance of fostering and upholding the peace the country enjoys before, during and after the December 7 polls.With elections fast approaching, a lot has been said about the need for a peaceful election and as part of honoring corporate social responsibilities, Multimedia Group will use the event to propagate peace while bringing a lot of people to have fun and keep fit at the same time.Various keep fit clubs and individuals will proceed from Afrikiko at 5:30am to the El Wak stadium with a health walk and at the stadium.Activities to be competed in includes football, treasure hunt, unisex relay, arm wrestling, ladies egg and spoon race, 100m race and tug of peace as well as peace songs from renowned artistes. The 2016 Asempa FM fitness and fun festival is put together in partnership with the Christian Council, Office of the National Chief Imam with support from UNDP and DANIDA.last_img read more

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Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury: Fight time, PPV price, how to watch, live stream

first_imgPerhaps the biggest heavyweight title fight in the United States since Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson in 2002 will take place on Dec. 1 when WBC champion Deontay Wilder battles lineal champ Tyson Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Negotiations started in earnest after talks between Wilder and unified titleholder Anthony Joshua stalled out. When Fury dispatched Francesco Pianeta by unanimous decision in August, Wilder entered the ring, and the fight was made official. – The Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury clash plays a bigger role in the heavyweight division than most think. MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 80 fight nights a yearWilder (40-0, 39 KOs) last fought in March, when he mounted a comeback and knocked out Luis Ortiz to score the biggest win of his career. The Alabama native has been looking for a career-defining outing, and he believes a win over Fury is just what he needs.Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) defeated Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to win the IBF, WBA (super) and WBO belts. He vacated the belts in 2016 after it was revealed that he had failed a drug test. The Englishman returned in June after a two-year layoff to sort out personal issues and beat Sefer Seferi, who refused to come out for the fifth round. Can Wilder rise to the occasion and deliver in what will be his biggest test? Or will the “The Gypsy King” take down “The Bronze Bomber”?(All times Eastern.)Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury date, start timeDeontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will meet on Saturday, Dec. 1. The fight card will begin at 9 p.m.How to watch Wilder vs. Fury liveYou can watch Wilder vs. Fury on Showtime PPV.Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury recordsDeontay Wilder: 40-0 with 39 knockoutsTyson Fury: 27-0 with 19 knockoutsWilder vs. Fury fight cardDeontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight titleJarrett Hurd vs. Jason Welborn for Hurd’s IBF/WBA Junior Middleweight titleLuis Ortiz vs. Travis Kauffman; HeavyweightsJoe Joyce vs. Joe Hanks; HeavyweightsAlfredo Angulo vs. TBA; Super MiddleweightsJulian Williams vs. Javier Francisco Castro; Junior MiddleweightsMark Barriga vs. Carlos Licona for vacant IBF Strawweight titleChris Arreola vs. Maurenzo Smith; HeavyweightsRobert Guerrero vs. Adam Mate; WelterweightsMarsellos Wilder vs. David Damore; CruiserweightsIsaac Lowe vs. Luis Rafael Baez; FeatherweightsJesse Rodriguez vs. Alex Aragon; Junior FlyweightsAnthony Yarde vs. TBA; Light HeavyweightsWilder vs. Fury latest news – Why hasn’t Deontay Wilder become the biggest boxing attraction in the United States? Sporting News’ combat sports editor Andreas Hale gives the biggest reason.- Tyson Fury has a chance to regain the heavyweight title. Here are six of the greatest heavyweights to win back the gold.- Fury has risen to the top of the mountain and been to the depths of despair. We chronicle the uneven journey to this point.- Who wins: Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury? Our team Sporting News Boxing team give their picks.- SN talks with the top names in the sport on who they feel walks out of LA the WBC heavyweight champion.- Saturday night is the moment Wilder has been waiting for.- Even though they are battling for heavyweight supremacy, Wilder and Fury are more alike than people think.- SN takes a delve into why Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury is a must-see fight.last_img read more

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Bill Belichick’s message to Patriots after stunning loss: ‘No one died’

first_imgEvolution of the Patriot Way:2014: We’re On To Cincinnati2015: Do Your Job2016: No Days Off2017: Next Man Up2018: No One Died https://t.co/fMitJGptIK— Tanya Ray Fox (@TanyaRayFox) December 10, 2018In case you missed it, here is the play that has been dubbed the “Miami Miracle” (Patriots fans, look away). Related News Bill Belichick can always be counted on to convey succinct, pithy messages, whether to his team or the media.So when asked Monday what he told his players Sunday after the Dolphins’ stunning, last-second lateral play beat the Patriots 34-33, Belichick provided this nugget: “It’s the National Football League. No one died,” Belichick told Boston’s WEEI. KENYAN DRAKE. FOR THE WIN. pic.twitter.com/mWcSQQ9GPP— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 9, 2018The Patriots still lead the AFC East with a 9-4 mark, and face the Steelers in Pittsburgh next Sunday. WATCH: Dolphins defeat Patriots on miraculous final playcenter_img Tom Brady remains optimistic after Patriots’ loss to Dolphins: ‘We still have a lot of football to play’ Talk about putting things in perspective.last_img read more

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Ghana begins on strong foot at NorthWest Africa Women’s Cricket tournament

first_imgGhana began on a strong foot at the 2nd edition of the Africa Cricket Association NorthWest Africa women’s tournament on Friday.Ghana is hosting three other West African countries; Nigeria, Sierra Leone and the Gambia at the Achimota Cricket Oval for the three-day tournament. The host nation opened up the tournament against the Gambia and did not hesitate to sound a strong note of caution. The Gambia batted first and scored 110 runs, a third of which came from wide and no balls, losing 5 wickets in 20 overs.Ghana, therefore, required a run rate of 5.5 per over but incredibly pushed the notch higher to do 9.25 runs per over, scoring an incredible 111 runs in a little over twelve overs, losing only three wickets. Ghana thus won the game by seven wickets. In the day’s other game which was played simultaneously at the second oval in Achimota, Nigeria and Sierra Leone both tried to out-play each other defensively. They prevented each other from scoring many runs.The Nigerians bated first and scored 65 runs, losing 5 wickets in 20 overs. Sierra Leone needed only 14.1 overs to win by scoring 68 runs for 7 wickets.last_img read more

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UG makes Ghana proud at FASU Games

first_imgThe Sports Directorate of the country’s premier University, University of Ghana, Legon held the flag of Ghana aloft at this year’s Federation of African University Sports (FASU) Games which took place in Ethiopia, Mekelle University.Team Legon succeeded in clinching five gold medals in the men’s badminton (Singles), badminton team event, tennis men’s singles, tennis mixed doubles and basketball men after close to a week hotly-contested sports festival.They grabbed a silver in the badminton doubles event and a bronze in the women’s tennis singles.With a contingent of 14 athletes, Team Legon finished fifth behind countries Ndejje University (Uganda), University of Johannesburg, Addis Ababa University who participated with larger contingent (30).  In all, Ghana placed fifth, but per universities, Team Legon placed third.Director of the University of Ghana Sports Directorate, Dr Bella Bello Bitugu attributed the team’s successes to a collective effort from policies, management, administration as well as restocking of students. He said on arrival at the Kotoka  International Airport yesterday that “I feel so so elated taking into account there seven gold at stake and we won five, that is a great and remarkable achievement.”Regina Afari Boateng commended the athletes and the technical highly for the feat and also attributed the student-athlete policy as one of the reasons for the feat. We bring sportsmen and women on concessional basisTo badminton coach, Henry Nii Sackey hard work and determination did the trick.The 47 Universities from the 16 countries games (ninth edition) received massive support from Dr Daniel McKorley (McDan), patron of the University of Ghana Sports Directorate.last_img read more

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Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun lands on disabled list with strained oblique

first_imgANAHEIM — Kole Calhoun is on the disabled list thanks to a strained right oblique. Might the time off help the Angels outfielder break out of his season-long hitting slump?“Maybe,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday. “That’s not the way you want to get your break, though.”The Angels placed Calhoun on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, taking the outfielder off their lineup card in the midst of the worst hitting performance of his career. Through 173 plate appearances this year, Calhoun has a slash line of .145/.195/.179 — numbers far below his career average of .254/.321/.410.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The 30-year-old is only three years removed from winning the Gold Glove Award, a season that also saw him post career highs with 83 RBIs and 26 home runs. He has 11 RBIs this year, going yard just once. Scioscia said Calhoun felt tightness in his right oblique when the Angels were getting to ready to leave Detroit earlier this week.“He was in the cage working a lot,” Scioscia said. “I think some things just stiffened up. It’s just something we need to address right now. … There’s no timetable yet, but hopefully it’s not too severe.”The Angels also optioned right-hander Jaime Barría (5-1, 2.48), who pitched six shutout innings against the Rangers on Friday night. He could be recalled again for a June 12 game in Seattle, when the team will again need a sixth starting pitcher.The club recalled Kaleb Cowart and Michael Hermosillo from Triple-A Salt Lake, starting the latter in right field against the Rangers on Saturday and batting him ninth.SURGERY GIVES SHOEMAKER CLARITY Shoemaker also had surgery last August to relieve radial nerve compression in his forearm. The right-hander pitched 5-2/3 innings on March 31 before lingering discomfort forced him onto the disabled list.ALSOScioscia tried to downplay any lingering tensions from Friday night, when a slide by the Rangers’ Rougned Odor resulted in a left leg gash for Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons. “It’s kind of an unfortunate incident,” Scioscia said. “But it’s past us, I think. There was a little bit of veer on the slide.” …Infielder Zack Cozart, who had an MRI on his left forearm Friday, is “progressing quickly” according to Scioscia, and could be nearing a return to the lineup. He has not played since May 29. …The Angels held a pre-game ceremony for Albert Pujols, emblazoning the number “3000” in the outfield to commemorate the slugger’s recent career hits milestone. Pujols was also presented with a picture of himself made of 9,858 screws, representing the number of at-bats he needed to reach 3,000 hits. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros UP NEXTAngels (Tyler Skaggs, 3-4, 3.60) vs. Rangers (Doug Fister, 1-5, 4.09), Sunday, 1:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Matt Shoemaker is still six weeks away from being able to throw, but the Angels pitcher is grateful to have an answer on what has been ailing his right forearm.After exams showed no sign of nerve damage, the 31-year-old opted to undergo exploratory surgery. That procedure, performed on Tuesday, revealed a tear in the middle of his pronator teres tendon — an injury that none of his doctors had ever seen before.Dr. Steven Shin repaired the tendon, and Shoemaker appeared to be in good spirits on Saturday afternoon despite not knowing when he might finally make it back to the mound.“MRIs, bone scans, nerve studies — everything showed to be pretty clean,” Shoemaker said. “I’m really thankful we went in and did the exploratory procedure, because we would have never found this if we didn’t. That’s nice to have that answer.”Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

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Clippers 2017-18 regular-season schedule

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Nov. 5 – Miami, 12:30 p.m.Nov. 7 – at San Antonio, 5:30 p.m.Nov. 10 – at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.Nov. 11 – at New Orleans, 4 p.m.Nov. 13 – Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 17 – at Cleveland, 4:30 p.m.Nov. 18 – at Charlotte, 4 p.m.Nov. 20 – at New York, 4:30 p.m.Nov. 22 – at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m.Nov. 25 – at Sacramento, 7 p.m.Nov. 27 – Lakers, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 30 – Utah, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 2 – at Dallas, 11 a.m.Dec. 3 – at Minnesota, 4 p.m.Dec. 6 – Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 9 – Washington, 12:30 p.m.Dec. 11 – Toronto, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 13 – at Orlando, 4 p.m.Dec. 15 – at Washington, 4 p.m.Dec. 16 – at Miami, 5 p.m.Dec. 18 – at San Antonio, 5:30 p.m.Dec. 20 – Phoenix, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 22 – at Houston, 5 p.m.Dec. 23 – at Memphis, 5 p.m.Dec. 26 – Sacramento, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 29 – at Lakers, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 31 – Charlotte, 4 p.m.Jan. 2 – Memphis, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 4 – Oklahoma City, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 6 – Golden State, 12:30 p.m.Jan. 8 – Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 10 – at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 11 – at Sacramento, 7 p.m.Jan. 13 – Sacramento, 12:30 p.m.Jan. 15 – Houston, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 17 – Denver, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 20 – at Utah, 6 p.m.Jan. 22 – Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 24 – Boston, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 26 – at Memphis, 5 p.m.Jan. 28 – at New Orleans, 1 p.m.Jan. 30 – Portland, 7:30 p.m.Feb. 3 – Chicago, 12:30 p.m.Feb. 5 – Dallas, 7:30 p.m.Feb. 9 – at Detroit, 4 p.m.Feb. 10 – at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.Feb. 12 – at Brooklyn, 4:30 p.m.Feb. 14 – at Boston, 5 p.m.Feb. 18 – NBA All-Star Game (Staples Center)Feb. 22 – at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.Feb. 23 – at Phoenix, 6 p.m.Feb. 27 – at Denver, 7:30 p.m.Feb. 28 – Houston, 7:30 p.m.March 2 – New York, 7:30 p.m.March 4 – Brooklyn, 6 p.m.March 6 – New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.March 9 – Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.March 10 – Orlando, 7:30 p.m.March 13 – at Chicago, 5 p.m.March 15 – at Houston, 5 p.m.March 16 – at Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.March 18 – Portland, 7:30 p.m.March 20 – at Minnesota, 5 p.m.March 21 – at Milwaukee, 5 p.m.March 23 – at Indiana, 4 p.m.March 25 – at Toronto, 3 p.m.March 27 – Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.March 28 – at Phoenix, 7 p.m.March 30 at Portland, 7:30 p.m.April 1 – Indiana, 12:30 p.m.April 3 – San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.April 5 – at Utah, 6 p.m.April 7 – Denver, 12:30 p.m.April 9 – New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.April 11 – Lakers, 7:30 p.m. All Times PacificOct. 19 – at Lakers, 7:30 p.m.Oct. 21 – Phoenix, 7:30 p.m.Oct. 24 – Utah, 7:30 p.m.center_img Oct. 26 – at Portland, 7 p.m.Oct. 28 – Detroit, 7:30 p.m.Oct. 30 – Golden State, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 1 – Dallas, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 4 – Memphis, 12:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari playing through pain from fractured right hand

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Danilo Gallinari hit the floor with a thud after he was fouled midway through the second quarter of the Clippers’ loss Sunday to the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. He skidded to a stop in front of the bench and his teammates rushed to his aid, picking him up and cheering him.Gallinari then sank two free throws, which gave the Clippers a 44-29 lead with 6:58 left in the half, an advantage that would grow to 47-31 before the Pacers rallied to win 111-104 with a fourth-quarter surge. The Clippers’ playoff hopes took another dramatic hit.So did Gallinari’s plans for a effective return from a fractured right hand that sidelined him for 18 games before he rejoined the Clippers’ lineup for a loss Friday to the Trail Blazers in Portland. He would later say his hand was in “constant pain” for the rest of Sunday’s game.Gallinari scored seven points on 1-for-9 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and added an assist in almost 32 minutes in the Clippers’ loss to the Pacers. He was 0 of 3 from behind the 3-point arc, but made all five of his free throws. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EVANS MEDICAL UPDATEJawun Evans said he and the Clippers’ athletic training staff would take his lower abdominal injury day-by-day for the rest of the season. He wasn’t in uniform for Sunday’s game against the Pacers and he wasn’t sure if he could play again in 2017-18. Offseason surgery is a possibility.“It comes and goes, so we’ll see how it is,” said Evans, a rookie point guard who has averaged 4.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 16.2 minutes in 48 games. “I’m not sure (about playing again this season). It all depends on how I feel.”FRANCHISE RECORD WATCHLou Williams made 1 of 4 shots from 3-point range, giving him 182 in his first season with the Clippers after they acquired him in the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets in the offseason. Williams needs 20 more 3s to break J.J. Redick’s franchise record of 201, set in 2016-17.center_img “Every game I try,” he said of playing through the pain. “(Sunday), it didn’t work. Next game I’ll try a little better. It’s not easy, but we’re all fighting for the same goal. (The injured hand) is so-so. I didn’t feel good, but we’re all fighting for the same goal and the same thing.”Gallinari played for only the 21st time this season, having been sidelined for extended periods because of hand and gluteus maximus injuries. He has been effective when healthy, averaging 15.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2 assists in 2017-18.The Clippers have been decimated by injuries, however. At one point earlier in the season, four of their opening-night starters were sidelined by injuries. Patrick Beverley and Avery Bradley are out after undergoing season-ending knee and abdominal surgeries, respectively.“The fight is still here,” Gallinari said of the Clippers’ ability to stay in playoff contention despite being shorthanded for so much of the season. “It’s the best part of this team. What this team was able to do this year is just amazing, to be honest.“I’ve never seen a team go through this many injuries and, for myself, I’ve never been through all this. Despite all the stuff we’ve been through we’re still in a fight for the playoffs. That’s pretty amazing, and we’re still here.”last_img read more

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Carpenter’s haymaker sends Kershaw reeling again

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error This was an encounter that flashed back to an epic five-minute, 11-pitch at-bat between the same two in Game 6 of last October’s NL Championship Series, which also ended with a Carpenter double and started a four-run rally in the third inning that marked the beginning of the end for Kershaw and the Dodgers’ playoff run.Maybe this rematch set the tone for the rest of the series — the Cardinals, and Carpenter, never feel backed into a corner.“You know, there was a moment during that at-bat when I was kind of feeling the same kind of emotions I was having last year,” said Carpenter. “It was a very similar thing. Very similar at-bat. “With (Kershaw), he’s got a fastball that’s anywhere between 94 and 96 (mph), so you’ve got to be on time with that. When I face him, I just try to be aggressive and try to be on time. There’s not a lot of success in (trying to hit) his slider and curveball, especially from a left-hander, so you got to do a good job of trying to lay off that one.“I can’t tell you why I’ve been able to have some success against him, because it’s not that easy. I don’t enjoy facing him. It’s the postseason, crazy things happen.” It’s not as if Carpenter was trying to limit the damage this time around.Down 0 and 2 in the count — fouling off the first pitch, then swinging and missing on the next — Carpenter fouled another pitch off. He laid off two sliders for balls. He fouled off two more. Then on a pitch down and in, he sent Matt Kemp to the right-field wall, allowing Yadier Molina, Matt Adams and Jon Jay to score to push the Cardinals ahead 7-6 and send Kershaw out.St. Louis’ eight-run seventh inning was capped off two batters later by Matt Holiday’s home run for a 10-6 advantage.And that was the second time in Friday’s game that Carpenter proved Kershaw wasn’t all invincible. Carpenter’s solo homer against him in the sixth inning ended a string of 16 consecutive batters that Kershaw had set down between Randal Grichuk’s first-inning homer and one out in the sixth.“I just enjoy competing in those moments,” said Carpenter. “He’s a competitive guy, I would like to feel that I’m a competitive guy and when I get in those at-bats versus him, I just try to fight.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged that Kershaw struck out the leadoff man Carpenter to start the game, but credited the career .293 hitter, who was 20 points below that average this season, as being “a tough out … we give him credit. He fights. But we’re not going to give in to that matchup.”Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter “sets the tone for the offense” with his grit.“He leaves it all out there,” said Matheny, “and takes pride in every at-bat. He doesn’t just turn it on and off. Certain guys in certain situations just step up in the process.“He puts his nose in there and fights to the end.”Comparing the eight-pitch encounter to the 11-pitch battle a year ago, Matheny added: “I imagine this one may be talked about awhile, too.”center_img If the judges’ cards show that St. Louis got the 10-9 decision over the Dodgers in round one of the National League Division Series, credit Matt Carpenter with delivering the punch that knocked all the hot wind out of Dodger Stadium.But it’s not as if Clayton Kershaw, or the Dodgers, were blindsided or anything by it.Carpenter’s eight-pitch faceoff in the seventh inning Friday against the likely repeat Cy Young Award winner ended with a crushing bases-loaded double off the base of the right-field wall, scoring three runs and bringing the Cardinals all the way back from what was already deemed an insurmountable five-run deficit at one point, based on Kershaw’s history.The blow may not have sent Kershaw directly to the showers, but he was reeling again, in the Dodgers’ dugout, trying to find his equilibrium.last_img read more

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Chase Utley’s influence goes beyond analytics for Dodgers and their future

