Jamaican teacher makes elite list of Global Teacher Prize finalists

first_imgTracy-Ann Hall When Tracy-Ann Hall was going through high school none of her peers or teachers would harbor the thought that she would be an outstanding educator.Hall’s school years were difficult as she was afflicted with undiagnosed dyslexia and never matriculated to tertiary education immediately after graduating from high school.Instead she trained as an automotive technician and worked in a garage. But driven by a fierce will to succeed, the young woman sought to qualify herself further and entered into teachers college where she graduated top of her class after a three-year course..This was would prove to be her best roll of the dice.Hall now teaches an automotive technology class at the Jonathan grant high School and her love for the classroom and her undying passion to see her students succeed has borne fruit.Hall has been nominated as one of the 10 finalists for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher award for 2017. She was selected from a pool of 20,000 nominations and applications from 179 countries..Now in its third year, the US $1 million award is the largest prize of its kind, and was implemented to recognize an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession as well as magnify the important role teachers play in the world.The winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on Sunday, March 19.Hall’s firsdt classroom experience was one that most teachers would dread. She was assigned to a class of young males who were written off as below average with poor literacy skills.However, she was not daunted and motivated the class of 30 boys. She established a class library, encouraged her charges to read and deliver a book review on completion of each volume.Soon the students began to excel in grade ten and by grade 11 were so transformed that eight of them joined the school choir and one became head boy at the school. Her class was also the first automotive exam class to score a 95 percent pass in the history of the school. She also started and oversaw a programme for her class to feed street people, launch a junior automotive club and serve on the school magazine committee.Her students have taken on careers as policemen, scuba divers, hotel managers, chefs, and, without a doubt, automotive technicians. Hall has never wavered in encouraging all her students to get enrolled in a tertiary institution.Tracy-Ann Hall has taught at various schools, all with the same success. She has convinced business leaders in the automotive sector to sponsor scholarships for exceptional students, ensuring they start with a firm foothold in the industry. With resources scarce, she has been ingenious in finding materials and components for her automotive classes, which are difficult to attract funding for, again forming partnerships with those in the automotive sector to use their facilities and spare parts. She has hosted summer schools for low-income families, bolstering her community. Her contribution has been recognised with a number of awards from the schools she has taught at.The other nine finalists for the Global Teacher prize 2017 are:Raymond Chambers, a computer science teacher from Brooke Weston Academy in Corby, NorthamptonshireSalima Begum, Headteacher at Elementary College for Women Gilgit, PakistanDavid Calle, from Madrid, Spain, the founder and creator of the Unicoos educational websiteWemerson da Silva Nogueira, a science teacher at the Escola Antônio dos Santos Neves in Boa Esperança, BrazilMarie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi, a physical education, maths and German teacher at Gesamtschule Gescher school, in Gescher, GermanyMaggie MacDonnell, a teacher at Ikusik School, Kativik School Board, Canadian ArcticKen Silburn, a science teacher at Casula High School, south-west Sydney, AustraliaYang Boya, a psychology teacher at The Affiliated Middle School of Kunming Teachers College, ChinaMichael Wamaya, a dance teacher from Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya.last_img read more

PANCAP welcomes High Court ruling in T&T

first_imgThe Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), says it welcomes the ruling by the Trinidad and Tobago High Court that deemed the country’s buggery laws unconstitutional.In his ruling last Thursday, Justice Devindra Rampersad said “Sections 13 and 16 of the (Sexual Offences Act) are unconstitutional, illegal, null, void, invalid and of no effect to the extent that these laws criminalize any acts constituting consensual sexual conduct between adults.”The Trinidad and Tobago government has already indicated it will appeal the ruling.The right to human dignityBut in a statement, PANCAP, the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, said the ruling acknowledges that every individual regardless of their race, color, gender, age or sexual orientation has the right to human dignity.PANCAP said in reflecting on one of the recommendations of the Regional Consultation of Faith Leaders held in Trinidad in February, noted that the meeting had acknowledged areas of litigation that may challenge religious values and the responses required to harmonize principles and practices around human rights, human sexuality and human dignity.“In handing down his decision, Justice Rampersad said the ruling however is “not an assessment or denial of the religious beliefs of anyone …However, this conclusion is a recognition that the beliefs of some, is not the belief of all.”Encourages dialogue“PANCAP therefore encourages continued dialogue between the Faith Community and the LGBTI community on areas of agreement and commonality,” it said.In his ruling, Justice Rampersad said the current law goes against the basic rights of any citizen to enjoy the freedom of privacy and family life.He said it was unfortunate when society, in any way, values a person or gives a person their identity based on their race, color, gender, age or sexual orientation.The lawsuit is one of several landmark cases filed by Caribbean LGBT activists challenging regional homophobic laws.In 2016, Jamaican lawyer Maurice Tomlinson challenged the immigration laws in Trinidad and Tobago and Belize which allow for refusal of entry to regional homosexuals visitors.While the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) dismissed his case, both governments admitted that the laws were not enforced by their immigration officials.last_img read more

The heavyweights are coming

first_imgAs several Florida electoral races between Democrats and Republicans come down to the wire, especially the contentious race for governor between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, the heavyweights from party are set to arrive.Obama in Miami on FridayOn Friday, former President Barack Obama will be in Miami to offer his support to Gillum’s campaign and the reelection campaign of Democratic US Senator Bill Nelson. Trump today and SaturdayPreceding Obama’s visit, President Donald Trump was scheduled to be in Fort Myers on Wednesday, and return to the state for campaign stops in Pensacola on Saturday with DeSantis and Florida incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott who is challenging Nelson for his senate seat.The arrival of the former and current president to campaign on behalf of their respective parties is reminiscent of similar heavyweights who visited Florida in the waning days of the 2016 presidential elections to campaign for the presidential candidates Trump and Democrat Hilary Clinton.Very different mid-term election mood But, as local political analyst Bruce Dally told CNW, “Something is very different in these mid-terms elections. For one, there seems to be more enthusiasm from voters on both sides of the political aisle. Secondly, the tone of the campaign in several of the races is much more vitriolic. Just look at tone of the political ads, and the nature of the two recent debates between Gillum and DeSantis.”Too close to callThe aggressive nature of the campaign for state governor, the US Senate, several US Congress races and state offices, sends a message that several of these races could be too close to call. Despite recent polls indicating Gillum is leading DeSantis by an average of 4.5 percent members of both the Gillum and DeSantis campaigns are urging their supporters to not to heed the polls. The same message is coming from several political pundits in the state,  Desreen Peres, a political analyst in Tampa, says there is so much tension surrounding the elections, the polls are unreliable. Anything, the simplest thing or comment, can easily change voter’s minds.”Although millions of Floridians have already cast votes in early voting, and mail-in votes, there’s still a significant percentage,  estimated at over 60 percent who are yet to vote. Independent voters targeted Pers said, “A large bloc of voters will be voting on November 6. Party die-hards of both parties normally vote early and by mail. Independent voters, without party affiliation usually wait for the last day to vote. They take longer to decide who to vote for, and are more susceptible to late breaking events and the late messages from the candidates. These are the people who will be more influenced by Obama and Trump.. At this stage it’s all about the independent voter.”Obama is scheduled to stump with Gillum and Nelson at the Ice Palace film studios near Overtown in Miami-Dade County.Miami is key voting bloc for Dems The locations where Obama and Trump are campaigning are interesting. Miami, once considered a bastion of Republican supporters with a large Cuban American community, have over the past decade trended towards the Democrats. Obama won in Miami in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, and the region also supported Clinton over Trump in 2016. Moreover, Miami-Dade County has the largest component of registered independent or NPA voters – 441,467 – as of last week, who could be persuaded to vote Democrat, and also the largest component of registered Democrats – 593,000.Campaigning in Fort Myers and Pensacola Trump will be targeting traditional Republican voting blocs, and his accustomed base.Much anticipation from voters Judging from the comments of voters in the region the visit of the party leaders is keenly anticipated. “I want to hear what closing argument Trump can give to persuade me to vote Republican in the face of so much recent negativity,” said Alex Spence, a registered independent voter of Pensacola who has not yet made up my mind who to vote for governor, senator or the US House. representative.While Democrat Laurice Magnus of Miami, says she believe Trump is going to “go very low in his comments as Election Day draws closer. He has already called Gillum a ‘thief’ in a tweet on Monday. He also lied that Gillum was an ineffective mayor in Tallahassee. I am anxious to hear  Barack push back on these atrocities coming from Trump.” Should Gillum win the governor he will be Florida’s first African American governor, and the first time a Democrat  become Florida’s governor since 1998. If Nelson is reelected it would be his third victory for the US Senate seat since 2000. The next governor of Florida is destined to play an influential role  in the pending 2020 presidential elections, in which it seems certain Trump will be seeking reelection.last_img read more

Black-owned Firms Selected to Develop Phase II of Riviera Beach…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) recently voted to begin preliminary negotiations with APD Solutions Real Estate Group (APD) and Tezral Partners LLC, for the development of the Riviera Beach Marina, Phase II.The newly found partnership entitled APD-Tezral will be a joint venture between APD Solutions based in Atlanta, and Tezral Partners based in West Palm Beach. Both firms are 100 percent minority-owned. The action returns Tony Brown of Tezral and former RBCRA Executive Director, to play a leading role in the redevelopment of Riviera Beach.  “As the other co-manager of this venture, Tezral Partners are pleased to be teamed with APD Solutions and we now have the opportunity to complete the work we started.”  Our proposal will complete the redevelopment and provide opportunities for the local community to invest, work as sub-contractors, and secure jobs for local residents from the success of our redevelopment efforts, said Brown.Proposals for the development were initially submitted by each firm in July 2018. On May 1, 2019 RBCRA staff requested permission from the CRA board to collect a unified proposal from APD and Tezral. On July 22, 2019 APD-Tezral replied with a joint proposal, meeting all requirements.  “We are honored to have been selected as a result of a rigorous procurement process. With our local partner, Tezral Partners, we plan to make the Riviera Beach Marina Village a destination of choice that empowers community residents with economic opportunity.”, said Vaughn Irons CEO of APD Solutions. The Marina Village Phase II state-of-the-art site will feature:A 130 Room Hotel, 225,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space, including 56,000 sq. ft dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship and growing local businesses; up to 320 apartment units for local residents, 1,600 parking spaces, as well as various attractions and entertainment activities that will take place in Bicentennial Park.The project is estimated to provide over 1300 local jobs, and create multi-generational wealth through equity ownership by local minority investorsAPD Solutions Consulting (APDS) is an award-winning community and economic development firm providing services and strategies that impact distressed and underserved areas across the United States. Tezral Partners is a 100 percent minority-owned firm headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida and formed by T. Brown Consulting Group (TBCG) and All-Site Construction to develop Phase II of the Riviera Beach Marina Village.last_img read more

Palm Beach County Announces On-site COVID-19 Testing

first_imgPALM BEACH COUNTY – Palm Beach County has announced that they will offer on-site testing for COVID-19, along with several other measures.On-site testing (swab sample collection) will begin on Tuesday, March 31st at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Preapproval and appointments will be required.Telephone registration and appointment scheduling for COVID-19 testing will begin on Monday, March 30th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by The Healthcare District of Palm Beach County. Health Care District of Palm Beach County testing line: (561) 642-1000Palm Beach County also reiterates that all Non-critical retail and commercial businesses in Palm Beach County have remained closed until further notice. The continuing operation of critical businesses is necessary to provide goods and services to the public, to keep the public healthy and to ensure the availability of supplies.A list of critical businesses can be found here: Emergency Order Number 2aPalm Beach County still remains under a State of Emergencyhttp://discover.pbcgov.org/PDF/COVID19/Declaration-of-Continuing-State-of-Emergency_3-25-2020.pdfSCHOOL INFORMATIONStarting Monday, March 30th, schools across Palm Beach County will be distributing ‘Grab and Go’ bags. The hours for Food distribution will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.Please be sure to check the full list of food distribution locations as some have changed.·last_img read more