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Baseball’s deep dive into statistical analysis has created a new language of exit velocities, launch angles, FIPs, WHIPs and BABIPs.But this is another new concept courtesy of the analytics crowd – a 37-year-old “bounceback candidate.”Chase Utley posted career-lows across the board offensively last season. A .212 batting average, .286 on-base percentage, .629 OPS and only eight home runs in over 400 plate appearances. Combined with the fact that he would turn 37 in December, the numbers seemed to scream of a player in decline. His 140 plate appearances with the Dodgers over the final two months of the season didn’t paint any prettier a picture (he hit .202 with a .654 OPS). Utley did bounce back. The oldest leadoff hitter in baseball this year, Utley has started 69 of the Dodgers’ first 94 games there – and eased a massive problem. Last year, Dodgers’ leadoff hitters (primarily Rollins and Joc Pederson) combined for the lowest batting average in the majors (.233), one of the lowest OBPs (.319, 20th) and fewest runs scored (93, 24th). Those numbers this season are a healthier middle of the pack in the National League.If not for a June swoon that lopped more than 20 points off his batting average, Utley’s individual statistics would be in line with most of his career norms.“I still feel like I can contribute. That’s the bottom line,” said Utley of his own belief in his bounciness.“Early in the (2015) season, first week or so, I felt like I was swinging the bat really well,” he said of his sub-par 2015, a season that started with him trying to play through an ankle injury suffered during an off-season workout. “For a couple weeks after that, even though I did swing the bat well I didn’t have a whole lot to show for it. At that point, I think it’s only natural to try to figure out a way to help your team. For me, I got out of what I’m most comfortable doing. Instead of trying to hit the ball hard I was trying to find places to hit the ball. And that didn’t work so well.“I took some time off (a six-week stint on the DL at mid-season) and got my body in more of a position to be successful. After that, I felt like I swung the bat okay, better than my baseball card would show. Obviously I appreciate that they were able to see beyond that.”For all their adherence to the measurables produced by an analytics department of unknown size but unquestioned influence, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and Zaidi also saw beyond Utley’s value in the batter’s box. When they re-signed Utley, they readily admit they were paying for intangibles as well.“The leadership, the attention to detail he has for the game — it was a huge boost for us down the stretch and into the playoffs (in 2015) and was an important thing for us to get back,” Zaidi said. “He just has such a strong reputation that even if you didn’t get quite that (offensive) production there was a lot of value to having him on your team.”The Dodgers expect to benefit from that value well beyond Utley’s one-year contract. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he “absolutely” sees Utley’s old-school influence impacting the Dodgers’ new wave of talent, young players like Corey Seager, Trayce Thompson and Joc Pederson.“Unbelievable. I can’t even, don’t even know where to start,” Seager said when asked if Utley has had a positive influence on him. “He’s helped me on the field, off the field, in the clubhouse. Anything you can think or imagine I’ve asked him and he’s talked to me about.“Just little things I’m picking up that people do, tipping pitches and little stuff that I personally never looked at that he’s shown me, tried to involve me. Obviously I’m a work in progress. I’m not awesome at it even when I know what he’s doing, the tipping or whatever.”Seager said he followed Utley’s career while growing up in North Carolina. Now he finds his locker next to Utley’s in the Dodgers’ home clubhouse and becomes effusive when talking about the benefits that flow from that relationship, saying he believes “100 percent” that being Utley’s teammate will benefit his career.“Just watching his at-bats, watching him grind through at-bats – I’m lost for words how impressive it is,” Seager said. “Watching him as a fan while I was growing up, you just think he’s this great player. He’s just that much better than everybody. But you watch him work – he grinds everything out, his attention to detail is off the charts.”Utley acknowledges the responsibility he has to provide a positive role model for a future star like Seager as well as others, whether through words or action.“For me, I don’t want to always be that guy, the teammate telling someone what to do. That’s not the way to go about it,” Utley said. “I think you play the game the way you think you should and hopefully some guys see how that can be beneficial and try to implement that into their game.” Utley’s long-time double-play partner, Jimmy Rollins, had similar numbers in those categories over a full season with the Dodgers last season and found himself unsigned until late February this spring when he accepted a minor-league contract offer from the Chicago White Sox. He made the White Sox’s roster and took a deep paycut (from $11 million to $2 million) only to be released in mid-June.But Utley barely had to wait until December to re-sign with the Dodgers for $7 million with other suitors lined up, willing to sign a 37-year-old middle infielder coming off the worst season of his career.“It was a couple things,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said, explaining the thinking behind last winter’s most surprising decision by a front office that has advertised a desire to build a younger roster. “One, purely on the performance side, even when he was with us last year – he really had bad luck in that 150 at-bat sample. We looked at his hard-hit percentage, line drive percentage – that kind of stuff. It was actually very much in line with the numbers he’s putting up now. You would have thought he was a .280 to .300 hitter with .420 or .450 slug.“I think he was viewed as a strong bounceback candidate, that it (his poor offensive production) was going to be just one year.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Has Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal justified Matt Kemp trade?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “There was no pressure,” Grandal said. “I got traded. I was happy to get traded. You have to know that they wanted you for a reason.”One reason is most teams love trading with San Diego.Trea Turner, Washington’s rookie leadoff man who might be a monstrous problem for the Dodgers in the Divisional Playoff, was a first-round pick of the Padres. He was involved in a convoluted deal that brought Wil Myers to San Diego.Anthony Rizzo, who will be high on NL MVP ballots, went from the Padres to the Cubs in exchange for scattershot right-hander Andrew Cashner, who is now in Miami.Baltimore’s Brad Brach has become one of the top setup men in baseball, since San Diego dealt him for minor leaguer Devin Jones. There are others.Luck is always nearby. One of Grandal’s uncles had escaped Cuba by boat and began setting up the papers for the family to apply for the Special Cuban Migration Program. That was set up to boost Cuban immigration to 20,000. It was a simple lottery, and the Grandals were among the fortunate. It no longer exists.“Without it, I don’t know what would have happened,” he said. “My parents would have tried to come by boat. It wouldn’t have been the first time.”In Miami, Grandal was a housebound kid for a while, fascinated by all the different TV channels, gaining weight. But when a friend found a baseball team for him, Grandal took off. In one of his first youth games, he slid into second and jammed his cleats hard into the shortstop’s knee. That’s the only way he knew.“It was almost shocking to people,” he said. “They almost had to slow me down. In Cuba they teach you how to do every little thing. I remember going a full day just catching fly balls. Then another full day just bunting. You don’t see 8-year-olds bunting over here. Then another day just baserunning.“For homework, you’d throw the ball against the wall if you were an infielder, learn to backhand balls, learn to use two hands. It’s the way they taught you. You had to be good to make the Cuban national team. If you did, then you had a chance to get out.”Baseball people always wondered how Cubans might jolt the major leagues. Now you see the outline: Aroldis Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes, Aledmys Diaz, Jose Abreu, Yasmany Tomas, Yasiel Puig.And Yasmani Grandal.Not that they had a choice.Three facts:1. The Dodgers have a .213 average against left-handed pitching, worst in baseball, as is their .627 OPS against lefties.2. The Dodgers went into Saturday’s game 2 1/2 games behind Washington in the battle to get home-field advantage in the Division Series.3. Yasmani Grandal’s .554 slugging percentage is second to Justin Turner among full-time Dodgers after the All-Star break, and he leads the club with 15 homers in that span. LOS ANGELES — On the fields of Yasmani Grandal’s youth, nobody brought juice boxes. Nobody got participation trophies. “Play ball” was merely an expression.“They taught us how to play hard all the time,” Grandal said. “You had to slide hard. If you didn’t, you get screamed at. When I came over here, I felt I was ahead of the game, pretty much.”“Over here” was Miami. Back there was Cuba. They didn’t play for fun, although fun was not prohibited. They played for their lives.Grandal came to the U.S. when he was 10, went to the U. of Miami and was Player of the Year in the ACC. Cincinnati drafted him 12th overall, traded him and Yonder Alonso to San Diego for Mat Latos, and the Padres sent Grandal to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp at the winter meetings of 2014.center_img It was one of Andrew Friedman’s first trades and far from the most popular. Kemp was a prime-time slugger. Grandal was mainly known for his 50-game suspension for PED use in San Diego. Kemp moved on to Atlanta this summer. He has exceeded 100 RBIs for the fourth time. But the Dodgers have fortified their outfield defense without him, and Grandal hit his 26th and 27th home runs of the year Thursday night against Colorado, the second one a grand slam.That’s six more homers than any other National League catcher has hit, and Grandal’s OPS of .825 is second only to Washington’s Wilson Ramos. These particular bombs dissipated any worries over an elbow problem, which brought flashbacks of a 2015 shoulder problem that bit Grandal deeply on every swing.“He’s usually very good about knowing the strike zone, but recently he’d been swinging at pitches outside it,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He had worked some counts tonight until he got a chance to click one.”Grandal has also muted concerns about trading A.J . Ellis, Clayton Kershaw’s sidekick and a clubhouse stabilizer. Kershaw, now healthy, is putting up zeroes for Grandal as he did for Ellis. The tradeoff is a longer lineup card for the Dodgers, maybe the 1-through-8 offensive presence they’ve lacked.last_img read more

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Dodgers swept by Giants, who celebrate wild-card berth

first_imgThe Dodgers’ offense did its familiar disappearing act against a left-handed pitcher. Matt Moore didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning when singles by Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal produced the Dodgers’ only run.“There should be no carryover,” Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager said of the poor finish. “It’s just one of those weird times where you go from being so high after clinching. You can’t read anything into it. Just reset, regroup.”The game ended Vin Scully’s 67-year Hall of Fame broadcasting career. The iconic broadcaster traveled to San Francisco to call the final three games of the regular season. Sunday’s finale came 80 years to the day after a lopsided World Series defeat (18-4) of the New York Giants had made Scully a baseball — and Giants — fan.It’s a familiar story that Scully recounted once more as part of multiple tributes to the retiring legend during his final broadcast Sunday which was punctuated with several standing ovations, a visit from Willie Mays in the booth and a plaque placed there by the Giants honoring Scully.“It has been a party,” Scully said during the broadcast of his last game.“Don’t be sad that it’s over. Smile because it happened.” SAN FRANCISCO >> The Dodgers couldn’t knock the St. Louis Cardinals out of the postseason in 2013 or 2014. But they did Sunday.The San Francisco Giants scored five times in the first two innings against Kenta Maeda and collected 16 hits in all on their way to handing the Dodgers a 7-1 defeat Sunday afternoon, completing a three-game sweep on the final weekend of the regular season at AT&T Park.That means the Giants have qualified for the postseason as the National League’s second wild-card team — the same door they used on the way to winning the 2014 World Series — and will play the New York Mets on Wednesday. The Cardinals were eliminated with the Giants’ victory.The Dodgers, meanwhile, lost five of their six games after clinching their fourth consecutive NL West title a week ago. They will open the playoffs at Washington on Friday. “In talking to a couple coaches, that’s what we’re going to have to do — we’re going to have to hit the ‘reset’ button,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It was a crazy week. Some highs and obviously some lows. To come in here and play a team that had their backs against the wall — they played like it. They won three games here, three games that they needed to win.“When you’re trying to play the middle — get guys rested, set your rotation, things like that — it’s really kind of against what we’ve done all year. No excuse. We’ll be ready go go on Friday.”Matters were settled early Sunday.Maeda earned a $1.5 million bonus by making his 32nd start of the season Sunday. It was not the best money the Dodgers ever spent. He gave up hits to seven of the first 12 Giants batters, walked another and didn’t make it out of the third inning.“My command was off. I didn’t have any sharpness to any of my pitches,” Maeda said through his interpreter. “It’s too bad that my season ended on a bad note. But I’m going to go through my usual adjustments and get ready for my next start.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw takes first step in spring buildup

first_img“I think that’s a good way to put it, for sure,” Kershaw said of that comment.The Dodgers’ ace would not say if that dialogue rises to the level of contract extension talks.“We just talk,” Kershaw said. “Farhan, Andrew (Friedman) and I have good communication so we’re all on the same page as far as how everything’s going.”SEAGER BROTHERSCorey Seager said he still had a “knot in my stomach” after a suspected case of food poisoning Saturday that caused him to miss the Dodgers’ game. He was back in the lineup Sunday at DH against the Seattle Mariners.Kyle Seager was in the Mariners’ lineup at third base, making it the first time the two brothers had played against each other at any level. The older brother, Kyle, guessed that it was only the second time he has seen his brother play in person since Corey was 11 years old. The other time was last fall’s World Series.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said there is still no timetable for Corey Seager to start playing shortstop in games.“The (trainers) have him on a throwing program, a progression — probably not very aggressive but it’s what we think is best for Corey,” Roberts said of Seager who treated last year’s elbow issue with rest and rehabilitation all offseason.Roberts estimated Seager will need to play defense in 7-10 spring games and that will be enough to get him ready for the start of the regular season. PEORIA, Ariz. – Even the best pitcher of his generation starts with baby steps each spring.“At this point, you’re just trying to make sure you can still pitch,” Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw said after throwing a scoreless inning in his Cactus League debut Sunday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners.PreviousThe Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen with fans looking down before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw talks with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt next to catcher Yasmani Grandal before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws the ball while warming up for his start against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen with fans looking down before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 8The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen with fans looking down before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandKershaw threw just 11 pitches (nine strikes) and retired the side in order without a strikeout. He headed to the bullpen to throw a second simulated inning – a very familiar pattern for Dodgers pitchers under coach Rick Honeycutt.The challenge of building from the ground up each spring is very familiar to Kershaw as well. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I think it’s the same every year,” he said. “Just because you had some success last year, just because something worked last year doesn’t necessarily mean it carries over. I wish that were the case. But you just have to continually work on it – not necessarily adding stuff new every year but trying to figure out what worked last year and trying to carry that over as best you can.“That takes a little work. At least for me. So I have to keep working on it.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called the first start of the spring “very positive” for Kershaw and made it clear the left-hander might be the last player in camp he worries about.“For a guy like Clayton with what he’s done, it’s really hands off,” Roberts said. “And he and Honey have such a great rapport.”OPEN DIALOGUEEarlier in the week, Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said the team has had “an open dialogue” with Kershaw regarding the opt-out clause in his contract which would allow him to become a free agent next winter.last_img read more

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NLDS Game 1: Atlanta Braves at Dodgers lineups and pitching matchups

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco vs. Braves: 0-1, 2.95 ERA (three starts)at Dodger Stadium: 18-13, 2.85 ERA (47 starts)Postseason career: 1-0, 2.81 ERA (three starts)Hates to face: Freddie Freeman, 5 for 8, two walks, doubleLoves to face: Lucas Duda, 1 for 4, two strikeouts How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire When: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.Where: Dodger StadiumTV: MLB NetworkTHE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP HYUN-JIN RYU (7-3, 1.97 ERA) BRAVES RHP MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ (13-10, 2.85 ERA)vs. Dodgers: 1-1, 5.56 ERA (two starts)at Dodger Stadium: 1-0, 4.26 ERA (one start)Postseason career: DebutHates to face: Manny Machado, 4 for 6Loves to face: Joc Pederson, 0 for 6, 3 strikeoutsThe lineups: Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articleslast_img read more

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After struggling in first 2 games, Brewers bullpen shuts down Dodgers in Game 3

first_imgOn Saturday in Milwaukee, there were questions about whether the Brewers might have overplayed their hand with their vaunted bullpen. In Game 1 on Friday, they had pulled starter Gio Gonzalez after just two innings, giving the Dodgers looks at six of their relievers. They’d also used relief ace Josh Hader for three innings. They held on to that victory, winning 6-5 after leading 6-1. The next day, with Hader unavailable, the Brewers blew a 3-0 lead.Jeremy Jeffress gave up the lead when he allowed Justin Turner to hit a two-run homer.Jeffress, who had been in something of a rough patch even before the Turner homer, again got the ball on Monday, with a four-run lead in the ninth. Although he allowed the Dodgers to load the bases with one out, he struck out Yasmani Grandal and Brian Dozier to end it.“He’s been in plenty of situations like that,” reliever Corey Knebel said. “Bases loaded, one out. He’s done it before. Everyone knew he could do it. He dominated. He was lights out there.”Jeffress said he never lacked confidence, and clearly, his teammates didn’t lose confidence in him. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco LOS ANGELES — That was the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen that you’ve heard so much about.After they nearly blew the first game and did blow the second, the Brewers’ relievers sliced through the Dodgers with relative ease – besides one temporary hiccup in the ninth – on their way to closing a 4-0 victory in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.Not only did the Brewers blank the Dodgers over the final 11 outs of the game, but they did so in such an efficient manner that all of their relievers will be available again in Game 4 on Tuesday.“That was really good for us, after what happened the last day in Milwaukee,” right-hander Joakim Soria said. “Every guy tells me every day I’m an All-Star,” Jeffress said. “They say I’m a great pitcher. Don’t let anything get in your way. Forget all the negativity and just continue to pitch the way you can pitch.”While Jeffress finished the game, perhaps the most significant piece of the relief puzzle was put into place when Hader pitched in the eighth inning.The Brewers have used him judiciously this season. He had a major league-leading 33 appearances of at least four outs. As a result, he pitched in back-to-back games only six times this season, and he’d never pitched three times in a row.With games on three straight days at Dodger Stadium, the Brewers could have been without Hader for one of the games. Winning a game without using him would have been a boon to their chances of winning the series.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img They had a shot at that, with a four-run lead in the eighth, but Manager Craig Counsell still opted to use him with lefties Joc Pederson and Max Muncy due.“At some point, the other team is pretty good and you respect their hitters on their team,” Counsell said. “And I thought getting Pederson and Muncy out of the game for pinch-hitters with Josh was a good way to get outs.”Hader struck out pinch-hitters David Freese and Matt Kemp, and he did so on just eight pitches, which means he can go again on Tuesday. Even Knebel, who recorded five outs, needed just 19 pitches. No one threw more than Jeffress’ 21.With Gonzalez starting and likely to go only a few innings, the Brewers will have the entire bullpen ready behind him.“We feel like we’re in really good shape,” Counsell said. “We’re not just trying to win games here. We’re trying to win the series. We’ve put ourselves in games 4 and 5 with tonight’s effort.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Kenley Jansen serves up ninth-inning grand slam as Padres walk off with win over Dodgers

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies 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 How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The next batter, Wil Myers, made it two bunt hits in a row when his rolled untouched through the grass on the third-base side of the pitcher’s mound as Seager went to cover second base, Turner third and Jansen broke slowly from the mound.Good Wil bunting loaded the bases.“I’ve got to get to my responsibility and make sure we get an out,” Turner said. “They have their 7 and 8 hitters coming up. Get an out there and let Kenley pitch his way out of it.“It wasn’t a great bunt. But my responsibility there is to make sure we get an out.”Jansen nearly did work his way out of it anyway. He struck out Greg Garcia and got Francisco Mejia to pop out, moving an out away from escaping with the win.“Oh, man – that’s the suck part of it because I visualized myself out of it,” Jansen said.Renfroe came off the bench to pinch hit and took a called strike down the middle from Jansen. The second pitch was another cut fastball over the heart of the plate, only slightly higher.Renfroe didn’t hesitate. He drove it deep into the left-field stands, tossing his bat away and throwing his arms in the air before starting his victory lap.“Second pitch I tried to go up and up,” Jansen said. “I tried to climb the ladder but the ball stayed a little down and he put a good swing on it.“Sometimes stuff like that is going to happen. … Things happen. You can’t question yourself. How about that perfect bunt Margot put down? JT thought that was going to go foul. It stayed fair. Stuff like that is going to happen sometimes. This sucks right now. At the same time, I fought well out there.”Renfroe’s slam was the fourth home run Jansen has given up already this season (after giving up 13 last year, the most by any reliever in the NL). But it was the paper cuts that lingered.“You know, if that’s the way they have to beat me, I’ll take that,” Jansen said of the bunt singles by Margot and Myers. “It’s a compliment for me. Two perfect bunts, that’s how they beat me today.” PreviousThe Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, center, reacts with teammate David Freese, right, after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe reacts after hitting a walkoff grand slam during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a walkoff grand slam during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe San Diego Padres’ Wil Myers, bottom left, scores off a sacrifice fly by Francisco Mejia as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, top, is late with the tag during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor watches his two-run home run hit during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy rounds the bases to score on a two-run home run hit by Dodgers’ Chris Taylor during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) celebrates with teammate Max Muncy (13) after hitting a two-run home run as San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia looks on, right, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The San Diego Padres’ Franmil Reyes, front left, is greeted by teammate Manny Machado, right, after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda hits a single during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Nick Margevicius works against a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda stretches before facing his first San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda points up as San Diego Padres’ Ian Kinsler fouls out during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres pinch hitter Hunter Renfroe reacts after hitting a walkoff grand slam during the ninth inning of a game against the Dodgers, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda runs to third from first off a double by the Dodgers’ Corey Seager during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Members of the military watch a fly-over by an Air Force C-5 aircraft before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, center, reacts with teammate David Freese, right, after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe reacts after hitting a walkoff grand slam during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)NextShow Caption1 of 19San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe reacts after hitting a walkoff grand slam during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)ExpandSAN DIEGO — The Dodgers spent the weekend in San Diego with their outstretched arm planted firmly on the Padres’ forehead, letting them swing away only to come up short.The Padres connected Sunday afternoon.Hunter Renfroe’s pinch-hit grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave the San Diego Padres an 8-5 walkoff win Sunday afternoon and prevented a Dodgers sweep of the sold-out series at Petco Park.The series drew 133,456 fans (a lot of them wearing Dodger blue), a record for a three-game series at Petco Park and prompted questions about the “rivalry” between the two teams – questions Dodgers manager Dave Roberts joked he seems to get in every city the Dodgers visit.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season After a miserable first month to the season (he was batting .162 three days ago), Taylor came to life in San Diego. He was 7 for 13 in the series with two home runs, a double and four RBI.“He’s getting opportunities to go out there and play,” Roberts said, alluding to the five consecutive left-handed starters the Dodgers faced this week. “I think he’s taking better swings. When he does get a ball in the strike zone, he’s getting it going forward and not fouling it off or swinging through it.“And when you start to get some hits it breeds confidence – even a couple balls that were softly hit. You see an ‘H’ on the board and you start to get a little more confidence.”Starter Kenta Maeda and relievers Pedro Baez and Ross Stripling retired 14 consecutive Padres – seven in a row on strikeouts at one point – through the bottom of the eighth and handed the one-run lead to Jansen who saved each of the first two games in this series.But Jansen gave up a leadoff single to Eric Hosmer then Manuel Margot dropped a bunt down the third-base line. Justin Turner had no play, instead hoping it would go foul. It didn’t.Related Articles “That one hurts, for sure,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said. “We’re down all game, come back to get the lead. That stings. But we won the series and that’s what matters.”They did, despite leading after just three innings, one each day.“They’re hungry. They want to beat us,” Jansen said after Sunday’s loss. “Everyone wants to beat us in this division. Everyone wants to beat us in the National League. We’re two-time National League champions so every game we’re going to play against teams it’s going to be their ‘A’ games.“They’re hungry to beat us. But I can’t let this beat us. A situation like this happens. I’ve got to turn the page on it.”For the third consecutive game, the Dodgers spotted the Padres an early lead and seemed poised to ruin their day. Max Muncy hit a three-run home run in the fifth to make it a one-run game, 4-3, then Chris Taylor gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead with a two-run home run in the eighth inning. 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Lakers’ pick of D’Angelo Russell could pay off in big way