AUDIO: We Are Not Afraid Of Any Team In Europa League, Says John Ogu

first_imgHapoel Beer Sheva midfielder, John Ogu, says his club is “not afraid to play any team” as they get ready to begin their Europa League campaign.Ogu’s Israeli club would face former Romanian champions, Steaua Bucuresti; former Czech league winners, Victoria Plzen; and former Swiss cup winners, FC Lugano, in Group G of the European second tier competition. Hapoel Beer Sheva’s first game will be at home to Europa League debutantes, FC Lugano, on Thursday.The Israeli Champions got to the round of 32 stage of the Europa League in 2016, emerging from a group that had Inter Milan and Southampton. The experience from last year gives the Nigerian more confidence about his team’s chances this season, although, he admits, things will be difficult.“It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be tough,” the 29-year-old told Busybuddiesng.com, admitting in the process that “these are good sides.”“I’ve played against them when I was in Portugal,” the former U.D. Leiria and Academica midfielder said of Victoria Plzen, as he compared the teams in the group. “Steaua Bucuresti is a big club but in this Europa League, in a group like this, it’s always good for you to come out on top in your home games, and when you go away you try to get points.”The race for the Europa League title begins on Thursday with 48 teams, from 12 groups, in action. The final takes place on May 16, 2018, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in France.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ogu-europa-league.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: John Ogu Predicts Tough UCL Playoff Tie Against MariborAugust 5, 2017In “National Team”John Ogu Set To Sign For Asian ClubJanuary 5, 2020In “Asia”UCL Qualifying Stage: Nigerian Stars Ogu, Nwakaeme On Target For Israeli ClubJuly 20, 2017In “UEFA”last_img read more

Ari Lewski – Digital Sports Tech – All hands on deck

first_img Related Articles Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share In another of our end of year roundups we spoke to Ari Lewski, Executive Director at Digital Sports Tech. Ari Lewski, Digital Sports TechClearly not one to believe in patience being a virtue, Digital Sports Tech only launched in 2016 but has already entered Australia and the UK, whilst it has ambitious, and advanced, plans for global expansion in the new year. The company offers bookmakers new bet types based around player proposition, or ‘prop’, bets and is focused on personalised betting. SBC: You only launched earlier this year, how have the first six months been for Digital Sports Tech?Ari: Very busy and very exciting at the same time! We first launched with Madbookie in Australia and then Coral in the UK, so it has been all hands on deck. All of the feedback from both of those operators, including their players, has been excellent so far. Our momentum with signing new operators is building quickly. We have recently announced two new deals in Australia with Ladbrokes and TopSport, and have also started integrations with major Russian and LatAm operators which we will be announcing shortly. The first wave of sportsbook operators that have come on board all realise just how important it is to put the power back into users’ hands when it comes to the markets they bet on and Player Props is by far the most effective and engaging way of doing this.SBC: You’re live in Australia and the UK, what other markets are you looking at?Ari: Australia and the UK are large markets and are of major importance to us. Sport is phenomenally popular in both countries, and betting markets are established, mature, and ready for a product such as Player Props.We are also in very advanced discussions with a number of operators in LatAM, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Africa. The latter in particular is a very interesting market for us given their customer base is highly opinionated when it comes to betting, which ties in very nicely to our product offering.SBC: What innovations are you expecting to see in sports betting in 2017?Ari: I think there has been a real lack of innovation in sports betting in recent times. Sure, cash out has been a big positive for the industry, but that was introduced quite a few years ago and not much else has surfaced since then.The online betting industry is moving forward at such a rapid pace, with competition hotter than ever before, so operators and suppliers need to find something new that engages players – in particular the millennial generation coming through – by enhancing the experience. And we believe Player Props does just that.We also believe “player betting” is going to grow quite rapidly as a segment of the betting market, while personalisation will continue to be a major focus for operators as they try to better tailor their offering to specific customer’s interests.SBC: What are your plans for 2017? Are you planning any new product developments or bringing in new sports?Ari: The current product roadmap is extensive and we will be evolving and enhancing our product in a number of exciting ways in 2017.The big one that we always get asked about is our in-play offering, which we’re hoping to go live with in Q1 next year. We will also soon be adding a number of new bet types, many of which will be firsts for the sports betting industry, and we think the punters are going to love them as they will add a whole new dimension to how users get to bet on and engage with their favourite sports. Our sales pipeline is also very strong with a number of operators gearing up to launch Player Props over the coming weeks and months. So overall 2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year for us!last_img read more

London Baby Ice Breaker…Richard Hogg – Ganapati

first_img Submit Enlarged Gamesys returns to UK growth eyeing FTSE250 spot  March 17, 2020 SBTech boosts platform offering with BetGames.TV deal April 14, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Related Articles IOC emphasises stakeholder cooperation protecting sports integrity in critical 2020 December 10, 2019 Japanese casino games developer Ganapati the platinum sponsor for London Baby 2017 (7 February – Café de Paris Leicester Square) has major ambitions in bringing added diversity and flair to the industry operators’ current games portfolio.Opening the London Baby ‘Ice Breaker’ series, Ganapati’s Richard Hogg tells SBC readers what he believes will dominate 2017’s industry agenda and discussion.______________________________SBC:  What new products/services will you have for the market in 2017?Since Ganapati are new to the industry everything we are showing we will new to the market for 2017. We will be displaying the casino games we have near completion along with our RGS. We will focus on two main games, CrypBattle and Suzu She Ninja which are games with licensed IP and one of our own creations, respectively. Licence applications in both Malta and UK are nearing completion in order that we are able to serve many clients from all over the globe. Whilst our games have a truly authentic Japanese look and feel we believe are games will be successful in all markets.SBC:  What do you think will be the industry buzzword this year and why?I am not a fan of ‘buzzwords’. There is always too much focus on such terms without any understanding of what is trying to be achieved. Last year the buzzword seemed to be ‘disruptive’, but anyone trying to be ‘disruptive’ without giving the customer a product they understand to begin with lead to failure. We are trying to be different with our range of products but we understand we need to do this by education and gradual diversification which is what we wl do delivering traditional slot games with our look and feel before moving to other forms of gambling games.SBC:   Which new technology, service or consumer trend will have the biggest impact on the igaming industry this year?Technology in the industry is still behind in general, what we want to do is try and deliver our content and additional services through one simple integration. Our focus is on delivering a balanced mix of mobile and desktop games. The main frustration still lies with the telecoms in that connectivity remains a problem, for on the move end users, If this is addressed then everyone will capitalise.SBC: Why have you chosen to begin 2017 by sponsoring the London Baby Party?We wanted a balanced mix of C-level and Managers in a relaxed atmosphere. A location in Central London which is accessible for all but away from the melee of Excel. Blah blah blahSBC: Finally, where can people expect to find you at ICE?We will be very visible at ICE with our Welcome Towels at registration for people to wipe of that travel grime for the journey in. We will have a large stand at S2-325 which will include a sake and beer bar, a sushi bar, a DJ and meeting rooms. Of course our games will be on display. In addition we will have characters from our games dressed up moving around the exhibition halls_____________________Richard Hogg – Ganapatilast_img read more

False dawn at Fontwell as experts fail to find the winners

first_img ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 For the second week running, our industry guest found the going tough, with Bookmaker Ratings’ Bradley Gibbs managing just a single 1/5 winner at Fontwell.Gibbs has taken over from 32Red’s Gerry Murray at the bottom of the Tipster Challenge leaderboard, which has been sponsored by Betting Gods for the 2016/17 jump season.Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru at bettingexpert, and the experts from Timeform didn’t fare much better at the seven-race meet, with a total of 3.28 points between them.At 15/8, Lakeshore Lady represented the day’s biggest win for Timeform, while Harris stayed in sixth place after Dingo Dollar (Evens) profited from Red Rising’s late withdrawal to win the opening race.Race Winners at Fontwell:Dingo Dollar – EvensShantou Village – 1/5Goodnitesweetheart – 13/2Knight ofthe Realm – 10/1Gibson Park – 10/1Lakeshore Lady – 15/8Sunnytahliateigan – 5/1Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard Submit StumbleUpon bettingexpert, Timeform 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 totals for bettingexpert and Timeform.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.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points.center_img Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 Related Articles Share 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.644.65 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Conor White – BetBright33.62 14Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 15Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 16Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 17Timeform1.843.19 18Paddy Power13.00 19Russell Yershon11.88 20Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 21Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 22Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 23John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 24Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 25Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 26Gerry Murray – 32Red10.44 27Bradley Gibbs – Bookmaker Ratings10.20 Sharelast_img read more

SBC Betting Forum delivers specialist sports betting focus in Amsterdam

first_img Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon More than 15 leading industry speakers will take to the stage in the inaugural SBC Betting Forum at this year’s iGaming Super Show in Amsterdam (11-14 July).SBC Events has joined forces with iGaming Business to create a dedicated one-day sports betting conference at the Amsterdam RAI on 12 July, while also providing a meeting place for the industry to come together to learn and network.The SBC Betting Forum agenda has been designed for operators, suppliers, affiliates and service providers, with a focus on latest trends, strategies and opportunities in the sports betting industry, mobile user experience, in play betting, pricing, risk management and brand loyalty.There will be refreshments available in the SBC Lounge throughout the conference, which will conclude with the Sports Betting Networking Drinks Party at The Corner Amsterdam, sponsored by Betcart, to lead into the evening’s festivities in the Dutch capital.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “We’re really pleased that SBC can take greater involvement in the iGaming Super Show in the shape of the SBC Betting Forum. We think that there is plenty on offer for the sports betting sector to get their teeth into.”Among the speakers confirmed are Guy Harding, Head of Commercial at Oddschecker, Meir Moses, VP of Business Development for Don Best Sports, Pinnacle Marketing Director Harry Lang, Sportito founder Riccardo Mittiga and Adam Kalmanson, co-founder at Bookee.Referencing the ongoing battle between a bookmaker’s marketing and trading teams, Harding will deliver an analysis on overround erosion, margin for error and finding the pricing ‘sweet spot’.Harding said: “Given my role at Oddschecker, I am well placed to discuss overrounds erosion (OR’s) and pricing within the sports betting industry. I am particularly looking forward to sharing insight on how this can translate into market share.”Click here for more information about the SBC Betting Forum.A quick reminder that Betting on Sports 2017 is coming up from 13-15 September @ Olympia Conference Centre in London. If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at #boscon2017, please contact us on sales@sbcnews.co.uk. Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more