first_imgThis wasn’t counting down the final seconds of a Lakers championship win against the hated Boston Celtics. It wasn’t living or dying with a last-second shot by Kobe Bryant or frantically watching Magic Johnson’s baby hook float through the hot, muggy air of Boston Garden so many years ago.But after agonizing through two of the worst seasons in franchise history the past two seasons and nervously looking ahead to an uncertain future, Lakers fans had every reason to sweat out the final seconds before the Purple and Gold made its most pivotal draft pick in decades.• Photos: Lakers get their (point) man, D’Angelo Russell“We want Russell, we want Russell, we want Russell,” a throng of them shouted Thursday from Tom’s Urban restaurant across the street from Staples Center at L.A. Live. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was clear their preference was dynamic Ohio State guard DeAngelo Russell, a slick, athletic 6-foot-5 combination of shooting and passing ability. Rather than Duke center Jahlil Okafor, who had been connected to the Lakers ever since the Minnesota Timberwolves locked in on Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns.As far as the fans were concerned, anyway, the choice was easy.• Video: Watch as Russell is introduced as Lakers pickAnd as NBA commissioner Adam Silver approached a podium 3,000 miles away in Brooklyn, New York, he could barely get out Russell’s name before a 150 or so fans blew the roof off a restaurant just a few steps away from the arena he will soon call home.center_img It wasn’t another championship banner rising above the rafters at Staples Center. But right now, the Lakers and their frustrated fans will settle for adding a piece of the puzzle that might just lead to the next one.• Photos: Scott, Kupchak react to drafting RussellFor the first night in years, Lakers fans had something to be happy about.“Yes, we got our guy,” shouted 31-year-old fan Omar Juarez from East L.A.A few feet away, 22-year-old Semone Fetermon breathed a sigh of relief.“That was who I wanted,” Fetermon said. “That’s the guy I’ve wanted all along.”But like all of Lakers Nation, he had to wait out an anxious process in which the Lakers’ front office debated drafting Russell and his enormous backcourt playmaking ability or going the more traditional route by selecting Duke center Jahlil Okafor.Armed with their highest pick in decades, it was almost guaranteed the Lakers would end up with a potential future All-Star. And with nearly a wide-open roster to work with, no matter who they decided on would immediately become a key contributor and one of the cornerstones on which they will build around.The question was whether they’d remain true to their history of constructing title-contending rosters around a dominant big man — this is a franchise that’s used Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and Pau Gasol to patrol the middle on championship clubs — or follow the recent NBA trend of building around long-range shooting, dynamic playmaking guards.Since being awarded the second pick in the draft last month, it seemed more likely they would gamble that the low-post offensive wizardry of Okafor would give them their latest dominant big man. But as the weeks and days pulled them closer to making their most important decision in years, Russell kept growing and growing and growing on them. In the end, his ability to control a game as an effortless scorer and gifted passer — coupled with mounting concerns about Okafor’s defensive shortcomings — were too much too pass up.And in a league that’s becoming more reliant on dominant guard play and 3-point shooting, by the time their pick arrived Thursday, Russell was the clear choice.“You can go back and forth and clearly that’s a discussion or a debate you can have for a couple of hours,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “You look around this building and you see Chamberlain and you see Jabbar and you see Shaquille, those are three pretty good centers. “And there was a center available that we did not select. So, and then there’s also Jerry West, and Gail Goodrich and Magic Johnson. You can debate the whole topic.”Based on the reaction at Tom’s Urban, it was a decision that made their fans ecstatic.“He’s got star potential. He’s got an ‘it’ factor,” Juarez said. “This is Los Angeles. The Lakers are about star power. And DeAngelo has that kind of potential.”And by going small with Russell, perhaps the Lakers tipped their hand a bit as far as what might be waiting in free agency next month.All of a sudden, a backcourt of Russell and emerging second-year guard Jordan Clarkson must look pretty good to potential free agent bigs around the league. Throw in second-year forward Julius Randle, who has dropped 20 pounds and is reportedly wowing Lakers brass with his summer work, and the Lakers have an enticing young core to attract veteran stars.Did I mention they could have more than $20 million to spend this summer? And even more next summer when Kobe Bryant’s contract comes off the books and the salary cap takes a significant bump up when the new TV contract kicks in?Even before the draft started Thursday, there was talk the Lakers sat atop the wish list of Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, a free agent who reportedly told the Blazers he will not return.Could an Aldridge/Lakers marriage be in the making?On a night the Lakers when the Lakers went small, it was easy to dream big.last_img read more

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Brandon Ingram adds to the Lakers’ defense

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> It was the promise of offense that led the Lakers to draft Brandon Ingram. First, the length that allows him to breeze past defenders, to create space and score over and around challengers. Second, the sublime scoring intuition.However, while the Lakers wait for that part of Ingram’s game to mature, he is averaging 7.2 points through 10 games, they have found him helping in other, less-advertised ways. Namely: Defense.Late in Tuesday’s win over Brooklyn, Ingram met Nets forward Trevor Booker at the rim for a dramatic blocked shot to preserve a four-point lead.“He’s a good defender,” coach Luke Walton said. “He’s got a good feel for where cutters are coming from and how to use his length. If he puts his mind to it in practice and the games, down toward the end of games when it gets tight, and he really locks in on defense, he’s really tough to score on.” Ingram’s defense has been a factor in the Lakers’ 7-5 start. He and the team will be tested in the coming weeks with a tightly-packed schedule that includes the Spurs, the Thunder and a pair of games against the Warriors.“We’ve got a very tough stretch coming up,” Walton said. “There’s going to be some ups and downs and we’ve got to continue to just come in and work and continue to trust in what we’re doing. Whether we’re winning games and losing games and keep working on getting better as a team in what we’re trying to do.”Old and newWalton does not descend directly from the famed Gregg Popovich coaching tree, but there is a connection.Walton coached with Steve Kerr in Golden State and Kerr is close with Popovich from his time as a player with the Spurs, an organization Walton admires.“In my opinion they’re the most professional team there is in this league,” Walton said.The Lakers play host to San Antonio (9-3) on Friday, marking Walton’s first head-to-head coaching matchup against Popovich. The Warriors did not face the Spurs last season until after Walton’s 43-game run as interim coach.The NBA’s longest-tenured coach has disciples leading teams throughout the league and Walton is one of them, even if he has done his studying from afar.However, there is at least one lesson Walton has picked up from Popovich and that is coaching to the strengths of players on the roster. Popovich’s teams have played fast, they have played slow. The modern Spurs play nothing like the coach’s early teams in San Antonio.“You look at the big picture of what’s your own team’s personal strengths or weaknesses,” Walton said, “and you try to coach around that instead of just having one style and, no matter who your players are, doing it that way.“The way he’s done it on the move is incredible, without really any slippage from rebuilding processes is absolutely incredible.” Walton first told Ingram of his potential as a defender during his pre-draft workout last spring. Ingram was surprised to hear it.Through high school and one season at Duke, Ingram said, he paid little mind to defense. To be told that could be his calling card?“Coming into this league I would have never thought of something like that,” Ingram said.However, long and lean are among the most valued attributes in the modern NBA and Walton sees endless defensive potential in the young forward as he learns how to play angles and use his body, like on the block against Booker.“Once he fully understands it and fully commits to it, he’ll be great at it,” Walton said. “To play defense anyway at this level at his age is near impossible. These are grown men you’re playing against and normally it physically just beats you down, but he’s been pretty good with it.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Celtics vs. 76ers: Time, TV channel, how to live stream

first_imgThe attitudes surrounding Philadelphia and Boston couldn’t be in a more polar opposite state.The 76ers are rolling. Last week they took the Eastern Conference arms race to a new level, acquiring Tobias Harris and other players at the NBA trade deadline. Their new starting lineup consisting of Ben Simmons, JJ Reddick, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid and Harris is now arguably the best in the league, even better than Golden State’s, and has been tabbed by local media as “The Phab Phive.”  MORE: Watch Celtics vs. 76ers live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The 76ers are 2-0 since the big acquisition, including a 23-point blowout of the Lakers on Sunday in which Embiid had 37 points and newly acquired Harris dropped 22.Meanwhile tensions in the Celtics’ locker room are beginning to boil over. On Thursday, Boston blew an 18-point lead to the Lakers, losing on a buzzer beater from former Celtic Rajon Rondo. Things got worse two days later when they were booed off their home court following a blown 28-point lead against the Clippers. Adding insult to injury, Kyrie Irving left in the second quarter with a knee injury, and veteran forward Marcus Morris called out his team afterward.Marcus Morris went off on his Boston Celtics after the team blew a 28-point lead and lost at home to the Clippers on Saturday: https://t.co/DZr8dKqQGI pic.twitter.com/Agx5J0hn8X— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 10, 2019Despite the opposite trajectories in team morale, the 76ers and Celtics are neck-and-neck in the standings. Boston has grossly failed to meet preseason expectations of title contention with the insertion of Irving and Gordon Heyward back into its lineup from a year ago. Despite the addition of the all-stars to the starting lineup, the 76ers hold a one game lead over the Celtics for the 4-seed.Here’s how to watch the Eastern Conference matchup live on TV and stream online. What time is Celtics vs. 76ers? The Celtics play the 76ers on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.Celtics vs 76ers TV channel, live streamThe game will be broadcast nationally on TNT. It can also be streamed live online with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.Where is Celtics vs. 76ers being played? Thursday’s game will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It’s the final home game before the All-Star break for the 76ers, who have one four of their last five there. The Celtics are an even 13-13 on the road.last_img read more

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On further review, John Calipari might be wrong about basket interference replay being ‘easy’ fix

first_imgThe most amazing thing about Tuesday night’s college basketball action, even more incredible than Duke’s comeback from a 23-point deficit, was that everyone watching on television got the identical picture of doom for “the Commonwealth’s” two top-25 teams.A television camera affixed to the top of the goal at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena showed everyone how LSU center Kavell Bigby-Williams scored the game-winning tip-in to beat the No. 5 Wildcats by knocking the ball into the goal as it rested on the rim from teammate Skylar Mays’ original attempt at the decisive basket. Bigby-Williams’ goal was not a legal play, but neither was it reviewable under NCAA basketball’s instant-replay rules. MORE: SN’s March Madness bracket projectionsSome 76 miles away, another TV camera on top of the backboard at KFC Yum! Center showed how Louisville guard Ryan McMahon’s left foot rested on the no-charge line as Duke freshman Cam Reddish barreled into him. Officials initially called it a charge, because McMahon clearly was in legal guarding position in advance of being contacted by Reddish. But the play can be reviewed using replay, and McMahon’s foot on the line allowed them to overturn the call to a block and award free throws to Reddish. He converted, and No. 1 Duke won, 71-69.It seemed incongruous, that one of these plays could be reviewed by replay and one could not.Because just as a defender’s presence inside the no-charge zone is not a subjective call but an objective one, so are the concepts of goaltending (when the defense blocks a shot that is directly above the goal or on its downward path) or basket interference (when an offensive player touches the ball as it rests on the rim or floats directly above the goal).The rim and the imaginary cylinder extending above it are as identifiable on video as the no-charge zone. As well, so is the moment when the ball begins its downward path on a shot attempt.When SMU was eliminated from the 2015 NCAA Tournament by UCLA on a disputed goaltending call, it was believed that controversy might spark the NCAA men’s basketball rules committee to use replay to establish whether the ball is inside or outside that cylinder in such circumstances.J.D. Collins, the NCAA’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, told Sporting News the members of the rules committee discussed this situation at its meeting two years ago and decided against it — and not without reason. There may be unintended consequences to making such a rule change.“Let’s say someone takes a shot, the ball’s in the air and the official says, ‘That’s goaltending.’ Then they review, and it wasn’t goaltending,” Collins said. “Now it’s a loose ball, so we go to the possession arrow, and the wrong team might get the ball. There are some outcomes to that, that are not intended outcomes.“I think everyone just said, ‘Why don’t your referees get it right?’”MORE: Kentucky star PJ Washington making up ground in All-America raceCollins said he expects the issue will be discussed at the committee’s meetings this spring. This is what is known as a “rules-change year”; the committee generally tries to make significant changes only biannually so that those new regulations that are put in place are given sufficient time to demonstrate their value. But it still might not make sense to make goaltending/basket interference reviewable.UK coach John Calipari reminded reporters after the LSU game that the NCAA changed the rule about whether a shot-clock violation was reviewable after the Wildcats were beaten in the 2015 Final Four with the help of a basket scored by Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes that might/might not have been released before the shot-clock expired.“They said it was not reviewable, and then they changed the rule to say: Why would you want to lose a game on a shot-clock violation and it’s easy to go check?” Calipari said. “Well, this one’s easy to go check, too. Just go check it. Why would you not? Why would that not be reviewable? So we’re like Wilt Chamberlain. We change rules.”It’s as easy as Calipari says — in the right circumstance. In the case of the Kentucky-LSU game, there would have been no problem. On review, Bigby-Williams’ play would have been overturned as an offensive basket interference call, and the Tigers and Wildcats almost certainly would have gone to overtime.But if an official blew the whistle in another game to signal for offensive basket interference without a goal being scored and a subsequent replay review showed the call to be incorrect, the same problem of establishing possession would arise. The possession arrow might point toward the defense at that moment, which would get the ball back even though the offense had done nothing wrong in its attempt to score.“It feels like what we have right now isn’t complete, but even if we change the rule, we might not complete everything and there’d be outcomes where it would be backward,” Collins said. “I think it’s complicated.”last_img read more

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Suns have begun interviewing GM candidates, report says

first_img WATCH: Stephen Curry tosses alley-oop to Parkland student Ryan McDonough, the general manager coming into the season for the Suns, was fired Oct. 8 before the first game of the year. Since then, James Jones and Trevor Bukstein have served as the team’s co-interim general managers. Related News They are expected to stay with the team in some capacity.Phoenix is an NBA-worst 12-50 on the season and just recently broke a 17-game losing streak. The Suns are ready to find their next general manager.Phoenix has begun the process of interviewing candidates for the job, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.last_img read more

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WATCH: Ron Burgundy drops by LA Kings broadcast booth, kisses burrito

first_imgThe Los Angeles Kings had a special guest in the broadcast booth when the team hosted the San Jose Sharks.Will Ferrell stopped by ready to perform in his “Anchorman” character, Ron Burgundy. The character stepped out of his local San Diego beat to deliver hilarious commentary alongside Fox Sports broadcasters Alex Faust and Jim Fox during the second period of the game. NHL announces 2019 Global Series schedule “Take, that San Jose!” Burgundy said on the broadcast, per NBC Sports. “Zero Stanley Cups! Zero Stanley Cups for the San Jose Sharks. They wouldn’t even know what the Stanley Cup looked like if it fell on their head.””Take that San Jose! Zero Stanley cups!”#SJSvsLAK #SJSharks #GoKingsGo #LAKings pic.twitter.com/i9NozsbfTn— Eric (@Kingsgifs) March 22, 2019When Faust and Fox joked that Burgundy’s insults toward the Sharks hurt the Kings’ performance, he said: “I don’t believe in superstition. … I don’t believe in that, even though I have worn the same underwear, the same lucky underwear for every broadcast I’ve done.”The Kings ended up defeating the Sharks, 4-2. Related News Burgundy called for the Kings to take a shot, even when they didn’t have the puck. He explained that the game was paused a few times because feral cats ran onto the ice. He even kissed a huge burrito while the kiss cam was watching. And what would Burgundy say if someone makes a goal? “He scores. Put that baby to bed without a diaper.”The sights, sounds and all the glory that is Ron Burgundy.What a night to be in the @LAKings booth. 😂 pic.twitter.com/XMgznFrqTd— NHL (@NHL) March 22, 2019One of the most memorable highlights came when Burgundy tested his hockey knowledge by talking about the Sharks’ lack of Stanley Cups when Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick denied Sharks forward Lukas Radil with a big save.last_img read more

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MLB reduces Facebook Live broadcasts, still plans six social-geared streams

first_imgMLB has scaled back its partnership with Facebook Live in 2019, as first reported by Morning Consult, and confirmed by Sporting News. After broadcasting 25 games exclusively on the social media service last year (and 26 overall), it will show six non-exclusive games on Facebook Live this campaign.The moves comes as MLB has expanded its multimedia production elsewhere, partnering with Twitter for hitter-specific live streams, teaming up with Sporting News’ parent company DAZN for a nightly live look-in show called “ChangeUp” and adding MLB.TV to Amazon Prime video. It also brokered a streaming deal with Sling TV. An MLB official did tell Sporting News on Friday that the style of the 2019 broadcasts on Facebook, while not exclusive, will still be social-focused, meaning out-of-market viewers will have the opportunity to interact with announcers and relay questions they want posed to players and managers.There will also still be game recaps produced by MLB, as well as weekly recaps for all 30 teams.Facebook said it’s still “early in the days of having live sports,” meaning year-to-year changes are expected as it tests out what works with its audience. MLB declined to announce which six games will be broadcast on Facebook but said there will be one every month of the regular season.“Collaborating with Facebook will again drive the creation of new ways for us to deliver content to baseball fans that engage on the platform daily,” an MLB spokesman wrote in a statement. “Facebook provides a community-focused environment that will allow for fans to connect with their favorite teams via custom on-demand content and live game action driven by an original MLB Network social-first broadcast production.”MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNSporting News reported last fall that MLB perceived its 2018 partnership with Facebook as a successful experiment, and an official expressed optimism that exclusive Facebook Live broadcasts would continue in the same vein.last_img read more

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Phillies’, Nationals’ Twitter accounts trade jabs in Bryce Harper’s first game back in Washington

first_imgWashington’s social media fired the opening salvos following Harper’s strikeout during his first at-bat with an Ariana Grande reference, and then immediately capitalized on Harper’s second strikeout of the night in his next at-bat, referencing “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” — a direct shot at Harper’s new Philadelphia walk-up song.thank u, next— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 2, 2019Yo homes, smell ya later. pic.twitter.com/3Jf1aR8mJq— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 3, 2019But if we have learned anything from Philadelphia’s own Rocky Balboa, it’s to never count out a Philadelphia athlete.STEELE: Harper the hero to new fans in old park In Harper’s third at-bat, he singled to left field, scoring Jean Segura, and took second on the throw to the plate. A big wave to his dugout was followed by a big tweet from Phillies social media, tweeting a lyric from . . . Ariana Grande.Plus, I met someone elseWe havin’ better discussions pic.twitter.com/KJnLKqAUKF— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 3, 2019The knockout punch came two innings later when Harper destroyed a pitch 458 feet into the second deck of the right-field stands for a two-run homer, complete with a spectacular bat flip toward the Nationals’ dugout. The boos of the first inning were replaced by a loud “We got Bryce” chant from Phillies fans in Nationals Park.FLIP. FLIP. FLIPADELPHIA. pic.twitter.com/6fNdWIA4vF— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 3, 2019We were saying Boo-ryce… pic.twitter.com/Gvo08aZykq— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 3, 2019Looks like the Phillies’ Twitter account had the last laugh:Smell ya later. #RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/jXTuCgJCAs— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 3, 2019 Fans and non-fans alike may have tuned in to watch the drama of Bryce Harper taking his first swings against his former team unfold on the field, but the real show took place on the internet between the Nationals’ and Phillies’ Twitter accounts.MORE:  Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNlast_img read more

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NFL Week 1 odds, betting lines after 2019 schedule release

first_imgThe Eagles are the biggest favorite, minus-8 at home vs. the Redskins. The next-biggest favorites are the Cowboys and Saints, who are 7.5-point choices at home vs. the Giants and Texans, respectively.Three road teams are favored: Ravens (-3.5 at Dolphins), Chiefs (-5 at Jaguars) and Rams (-3 at Panthers).Bettors were already able to wager on NFL teams prior to the schedule’s release. Season win totals were posted at sportsbooks in late March.NFL betting odds for Week 1Matchup (Spread)Over/underPackers at Bears (-3.5)45.5Falcons at Vikings (-5)47.5Redskins at Eagles (-8)46Bills at Jets (-3)39Ravens (-3.5) at Dolphins36.549ers at Buccaneers (-2)48.5Chiefs (-5) at Jaguars52.5Titans at Browns (-4.5)44.5Rams (-3) at Panthers50.5Bengals at Seahawks (-7)44Colts at Chargers (-3)48.5Lions at Cardinals (pick)48.5Giants at Cowboys (-7.5)46Steelers at Patriots (-6.5)52Texans at Saints (-7.5)54Broncos at Raiders (-3)42.5 2019 NFL SCHEDULES:Steelers | Cowboys | Packers | 49ers | Seahawks | Browns | PatriotsSome of the key takeaways from the website’s early betting lines: The NFL released its 2019 regular-season schedule on Wednesday. Less than an hour later, updated point spreads for Week 1 games were available online.Betonline.ag posted lines for all 16 opening-week games, which are highlighted by the “Thursday Night Football” opener (Packers at Bears), the “Sunday Night Football” opener (Steelers at Patriots) and the “Monday Night Football” opening doubleheader (Texans at Saints, Broncos at Raiders).last_img read more

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The Remix, Vol. 22: Kyoji Horiguchi tops outside UFC?