Standards Matter… William Hill’s Bowcock seeks to follow Flint’s path

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share Scott Longley Scott Longley details why industry leaders Philip Bowcock (Group CEO of William Hill Plc) and Richard Flint (CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming) share an aligned vision and solidarity in raising industry social responsibility standards. In 2018, the betting industry has more to lose than just a punishing FOBTs judgement…______________William Hill has just endured one of those weeks. By the time chief executive Philip Bowcock stood in front of analysts last Friday to delve deeper into the annual results, the company had been hauled over the coals for past misdemeanours by the UK Gambling Commission and given a whipping by the press for its trouble.On Monday the Commission announced that William Hill was guilty of “systemic” failures in its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes, to such a degree that the company has to pay a penalty package of at least £6.2m.The multiple failures occurred between 2014 and 2016 and included at least one instance of a customer using money from the proceeds of crime to fund their accounts. As the Gambling Commission said, the penalty figure levied “reflects the seriousness of the breaches.”The timing was not helpful to the gambling industry’s reputation with the wider public, a fact that was seemingly acknowledged in the company results statement. “A key pillar of our strategy moving forward will be to act in a sustainable way,” the company said. “In the months ahead we will be taking a number of steps as a matter of urgency to ensure we embed this approach in our business for the long term.”The sentiments echo those of Richard Flint, the chief executive of Sky Betting & Gaming, who took the opportunity of a speech at the recent ICE exhibition in London to extol exactly the same sustainability message.Bowcock says William Hill’s failings exposed by the Commission were “clearly not good enough” but he steers clear of believing that similar incidents won’t happen again. While William Hill has instigated new processes to improve what was clearly a system not fit for purpose, he suggests that the new regime won’t be 100 percent effective.  “There is always the potential for the wrong thing to happen,” he says. “No process can be fool-proof.”On the wider message sustainability and social responsibility, though, he is very clear that he agrees with one of Flint’s key messages that the industry as a whole has not done itself any favours when it comes to social responsibility and problem gambling. He suggests the fractured – some would say dysfunctional – nature of the gambling industry in the UK is at the root of the problems.“We are only as good as the lowest common denominator,” he says. “I have to say the disjointed nature of the gambling industry is quite staggering. We are all in the same boat here.” He includes the National Lottery in this and noted that it had to date failed to pay a voluntary amount to problem gambling charity GambleAware.He adds that he talks to Flint at SBG “regularly.” “We are aligned with the fact that this is an area where no company should be going it alone.”That sense of cross-industry solidarity has somewhat broken down in recent times, of course. The biggest bone of contention remains the ongoing and seemingly forever looming decision in the UK government’s triennial review. Most industry and analyst expectations are that we are now in the final stages of the government finally coming to a decision over the maximum stake that will be allowed for B2 gaming machines.It has been a bruising process for all involved. Most notably, it has left the relationship between the high-street bookmakers and the politicians of all parties shattered and broken and for that Bowcock suggests that previous management at the big bookmakers should shoulder their share of the blame.“Four or five years back, the relationship between the gambling industry and the government has been pretty antagonistic,” he says. “There was a mutual distrust. It’s not as bad now, but it could be a lot better.”Improvements, if they are to be made, will have to wait until the triennial review is out of the way but Bowcock signals a warning for the online sector. “The online guys now see what is going on with FOBTs is going to be landing on their doorstep pretty quickly,” he says.The implication is that the anti-FOBT lobby isn’t going to stop campaigning even if it gets its preferred maximum £2 stake. More to the point for global businesses such as William Hill the regulatory issues it faces multiply with every new jurisdiction added to the business map. The company has hopes that the SCOTUS cards will fall in its favour in the US, but in Australia, a new credit betting ban and the prospect of the introduction of a PoC regime led to a £238m writedown of the Australian business in this year’s results. It is more proof, as if William Hill needed it, that regulation comes with its costs as much as its benefits.________________________Industry social responsibility standards and governance dynamics will be discussed and debated at the upcoming Betting on Football Conference (#bofcon2018 – 20-23 March – London- Stamford Bridge). Click on the below banner for more information. Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

Morten Hauge, Aspire Global – Enriching the sportsbook experience with Robotip

first_img Share Will Whitehead, mkodo: Achieving sportsbook and casino differentiation through UX April 29, 2020 Related Articles GG.BET embraces improved partnership with Start2Pay January 31, 2020 Submit Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Share StumbleUpon With sportsbook operators constantly looking to expand their offering, Aspire Global has unveiled its new Robotip feature, a bot that enriches the betting experience and advises punters on in-play opportunities. SBC interviewed Aspire Global’s head of Sport Morten Hauge, who detailed how Robotip can help enhance the in-play experience for players during the World Cup, as well as how the group has ensured the new feature sticks within responsible gambling guidelines. SBC: Firstly, could you tell us further how Robotip enhances the in-play experience for sports bettors? Morten Hauge: Quite simply put it, enables the customers to quickly get an opinion through statistics, on matches that you would normally have no clue or interest. The bot will search through the markets for the punter, going through the time consuming task of analysing the key stats allowing punters to just place the bet, sit back and watch the action unfold.SBC: How much can the new feature help expand the value of an operator’s sportsbook offering?MH: There are always a lot of live football matches running, and therefore there is always potential for turnover, but bettors don’t know what to bet on, so they stick to the major leagues. By applying the Bot we expect our customers to engage in a wider range of leagues, and in doing so bringing more value and revenue from a wider scope of leagues.SBC: Will the bot feature increase the personalisation in a sportsbook offering? MH: Yes, we are working on letting the customer set up their own scenarios based on live statistics instead of the pre-defined scenarios.SBC: Can the new feature be maximised on all platforms? MH: Yes, the widget is extremely easy to stage and integrate to our current partners. As long as we have branded colour guidelines it will be on site within one or two days after requesting the feature. Since it is from a widget it can be place on basically any webpage which makes it a useful tool for acquisition. A smaller ‘acquisition bot with banner is ready and should be starting to see traffic very soon.last_img read more

Betfred seals record PDC World Matchplay sponsorship

first_imgShare Related Articles Betfred supports Stroke Association with £32,000 donation July 29, 2020 Submit Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Betfred secures British Masters title extension July 27, 2020 Barry Hearn – PDCProfessional darts association the PDC, has confirmed Betfred as the ‘official title sponsor’ for its ‘PDC World Matchplay’ tournament.Held every July at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool (Lancashire), the World Matchplay tournament is the PDC’s second longest running pro darts event (first staged 1994)Confirming Betfred as title sponsor for the next three years, the PDC states that from 2019 the ‘Betfred World Matchplay’ will a record prizepool of £700,000, an increase of circa £200,000 or previous tournaments.With the support of Betfred, PDC Chairman Barry Hearn anticipates that 2019 will be the biggest edition of World Matchplay darts, with PDC’s leading 32 athletes competing at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.“I couldn’t be happier to see Betfred involved in one of the biggest in events in the darts calendar,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.“We had committed to increasing prize money across the PDC circuit, and this announcement of an increase for the Betfred World Matchplay will be followed by more good news for players in the coming weeks!”Change is coming to Blackpool… ?Welcome to the @Betfred World Matchplay! pic.twitter.com/2boMyCG7IO— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) November 22, 2018Backing the PDC partnership, Betfred Founder Fred Done said: “We have always enjoyed a great working relationship with Barry Hearn so I am delighted to have agreed to a deal to link up with Barry and the PDC to sponsor one of the biggest tournaments in world darts.”last_img read more

Toals Bookmakers unites with Irish FA for expansive partnership

first_img Related Articles Toals Bookmakers has partnered with the Irish FA to become the official bookmaker of the Northern Ireland senior international football teams, the Tennent’s Irish Cup and the Match Intermediate Cup.Established in 1932, Toals now has 50 branches across Northern Ireland, as well as has a presence in every county. The family-run business emphasised that partnering with the Irish FA symbolises a shared desire to see football grow at all levels.Gary Toal commented on the new partnership: “This is an exciting partnership which fits with the Toals brand. We are a local business and we are keen to support Northern Ireland football. “This partnership allows us to invest in the local game played in footballing towns across the province.  As the Leading independent Bookmakers in Northern Ireland, the association with the Irish FA and Northern Ireland football will boost our profile further.”Gareth Williamson, Business Development Manager for the Irish FA added: “We are pleased to be announcing this new commercial relationship with Toals, a local company who have a strong track record of investing in football. “Toals are an excellent partner as they share the Irish FA’s vision of seeing football grow at all levels across the country. We look forward to working with them in the coming years and to sharing success both on and off the pitch.”Toals Bookmakers also emphasised how much it means to be associated with The Tennent’s Irish Cup, one of the oldest club competitions in the world.  This deal means that Toals now sponsor the County Antrim FA, The County Antrim Shield, Steel and Sons Cup, Junior Shield and of course Irish League Champions Crusaders FC. Submit StumbleUpon Share Share BoyleSports agrees takeover of William Hill’s NI portfolio January 13, 2020 Finalists announced for Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year November 1, 2019 Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020last_img read more

BETR smart contract upgrade features new affiliate program

first_img Affiliate concerns: Maintaining trust in the modern market July 9, 2020 Betsson rolls out new Group Affiliates site August 7, 2020 Blockchain-based BETR has backed up the recent release of its sportsbook app – BETROdds – by launching a new version of its smart contract featuring BETR Affiliates.This new development, designed to encourage wider use of the BETR token, has made it possible to tag BETR wallets introduced by affiliates.It enables affiliate commissions to be paid instantly from the layer wallet, at a rate initially set to 1.5%. This equates to approximately 20% of Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) depending on the margin of the bets. There is no negative exposure to winning bets and, more significantly, the layer pay-out is instantaneous on settlement of a bet rather than at month end. There is also no negative carry-over as with traditional affiliate programs. Each wallet introduced by an affiliate is tagged on Ethereum and cannot be de-tagged or changed in the future. CEO Adriaan Brink said: “Affiliate marketing is vital for any growing business. We need to drive user numbers and we believe the unique BETR Affiliate model will attract affiliates from across the industry and ultimately increase the player base. “The instant commission pay-out from layer wallets to affiliate wallets is a one of a kind in this industry and a game changer for affiliates.” As well as the added affiliate logic, the optimisation of the new smart contracts has contributed to the lowering of ETH gas costs on transactions by up to a third. It also allows support for virtual sports and other game providers, as well as support for rule 4 and dead heats in horseracing. Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Cloudbet makes stablecoin foray with USDT addition May 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Betmotion backs Brazil’s ‘Dream Duo’ of Solberg & Elisa

first_imgShare BetMotion migrates to AGS platform for better localised South American provisions April 26, 2017 Related Articles Betmotion revamps LATAM proposition with Patagonia Entertainment July 17, 2019 StumbleUpon Peter Nolte lays out Patagonia Entertainment’s 2020 LatAm vision December 12, 2019 Share Submit LatAm online bookmaker Betmotion has moved to expand its Brazilian market profile, confirming that it will sponsor beach Volleyball stars Carol Solberg and Maria Elisa.The pair are the current reigning Brazil Beach Volleyball Tour champions for 2018, winning six of seven tour tournaments.Having partnered only last year, Solberg and Elisa are considered Team Brazil’s lead female volleyball pairing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Betmotion.com’s COO Luis Traversa said: “We are very proud to be able to follow and establish a partnership with Carol Solberg and Maria Elisa, two great athletes, exemplary representatives of Brazilian beach volleyball on the world circuit and we believe it will be a success for everyone.”For the experienced star Elisa (main picture), the partnership with Betmotion reinforces the values of excellence and good results that the team strives for every day.Elisa commented: “Betmotion has come to add even more to our team. It’s a company linked to the sport, which already knows our philosophy and wants to go deeper into beach volleyball, so for us, it is a perfect mix. Another sponsor to trust our team and help us to pursue that Olympic dream.”last_img read more

Smooth VLT upgrade sees OPAP confident of delivering on all 2019 targets

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Athens-listed gambling group OPAP SA is confident it will deliver on its full-year corporate expectations after recording a strong Q3 2019 performance including growth across all core metrics.Continuing to reap the benefits of its VLT and systems upgrade, OPAP maintains year-to-date revenues of €1.173 billion – up 6% on year-to-date (YTD) 2018 comparatives of €1.106 billion.Publishing its latest corporate update, OPAP details that Q3 2019 trading saw the company deploy 21,000 new VLTs, hosted by 369 Play Gaming Halls and 2,022 betting agencies.“Our results in Q3 provide further evidence of the positive growth that is being delivered by the OPAP team thanks to the investments made, and hard work put in, over the last few years,” said OPAP Group Chief Executive Damian Cope. “With both revenues and profitability once again showing good growth over 2018, I believe that OPAP continues to demonstrate the sustained benefits of the company’s ongoing transformation.”Detailing a significant increase in VLT contributions (up 52%), combined with a solid lottery performance (up 2%), OPAP YTD gross profits currently track at €463 million – up 7% on YTD 2018’s €433 million.Highlighting a series of operational efficiencies, OPAP has been able to maintain its growth momentum whilst group expenditure is contained to €200 million – a 6% decrease on 2018’s €212 million.Closing a successful Q3 2019 trading period, OPAP governance reports YTD group profits of €140 million, up 33% on 2018’s €105 million.“In Q3 we saw similar trends to the first half of 2019 with solid Lottery figures and a strong VLT performance, together with the ongoing improvement of our sports betting offer,” added Cope. “In terms of customer engagement, we continue to steadily grow the number of monthly actives across Online, VLTs and our new Tora services.“We are now within a few weeks of 2020, the year that will represent the culmination of our original ‘2020 Vision’ ambition. Until then we will be focused on successfully delivering for the remainder of 2019 and in this regard, we are confident in meeting our full-year expectations.”last_img read more