first_imgMore of the same by Evloev! #UFCStPetersburg pic.twitter.com/YfCaaUz2Qb— UFC (@ufc) April 20, 2019 Boasting a relentless pace and well-rounded skill set, the 25-year-old Evloev looks like someone people should definitely pay close attention to going forward, even in a loaded division like featherweight. Every week, we’ll release a new MMA mix tape entitled “The Remix” that looks back at not only the biggest stories of the last seven days, but some of the ones that aren’t getting enough attention too, with some weekly awards and a prospect to watch going forward added in for good measure.Is Kyoji Horiguchi the best fighter outside the UFC right now?Kyoji Horiguchi racked up another dominant victory over the weekend, making quick work of Ben Nguyen at Rizin 15, putting away his fellow former UFC flyweight just under three minutes into the opening round. It was Horiguchi’s ninth straight victory with the Japanese promotion, which has given him an opportunity to flourish and become a star. Along the way, the 28-year-old might have also grown into being the best fighter competing outside of the UFC right now.In addition to beating a host of familiar names, Horiguchi posted a third-round win over reigning Bellator MMA bantamweight champ Darrion Caldwell two fights back, submitting “The Wolf” to become the inaugural Rizin bantamweight champion. Following his win over Nguyen on Saturday, the rumblings were that Horiguchi could run it back with Caldwell later this spring when Bellator MMA returns to Madison Square Garden on June 14: Following his win, Kyoji Horiguchi was asked about possibly going to Bellator for the NYC show in June.If that happens, it would presumably be the rematch between Horiguchi and Darrion Caldwell. Horiguchi beat Caldwell on the NYE card in December. https://t.co/bUSx2vOnwm— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) April 21, 2019 With all that he’s accomplished since leaving the UFC — and everything he did during his eight-fight run inside the Octagon — you could make a compelling case for Horiguchi being the best fighter competing outside of the UFC right now.He has competition from Gegard Mousasi and Ryan Bader, with the former having a better case even though the latter is Bellator’s first “Champ Champ,” but given that the American Top Team representative went 7-1 in the UFC with his only loss coming a championship clash that came far too soon against Demetrious Johnson and he’s rattled off 12 straight since, you’d be hard-pressed to successfully argue a case for anyone else.And he’s still only 28!While his departure made sense, Horiguchi increasingly feels like a second-tier star the UFC let slip through its hands.UFC Saint Petersburg offers a look at new names in “stale” divisionsIn the second bout of Saturday’s UFC event in Saint Petersburg, Russia, light heavyweight prospect Michal Oleksiejczuk made Gadzhimurad Antigulov pay for recklessly trying to close the distance. Each time the overly aggressive Antigulov raced forward, his 24-year-old Polish counterpart backed up and put a clean left hand on his chin, sending the Russian to the canvas.In just 44 seconds of work, Oleksiejczuk scored three knockdowns, en route to picking up his second first-round stoppage win in the last 10 weeks.One fight later, Shamil Abdurakhimov collected a blistering second-round stoppage win over Marcin Tybura to push his winning streak to three. Abdurakhimov is 5-1 since losing his promotional debut, with his lone setback coming against Derrick Lewis in the fourth-round of a main event pairing in Albany that he had dominated over the opening three rounds.The 37-year-old should find himself in the cage with a more established opponent next time out and with another victory, he could find himself on the fringes of title contention.Much later in the evening, hulking Russian Sergey Pavlovich picked up his first UFC victory, putting Marcelo Golm away with a blistering combination along the fence just over a minute into their heavyweight clash. After being fed to Alistair Overeem when he made his first trip into the Octagon last November, the 25-year-old former Fight Nights Global champ showed he’s an intriguing new name to watch in the heavyweight ranks.This is the type of card where you see how closely fans and media members pay attention to the sport, because you can’t come away from Saturday’s event in Saint Petersburg complaining about the lack of fresh names at heavyweight and light heavyweight when three of the 11 bouts were won by fresh names in those two weight classes.Just because you didn’t see it or aren’t familiar with the athletes stepping into the cage doesn’t mean they’re not talented or their performances are somehow lesser than those of an established fighter on a more prominent fight card.One of the biggest reasons there are so many “unknown contenders” and ranked fighters that “nobody has heard of” these days is because everyone focuses on a group of familiar names and newcomers with buzz, rather than just watching the fights, taking in the performances and recognizing the talent that is on display.Oleksiejczuk has been as impressive in his last two outings as Johnny Walker was in his first two Octagon appearances, but because he’s quiet and unassuming, everyone ignores him, while folks were falling all over themselves to heap praise on the flamboyant Brazilian light heavyweight.Until this improves, solid events like this and numerous names worth watching are going to continue to get overlooked or ignored.How about that booth on Saturday?The UFC Saint Petersburg broadcast booth featured John Gooden on play-by-play with Dan Hardy and Paul Felder serving as analysts and it was perfect.Gooden has his own vernacular when it comes to setting up the action and calling the blow-by-blow of what’s happening in the cage and his timing and chemistry with Hardy has been outstanding for years.While three-man booths can be challenging, the addition of Felder was seamless because the man Jon Anik calls “The Iron Lung” is already a stone-cold killer in the role, bringing a great blend of personality and professional insights to his side hustle.But here’s the part that really takes it over the top for me: all three understand that less is more and the broadcast isn’t about them, which makes for such a wonderful viewing experience.There was no shouting. No random tangents. No catchphrases. No “one-upmanship” between the analysts; just a consistent, insightful flow of pertinent information while allowing the action transpiring in the Octagon to be the focal point and speak for itself.Well done, lads; hope you get more opportunities to work together in the future.Fight of the Weekend: Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan at UFC Saint PetersburgThis fight was a perfect encapsulation of the kind of quality performances people are missing by skipping these cards and ignore bouts the feature competitors they’re not already acquainted with.Makhachev has been making steady progress up the lightweight ranks over the last couple years and is one of those guys who is still just outside the rankings, but a nightmare matchup for some of your favorite familiar names. Tsarukyan was a UFC newcomer who had beaten some guys who had a cup of coffee in the Octagon, but was seemingly been thrown to the wolves in his initial UFC appearance.Although it was one of the most low-profile co-main event pairings of the year, Saturday’s penultimate bout delivered the goods, as Tsarukyan went takedown-for-takedown and scramble-for-scramble with the surging Makhachev before fading down the stretch in the third.It was a tremendously entertaining grappling match where Makhachev showed his resolve and Tsarukyan proved he belongs. Both will be heard from again in the lightweight division before too long and this is sure to end up being a benchmark fight in their respective careers.Submission of the Weekend: Kanako Murata vs. Saray Orozco at Rizin 15We’re going to have to put together a commission to determine the new name of the Von Flue choke because in addition to Ovince Saint Preux deserving some inclusion in the naming of the hold, Kanako Murata does too now. Kanako Murata slams and strangles Saray Orozco on five days notice. #RIZIN15 pic.twitter.com/je6sbL5foT— Mike Skytte (@MikeLovesTacosX) April 21, 2019 This was the second straight “Von Flue choke” finish for Murata, who accepted the fight on Tuesday. Additionally, she finished that bad boy from mount, not from side control, which makes it even more impressive.If we’re figuring out a new name to acknowledge the innovator (Jason Von Flue) and its two more frequent current practitioners (OSP and Murata), may I suggest calling it the “Jason Saint Murata choke” going forward?Knockout of the Weekend: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Marcin Tybura at UFC Saint PetersburgAny time you hit someone so hard that there is a delayed reaction, there is a good chance you’re landing in this space.After getting the better of things on the feet in the first, Abdurakhimov looked like he was slowing down a little in the second, prompting Tybura to press forward. But then the Russian uncorked a shot that landed flush and caused Tybura to do the delayed wobbled: HEAVY hands by @Shamilabrek !! #UFCStPetersburg pic.twitter.com/Z2QLtjoMXN— UFC (@ufc) April 20, 2019 This was an outstanding performance for Abdurakhimov, who has now won three straight, as previously mentioned, and is a Derrick Lewis rally away from being on a six-fight winning streak in the UFC.Prospect to Watch after this Weekend: Mosvar EvloevBecause I’m already on board the Michal Oleksiejczuk bandwagon, the nod this week goes to the UFC newcomer I described as “The Russian Elijah Wood” on Saturday, Mosvar Evloev.The unbeaten Russian moved up to featherweight for his Octagon debut and kept rolling along, collecting a unanimous decision win over fellow freshman Seungwoo Choi to push his record to 11-0 overall. Here are some of the highlights: Evloev LANDS 💥 #UFCStPetersburg pic.twitter.com/8GXGnTIGVh— UFC (@ufc) April 20, 2019  BUSY round for Evloev #UFCStPetersburg pic.twitter.com/WvP80bilMt— UFC (@ufc) April 20, 2019 last_img read more

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Golden State Warriors sweep into NBA Finals like they’re the 2001 Lakers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWith a dominant Shaquille O’Neal and an unstoppable Kobe Bryant, the Lakers ran through Portland by a margin of 14.6 points in what was then a best-of-5 three-game sweep; 9.25 points against Sacramento in the second round and destroyed the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs by an average 22.25 points.“It felt easy while we were doing it,” said Brian Shaw, a guard on those teams and now an assistant coach on Luke Walton’s Lakers staff. “I don’t think we were really ever threatened in any of the first three rounds.”It was only in Game 1 of the Finals against Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson, who scored 48 points and stepped over Tyronn Lue en route to victory, that the Lakers were tripped up, losing, 107-101, in overtime.The Lakers stared at their feet as they shuffled off the Staples Center court that night. Bryant walked briskly past his teammates into the locker room.“When we lost that first game it sent a shudder through the entire team and through all of L.A.,” said Mark Madsen, a Lakers rookie in 2000-01. “But then to go on and win decisively after that, in Philadelphia, it made it special.” When it came to dominant postseason teams, the 2001 Lakers were without peer in NBA history.Then these Golden State Warriors came along, assembling one of the most fearsome and star-studded lineups ever assembled and breezed to an NBA-record 12-0 start in the playoffs.With Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, observers are only left to wonder: Could the Warriors, facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third straight year, become the first team to go undefeated to win a title?Sixteen years ago, the Lakers were the team that came the closest. Ron Harper, a veteran on that team, remembers someone saying after Game 1 that the Finals were shaping up to be a good series.“I said, ‘No it’s not going to be. We’re going to win the next four games,’” Harper said. “I knew they won the first game. The only thing they did is make us upset.”The Lakers finished the postseason 15-1, the best winning percentage in NBA history.Will the Warriors challenge that mark? After sweeping Portland, Utah and the Spurs, they became just the third team in league history to enter the Finals undefeated in the playoffs, joining the ’01 and 1989 Lakers.Cleveland, coached by Lue, missed joining that club by a hair, losing Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals to Boston and brings a 12-1 mark into the Finals.“As much as Golden State is being talked about,” Shaw said, “Cleveland is still the defending champions.”The Warriors have lost once dating to March 14 and are beating teams in the playoffs by a healthy average of 16.3 points.“They force you to play a perfect game and that was just the thing that we did too,” said Devean George, who played on three Lakers championship teams from 2000-02 and played for the Warriors in 2009-10. “We forced teams to really – like really – play perfect and really not make too many turnovers because if you gave us extra opportunities then it was going to be a bad night.”Sixteen years ago, the Lakers hit their stride in the final month of the season, winning the last eight games of the regular season.“Everything was hitting on all cylinders,” Shaw said, “and I think it was the combination of the players got into a rhythm, the coaching staff, everything we did, that’s kind of what you always hope for and we had that.”Said Madsen: “We got to the playoffs we knew other teams’ offenses better than they did. That was how much tape we watched, that was the preparation level. It was an impressive thing.”As significant as the Lakers’ streak was, members of the 2001 team all repeated that the most important thing was hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of the series with the Sixers, rather than what their postseason record was.“Whether Golden State goes 16-0 if they win it, or 16-3, the ultimate goal is to win the championship,” Shaw said.Harper agreed that regular-season accomplishments or reaching the Finals undefeated only has meaning if a title follows.“When Golden State was 73-9 (last year), they had a great year, but they didn’t win the NBA championship,” said Harper, who won five titles as a player, including three with Michael Jordan’s Bulls. “That’s like when New England went 18-0 and then they lost the Super Bowl. Who cares? You lost the Super Bowl. That’s what you play for.”Cleveland won 53 games in the regular season, while Golden State scorched the league to a 67-15 mark, boasting the league’s top-ranked offense and No. 2 defense.In the playoffs, however, Cleveland has been nearly as dominant as Golden State through the first three rounds and seemingly little separates the two sides that have traded championships the last two years.Harper, an Ohio native who was drafted by the Cavs in 1986, said, “It’s not going to be a sweep. That will not happen.”There should be, after more than a month of romps, some competition.“I don’t want to see what has been going on, I want last-second shots, nail-biters, a minute left, the game is tied, that’s what I want to see,” George said. “I don’t want to see a sweep or 20-point blowouts.”Those are only fun for the players on the team running the table.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Purple & Bold: Michael Jordan and LeBron James? It’s complicated

first_img 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 PackersFor the first time, there was a definitive window into how LeBron, who has detailed in so many ways how he wished “to be like Mike” growing up in poverty in Akron, Ohio, has watched the documentary series and how old memories of Jordan have resurfaced. On Monday on “WRTS: After Party,” a show produced by his media company Uninterrupted, he dove into how he viewed Jordan as “Black Jesus,” a man who seemed like a god who lived in his television until he met him at 16 years old, watching him and Antoine Walker talk trash in a gym together. He imagined how his Redeem Team would fare against the classic 1992 Dream Team. At one point, he envisioned himself playing alongside Jordan in place of Scottie Pippen, saying it “would have been a whole ‘nother level.”But the other side – the more nuanced, more complicated one – came out, too. After ESPN’s Brian Windhorst wrote that James liked to imagine Jordan as a teammate rather than an adversary, LeBron tried to scrub the record. It’s not surprising that James, whose critics assail him for forming the Heatles in Miami in 2010 rather than following Jordan’s one-franchise path (oh, how quickly we forget those Wizard seasons), would be sensitive about people saying he’d rather join his Airness than challenge him. For as much as LeBron is willing to reminisce about how he idolized Jordan, this is still a competition: He doesn’t wish to live exclusively in Michael’s shadow.It’s a complicated relationship. James has said many times that Jordan was one of his most powerful male role models in his single-parent household as a child. He’s called Jordan his “inspiration,” and on the podcast, he detailed how devastating it was when Jordan retired the first time, leaving a 9-year-old James in tears.But by many accounts, the two men are not close. Perhaps meeting our idols is never quite what we hope. Jordan’s emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant in February, in once sense, underscores that he has a far less intimate relationship with James. Beyond competing legacies on the court, they also are somewhat competitors off it, given that the Jordan Brand is its own offshoot of Nike. James has aspirations of one day owning an NBA team as Jordan does. This is not to say LeBron doesn’t appreciate Jordan, or give him credit. On the show, LeBron and business associate Maverick Carter acknowledged there would be no LeBron without Michael. They noted that without Jordan’s relationship with Nike, LeBron wouldn’t have reaped his marketing platform. Without the Dream Team, basketball probably wouldn’t have launched LeBron into the global stardom he enjoys today.But there is some behind-the-scenes manuevering and posturing that feels a little frosty. ESPN reported that Jordan agreed to the documentary on the day James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were parading through Cleveland after the 2016 Finals. Perhaps this is coincidence.It’s also worth remembering that LeBron, though he often shies from comparing himself to Jordan in public forums, has self-declared as the best player of all time. Even though Jordan is famously reclusive and barely appears for public events anymore, that surely got back to his ears. It’s interesting how recency bias can help debates like this one ebb and flow: Jordan unleashing a 10-part series with ESPN, over which he had a great deal of control, has injected a fresh perspective on his legacy (albeit with maybe a little airbrushing over the bullying of his own teammates).The fact that the documentary comes in the vacuum of the NBA hiatus means Jordan has given himself a platform to celebrate his career while James’ own has stalled for forces beyond his control. James has come around slowly to engaging “The Last Dance” on social media. On the debut weekend, James didn’t post about the show on his Twitter or Instagram page – which seemed odd since he himself suggested back in March he hoped ESPN would release earlier than originally planned. He did manage to tweet about “The Wall,” a game show produced by one of his media companies.As the weeks went on, LeBron warmed up: posting about the emotion when he watched Jordan win his first title, then recalling how he cried when Jordan first retired. And by the end, he was engaged enough to film a 48-minute show around “The Last Dance,” and was pretty game to talk a lot about his childlike awe for the man he viewed as a real-life superhero.That doesn’t change the fact that two competitive men are surely being protective of their legacies, hoping to stake their individual claims as the greatest. There was one particular goosebumps moment of James’ reaction to show he reflected on how Jordan retired at the top of his game in 1998.“He’s nowhere near being on his last legs,” James said with wide eyes. “This (expletive) can still go. He’s still the best player in the world. And I’m watching that in ‘98 at 14 years of age, and I’m like, ‘Wow, Mike’s still the best player in the world at 35 years old.’”LeBron, age 35, is now forced away from the game while some still believe he’s the best player in the world. And after five weeks of watching Michael at his greatest, that has to sting.— Kyle GoonThese links are still open for businessAn opening for pro sports in California? – Gov. Gavin Newsom seemed to make some encouraging suggestions about pro sports in June (albeit without fans).Facilities open – The Lakers and Clippers have both tentatively opened facilities for individual workouts.No substances involved in helicopter crash – An autopsy report shows no signs of drugs or alcohol in the pilot who flew Kobe and Gigi Bryant in the fatal crash.The full ‘Last Dance’ reaction from LeBron – If you’re interested in viewing the 48-minute show, tune in to see what LeBron had to say about Michael.Dwight Howard dealing with grief – The mother of one of his children died during the quarantine, offering tough perspective for Howard and his family.Mamba out – The Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks is changing its name, removing “Mamba” from the title.Follow our COVID-19 news coverage – The latest on local cases and procedures to limit the pandemic.center_img Editor’s note: This is the Tuesday, May 19 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Michael vs. LeBron? Let’s not kick the dead horse.Perhaps the most popular, most heated and most exhausted debate in basketball is getting microwaved again by “The Last Dance,” which finished airing on ESPN on Sunday with episodes nine and ten. But rather than trodding upon ground that’s already well covered, I find myself wondering:What must it be like for LeBron to have watched this documentary in an extraordinary moment like this?last_img read more

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NASCAR at Pocono: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, live stream for Pocono 400

first_imgStop us if you’ve heard this before, but Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have to be excited about where NASCAR is heading this week.Drivers will head to Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania and Busch and Truex have to be excited as the two have combined to win the last three races at the Tricky Triangle. Also, the fact that each driver has won three races this year has to bode well for another good week.MORE: Watch the Pocono 400 live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)One of NASCAR’s two big flat tracks, the 2.5-mile course features high speeds and big horsepower, which has to have a lot of drivers excited.Ryan Blaney is still looking for his first win of the year and he has a victory here while other guys like Alex Bowman have to be thrilled to take a shot at Pocono.For Blaney it’s simply coming back to a track he loves, and for Bowman it’s just to keep up his recent run of success.Bowman has four straight top-10 finishes, including a run of back-to-back-to-back runner-ups.The Pocono 400 can be seen at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday on FS1.What time does the Pocono 400 start?The Pocono 400 will take place Sunday, May 26. Live coverage begins on FS1 at 2 p.m. ET.What TV channel is the Pocono 400 on?The Pocono 400 will be broadcast nationally on FS1. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial .Pocono 400 schedule, how to watchAll of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Xfinity Series, can be seen on NASCAR.com, PRN, MRN and FS1. Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Pocono 400.(All times Eastern)Friday, May 31TimeEventChannel1:05 p.m.Xfinity Series first practiceNASCAR.com2:05 p.m.Cup Series first practiceNASCAR.com3:05 p.m.Xfinity Series final practiceFS24:05 p.m.Cup Series final practiceFS2/PRNSaturday, June 1TimeEventChannel10:05 a.m.Xfinity Series qualifyingFS1/fuboTV11:35 a.m.Cup Series qualifyingFS1/fuboTV1 p.m.Xfinity Series Pocono Green 250FS1/fuboTVSunday, June 2TimeEventChannel2 p.m.Pocono 400FS1/fuboTVPocono 400 starting lineupStartingDriverNumberTBDLandon Cassill00TBDKurt Busch1TBDBrad Keselowski2TBDAustin Dillon3TBDKevin Harvick4TBDRyan Newman6TBDDaniel Hemric8TBDChase Elliott9TBDAric Almirola10TBDDenny Hamlin11TBDRyan Blaney12TBDTy Dillon13TBDClint Bowyer14TBDRoss Chastain15TBDRicky Stenhouse Jr.17TBDKyle Busch18TBDMartin Truex Jr.19TBDErik Jones20TBDPaul Menard21TBDJoey Logano22TBDWilliam Byron24TBDReed Sorenson27TBDCorey Lajoie32TBDMichael McDowell34TBDMatt Tifft36TBDChris Buescher37TBDDavid Ragan38TBDDaniel Suarez41TBDKyle Larson42TBDDarrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43TBDRyan Preece47TBDJimmie Johnson48TBDCody Ware51TBDJJ Yeley52TBDQuin Houff77TBDAlex Bowman88TBDMatt DiBenedetto95last_img read more

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Women’s World Cup 2019: Sweden secures spot in last 16 with win over Thailand

first_imgKosovare Asllani made it 2-0 when excellent footwork at the byline allowed her to squeeze the ball inside the near post from a tight angle.The forward wastefully volleyed over soon after but a third did arrive before halftime, Boonsing only able to parry Fridolina Rolfo’s powerful long-range drive into the net. Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Sweden booked its place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Thailand in Nice.Having left it late to overcome Chile 2-0 in its opening fixture in Group F, Peter Gerhardsson’s side needed just six minutes to take the lead on Sunday. Linda Sembrant managed to get to Elin Rubensson’s deep free-kick before goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing to score the opener, potentially paving the way for a landslide victory.Yet a Thailand team that conceded a record 13 goals against the United States managed to do a solid job of damage limitation following the early setback. Related Newscenter_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Netherlands advances with win over Cameroon Thailand’s goalkeeper bravely denied substitute Madelen Janogy from close range early in the second half but was helpless to stop Lina Hurtig’s superb header finding the net with nine minutes remaining.Kanjana Sung-Ngoen garnered the loudest cheer from the crowd when firing in an unlikely consolation goal in stoppage time, her shot leaving Hedvig Lindahl rooted to the spot.However, Sweden — who face the USA next in a likely battle to finish top of the table — had the last word courtesy of a VAR review for handball, allowing Rubensson to add a fifth from the penalty spot.2/2 for Sweden! #SWETHA | #FIFAWWCpic.twitter.com/vTsi3lazuZ— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 16, 2019last_img read more

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

first_imgOFB. Reynolds (B)DET@PITWed 7:05J. Zimmermann (R)$4200$3200$20UPGRADE 3BR. Devers (L)BOS@MINWed 8:10K. Gibson (R)$4400$3900$19See above OF: Mike Trout, Angels @ Blue Jays. Trout and Justin Upton are both really strong plays on this slate. Righties have given Aaron Sanchez the most issues this year, as they have an .830 OPS and .366 wOBA.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY! FanballAnalysisSPM. Scherzer (R)PHI@WSHWed 1:05Z. Eflin (R)$12000$11700$61UPGRADE SPA. Heaney (L)LAA@TORWed 7:07A. Sanchez (R)$8500$8600$42UPGRADE CJ. McCann (R)CWS@CHIWed 8:05J. Lester (L)$4100$3200$15UPGRADE 2BO. Albies (B)NYM@ATLWed 7:20S. Matz (L)$5000$3600$19UPGRADE 1BP. Alonso (R)NYM@ATLWed 7:20M. Fried (L)$5400$4100$21UPGRADE SPT. Richards (R)MIA@STLWed 8:15D. Ponce de Leon (R)$7100$7900$36UPGRADE OFO. Mercado (R)CLE@TEXWed 8:05J. Palumbo (L)$5000$3500$18UPGRADE SPR. Hill (L)SF@LAWed 10:10D. Pomeranz (L)$10300$9600$53UPGRADE 3BC. Moran (L)DET@PITWed 7:05J. Zimmermann (R)$3700$2700$13UPGRADE SSE. Andrus (R)CLE@TEXWed 8:05A. Plutko (R)$4900$3800$14UPGRADE OFR. Acuña Jr. (R)NYM@ATLWed 7:20S. Matz (L)$5500$4200$24UPGRADE SSC. Taylor (R)SF@LAWed 10:10D. Pomeranz (L)$3300$2500$12UPGRADE OFM. Trout (R)LAA@TORWed 7:07A. Sanchez (R)$5700$4700$27See above SPM. Fried (L)NYM@ATLWed 7:20S. Matz (L)$6100$6800$38See above 1BJ. Abreu (R)CWS@CHIWed 8:05J. Lester (L)$4500$3900$17UPGRADE 2BR. Odor (L)CLE@TEXWed 8:05A. Plutko (R)$4100$2900$13UPGRADE 2BK. Hernández (R)SF@LAWed 10:10D. Pomeranz (L)$3200$3000$10See above 2BS. Castro (R)MIA@STLWed 8:15D. Ponce de Leon (R)$2600$2400$7UPGRADE SSK. Newman (R)DET@PITWed 7:05J. Zimmermann (R)$4000$3000$15See above 3BJ. Donaldson (R)NYM@ATLWed 7:20S. Matz (L)$4400$3200$18UPGRADE Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Wednesday’s Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE: Fantasy Alarm PRO tools Today’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Wednesday, June 19SP: Max Fried, Braves vs. Mets. I really don’t love the punts here, but Fried makes the most sense. The Mets went off on Tuesday, but they are not that good on a regular basis. Fried has been far more comfortable at home this year pitching to a 3.54 ERA compared to 4.75 on the road. He could be worth a flier.C: Tyler Flowers, Braves vs. Mets. The Braves catcher is riding a four-game hit streak and will start here against a southpaw. He has back-to-back multi-hit games. as well. Flowers has been great at home this year, batting .297 with a .384 wOBA.MORE WEDNESDAY MLB: SP rankings1B: Carlos Santana, Indians @ Rangers. The Indians exploded on Tuesday, and although Santana didn’t do much offensively, he walked three times and stole a base. He’s hit southpaws at a .300 clip this season, and the Indians have one of the highest implied totals again on Wednesday.2B: Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers vs. Giants. It’s so hard to ignore Hernandez’s price when you factor in he’s facing a southpaw and coming off a game with a grand slam. Hernandez has owned the Giants this year, posting a .310 average and .912 OPS. He’s also posted a .780 OPS or better for the past three games.SS: Kevin Newman, Pirates vs. Tigers. Newman continues to hit, notching two more on Tuesday to extend his hit streak to eight games. Newman should lead off here again, which is ideal. What’s also ideal is the fact he’s batting .339 vs. RHPs this season.3B: Rafael Devers, Red Sox @ Twins. I’ll gladly bet on Devers returning value at his current price, especially on DK. He has five multi-hit games over his past seven contests, including three home runs over that span. Devers has a .387 wOBA vs. RHPs, and Kyle Gibson has allowed a .330 mark. SPD. Ponce de Leon (R)MIA@STLWed 8:15T. Richards (R)$7800$6500$35UPGRADE SSF. Lindor (B)CLE@TEXWed 8:05J. Palumbo (L)$5500$4100$22UPGRADE SPL. Giolito (R)CWS@CHIWed 8:05J. Lester (L)$11300$11200$51UPGRADE OFJ. Bauers (L)CLE@TEXWed 8:05J. Palumbo (L)$3700$2800$11UPGRADE OFA. Eaton (L)PHI@WSHWed 1:05Z. Eflin (R)$4000$3100$16UPGRADE 3BJ. Ramírez (B)CLE@TEXWed 8:05J. Palumbo (L)$3800$3100$12UPGRADE CT. Flowers (R)NYM@ATLWed 7:20S. Matz (L)$3900$2600$14See above 1BC. Santana (B)CLE@TEXWed 8:05J. Palumbo (L)$4900$3900$25See above 1BM. Adams (L)PHI@WSHWed 1:05Z. Eflin (R)$4300$2900$15UPGRADE CR. Pérez (R)CLE@TEXWed 8:05J. Palumbo (L)$4300$2900$14UPGRADE OFM. Betts (R)BOS@MINWed 8:10K. Gibson (R)$4400$4100$19UPGRADElast_img read more

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Jalen Rose proposes interesting NBA Draft trade rumor involving Pelicans, Bulls, Lakers

first_imgThe first three picks of the NBA Draft are pretty much set in stone, but things could get interesting with the fourth overall pick. The Lakers technically hold the pick, but they’ve agreed to trade the draft rights to the Pelicans as a result of the Anthony Davis deal. But New Orleans is reportedly shopping the pick around, which would lead to a confusing trade inception. If the Pelicans do make a deal, ESPN’s NBA analyst Jalen Rose predicts the Bulls will be involved. Sometimes @jalenrose makes a mistake and says things into microphones he shouldn’t. Then I put them on the internet because that’s what friends do: pic.twitter.com/gOLx53xRMw— Jacoby (@djacoby) June 20, 2019MORE: Full first round 2019 NBA Mock Draft What Rose reported isn’t quite as interesting as how he reported it. The social copy promoting the video says “sometimes [Rose] makes a mistake and says things into microphones he shouldn’t.” And in the video, Rose wonders aloud if he’s even allowed to say what he does.”I guess I’m gonna say this,” Rose said. “I was about to look at my phone and see if I was able to say this or not.”Here’s Rose’s proposal:Pelicans get: 7th pick, Zach LaVineBulls get: 4th pick, Lonzo BallThis isn’t the first time LaVine’s name has been tied to the Pelicans. ESPN’s Zach Lowe suggested the deal in a recent podcast appearance, although he made sure to point out there was no reporting behind it.One clarification: Beck and I had a spitballing session on who the Lakers/Pels might be able to get for 4th pick. I mentioned a bunch of potential targets, including Zach LaVine. That was just me speculating, not reporting. Worded it inelegantly, apologies for that. https://t.co/cxcbe1Pd01— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 13, 2019Ball’s name was also tied to the Bulls before the Lakers deal. There was speculation from some saying the Bulls were trying to get in on the Davis deal. Essentially the talk was the Bulls would receive what they ended up getting in Rose’s proposal. Would it make sense for the Pelicans and Bulls to make this trade?This trade is a good idea for the Bulls. They get to move up in the draft and take on a player still on his rookie contract in Ball. LaVine currently has an average salary of $19,500,000 until 2022 when he becomes a free agent. Ball, meanwhile, has an average salary of $7,489,280 until 2021. The deal doesn’t make a ton of sense for New Orleans, unless the Pelicans truly view LaVine as a much better option than Ball. LaVine is the better player, but is it worth taking on the extra salary and moving down three spots in the draft? It depends on how much the Pelicans really like LaVine.Rose seems to think some version of this deal could go down on draft night.last_img read more

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Bowlers of Sloboda are the champions of BiH

first_imgBowlers of the bowling club ‘Sloboda’ have won the title of the champion of BiH with 47 points which they achieved in 22 rounds of BiH Bowling League, which was one point more than the second ranked Knin Revita, reports sportsport.ba.They also won BiH Bowling Cup and the bowling in Tuzla started after the WW I, but the official club was formed in 1951 when the bowling club was built in Kreka.The first name of the club was ‘Proleter’, but in 1956 they changed the name to ‘Sloboda’.last_img read more

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Goodness Ohiremen Ajayi strengthened FC Široki Brijeg

first_img(Source: klix.ba) A new name in lines of FC Široki Brijeg is a 21-year-old attacker, Goodness Ohiremen Ajayi.Nigerian international player is coming as a borrowed player from HNK Rijeka. The student of Academy of Abuja, arrived with only 18 years old in a club from Kantrid. He made his debut for the first team of HNK Rijeka against Istria on the 12th of July at the opening of the season 2012/2013.Ajayi is the 3rd big reinforcement of FC Široki Brijeg that arrived in the last seven days. Before him, the team of Davor Mladina was reinforced by Ivan Crnov and Ivan Sesar. Players of FC Široki Brijeg the new season in the Premier League of B&H with the triumph over team from Travnik, on guest terrain.last_img read more

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Dance of the Millions: How much did Zeljeznicar earn this Summer?

first_imgAfter being defeated by FC Standard from Liege last night (0:1), the Sarajevo FC Zeljeznicar ended its European adventure. The Blues played very well, and in the end just a little bit of luck was missing. Thanks to the excellent plays of the team from Grbavica, as well as some other factors, the team from Zvornicka 27 is on an excellent path to resolve the financial difficulties with which the club has been dealing for a long time now.From UEFA only, Zeljeznicar earned 630.000 Euros this summer (first qualifying round 200.000, second qualifying round 210.000, third qualifying round 220.000 Euros), and the cherry on top was the transfer of Edin Dzeko to Roma.According to information coming from the Apennines, Dzeko will go to Roma for 20 million Euros. Of these 20 million Euros, Zeljeznicar will get 3.5 percent, which is 700.000 Euros.Prior to the match against Standard, Josip Kvesic was sold and the Blues cashed 115.000 Euros. One day before the match, it was announced that Rijad Bajic will go to Konyaspor, and last night the Maniacs said goodbye to their favorite. According to the information in the media, Bajic’s transfer will amount to 400.000 Euros.The exact information on how much did Zeljeznicar earn from the sale of tickets is not available, but it is estimated that the team from Zvornicka 27 cashed 50.000 BAM from the match with Balzan, 180.000 BAM from the match with Ferencvaros, and 250.000 BAM from the match with standard. Thereby the Masindzije earned 480.000 BAM from the tickets sold in their European matches.If the transfer of Edin Dzeko and Riad Bajic is successfully realized, Zeljeznicar will this summer earn somehow incredible money for the BH football. All summed up, the Blues have earned 4.140.000 BAM this summer. Taking into consideration the expenses of travelling and the organization of matches this summer, the Blues will certainly have 3.500.000 BAM remaining, which is a really unbelievable amount of money for the BH football circumstances.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

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AEK wants Vedad Ibisevic?

first_imgThe Greek AEK wants to bring a reinforcement in the attack, and the priority is the BH national team player Vedad Ibisevic.The injury of the Algerian national team player and striker of AEK Rafik Djebbour forced the sports director of the Greek club Branko Milovanovic to seek for an adequate replacement, and the BH national team player and the current member of the Bundesliga club Stuttgart Vedad Ibisevic emerged as an ideal solution.Milovanovic is interested in several players, but he would be satisfied the most if he could manage to realize the transfer of Ibisevic, who proved himself in the German Bundesliga. Ibisevic played 143 matches for Hoffenheim and scored 48 goals, while he performed in 86 matches for Stuttgart and recorded 33 goals. Moreover, in his favourite shirt – the one of the national team of B&H – the popular Vedo played 64 matches in which he scored 24 goals.Ibisevic is under contract with Stuttgart until June 30th 2017, and if AEK does not manage to buy the player the club would be satisfied with borrowing as well.Ibisevic is 31 years old, and his market value is estimated to two million EUR.(Source: klix.ba/ photo tacno)last_img read more

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Sumner County leads the state in winter wheat production according to latest state report

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Special to Sumner Newscow — A new report shows that Sumner County was Kansas’ top 2012 winter wheat producer according to a report by the Associated Press.Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday that Sumner County growers cut 17.9 million bushels this year. McPherson County was second with 11.3 million bushels, followed by Reno County with 10.8 million bushels.Sumner County, in south-central Kansas, also had the most harvested acres with 375,500 total acres. Reno County was second with 246,000 acres, and McPherson County came in third with 225,600 harvested acres.But the highest yields were in Crawford County. Farmers there averaged 61.6 bushels of wheat per acre, breaking the record 50 bushels per acre set in 2003 and 1997.Miami County had the second highest yield with 59.6 bushels per acre. Wilson County was third with 57.9 bushels. Posted in: Newslast_img read more

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The Dore holding 3rd annual Fast Pitch Softball tournament, raffle and auction to raise money for Curtiss Metz Fund

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Curtiss Metzby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Dore will be holding its third annual Fast Pitch Softball Tournament which will include a raffle and auction with all proceeds going to the Curtiss Metz Fund.Metz, 27, of Wellington was recently treated for Endocarditis, an inflammation of the inside lining of the heart chambers and heart valves. He underwent an aerobic valve replacement. As a result, the Metz family incurred a huge debt because he was uninsured at the time of the operations.The tournament and raffle will begin July 29 and run through Aug. 3 where a drawing will be held on Aug. 3 in Mayfield.Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Security State Bank, The Dore and at Countryside Motors. Raffle prices are one for $20, three for $50 or 10 for $100. An auction will be held on Aug. 3 and include a Biz sign, neon, crown bag quilt and more. Game times for the tournament will be weekdays 6 and 8 p.m., weekends 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m.There will be a Home Run Derby qualifier nightly.For more information contact Kip Etter at 440-7379.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Thursday’s electrical outage caused by wire entangled in oversize load west of Wellington

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down G Sugar · 303 weeks ago Did this maybe happen on Wed? Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mo67 · 303 weeks ago Was the driver ticketed for this?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 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 Wellington City and Sumner Cable official erect poles west of town due to wire mishap Thursday evening.Sumner Newscow report — An oversized load getting caught on utility wires west of Wellington is the reason for the power outage at several homes on the northwest corner of Wellington.Around 7:30 p.m. or precisely the bottom of the first inning of the Kansas City Royal World Series game, the electricity went off and stayed off for about 30 minutes.Wellington Interim City Manager Shane Shields said a trucker had pulled off the side of the road on U.S. 160 and the top of the oversize load on his trailer snagged utility lines and breaking off a couple of poles in the process at the KDOT gravel pit a half mile west of Wellington.The result was an electrical outage in west Wellington for about 30 minutes. No other part of town was affected. Shield said the electric crew was out there with repairs for four hours. This morning new poles are being set.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Nina Vineyard, 90, Argonia: June 20, 1925 – August 25, 2015

first_imgNina VineyardNina A. Vineyard, of Argonia, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the Harper Hospital in Harper at the age of 90.Nina was born the daughter of Sheridan and Hattie F. (Walker) Wise on Saturday, June 20, 1925 in Aurora, Missouri.On September 10, 1946, Nina and Charles Vineyard were united in marriage in Hiawatha. Together they celebrated 39 years of marriage before his death.Survivors include her son, Wayne Vineyard and his wife Kim of Wichita; son, Russell Vineyard of Washington D.C.; grandchildren: Wayne Vineyard, Jr. and his wife Sarah of Argonia, Brian Vineyard of Ellsworth and Amanda Hernandez of Wichita; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild along with many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Harley Vineyard; seven sisters and five brothers.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, August 28, 2015 with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Funeral services for Nina will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 29th, 2015, in the chapel of Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.Interment will follow at the Milan Cemetery near Milan.A memorial fund has been established in her loving memory to Futures Unlimited. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.comArrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.last_img read more

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Wellington Fire/EMS Department runs: May 9 – May 15, 2016

first_img9-May10:46 AMMedical Emergency700 block North C Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 13-May9:25 AMMedical Emergency1200 block South B 9-May12:40 PMTransfer to Wichita 11-May6:03 PMLift Assist1990 block E. Lincoln 12-May11:09 AMInjury Accident1000 block E. US 160 15-May10:31 PMMedical EmergencyOxford 10-May11:40 AMMedical Trauma400 block South C 13-May1:46 PMMedical Trauma400 block South C 13-May1:25 PMVehicle Fire800 block North A 15-May11:52 AMMedical Emergency200 block W. 4th Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for May 9 to May 15, 2016 is as follows: 9-May545 PMCarbon Dioxide Leak300 block North Tyler 14-May12:00 PMTransfer to Wichita 12-May2:05 PMTransfer to Wichita 13-May10:38 AMMedical EmergencyWoods Park 13-May7:42 PMMedical EmergencyOxfordcenter_img 14-May9:30 PMInjury AccidentUS 160 & Woodlawn 11-May4:22 PMMedical Emergency200 block E. Harvey 11-May10:20 AMTransfer to Wichita 10-May10:46 PMMedical Emergency1000 block South F Wellington Fire & EMS Weekly Run Log 15-May9:48 PMMedical Trauma800 block North B 12-May2:05 PMMedical Emergency500 block N. Plum 13-May9:04 PMMedical Emergency200 block N. Washington 10-May10:09 AMMedical Emergency600 block W. Harvey 12-May11:26 AMInjury Accident12th & Blaine 15-May1:41 PMMedical Emergency1800 block North A Follow us on Twitter. 15-May1:00 PMTransfer to Wichita 9-May4:47 PMOven Fire1100 block North C 10-May11:10 PMMedical Emergency400 block W. Harveylast_img read more

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Ohio State’s Tattoo Gate, Alabama’s T-Town and other scandals that would be legal under new NIL rules

first_imgIU faced a choice: It could suspend Alford for the next game — just happened that it was the annual Kentucky showdown — or wait and take the matter to the NCAA infractions committee, where something along the lines of a three-game suspension was possible. Knight chose the one-game option, and the Hoosiers lost to Kentucky.  Johnny Football’s autographsThere was nothing dull about Johnny Manziel’s career as the quarterback at Texas A&M. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner got into hot water with the NCAA for allegedly being paid a “five-figure flat fee” for signing merchandise before the 2013 BCS title game in Miami. And several other reports circulated about similar “scandals,” but there was no proof found. There was no incentive for anyone to talk with the NCAA, and, basically, no paper trail meant no way to severely punish Manziel. He was suspended for the first half of A&M’s 2013 season-opening home game against Rice. But the basics are this: Players will be allowed to make money for product endorsements, social media content and autographs. That’s a massive change. And it’s a frustrating change for certain fan bases that have seen their favorite programs dragged through the NCAA mud for violations that were ridiculous when they happened and would be fully legal and above board now. Here are four examples. It’s not a comprehensive list, of course — for example, we’re not diving into Georgia’s A.J. Green being suspended four games for selling his bowl-game jersey for $1,000 in 2010 — but just some high-profile examples. Ohio State’s Tattoo GateFive Ohio State players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling merchandise and receiving “improper benefits” from a tattoo parlor. The players sold Big Ten championship rings — from teams they played on — and their own football jerseys/pants/shoes, and Pryor sold a sportsmanship award he received after the 2008 Fiesta Bowl. In addition to the five-game suspension, players had to repay various amounts based on what they’d sold. The scandal ultimately led to the resignation of head coach Jim Tressel. The discount at the tattoo parlor was what seized the headlines, though, partially because it was such a stupid thing to have a rule against. “As a student-athlete,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said at the time, “you’re not allowed to use your persona to get discounted services.”But starting in 2021-22? Use all the “persona” you want to get tattoos (or anything else), athletes. And Gene Smith, by the way, is co-chair of the NIL committee.Alabama’s T-Town scandalThis one never resulted in actual NCAA punishments — a source of frustration for everyone other than Alabama fans — but it dominated the headlines for several months in 2011 (and again in 2014). There was a shop in Tuscaloosa, T-Town Menswear, that had a massive collection of items autographed by former and current Alabama football players. The “current players” part was the sticky issue. There were also plenty of photos with the current football players posing with the shop’s owner, Tom Albetar, and while wearing merchandise that was available for purchase in the store. The questions were obvious: What were the players getting in exchange for all the autographs and pictures? That question was never officially answered, which was part of the reason for a lack of punishment. Alabama sent a cease-and-desist letter to Albetar and disassociated him from the program. But, if nothing else, the photos of the current players were on display at the store, and they were pretty clearly being used to promote the store. That’s a violation, too. It was a silly violation then, and starting in the 2021-22 school year, it won’t be a violation at all. Steve Alford’s charity calendarThis “violation” drove Indiana fans crazy at the time and it still gets their Hoosier blood boiling, as it rightly should. Steve Alford was their home-grown superstar in the middle of a legendary career in Bloomington. He’d represented the school in the 1984 Olympic Games and would lead the Hoosiers to the 1987 National Championship. He averaged nearly 17 points per game his first two seasons at IU, but he was forced to miss his team’s December 1985 rivalry game against Kentucky, in his junior season, because of a violation of NCAA rules. What did Alford do? He posed for a charity calendar for the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Yep. He wasn’t paid for the appearance, and the calendar raised money for charity. But because the calendar was used to make money — didn’t matter how the money was used — that was a violation. When IU coach Bobby Knight heard about the calendar, he immediately self-reported the violation to the NCAA.  The NCAA announced its intention to start allowing its student-athletes to make money off their name, image and likeness on Wednesday morning. It’s a decision that’s been long awaited, and is certainly long overdue. There are still questions, though, because there are always questions with complicated issues. What is permissible and what is not permissible — and exactly how those hairs are going to be split — will have to be seen. The Board of Governors approved the NIL proposals, and a vote is expected to be taken in January 2021 for adoption for the 2021-22 academic year. last_img read more