Kambi membership sees BOS Sweden broaden representation

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit Swedish online gambling trade association BOS has moved to expand and diversify its industry representation after confirming sports betting technology supplier Kambi Group Plc as its latest member.The Stockholm-listed technology group becomes the first dedicated sports betting platform supplier to join BOS ranks.Kambi is recognised amongst the industry’s leading systems suppliers and currently maintains sports betting provisions for a number of BOS’ members.“We are delighted to have been elected to join BOS, an organisation aligned with our aims of building a successful and sustainable betting market in Sweden that not only protects players through high rates of channelisation but safeguards the integrity of sport through sensible regulation,” said Tommaso Di Chio, Kambi Associate General Counsel.This week representing its membership, BOS governance published a detailed response to Swedish gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen proposed recommendations on market bet-types, underlining that wagering restrictions would only benefit black market actors.“Welcoming Kambi is a milestone for BOS. It is the first member who engages solely in supplying the gambling market with technology, odds and other data for sports betting,” said Gustaf Hoffstedt, BOS Secretary General.“I am convinced that Kambi has plenty to offer in our efforts to create a prosperous Swedish gambling market. Having worked with a broad variety of gambling operators, their experience is unique. I am particularly convinced that Kambi’s knowledge will contribute greatly to the effort on conserving and strengthening the integrity in sports.” LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Kambi lauds resilience as COVID impacts Q2 figures July 24, 2020 Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020last_img read more

Stoiximan praises ‘Greek resilience’ launching new TV campaign

first_imgShare Share Submit Related Articles Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 Stoiximan/Betano rebrands to Kaizen Gaming July 13, 2020 OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Leading Greek online bookmaker Stoiximan Group has launched its new TV advertising campaign thanking Greece’s emergency services and the general public in their efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.The campaign titled ‘#OneTeam’ sees Stoiximan promote none of its betting services, with the bookmaker choosing to use its broadcasts to ‘express gratitude and solidarity’ to all Greeks fighting against the disease.Despite years of austerity crippling public health networks, Greece (population 11m) has recorded amongst Europe’s lowest COVID-19 cases (2,700) and deaths (150).Avoiding a pandemic scenario that has plagued its neighbours, international health experts have recognised Greece as a role model in its actions against the virus, with emergency services adopting early protocols to constrain the virus and citizens following strict national lockdown policies.Calling on its roster of sponsored athletes, Eleftherios Petrounias, Katerina Stefanidis, Anna Korakaki, Spyros Gianniotis and Vassiliki Milousi, alongside Greek sporting legends Dimitris Diamantidis, Giorgos Samaras, Mathieu Valbuena and Adelino Vieira – Stoiximan applauds ‘Greece’s frontline for defying the odds’.Further to launching the campaign, Stoiximan Group has made individual €250,000 donations to emergency services in which it operates flagship Stoiximan (Greece and Cyprus) and Betano (Romania and Portugal) brands.last_img read more

Olympic Channel to embrace esports after Pyeongchang

first_imgThe Olympic Channel will be looking at using esports to engage young audiences after the Pyeongchang Olympics. A digital platform launched in 2016 with a $450 million (£320.8m) budget, The Olympic Channel has been tasked with keeping young people interested in sport.Yiannis Exarchos, The Olympic ChannelEsports was finally recognised as a sport by the International Olympic Committee in November last year, and this step is another positive sign for the industry’s future. Esports is on its way to become a billion dollar market, so it’s not too hard to see why traditional sports is opening its arms to it after years of skepticism.Yiannis Exarchos, Executive Director of The Olympic Channel explained: “As a youthful digital platform we cannot ignore the phenomenon of esports. With the channel after the Games we want to explore the area of esports more deeply.”“Esports is still a very male dominated area, 85 percent to 15 percent,” he continued. “Secondly a lot of the content is quite violent or has the violence narrative engrained to it. This is obviously very foreign to what the Olympics represent.”Exarchos doesn’t think those hurdles will get it esports’ way, though. “I don’t believe any of those three current limitations are not addressable. I believe it is a movement that has emerged out of nowhere without necessarily clear directions.”Esports Insider says: An official channel for the Olympics embracing esports is just another step in the right direction for competitive gaming. If it proves to be a success, it’d be hard to ignore esports as a viable inclusion to the Olympics in the future as has been much discussed. What form this would take of course, is very much up in the air.last_img read more

Masterclass: See Paul Pogba’s masterful second-half for Man Utd against Tottenham [VIDEO]

first_imgTake a look at Pogba’s performance below Manchester United’s comeback draw against Tottenham dealt a blow to both teams’ hopes of making it into next season’s Champions League.However, for both sides, the return of players who had previously been ruled out of the rest of the campaign was a huge plus.None more successfully, however, than Paul Pogba’s 34-minute second-half masterclass.Pogba had been out of action in the Premier League since Boxing Day in 2019 with injury but returned to the United side with a flourish, albeit from the bench.His introduction in the second half, with Man United 1-0 down, served as a catalyst for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.His long-awaited partnership with Bruno Fernandes immediately change the course of the game not just in terms of the final result but the side’s style of play as well.Passes were more incisive and United were more threatening.It all culminated in him dancing his way past Spurs’ Eric Dier and into the box before he was tugged down by the bamboozled Englishman.The resulting penalty was tucked away by Fernandes as Man United secured a point.Another highlight of his night was an almost effortless long-range pass to Marcus Rashford.The response on social media was overwhelmingly positive, although some people called for more consistency.last_img read more

Majeed Ashimeru wins Austrian Bundesliga title with Red Bull Salzburg

first_imgGhana’s Majeed Ashimeru became winner of a domestic double after helping RB Salzburg beat TSV Hartberg 3-0 in the 2019/20 Austrian Bundesliga on Sunday.The midfielder played 20 minutes of the game which had Andre Ramalho, Hwang Hee-chan and Patson Daka scoring the goals for Salzburg.The results of title rivals LASK Linz who were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at home by Wolfsberger handed RB Salzburg an unassailable 11-point lead and in effect making them official league champions with two games to end the season.LASK had been top of the table before the club was docked six points and fined 75,000 euros ($83,150) last month for breaking strict social distancing rules in training. The sanction was later reduced to four points on appeal.RB Salzburg are now Austrian Bundesliga champions for seven straight seasons. They also won the Austrian Cup in May after a 5-0 rout of Lustenau.Austria’s league restarted earlier this month after being suspended due to COVID-19 lockdown in the county.The final matches of the 2019/20 season are due to be played next weekend. The matches are however still being played to empty stadiums as restrictions on large public gatherings remain in force.last_img read more