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Suzyn Waldman, Yankees broadcaster, sings the national anthem to fulfill a promise to Gerrit Cole

first_imgWaldman was joined in the pregame by recently retired Yankees hurler CC Sabathia, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Cole.After a beautiful rendition of the anthem by Suzyn Waldman, a slim CC Sabathia tosses the ceremonial 1st pitch to Gerrit Cole at Yankee Stadium. pic.twitter.com/VzNwkePMlB— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) July 31, 2020Waldman is slated to be half of the Yankees’ broadcast booth through the end of the 2020 season.This article has been updated. That’s baseball, Suzyn.Long before Gerrit Cole put ink to paper and realized a boyhood dream, Yankees radio voice Suzyn Waldman made a promise to him: Sign with New York and you’ll get to hear me sing the national anthem. Well, prior to Friday night’s Yankees home opener, Waldman kept that promise: She sang the anthem for an audience of Cole and everyone else who was allowed in the building.Tonight’s National Anthem was performed by Suzyn Waldman. Suzyn was the very first voice ever heard on WFAN radio. She has been a beat reporter, TV analyst, play by play broadcaster, and is the first and only woman ever to have a full-time analyst job with a Major League team. pic.twitter.com/9IEmHzzv6D— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 31, 2020A moment years in the making. pic.twitter.com/woxgETnTFX— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 31, 2020MORE: Did Donald Trump lie about throwing out first pitch at Yankees game?It’s far from the first time Waldman used the mic for singing and not analyzing. The trailblazing, longtime analyst for the Yankees’ radio network has sung the national anthem not only at Yankee Stadium but other baseball stadiums many times in the past, including prior to Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS at Fenway Park. Suzyn Waldman is singing the National Anthem before tonight’s Yankees home openerShe can really do it all pic.twitter.com/uE1OueHjMa— Talkin’ Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 31, 2020The 73-year-old Waldman was a stage actor in musicals long before heading up to the booth, where her pairing with play-by-play man John Sterling is in its 16th season for WFAN. And she’s no stranger to New York’s sports radio station, either: Her voice was the first heard on the station when it was launched in 1987.last_img read more

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Tiger Woods accepts reality after another bad PGA round: It’s getting harder for him to win majors

first_imgTiger Woods conceded he was running out of time to win major titles after falling out of contention at the PGA Championship on Saturday.The 44-year-old American shot a 2-over 72 for a second successive round, which left him with little to play for leading into the final day at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. TIGER ON SUNDAY: How to watch his round at the PGAThe tournament will represent another opportunity missed for the reigning Masters champion in his bid to equal Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories. Woods has managed 15 over a 24-year professional career, but only one since 2008.”There’s not as many [opportunities to win] as when I first started playing,” Woods said after completing his round. “The reality is that the golf courses are getting bigger. They are getting longer. The margin between making the cut and the lead is a lot smaller than it used to be. Used to be sometimes 12 to 15 shots.”Now we had, what, nine shots here? It’s just different. It’s getting tighter and it’s getting harder to win events, but you look at the leaderboard of most major championships, you see the same guys.2 birdies.4 bogeys.4 fairways hit.12 greens in regulation.31 putts.Tiger Woods cards a 2-over 72 in Round 3 of the PGA Championship. He’s +2 for the tournament. pic.twitter.com/cG7XCaJfUH— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 2020“May not be always the same winners, but you see the same handful of guys are there. They understand how to win major championships, how to win the big events, how to plod their way along, how difficult it is to win these big events.”Putting again proved a problem for Woods as he failed to make a birdie until the 16th hole. Though well behind the contenders, Woods said he had a clear goal in mind for the final round.”You just keep fighting, no matter what,” he said. “Whether the rounds are shooting 61s or shooting 81s, the intensity should always be there, the effort should always be there. I keep fighting until the end [with] pride in what I do. I love to compete. Unfortunately I didn’t do my job today.”At the end it clicked and hopefully I can get something going tomorrow and get into the red for the tournament.”last_img read more

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Iowa National Guard’s top general announces retirement

first_imgJOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — The adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard has announced his plans for retirement.A National Guard news release says Maj. Gen. Tim Orr intends to step down effective May 1 after 10 years as the Iowa Guard’s commander. He was named to the post by then Gov. Chet Culver in March 2009.Brig. Gen. Stephen Osborn will serve as the interim adjutant general.Orr enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard in 1978 while still a senior at Boone High School and rose through the ranks.last_img read more

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Ask the Mayor — August 21, 2019 — Mason City mayor Bill Schickel

first_imgMason City’s mayor Bill Schickel was our guest on “Ask the Mayor” on KGLO. Listen back to the program via the audio player below.last_img

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Casinos see more than $38 million in first full month of sports betting

first_imgDES MOINES — The totals are in for the first full month of sports betting in the state. Gamblers wagered around $38.5 million at the 15 casinos that offered sports betting in September.Nearly $21.8 million of that came in on-line bets and the rest was at the on-site betting parlors.  Ten of the casinos took in one-million or more dollars in bets — led by Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona at a little more than $14.5 million.The Ameristar in Council Bluffs was second in betting at nearly $3.8 million, followed by the Isle Casino in Waterloo with around $3.5 million.The Diamond Jo Worth casino near Northwood had the sixth highest take for the month of September with just under $2.3 million.Casinos and their sports betting partners kept around five million dollars in September — and paid the state $334,552 in taxes.Sports gambling began on August 15th and there were around $8.5 million in bets placed in those first 16 days. Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino — $14,525,771.63Ameristar II — $3,798,474.21Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo — $3,537,218.54Riverside Casino — $2,755,276.27Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs — $2,354,588.05Diamond Jo ­Worth —- $2,297,106.75Isle of Capri -Bettendorf — $2,214,581.14Lakeside Casino — $1,587,337.92Rhythm City Casino — $1,259,600.74Grand Falls Casino Resort — $1,145,977.36Diamond Jo ­Dubuque — $978,825.50Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel — $835,214.20Q Casino (Dubuque) — $566,870.85Catfish Bend Casino — $389,425.19Hard Rock Casino — $282,652.70last_img read more

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Absentee ballot request forms in many Iowans’ mailboxes soon

first_imgDES MOINES — Secretary of State Paul Pate has mailed every registered voter in the state a form to request an absentee ballot for the June Primary and Pate says they should arrive in mailboxes next week.“It’s a document that says: ‘Vote Safe, Iowa.’ It’ll the Secretary of State logo on it and it’s a simple tri-fold. You open it up, filled out the little one-page section and the postage is prepaid and in a few days you’ll get your ballot,” Pate says. “It’s that easy and that safe.”Pate used his emergency powers during the pandemic to take this step to encourage “early” voting for the June 2nd Primary. The deadline for submitting absentee ballot requests to county auditors is May 22nd.“But I would encourage when you get this mailer to process it and get it in,” Pate says. “That way you’re got it under control.”The early voting period for June’s Primary Election starts today. Pate and county auditors are urging Iowans to avoid voting in person on Primary Day due to concerns about spreading the coronavirus among voters and poll workers.“That’s what we want our folks to do right now during these times of challenge,” Pate says.Iowans may start casting early votes in-person at their county auditor’s office on Monday, May 4th. You must be a registered Democrat or a registered Republican voter to cast a ballot in that party’s June Primary, but independent or “no party” voters may switch their registration to either party to participate.This is what the mailing looks like.Didn’t get the mailing? Here’s an absentee ballot request formList of candidates in 2020 Iowa Primary Elections.last_img read more

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Nine-man Uganda hold Ethiopia 1-1 to reach semis

first_imgUganda midfielder Allan Kyambadde tussles for the ball with Ethiopia fullback Bune Butako in their match staged at the Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega. PHOTO KFF-MEDIANairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Derrick Nsibambi was the hero for Uganda, as the Cecafa Challenge Cup holders came from behind to hold Ethiopia 1-1 and reach the semi-finals in Kakamega on Sunday.Nsibambi rescued the 14-time champions, who were in danger of being knocked out of the tournament after falling behind to a 23minute Abubakher Sanni’s goal when he scored the equalising goal in the 87th minute.Uganda were already down to ten men after Isaac Muleme was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence when he brought down Dawa Hetessa just outside his box in the 79th minute.The champions, who had dominated ball possession in the second half were reduced to nine men deep in injury time after Timothy Awany received a second yellow for time wasting.Ethiopia needed to win the match to stay in contention but were left to rue two missed opportunities in the first half.Hetessa, who initiated the opening goal, was once again involved in Ethiopia second goal but Abede Yalew’s effort was waved off for a foul by the referee.Second-placed Burundi are now favourite to take the second semifinal place from Group B when they face lowly South Sudan on Monday.The second team to join Zanzibar from Group A will also be decided on Monday.Hosts Kenya will face Tanzania while Zanzibar wound up against guest side Libya.Both matches will be played at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos. UGANDA CRANES AT CECAFA: Standing (L-R) – Nico Wakiro Wadada, Hood Kaweesa, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Allan Kyambadde, Timothy Denis Awany and team captain Bernard Muwanga. Front Row (L-R) – Muzamiru Mutyaba, Derrick Nsibambi, Benjamin Ochan, Milton Karisa, Isaac Muleme. Nsibambi scored crucial goal. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAUganda Starting XIIsmail Watenga (GK), Benard Muwanga (C), Isaac Muleme, Timothy Awany, Joseph Nsubuga, Juma Ibrahim Sadam, Allan Kyambadde, Muzamir Mutyaba, Tadeo Lwanga, Hood Kaweesa, Derrick NsibambiSubstitutesBenjamin Ochan (GK), Tom Ikara, Daniel Opolot Isiagi, Shafiq Bakaki, Nicholas Wadada, Aggrey Madoi, Paul Mucureezi, Nelson Senkatuuka, Milton Kaliisa, Allan KatereggaEthiopia Starting XITimariam Balcha (GK), Bune Butako Abebaw (C), Feyissa Abebe, Tediros Bekele, Amaye Temesgen, Biruk Kelbore, Tsegaye Birhanu, Firew Selemon, Abubeker Sani, Dawa Hetessa, Abel YalewSubstitutesBereket Amare Kidanu, Tariku Getinet, Henok Adugan, Girma Bekele, Amsalu Telahun, Adis Giday, Samson Tilahum, Gebre Albrachew, Kenean Meleko, Aregawi Amanuael, Kena Kebede, Sorure AbedrahmanShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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De Gea stars as Manchester United settle for Sevilla draw

first_imgSeville, Spain | AFP | David de Gea deflected the attention away from Paul Pogba with another spectacular display of goalkeeping as Manchester United came away from their Champions League last 16, first leg against Sevilla in Spain with a 0-0 draw on Wednesday.De Gea made two breathtaking saves to deny Steven N’Zonzi and Luis Muriel at the end of the first half at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, denying Sevilla a lead to take to England for next month’s return.Sevilla were the more likely side, with United offering little going forward despite the presence of Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata in their attack.Lukaku had a late goal disallowed, but United’s was the kind of cautious approach seen time and again in such games by Mourinho’s teams down the years.Their inability, unwillingness even, to get an away goal leaves the tie wide open ahead of the second leg, with United looking to reach the quarter-finals in their first appearance in the knockout stage of the Champions League since 2014.“The only moment where we felt relieved was in the last couple of moments of the first half when from a couple of our mistakes in possession they had a couple of good situations and De Gea made good saves,” said Mourinho.His team managed just one attempt on target to Sevilla’s eight, but Mourinho added: “Apart from that the game was even, but the statistics are what they are.“I really feel the result reflected what the game was — you ask me was it a good result, and I say it was not good and not bad.”Mourinho decided to leave Pogba out of his starting line-up, despite the Frenchman being back in the squad after illness had kept him out of United’s FA Cup win at Huddersfield Town.Fuelling the speculation of an uneasy relationship between Mourinho and the France midfielder, the United manager chose to select 21-year-old Scott McTominay ahead of Pogba in a midfield three. – Pogba thrown on –However, an untimely injury to Ander Herrera meant Pogba was thrown on after just 17 minutes of a first half dominated by the Spanish side.Sevilla, looking to make it past the last 16 of the Champions League after falling in their three previous appearances at this stage over the last decade, could and should have had a goal to show for their performance.De Gea made one good early save low down to deny Colombian Muriel, while Jesus Navas, impressive at right-back, fired just wide after latching onto Ever Banega’s cross-field pass.Stepping up the pressure just before half-time, Joaquin Correa’s shot from a good position was too easy for De Gea, but the Spain ‘keeper displayed all his class as he kept out headed attempts from N’Zonzi and Muriel from point-blank range, both saves requiring breathtaking reactions.The importance to United of not letting in a goal was clear — they had kept eight clean sheets in their 10 matches before heading to Andalusia, with their only defeats in that time coming in the two games in which they had conceded.And they were content to leave Spain with a 0-0 draw, continuing to soak up pressure in the second half and relying on Sevilla’s indecision in the final third.They were also aided by Pablo Sarabia’s inability to find the target from an inviting Muriel cross in the 73rd minute, before Lukaku’s goal was ruled out by French referee Clement Turpin for a handball as he controlled before shooting.“I am very happy with the character shown by the team,” Sevilla’s Italian coach Vincenzo Montella told Spanish television. “We have to be pleased with the performance. The 0-0 leaves everything open.”Whether Mourinho’s team should have been more adventurous will only become clear after the return in Manchester in three weeks.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Higuain determined to leave, says AC Milan coach Gattuso

first_imgMilan paid 18 million euros ($20.75 million) to sign him on loan, with a clause to make the deal permanent for a further 36 million euros.Higuain had his most successful season under Sarri, breaking the Serie A goalscoring record with 36 goals in the 2015/16 campaign.“I’ve talked to him a great deal, but it’s hard to give advice, because the career of a player only lasts 13-14 years,” continued Gattuso.“It’s his mind, not mine. The most important thing is to talk as men, look each other in the eyes and speak the truth.“I still don’t understand what Higuain’s unhappy about, because I see a happy lad, involved in the locker room.“We’ll see what happens. If it was up to me, I’d keep him at my house and feed him my dinner.”Share on: WhatsApp Milan, Italy | AFP | Gonzalo Higuain has made up his mind to leave AC Milan, coach Gennaro Gattuso said on Saturday amid speculation linking the striker to Premier League side Chelsea.Higuain joined Milan on a season-long loan from Juventus in July with an option to make the deal permanent, but he has struggled to settle at the San Siro, scoring eight goals in all competitions.The 31-year-old again drew a blank in AC Milan’s 2-0 Italian Cup win over Sampdoria on Saturday as substitute Patrick Cutrone netted a double in extra time.“When a player makes up his mind it becomes hard to convince them otherwise,” said Gattuso of Higuain.“I have a relationship with him that features great honesty, we say things to one another’s face.“At the moment, he’s our player and we’re holding on tightly to him. I don’t know what will happen.”The Argentina international reportedly wants to join his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.last_img read more

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Bundesliga footballers Thuram and Sancho join US killing protests

first_imgMoenchengladbach’s French forward Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoringBerlin, Germany | AFP |  French star Marcus Thuram and England international Jadon Sancho joined the protests over racism and police brutality in the United States on Sunday after scoring in the Bundesliga.Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the game against Union Berlin.Sancho marked his goal for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn by lifting his jersey to reveal a T-shirt bearing the words “Justice for George Floyd”.On Saturday, Schalke’s US midfielder Weston McKennie wore an armband against Werder Bremen bearing the words “Justice for George”.Thuram’s gesture echoed past protests by National Football League players in the US in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.The issue has surged back into the headlines following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd during a police arrest in Minneapolis.Sancho revealed his protest after scoring in the 57th minute – and was promptly yellow-carded for his troubles.Thuram, a 22-year-old French striker, continued his recent hot form with two goals as Borussia Moenchengladbach beat visiting Union Berlin 4-1.Because of social distancing rules, goal celebrations were muted but after Thuram headed his team’s second goal just before half-time he took the opportunity to make a solitary statement, kneeling and bowing his head.At half-time, his club tweeted a photo with the caption: “No explanation needed.”After the game, Gladbach coach Marco Rose said Thuram had his backing.“Marcus has made the point. He has set an example against racism that we all support,” Rose said.Thuram, whose father, French World Cup winner Lilian runs the Education against Racism foundation in Paris, was the latest show of solidarity with the current protests sweeping the United States.On Saturday, McKennie said it had been crucial to make a stand. “To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been going on too long feels good!!!” he tweeted.Meanwhile, in the United States, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said there “remains an urgent need for action” as violent protests rocked the country.“The protesters’ reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel,” Goodell said. “As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league.”Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown returned to his native Georgia to lead a peaceful protest march in Atlanta.“I drove 15 hours to get to Georgia, my community,” Brown said. “Being a celebrity, being an NBA player, don’t exclude me from no conversations at all. First and foremost, I’m a black man and I’m a member of this community.”-‘Am I next?’ –NBA star LeBron James was among those who contrasted pictures of police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck with the kneeling protests of former NFL star Colin Kaepernick in 2016.Kaepernick, who was ostracised by the NFL for kneeling during the national anthem in protest against racial injustice, has launched a fund to pay for legal representation for protesters who need it.Serena Williams tweeted a video by Nike, which also sponsors Kaepernick, picking out the line: “Don’t pretend there’s not a problem in America.”Two-time Grand Slam tennis champion Naomi Osaka posted pictures of protests from Minneapolis on her Instagram account.“Just because it isn’t happening to you doesn’t mean it isn’t happening at all,” wrote Osaka, whose mother is Japanese and whose father is Haitian.Rising US tennis star Coco Gauff, a 16-year-old African American, showed on Instagram the faces of black Americans who died in recent years at the hands of authorities or white fellow citizens.“Am I next?” Gauff asked.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Tropical system near the Bahamas increases to 60% chance of development

first_imgThis weather report is brought to you by  Newman Windows and Doors: Simply the best in Hurricane Coverage and Code Red Roofers. The roofers that respond.Get up to the moment Hurricane information by visiting our Storm Central page here:Storm Central The National Hurricane Center is reporting that area of low pressure that is currently moving through the Central Bahamas now has a 60% chance of development which could lead to the formation of a tropical depression.The system is moving west-northwestward at around 15 mph and is expected to stay off of the east coast of Florida, however, heavy rain, thunderstorms, and gusty winds with the possibility of isolated flooding Monday night through Tuesday.last_img read more

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Sen. Rick Scott: LeBron James Not Educated About China Issue

first_imgRick Scott is among those calling out LeBron James for his comments on China. The Lakers star said yesterday that Houston GM Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters hurt people financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Senator Scott tweeted it’s sad to see James joining the chorus kow-towing to Communist China and putting profits over human rights. https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/LeBron.mp3James also said Morey wasn’t educated about the issue, but Scott says James is clearly the one who isn’t educated on the situation.James made the comments before the Lakers’ preseason game against the Warriors in LA Monday. He later clarified on Twitter that he “did not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet.”The Lakers played two preseason games against the Brooklyn Nets in China last week, and the players had to deal with the backlash firsthand.ESPN reports that players met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver in China and many were upset because they felt they were in the middle of the rift between the host country and the league. Morey tweeted out “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong,” on October 4th, which caused an uproar from many in China. Multiple Chinese sponsors (the vast majority of Nike shoes are made in factories in China) cut ties with the NBA and China’s state television broadcaster refused to air the preseason games on TV. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta stated that Morey did not speak for the team.Silver defended Morey’s right to free speech last week, but also regretted that so many Chinese were upset by his tweet.last_img read more

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Florida Man Trespassing at Mar-a-Lago Prefers Jail to Seeing Parents

first_imgA man accused of trespassing near Mar-a-Lago late last week reportedly told police he would rather go to jail than see his parents.Palm Beach Police arrested 38-year-old Allen Cox for trespassing after issuing a warning on Thursday.According to the arrest report, a Palm Beach Police received a call about a suspicious man on the property around 4:30 a.m. The caller told police the man appeared to be in his 30s or 40s, was wearing a black long sleeve shirt and blue jeans and was hiding between the bushes and privacy wall of the estate.When police arrived, they found a man walking westbound on Southern Boulevard who matched the description, according to the arrest report. Police identified the man as Cox from a previous encounter they had with him on Feb. 7, when they gave him a written warning for trespassing.While speaking with police after being given his Miranda rights, Cox said he had been sleeping between the trees and privacy wall outside of the estate so he would be safe, the report states.He acknowledged being given the trespass warning but added that he preferred jail to seeing his parents.Cox was released from jail on $500 bond.last_img read more

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Woman drugs mother of a newborn and tries to steal baby

first_imgThe Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Washington State is reporting that they have arrested a woman who posed as a photographer in an effort to kidnap a woman’s newborn.The Sheriff’s department says they began investigating the suspect who went by the name Juliette Parker on Facebook after the victim contacted them believing she may have been drugged by the suspect.The victim told authorities that she met Parker in a Facebook group where Parker advertised free newborn photo sessions because she wanted to build her photography portfolio.The victim told investigators that the suspect visited her home three times with her 16-year-old daughter and took selfies with the newborn. She also said that she noticed that the suspect would wipe her fingerprints off of everything she touched.On the third visit, Parker and her daughter brought the mother a cupcake and several moments after the victim ingested the cupcake she began feeling drowsy and numb.The victim then kicked the pair out of her home. While the suspect and her daughter did leave, the victim noticed that her house keys were missing and contacted the police believing she may have been drugged.After an investigation, authorities reported that they found evidence that there were several other victims and that the suspect planned to steal a newborn and raise it as her own:“Our detectives have worked tirelessly on this case, conducting multiple interviews and obtaining several search warrants,” the department said. “This detailed investigation identified additional victims and garnered evidence that indicate that the suspect was planning to steal a newborn baby to raise as her own.”last_img read more

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Experts: Signature on will of Carole Baskin’s missing husband possibly forged

first_imgThe mystery surrounding the disappearance of ‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin’s second husband, Don Lewis, is deepening and may be pointing to a murder coverup.A pair of handwriting experts believe that the signatures on the will and power of attorney documents were ‘traced’ or forged.Don Lewis, second husband of “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin, disappeared in 1997 and the missing persons case has been closed allowing Carole to move om an marry husband number three.Recently, after the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King” reignited interest in Baskin’s missing husband, experts examined key documents and found that they were likely forgeries. The handwriting experts postulate that someone traced Lewis’ signature on his marriage license and copied it onto his will and power of attorney.Not only that, but one handwriting expert concluded that the signatures of the witnesses and the notary are also identical to one on another on both the will and power of attorney. This led the expert to conclude that one or both of each pair of signatures was forged through tracing.Netflix’s smash-hit “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” tells the bizarre tale of Joe Exotic, a zany gay polygamist owner of a private zoo in Oklahoma. He goes to battle with animal rights activist Carole Baskin and eventually gets convicted in a murder-for-hire plot to off her that lands him in prison for 22 years. Throughout the documentary, Joe and his compatriots repeatedly accused Carole of killing her second husband, millionaire Don Lewis.Twenty-three years ago, Don Lewis vanished while married to Carole. Five years later, a judge declared the missing husband dead, which permitted Carole Baskin to inherit his substantial estate.The new finding in the Clarion Ledger about Carole Baskin’s missing husband is the product of reporting by the renowned investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, whose work was instrumental in reopening cold cases of unsolved civil rights era murders.last_img read more

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State Reportedly Fast-tracking Rules to Expand Pharmacists’ Services

first_imgAt the request of Republican House Speaker Jose Oliva, of Miami Lakes, the Florida Legislature on March 11 passed the measure (HB 389) expanding the authority of pharmacists. DeSantis signed the bill into law the same day.Under the law, certain pharmacists will be authorized to enter “collaborative pharmacy practice agreements” with doctors that allow pharmacists to treat and manage patients.Those pharmacists will be authorized to treat participating physicians’ patients for conditions including: arthritis; asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases; Type 2 diabetes; human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome; obesity; or “any other chronic condition adopted in rule.”To enter into the collaborative pharmacy practice agreements, pharmacists must either have doctorates in pharmacy or must have practiced at least five years and have clear and unencumbered licenses. They must also take an additional 20-hour course.The law requires the Board of Pharmacy to develop a set of new rules in order to carry out the changes, including a list of drugs that pharmacists may prescribe. The rules also must include guidelines for advising patients when to seek follow-up care from doctors.There is no word at this time on when the rules could go into effect, and at what level. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is seeking to fast-track rules that would potentially expand the health care services that pharmacists are authorized to provide.The move worries some members of a physician-licensing board.Ed Tellechea, general counsel of the Florida Board of Medicine, told members of a committee on Wednesday that “there is pressure” to finalize rules by Aug. 1 to proceed with a new law that would allow certain pharmacists to test patients for flu and streptococcus, as well as to treat patients with chronic illnesses.“The governor’s office would like them (the Board of Pharmacy) to get working on this right away and to get a product as soon as possible, because they want to have the pharmacists available to be able to assist in dealing with the current public-health crisis, and when it flares up again in the fall,” Tellechea said.His remarks came after comments from Board of Medicine Vice Chairman Hector Vila, who believes the Board of Pharmacy should initially draft narrow rules that could be expanded further down the road. Vila also said that he wants the rules to specifically preclude pharmacists from being able to test and treat patients for coronavirus.“This is a pretty big change. And I would move slowly and not try to cut any corners,” said Vila, who is a Tampa-area doctor. “Move very slowly, very deliberately, and then it’s more likely to end up a success.”last_img read more

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AJ Burnett happy to escape New York for Pittsburgh

first_imgHe led the major leagues with 25 wild pitches last year and allowed a career-high 31 homers.“I let a few too many people tinker with me, maybe,” Burnett said. “When you let that happen, you start doubting yourself sometimes. You wonder, ‘Am I doing it right? Is this how it’s supposed to feel?’ and things like that. In ‘09, nobody messed with me. I was able to do what I wanted to do on the mound, whether it was turn around, close my eyes and pitch upside down. Then you have a few bad games and you start changing and listening.”Pittsburgh is paying just $13 million of Burnett’s salary: $5 million this year and $8 million in 2013. The Yankees are paying the rest.In a smaller market with reduced expectations, there should be less pressure on the 35-year-old right-hander.“It’s going to be a fresh start,” Burnett said. “It’s going to be fun. I’m going back to the National League, where I can hit and bunt and get the joy back into the game.”A 13-year veteran, Burnett will move into the top spot in the Pirates’ starting rotation. General manager Neal Huntington thinks Burnett can return to his form of a few years ago.“Our scouts still saw very good stuff,” Huntington said. “They saw power to the fastball, although the velocity is down from four or five years ago. He’s still got good movement. He was still one of the better ground-ball pitchers in the American League last year, which is going to play well in our ballpark.”Burnett also will be expected to provide a leadership role for younger players.“Hopefully, I can just lead by example,” Burnett said. “I’ll take the ball every five days. I’m not going to make excuses. One thing I can take from my time in New York is I’ll never back down from anything. I’m not a cheerleader, shaking pom-poms. But I know right and wrong and, hopefully, I can share that with the younger players.”Notes: Burnett was scheduled to throw a bullpen session during Monday afternoon’s workout at Pirate City. …To clear a roster spot, INF Gustavo Nunez was placed on the 60-day DL to a right ankle injury. Two months ago, the Pirates claimed Nunez from the Tigers in the winter meeting draft. BRADENTON, Fla. (AP)—A.J. Burnett was happy to escape from New York.“It was fun the first couple of years. Then it got like, I’m never going to get out of this funk,” he said Monday, a day after the Yankees dealt him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a pair of low-level prospects.After signing an $82.5 million, five-year contract, Burnett helped the Yankees to their 27th World Series title in 2009. Then he slumped to a 21-26 record with a 5.20 ERA over the following two seasons. NEW PIRATE ACE—Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett throws in relief against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla on Sept. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson, File) last_img read more

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Pittsburgh Beats Howard 84-52

first_imgHoward’s Oliver Ellison, left, and Pittsburgh’s Lamar Patterson, right, fight for possession in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/John Heller)by Nate BarnesAssociated Press WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – Head coach Kevin Nickelberry wanted to limit Pittsburgh forward Talib Zanna’s impact against his Howard Bison in Sunday’s game.And limit Zanna the Bison did, but that didn’t help in the game’s outcome as Pitt beat Howard 84-52.“We had to just battle him,” Nickelberry said. “We just wanted to use our two-headed monster and try to get him in foul trouble.”Nickelberry’s two-headed monster is 6-foot-9-inch Oliver Ellison and 6-foot-10-inch Marcel Boyd. They were the largest players Zanna faced yet this season, after he dominated an undersized and undermanned Fresno State front line Tuesday with a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double.The Bison cared so much about surrounding and harassing Zanna that they played a zone defense for the first time this season.“Bigs can’t beat us tonight,” Nickelberry told his team. “The guards have to beat us. And their guards killed us.”Zanna got in foul trouble early, according to Nickelberry’s plan, and played just six minutes in the first half. Zanna scored only four points on three shot attempts, and pulled in just three rebounds.It was Pitt’s guards, led by Lamar Patterson, who did in the Bison.Patterson helped Pitt to jump out to a 9-0 lead when he fed freshman forward Michael Young for a dunk and later sank a three-pointer.Patterson shot 4-of-4 from deep in the first half, 5-of-6 overall, and entered halftime with a game-high 16 points. His performance led the best shooting percentage in a half in school history, as Pitt made 81 percent of its field goals and opened up a 48-24 halftime lead.“Last game we just couldn’t find the touch,” Patterson said. “Today, we found it. That’s just how it is, some games it goes in, some games it doesn’t.”Patterson finished with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, next to five rebounds and four assists.“I’m a versatile player,” Patterson said. “I like to show different aspects of my game every time out.”Also on the perimeter, guards James Robinson, Cam Wright, Durand Johnson and Chris Jones combined to score 32 points.“It was a really good performance by us,” Dixon said. “The starting guards especially. James, Cameron and Lamar were really good.”Good shot selection proved to be a key.“I think we took a lot of bad shots in the last game and missed some open ones,” Dixon said. “Tonight we took almost all the good threes, and I think that was a big part of it. It usually comes down to shot selection.”The Panthers cooled off in the second half, but still shot 58 percent from the field. Defensively, Pitt held Howard to only 17 field goals and 36.2 percent shooting.Michael Young found the most success of any “big” Sunday, with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting. Other than Young, though, it was the play of Pitt’s perimeter assets that helped counter the Zanna’s ineffectiveness.“We tried to cut off what we thought was the head of the dragon,” Nickelberry said. “But obviously there were more parts to the dragon than I thought.”last_img read more

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NFL Draft: 5 things to get ready for

first_imgAaron Donald (Courier Photo/William McBride/File)NEW YORK (AP) – Every NFL draft is filled with intrigue. When the crop of college players has 102 early entrants, including the likes of Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel, that simply ratchets up the excitement.Here are five things to watch for in the first round Thursday night:WE’RE NO. 1: That would be the Texans, who went 2-14 last season to more than earn the first spot in the proceedings. But there’s no certainty who they will grab, or if they will stay there.General manager Rick Smith has made it clear the Texans have listened to offers for the first pick.“If we take the first pick, we know who we want,” Smith said. “(But) we are obviously open to moving out of the first pick, if in fact there is an opportunity for us to do so and if we think that is in the best interest of the organization.”Teams that could be interested in jumping up to the top, presumably to select South Carolina star defensive end Clowney, are Atlanta, Tampa Bay and even Dallas, which needs lots of work on its defense.GOING DEEP: Many analysts have dubbed this the best draft for wide receivers in years, perhaps ever. The consensus top guy is Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, followed by Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Brandin Cooks of Oregon State, Odell Beckham Jr., of LSU, Marqise Lee of Southern California, and Kelvin Benjamin of national champion Florida State.Watkins is projected to go in the first five picks, unusually high for a wideout.“I think what sets Sammy apart is his sincerity and passion for the game,” ESPN analyst and 2003 Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden said last week. “Everyone I’ve talked to has come away very impressed with Watkins’ passion to be great and to put forth a tremendous work ethic.”QB CLASS: No one is comparing this to the 2012 class that produced Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson. Still, there’s talk four quarterbacks could go in the opening round.There’s also some thought that only two, Texas A&M’s Manziel and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, will be taken Thursday night.The other highly rated quarterbacks to watch for are Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Fresno State’s Derek Carr, and two late risers: Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage.Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, has lots of boom or bust in him. Nobody can deny he is a big-time playmaker, though.“When you’re dealing with a high-profile position like the quarterback, obviously there’s some well-documented things to cover and to consider,” Gruden said. “Manziel brings a lot of excitement and interest to your organization. Maybe some people don’t want to be part of it. That will be up to them.”IN THE TRENCHES: No fewer than a dozen guys who play on either the offensive or defensive line figure to go Thursday. They range from the NFL-ready tackle Jake Matthews of Texas A&M, whose dad, Bruce, is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, to UCLA guard Xavier Su’a Filo on offense. On defense, look for Pittsburgh tackle Aaron Donald and Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III.It’s possible that the first three players chosen all will do their work in the trenches: Clowney, Buffalo DE-LB Khalil Mack, and Auburn tackle Greg Robinson.LESSER KNOWNS: Some players from smaller schools to watch out for, if not in the first round then certainly in the second:LB-DE Khalil Mack, Buffalo – A certain high pick who can disrupt any offense with his pass-rushing skills and is no slouch against the run.S Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois – Hits a ton and had an impressive Senior Bowl. But he comes off foot surgery.QB Jimmy Garappolo, Eastern Illinois – From the same school that produced Tony Romo, he’s skilled, mature and a leader.OL Joel Bitonio, Nevada – Versatile blocker who can play anywhere on the line, he has a real mean streak.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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South Puget Sound Celebrates Adult Literacy Week

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College is joining other community and technical colleges state-wide in celebrating Adult Literacy Week.“Washington’s economic growth and prosperity depends on our ability to make education and job training universally accessible to citizens of all ages and backgrounds,” Gov. Christine Gregoire said in a proclamation recognizing Oct. 15-20 as Adult Literacy Week across the state.Critical to improving the job skills and basic skills of Washingtonians, South Puget Sound Community College, as well as other community and technical colleges in the state, offer a variety of Adult Basic Education programs, from GED and IBEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training), to English as a Second Language, and more.Education plays a key role in supporting the economic vitality of Washington state, and South Puget Sound Community College plays an important part in that education process, helping people build better skills in search of better jobs to help build a better Thurston County.For more information about South Puget Sound’s Adult Basic Education offerings, visit www.spscc.ctc.edu/programs/abe. For more about statewide Adult Literacy Week information, visit www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/_e-abe_litweek.aspx.last_img read more

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10 Quick Summer Energy Saving Tips From Thurston Energy

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0 Many Thurston County residents worship the sun.  We live for the days of a bright yellow sunshine in the five-day forecast.  To see a string of days without rain clouds is certainly a treat.When the temperature rises, there are some new behaviors that you can incorporate into your daily habits.  These easy-to-implement tasks can reduce your energy bills.Install a programmable thermostat that brings your house to a comfortable temperature when you are typically at home and stops heating or cooling your living space when you tend to be out.If your home has a central air conditioning, set the temperature to cool at 78 degrees.  Home owners typically save about six to seven percent off cooling costs for each degree above 78 degrees.Pull window shades.  Our neighbors in Southern California know to close blinds on sunny days, but people living in the Pacific Northwest sometimes forget that to keep the hot sun out, you need to pull the shades.  Open the shades in the winter to bring in warm rays.Turn off lights, appliances and electronics when not in use.  During a Washington summer, we benefit from long hours of daylight.  Take advantage of this natural light and leave the lights off.  This step will keep your house cooler and your energy bill down.If the hot weather is too much, look for an Energy Star air conditioner.  This designation means that the cooling unit is the most energy efficient model on the market.  Situate a window air conditioner out of direct sunlight.  They work best when kept cool.Replace an old central air conditioner with a new Energy Star qualified model.  Often this can reduce your cooling costs by up to 20%.  Schedule an inspection to make sure that your heating and cooling system is working at peak efficiency.Install a ceiling fan.  This is a less expensive way to cool down.  During hot weather, a ceiling fan will create a cool breeze and circulate air around your home.Get rid of hot air by using an exhaust fan to blow hot air out of your kitchen.  Similarly, take cooler showers and baths to avoid adding hot, humid aid to your home.Cook outside.  Instead of using your oven or stove, use your barbecue, microwave or countertop appliances.  A microwave uses 75% less energy than a regular electric oven.Install Energy Star compact fluorescent (CF) light bulbs in your most used fixtures and lamps.  CF bulbs radiate less heat and will save you an average of $30 – $40 over the lifespan of each bulb.For more examples of how to reduce your heating bills and improve your home’s energy efficiency, click here.last_img read more

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Olympia Orthopaedic Changes in Operations Due to COVID-19

first_imgTo our valued patients, Facebook187Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Finally, we want toacknowledge that arranging for care and surgery is a big deal and we don’t takethe need to cancel lightly.  We are inuncharted territory right now as a community and country.  Oly Ortho would like to err on the side ofcaution.  Our patients, staff, andcommunity are of utmost importance to us. Should you have questions, pleaserefer to our website at www.olyortho.com for updates on our COVID-19 response. It is clear that hospitalsare being taxed with critically ill patients, and this is only going toincrease in the near future.  They arerunning out of space AND are tight on supplies. In addition, with school closures, many of our staff are unable to comeinto our facilities to work.  In order tohelp keep the hospital focused on their priority and to help limit ourconsumption of necessary safety supplies, Oly Ortho will be taking thefollowing steps: William Peterson, M.D.,Managing Partnercenter_img No doubt you are aware of the current situation in Washington state concerning the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic. As partners in this community, Oly Ortho feels it is vitally important to evaluate our operations in the best interest of our patients, our staff, and our community. Sincerely, All elective cases at the hospitalswill be cancelled, per their notification to us.  Our surgeons will remain available to helpwith trauma and emergent cases in the hospital as those needs arise.At our surgery center, we will bemoving up urgent cases to high priority and getting them in as soon aspossible.  This means that if you have anelective surgery scheduled in our surgery center, your case may be cancelleduntil we are able to reschedule to a later date.Our clinics will be ramping up ourcapability to do more telemedicine visits so that patients do not need tounnecessarily come into a busy clinic.Patients will be screened prior toentering the clinic to look for symptoms or COVID-19 risk factors, includingtaking of temperature.Our clinics will be triaging appointmentsto limit the number of patients coming into our clinics.Non-urgent new patient may be askedto wait until our resources have increased.Our Rapid Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC)will remain open to alleviate ortho patients needing to go to the Emergency Roomwhile they are already being stretched. If you have an acute injury that needs to be attended to, please call 360-754-7622to be triaged prior to coming in.  Wealso may be able to treat some injuries via telemedicine. Ben Shah, CEOlast_img read more

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See which records were broken by Indian batsmen in the first ODI against New…

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement 5kjzNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsnvpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1xa( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bxiWould you ever consider trying this?😱iceCan your students do this? 🌚aoaxcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India’s start of the 4 match One Day International series against New Zealand begins with a loss as the hosts clinched a swift chasing victory at Seddon Park cricket ground. While it was the veteran Ross Taylor setting the stage with his swashbuckling century, it wasn’t all loss and no gain for the Men in Blue, as the young Shreyas Iyer clocks his first ODI hundred, and Virat Kohli becomes the third highest run scoring captain for India in ODIs, overtaking the legendary Sourav Ganguly.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIScoring his 58th ODI half century, Virat Kohli usurps to become the third highest run scoring captain for Team India in the format. Sourav Ganguly, who is the current BCCI president, held the position previously with 5082 runs out of 142 ODI appearances for India as a captain.Kohli, who took the captaincy of the Indian cricket team in 2013, has scored a stunning 5,123 runs from 83 ODIs as the captain. The 31 year old still has Mohammed Azharuddin and Mahrendra Singh Dhoni ahead of him.Advertisement Mohammed Azharuddin has scored 5239 runs in 162 ODI appearances as Indian captain. Dhoni, currently out on a hiatus from international cricket, is leading the list with a monumental 6641 runs out of 172 ODI matches as skipper.While Kohli reached his rank with a fine 63-ball-51, Shreyas Iyer in 4th stole the show for the visitors in the first innings. The 25 year old scored a marvellous 103 runs from 107 balls, including eleven boundaries and one over boundary.Advertisement Making his ODI debut back in 2017 against Sri Lanka, this was Iyer’s maiden ODI century. The youngster was also impressive in India’s unbeaten run in the T20 series, where he scored a total of 153 runs, including a fifty in the first T20.Following Kohli’s departure in the 29th over against Ish Sodhi, Iyer continued his partnership with KL Rahul till the 46th over, before losing his wicket against Tim Southee. Rahul himself was stunning in the first innings, keeping his strike till the end and putting up a stunning knock of 88-off-64 with three fours and six sixes, achieving his seventh ODI fifty.The second ODI takes place this Saturday at the Eden Park stadium.Also read-NZ vs IND 1st ODI Review: A stunning century from Ross Taylor gets New Zealand the lead in the seriesVirat Kohli reveals what’s the biggest lesson he’s learned in 2 super over wins against New Zealand Advertisementlast_img read more

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English pacer Jofra Archer abused on social media! Read what one racist ‘fan’ called…

first_imgJofra ArcherAdvertisement NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7pd8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bpWould you ever consider trying this?😱7gdmCan your students do this? 🌚57s4dRoller skating! Powered by Firework England’s World Cup hero, Jofra Archer has condemned the racial abuse he suffers “on a regular basis” – while asking the authorities to take proper action. On Tuesday the 24-year-old speedster uploaded a screenshot of the racial slurs he received on the social media platform Instagram a couple of days ago, citing that he does not understand why someone would make such comments. Advertisement Picture Credit: BBC Sport“I have given a lot of thought about reacting to this and I hope no one else has to deal with stuff like this on a regular basis, it is not ever acceptable and should be addressed properly in my opinion. I will never understand how people feel so free to say these things to another human being, it baffles me,” Archer wrote on his Instagram story along with the screenshot of the racial abuse on Monday evening.Picture Credit: IG/jofraarcherThe Rajasthan Royals bowler, who helped England lift their first ever World Cup last year at home, said the issue needed to be “addressed properly”.Advertisement However, this isn’t the first time that Archer has been subjected to racial abuse. During England’s tour of New Zealand last November, Archer experienced the shameful practice as he scored a second-innings 30 during England’s defeat in Mount Maunganui.“A bit disturbing hearing racial insults today while battling to help save my team. The crowd has been amazing this week except for that one guy. The Barmy Army was good as usual also.” Archer tweeted after the match.Advertisement Following the incident, a police investigation was launched and the New Zealand Cricket Council on January announced that a 28-year-old man had been identified as the perpetrator. The man was then handed a ban from all of the country’s stadiums for two years while being issued a verbal warning for using insulting language by the authorities.But Archer feels that isn’t enough to stop such incidents. The Sussex pacer who is recovering from a stress fracture in his elbow, last week, tweeted a link to a YouTube video which accused him of pulling “race card nonsense” regarding the abuse he suffered in New Zealand.“This is the most rubbish I’ve ever seen on the internet and it makes me sick to my stomach,” he said in the tweet. You may also like:Jofra Archer subjected to racial abuse in innings defeat, New Zealand Cricket issues apologyPolice are investigating alleged racially-aggravated assault at Chelsea’s club academy Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fligor Named New Harbor Head; Resigns From Council

first_img“John is leaving huge shoes to fill,” Fligor said. “There was bay water and boats that floated all the way up to the highway during Sandy. And John had things back up and running in nine months. You can’t ever be completely prepared for an event like Sandy. And God forbid anything like that ever happens again. But I’m part of great team in this town. And we’ll push along, because we have to, because the marina is important to our community.” The marina has more than 700 boat slips and Hubeny said it was close to 100 percent capacity in the 2019 season. The marina operates with a more than $6 million budget and generates $1.5 million in revenue from boat slip rentals for the borough’s tax base. At a meeting Sept. 25, the council appointed Kerri Kennedy to fill his unexpired term. Hubeny said the selection process was rigorous. Fligor’s application was one of 20 the borough received after the position was advertised in various local, county and state newspapers, and online on the New Jersey Marine Trades Association website. “I appreciate the council’s support and I just hope I’m everything you think I am. I’ve served on this council for 18 years… This is a great town. Take care of it,” Fligor said to the council. Fligor, who grew up working on boats in the marina and has had four of his own stored there over the years, will lead one of only eight municipally owned and operated marinas in New Jersey. It’s the single largest of that ilk from Maine to Florida, according to Hubeny. Fligor has served as a councilman for the better part of two decades and has volunteered his time with various organizations for the last 23, including the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society and the Harbor Commission. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Louis Fligor’s eyes welled up at a recent borough council meeting when the governing body voted unanimously to name the longtime elected official the municipality’s new harbor manager. But resigning his seat on the council to take the harbor manager position was an emotional moment for Fligor. Atlantic Highlands does not currently have a nepotism policy, but borough administrator Adam Hubeny quickly dismissed the notion. “(Fligor’s) experience might actually be a positive despite the optics,” borough resident Tucker Snedeker told The Two River Times. “The real problem is he got his son-in-law a job at the harbor a few years ago. So how do you get a fair shake as a fellow employee and peer? Who gets the day off or the bonus or the promotion or the better work assignment?” center_img Fligor, 58, officially took the reins of the Marina Sept. 27, and will earn an annual starting salary of $62,500. “Lou’s son-in-law works at the harbor, but there’s insulation there,” Hubeny explained to residents at the Aug. 13 council meeting, noting that all harbor employees report to dockmaster James Osborn. “Mr. Osborne has (worked at the marina) for 42 years. The dockmaster reports to Jim Phillips, who is our DPW director. And if there’s a personnel matter, they will report to me. Normally they would report to the harbor manager, but in this case, if it involves Lou’s son-in-law, they’ll come to me.” The selection committee then interviewed seven candidates and whittled that field down to three potential choices. After a subsequent round of interviews, the committee decided that Fligor checked all of the boxes. Though borough lands are nearly completely built out, Fligor hopes to implement a series of floating boat slips situated in marina waters that will increase capacity and revenue. “It’s something that can be done. It’s part of the vision. But that will take some time,” Fligor said. Though the governing body may have given its vote of confidence, Fligor’s appointment comes with pushback from some residents who wonder if nepotism played a role. According to councilman Steve Borracchia, one of the reasons Fligor was selected for the position is because of his vision to expand the marina’s footprint and make it a more profitable utility. Longtime Atlantic Highlands councilman and community volunteer Louis Fligor has been appointed harbor manager at the marina.Photo by Chris Rotolo Fligor will succeed former harbor manager John Amici who accepted the position in July 2009, not long before the Bayshore was slammed by historic weather events like Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Super Storm Sandy in 2012. “This has to be the least political thing I’ve seen happen in Atlantic Highlands since I’ve been coming to meetings,” said council member Lori Hohenleitner. “Everyone on the harbor commission was fully confident that this was the best person for the job. I’m not necessarily going to be sitting up here for the rest of my life, but if I’ve made one decision that really showed the true character of our town, I’m confident this is one of them.” last_img read more

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Trail Allstars edged out of playoff round, semi finals go Friday

first_imgIt will be Beacon Hills playing White Rock and Dunbar battling Hastings as the B.C. Little League Baseball Championships enter the playoff stage Friday at Andy Bilesky Park in Trail.The final playoff spot was detemined Wednesday when Beacon Hills of Victoria pounded Trail pitching for 10 first inning runs en route to a 13-11 decision over the Allstars.The win moved Beacon Hills into the fourth, and final, playoff spot.Trail Allstars, with one win in five games, finished the tournament in fifth spot. After yeilding the 10-spot in the opening frame, the Allstars pushed across seven runs in the next two innings to cut the margin to 10-7.However, Trail could not get over the hump as Beacon Hills managed to hold off the charge from the home side.White Rock and Hastings finished in a tie for top spot, each with 4-1 records.However, White Rock was awarded first place after defeating the Vancouver squad 7-6 during the round robin draw.Semi Final Friday begins at noon with White Rock hosting Beacons Hills.The two Vancouver teams meet in the second semi final at 3 p.m.The two winners advance to the championship game at noon Saturday.The B.C. Champ represents the province at the Canadian Championships next month in Edmonton.last_img read more

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Bombers host Crowe Hawks for berth in Triple-A boys provincials

first_imgThe Bombers play host to the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hangar for all the marbles and a berth at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Championships in Langley.Despite missing Eberle and Kingdon, the Bombers blasted the Storm by 20-plus points in the opener.Bjorn Morris and Zhou led the Bombers with 17 and 12 points, respectively. Josh Matosevic and Ethan Perkins each added 10 points.Against district rivals from Mount Sentinel, the Bombers once again ran the ball up and down the court to victory.Morris led the charge with 21 points while Wang had 11 and Perkins 14.In the final, Morris and Matosevic combined for 35 points to lead the Bomber attack.Zhou had 12 and Perkins eight.OVERTIME: The Bombers are hold a 50/50 draw during Wednesday’s zone final to help defer costs should the squad land a spot at the provincials. Admission is $2. . . . In Castlegar, the LVR Junior Girls won the Damsels in the Castle Basketball Tournament. The squad, coached by Chris Dergousoff, defeated host Stanley Humphries Rockers, Nakusp Cougars and Grand Forks Wolves en route to the overall title. The L.V. Rogers Bombers tuned up for the Kootenay High School Boy’s AAA Zone Basketball Championships by capturing the Falcon’s Tournament Saturday in Fernie.After disposing of Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 69-44 and Mount Sentinel Wildcats 73-49 in the semi final, the Bombers dumped the host Falcons 66-48 to claim the title.”Competition was good for us because we were missing Tobin Eberle and Isaiah Kingdon for the weekend,” Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan said after returning to Nelson.”Sida Wang and Leo Zhou (our exchange students) really stepped up and we were able to start to run some of our fast break offense so it was a good weekend for us.”last_img read more

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Oil Kings, Montrose star Bertolucci claim Memorial Cup

first_imgMontrose native Luke Bertolucci have come a long way since putting on the skates in Rossland/Trail Minor Hockey Association.The former Kootenay Ice star of the BC Major Midget Hockey League helped the Edmonton Oil Kings win the first MasterCard Memorial Cup title with a 6-3 victory over the Guelph Storm Sunday at the Tier I Junior Hockey Championship in London, Ont.This was the first Memorial Cup in the current franchise’s short seven-year history. Bertolucci, in his second season with the Oil Kings, helped guide Edmonton to the Western Hockey League title before shocking the critics at the Memorial Cup.After falling behind 2-1 in the first period, the Oil Kings scored five times in the final two periods to secure the win.A previous version of the Edmonton Oil Kings won Memorial Cups in 1966 and 1963 before relocating to Portland.The WHL ended a three-year run of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams winning the Cup. The Oil Kings were also the first WHL team to claim it since the Spokane Chiefs in 2008.WHL teams have won the most Cups since the tournament went to a round-robin format in 1972 with 19. The OHL has won 14 and the QMJHL 10.The Memorial Cup has been given to Canada’s junior hockey champions since 1919 in memory of those who died in the First World War.Sixty teams in the Western, Ontario and Quebec major junior leagues begin play every September. The three league champions join a host team in the annual tournament to determine the Canadian Hockey League champions.The 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup will be held in Quebec City.last_img read more

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BAFFERT TRIO OF EL KABEIR, HOPPERTUNITY & CAT BURGLAR HEAD FIELD OF EIGHT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $500,000 SAN ANTONIO STAKES GOING 1 1/8 MILES ON THE MAIN TRACK

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2016) – Bob Baffert’s trio of El Kabeir, Hoppertunity and Cat Burglar will all hope to cash in on the $500,000 purse in Saturday’s 79th running of the Grade II San Antonio Stakes at 1 1/8 miles contested on the main track.Formerly trained by New York based John Terranova, El Kabeir has been in Baffert’s shedrow here in Southern California since early December and will have his 4-year-old debut and a return to longer distances this Saturday. A winner of the Grade III, one mile Jerome at Aqueduct in January of his 3-year-old year and also a winner of the Grade III, mile and a sixteenth Gotham in March, El Kabeir most recently ran fourth to the 2015 Eclipse Champion Sprinter, Runhappy in the seven furlong, Grade I Malibu Dec. 26 at Santa Anita.With two bullet works serving as his most recent over the Santa Anita main track, El Kabeir would appear to like his new base of operations. Owned by the Triple Crown winning connections of Zayat Stables and by the late sire Scat Daddy, El Kabeir will gain the services of Gary Stevens for the first time in the San Antonio. El Kabeir is 12-5-2-2- overall with $852,892 in earnings.Hoppertunity, a 5-year-old by Any Given Saturday and a probable to travel to Dubai to run against California Chrome in the March 26th World Cup, hopes to win Saturday’s San Antonio first. A third to the late Shared Belief and California Chrome in this race last year, Hoppertunity won the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs and Grade II San Pasqual at Santa Anita just prior to his San Antonio defeat in 2015.Out of 17 lifetime starts, his last 11 have all been consecutively run in Grade I or Grade II company. The bay gelding has only run out of the money once in nine starts over the Santa Anita main track and will gain Flavien Prat in the saddle Saturday. Owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman, he is 17-4-6-3 overall with $1,572,675 in earnings.Cat Burglar returns to his preferred track in the San Antonio as he attempts to win his first added money event. The often overlooked “other Baffert” in many of his 14 lifetime starts, has never run worse than second in six tries at The Great Race Place and most recently comes off a win in a mile allowance on Jan. 8 against San Antonio contender, Cyrus Alexander.The 6-year-old horse by the late Unbridled’s Song is owned by Michael Lund Petersen and will retain the services of Rafael Bejarano who was aboard for his most recent win. He is 14-4-4-3 overall with $ $334,400 in earnings.Also prominent, trainer Doug O’Neill will send out recently acquired Donworth for owner Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing, LLC for the first time since purchasing the 4-year-old colt by Tiznow during Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale on Nov. 10. A winner of Delaware Park’s Stanton Stakes by 11 lengths on June 20 in his last out, brought $550,000 to top the sale when Dennis O’Neill, Doug’s brother and stable consultant bid by phone for the colt previously trained by Graham Motion.The complete field for the Grade II San Antonio, to be run as the 7th race on a nine race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Cat Burglar, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 119; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 119; Hard Aces, Joe Talamo, 121; Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 124; Blingo, Alex Solis, 119; Imperative, Mike Smith, 119 and El Kabeir, Gary Stevens, 119. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 10, 2016

first_imgRichard Baltas9015131317%46%$1,034,369 Carla Gaines3972218%28%$468,360 Abel Lezcano6072412%22%$294,619 Jerry Hollendorfer10817101516%39%$1,106,516 Mike Smith76971312%38%$1,053,200 Gary Stevens52116821%48%$1,154,003 Mike Puype61611410%34%$308,780 (Current Through Sunday, March 6) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SMITH EXPECTS BIG EFFORT FROM EFFINEX            Mike Smith seeks an unprecedented fourth straight victory in the 79th Santa Anita Handicap when he rides favored Effinex in the $1 million race presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino on Saturday’s dynamite racing program also highlighted by the Grade II San Felipe Stakes for three-year-old Triple Crown contenders, the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf and the Grade II San Carlos Stakes for top sprinters.Smith won the Santa Anita Handicap last year aboard the ill-fated Shared Belief, and in 2014 and 2013 with Game On Dude. Effinex had his only breeze over Santa Anita’s main track Tuesday with Smith up, going four furlongs in a bullet 47.80. He went the first quarter mile in 24 seconds flat and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.20.“He felt real good,” Smith said of the drill. “He looks wonderful coming off his layoff. He seems to have put some weight on, he’s training well, he’s happy, and got over the track just beautiful Tuesday morning.“If that’s any indication as to how he’s going to run, I guess he should run extremely well. Given the opportunity, I think he’ll run big. I know his connections are really happy with him. He was doing a lot of good things back in Florida before he got here as well.”Smith has ridden Effinex in his last two races, a victory in the Grade I Clark Handicap last Nov. 27, and a second to Triple Crown king American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31.“Effinex got a good draw. We couldn’t be happier with that, and he came out of his work really good,” said Kent Sweezey, assistant to trainer Jimmy Jerkens. “We took him to the gate today, jogged him once around and schooled him in the afternoon.“Tomorrow we’ll gallop him and then walk him through the paddock.”The field for the Santa Anita Handicap, the 10th of 11 races: Point Piper, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Melatonin, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; General a Rod, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Effinex, Mike Smith, 2-1; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Hard Aces, Abel Lezcano, 12-1; Imperative, Santiago Gonzalez, 3-1; and Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1.Mike McCarthy, former assistant to Todd Pletcher, said General a Rod is due to arrive at Santa Anita tonight from the East Coast.Fans at Santa Anita on Big Cap Day will receive a free Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino with paid admission while supplies last.            First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Santiago Gonzalez22442302619%44%$1,609,338 Martin Garcia1011691016%35%$918,159 MILLION DOLLAR LINEUP IN SAN FELIPE             How good is the field of three-year-olds in Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe Stakes, a major steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9?“This is the race that should have a $1 million purse,” said Bob Baffert, who sends out favored Mor Spirit and Cupid in the Grade II race at 1 1/16 miles. Baffert will be seeking his record sixth win in the San Felipe, which goes as the seventh race.The San Felipe: Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 8-1; Danzing Candy, Mike Smith, 4-1; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens, 2-1; Cupid, Martin Garcia, 12-1; I Will Score, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; and Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, 5-2.Trainer Gary Sherlock would prefer a post other than No. 1, if he had his druthers.            “It’s not where I want to be, but it’s the post position, so I’ll deal with it,” he said. “He’s coming up to the race in good shape; no excuses.” Doug O’Neill14722212115%44%$1,170,683 Kent Desormeaux9113231614%57%$1,068,485 Joseph Talamo18620222311%35%$1,082,904 Jeff Bonde3372521%42%$173,110 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Tyler Baze20820313010%39%$1,094,401 David Lopez1282191716%37%$631,526 Brayan Pena573495%28%$130,605 Agapito Delgadillo80119714%34%$312,362 Patrick Gallagher3163619%48%$475,433 John Sadler69128617%38%$553,999 Jose Verenzuela3131310%23%$106,545 Edwin Maldonado14126131518%38%$901,860 Rafael Bejarano20949382123%52%$2,086,762 Victor Espinoza6799613%36%$723,705 Brice Blanc474579%34%$452,580 Peter Miller1051291311%32%$504,870 SMITH EYES FOURTH STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP VICTORYBAFFERT HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SAN FELIPETRAINER SEES FAST FRACTIONS FOR KILROE MILENO OPTIONS FOR KOBE’S BACK IN SAN CARLOSNYQUIST IN SHARP WORKOUT FOR FLORIDA DERBY J. Keith Desormeaux3766816%54%$246,014 Alex Solis2030415%35%$219,423 Fernando Perez1411215199%33%$678,444 Peter Eurton7612201116%57%$766,712 Alonso Quinonez664866%27%$213,900 William Spawr3485324%47%$224,977 Drayden Van Dyke12113131711%36%$759,264 Vladimir Cerin3593526%49%$312,499 Bob Baffert8318121222%51%$1,304,635 Flavien Prat20134343017%49%$2,059,316 Tiago Pereira8531064%22%$259,854 Mario Gutierrez15719292112%44%$1,175,584 FINISH LINES: Undefeated male two-year-old champion of 2015 Nyquist worked a mile on Santa Anita’s fast main track under Jonny Garcia on a spectacular Thursday morning in 1:46, going the last five-eighths in 1:01 and change, according to trainer Doug O’Neill. “It was a solid work,” O’Neill said. “We plan to leave for the (April 2) Florida Derby on March 28.” Santa Anita’s clockers had Nyquist going five furlongs 1:01.40 . . . El Camino Real Derby winner Frank Conversation, headed to the UAE Derby on March 26, went five furlongs for O’Neill in 1:02.20 . . . Jerry Hollendorfer has 10, count ’em, 10 horses entered to run at Santa Anita on Saturday. “I don’t know if I’ve ever run that many on one card in one day before,” the Hall of Fame trainer with more than 7,000 career wins said. “I’ve run a lot of horses on a lot of different days, but I don’t think I’ve ever run that many at Santa Anita in one day.” . . . Three-time Eclipse champion Beholder could surface in a race before her long-range goal of the Grade I Vanity Stakes on June 4. “We’re in no hurry (for the Vanity),” Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said Thursday morning. “Hopefully, there will be something before that.” . . . Agent Derek Lawson reports that Flavien Prat, the meet’s third-leading rider with 34 wins through 43 racing days, leaves for Dubai on March 21 to ride Hoppertunity in the $10 million World Cup against 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome on March 26. Hoppertunity worked five furlongs Thursday in a minute flat . . . John Sadler has stretch-running English-bred import Nancy From Nairobi ticketed for the Grade II Santa Ana Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf March 26 . . . Episode 2 of ‘Down Home with Team O’Neill’ is available now. This month Team O’Neill met with and received some coaching advice from retired NBA, WNBA and NCAA basketball coach Paul Westhead, who has led several teams to National Championships. Says Doug: “You’ll get to meet our assistant coaches and even the ultimate, Coach Lava Man, who helps with the mail bag . . . Track announcer Frank Mirahmadi and Santa Anita simulcast host Michelle Yu will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens, 10:50 a.m. Saturday and 11:20 a.m. on Sunday . . .Condolences to family and friends of iconic San Diego radio and television personality Ernie Myers. Known as “Mr. San Diego,” Myers was Del Mar’s longtime simulcast television host from 1989 through the 1990s. He died Tuesday morning in La Mesa, California at age 86 following a long bout with Parkinson’s Disease . . . Nine horses were entered in today’s first race, five of them sired by Unusual Heat and three by Square Eddie. The lone dissenter was 30-1 morning line chance Bishops of Compton, sired by Desert Code . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Kristin Mulhall4096223%43%$342,665 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won KOBE‘S BACK WILL COME RUNNING IN SAN CARLOS                      Kobe’s Back won from the rail in the Palos Verdes Stakes on Feb. 7. The committed stretch runner, a notoriously slow starter, could win Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes breaking from the outside No. eight post position.It matters not, says his jockey, Gary Stevens.“He comes from out of it,” Stevens said, plain and simple. “He broke good the other day, just dropped back and that’s just his style. There really is no option. He calls the shots. I’m just a passenger until the last three-eighths of a mile.“He’s been training unbelievably. He was training great before his last race, he’s come back and trained the same way. He’s really sharp and had a really sharp half-mile breeze last weekend; he’s ready.”The San Carlos: Calculator, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; San Onofre, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Mystery Train, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia, 20-1; and Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 2-1. George Papaprodromou4173617%39%$216,335 Steven Miyadi53912817%55%$318,069 OM WILL RUN HIS RACE IN GRADE I KILROE            Trainer Dan Hendricks expects another solid effort from Om when the multiple graded stakes winner goes in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf.“He’ll run his race in his usual spot right up front,” Hendricks said of Om, who drew the rail in a field of seven.“We’ll see how the turf plays, how the other horses come out of there and decide what to do. There’s speed in the race–not Obviously’s speed–but quite a bit, so I think there will be fast fractions for whoever is out front.”The Kilroe: Om, Gary Stevens, 3-1; What a View, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Bolo, Mike Smith, 2-1; Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado, 50-1; Midnight Storm, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; and De Treville, Tyler Baze, 8-1. Philip D’Amato10521181920%55%$1,146,575 Martin Pedroza78119514%32%$304,265 Jeff Mullins2666023%46%$174,579 Michael Machowsky3365418%45%$261,561 Mark Glatt7198413%30%$395,005 Ron Ellis2462325%46%$176,850 -30-last_img read more

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RED HOT BAD JU JU TAKES $75,000 KALOOKAN QUEEN STAKES BY 2 ½ LENGTHS UNDER ARROYO, JR.; CALIFORNIA-BRED FILLY TRAINED BY MILLER GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:16.04

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2016)–Last with three furlongs to run, California-bred Bad Ju Ju surged to the lead a sixteenth of a mile from home to take Friday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes at Santa Anita by 2 ½ lengths under Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Trained by Peter Miller, the 4-year-old daughter of Desert Code got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.04 over a main track listed as wet fast.Claimed three starts back for $40,000 on Oct. 8, Bad Ju Ju got her first stakes win while winning for the third consecutive time for Rockingham Ranch. Off at 4-1 in a field of eight fillies and mares three and up, she paid $10.80, $5.20 and $5.00.“What a ride!” exclaimed Miller. “She was down inside and then he was able to tip outside coming to the quarter pole…I could see he was loaded, but I was afraid he was going to get stopped. We’ll nominate to the Santa Monica (Grade II, seven furlongs on Jan. 21), but she’s Cal-bred and we’ll look at all those races as well.The Kalookan Queen capped a stellar year for Bad Ju Ju, who is based with Miller at San Luis Rey Downs. In her 11th start of 2016, she picked up her fifth win and improved her overall record to 17-7-1-4. With a Cal-bred bonus of $22,500, she received $61,740 for the win, boosting her career earnings to $305,731.“I was very confident going into the race and I was confident during the race,” said Arroyo, who was covered in mud following the race. “I’ve been going down to San Luis Rey to work her and I knew she was doing well.”Head and head for the early lead with longshot Tuscany Beauty and favored Fantastic Style, Brainspin, ridden by Luis Contreras, tired late and had to settle for second, one length in front of Ponder Lea. Off at 6-1, Brainspin paid $7.00 and $7.00.Next to last after a quarter mile, Ponder Lea was off at 18-1 and paid $15.00 to show with Flavien Prat.Fantastic Style, with Rafael Bejarano up for Bob Baffert, was heavily favored at 1-2 but caved readily the final three sixteenths, finishing fifth.Fractions on the race were 21.44, 44.18 and 1:09.40.last_img read more

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