Cecil Jones Attuquayefio is the best Ghanaian coach ever – Derek Boateng

first_imgEx-Black Stars midfielder, Derek Boateng has named the late Cecil Jones Attuquayefio as the best Ghanaian coach ever.The former Black Stars player worked under Jones Attuquayefio in 1999 when the team was preparing for the World Youth Championships.However, Derek Boateng did not make it to the final team list that represented the country in Australia.The 37-year-old says Jones Attuquayefio’s works speak for itself and he was as good as any foreign coach.“Every player knows, all my colleagues know that whatever Jones shows us during our time in the team, whenever we go to Europe, we see the same things being done by the white coaches. So for me, he is the best coach,” he said on Joy FM.Cecil Jones Attuquayefio led Hearts of Oak to an unprecedented treble in 2000, winning the CAF Champions League, the Ghana Premier League and the CAF Super Cup.The late coach also handled Ghana’s U-17 team that won bronze in the 1999 World Youth Champions in Australia.Background of Derek BoatengDerek Boateng played for the Black Stars from 2001 to 2013.Earning for himself over 40 appearances and scoring a goal. He also played for several club sides insides including Panathinaikos, Getafe and Fulham.last_img read more

Kids look behind the scenes at TV studio on Halloween Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. –  A group of school children toured our news studio for a chance to learn about the ins–and–outs of lightning bolts, thunderstorms and clouds.On this Halloween night, WBKB gave the kids a behind the scenes look into the work of a meteorologist.“It’s really exciting that I have the opportunity to give back to the younger generation of students to teach them and share with them about the weather and what we do hear at WBKB,” said chief meteorologist Elie Morrison.First, a group of third graders from Hinks Elementary got a tour of our TV studio. Then, they grabbed some candy along the way, and got their hands on some pretty sweet equipment.“They’re having a good time,”said the classroom’s teacher, Nicolle Wieschowski. “We know children love technology, getting up there and touching that gigantic touch screen – it has their engagement and excitement.”Ms. W has been teaching her students how to create their own precipitation weather maps with the help of our weatherman Elie Morrison.“Technology is so crucial to the way we track weather,” Morrison said. “We’re always using computers.  We’re always using imagery that’s coming over the Internet.”One student shared her enthusiasm in an excited way.“I really liked when [Morrison] was talking about that precipitation ’cause I’m into weather!” said Jaycee Worth.These third graders have been drawing weather maps everyday so they can spot weather patterns, the same way Morrison spots a cold front leaving our area.“We can learn about it in books,” said Ms. W. “But actually meeting the person and seeing what they do with their own eyes is going to help make that a little more concrete in their minds.”Another student, Matthew Kowalski said, “I really learned a lot about the weather, what all the symbols mean. It really helps me understand weather maps.If you want to know the current temperature, then you’ll need to tune in live on WBKB for your full weather forecast.Do you have a story idea? Connect with reporter Elijah Baker at elijah@wbkb11.com  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Halloween Special: Spirits of the Old Presque Isle LighthouseNext Early Morning Talk with NMIGLSI 11-1-2018last_img read more

Arsenal target Chelsea’s Michael Essien on deadline day

first_imgWELCOME to Frenetic Friday, the last day of the summer transfer window and the last chance for clubs to snap up some last-minute bargains and/or offload some of that unwanted stock that’s been sitting around for months just gathering dust.But enough of Marouane Chamakh. Let’s begin with the Daily Mail’s extraordinary claim that Arsenal – who remain hopeful of dumping Chamakh on Turkish club Besiktas and Nicklas Bendtner on Juventus – have contacted Chelsea with a view to bringing midfielder Michael Essien to the Emirates.Apparently Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has identified the 29-year-old Ghana international as the sort of no-nonsense defensive midfielder who will give his side a greater physical presence.The Mail says “strides have been taken” to negotiate a season-long loan deal for the Blues man, similar to the deal that last season saw Yossi Benayoun move from the Bridge to the Emirates. Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is believed to be happy with the idea now that Essien is a bit-part player at the Bridge.Everton had earlier in the week made a play for Essien but the Mail reports that the move fell through on Thursday with neither the Toffees nor Chelsea able to agree on the terms of the proposed deal.Elsewhere and The Sun is just one of many papers to report that Andy Carroll’s “Anfield agony” is over. The 23-year-old striker is leaving Liverpool for West Ham, who have persuaded the Reds to let Carroll join them with the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season. Carroll left Newcastle for Liverpool in January 2011 in a £35m deal, but the England frontman will leave Merseyside for just £1m. If he and the Hammers get on then the London club will pay Liverpool a further £16m next May.“It’s great to be at West Ham, I just can’t wait to get started now,” said Carroll. “I want to be playing games and hopefully scoring goals.”Meanwhile The Guardian claims that Liverpool will look to fill the gap left in their ranks by Carroll’s departure with the signing of Daniel Sturridge today. The Reds are hopeful of securing a loan deal for the 22-year-old striker in the coming hours.Speaking on Thursday night after his side had defeated Hearts in the Europa League, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said: “Hopefully tomorrow we can do some work and get something complete because we certainly need it. I am hoping for one or two. We need one, that’s for sure.”The Guardian says that one player Liverpool look unlikely to land is Fulham’s Clint Dempsey. The American says it’s “highly unlikely” a deal will be done before tonight’s 11pm deadline because Liverpool can’t meet Fulham’s asking price of £7m. Finally, the Mirror claims that there will be comings and goings at Manchester City today as the Sky Blues wave goodbye to Nigel de Jong and welcome Maicon.Apparently the former will be heading to AC Milan while Inter Milan right-back Maicon will be travelling in the opposite direction in a £3m deal.The 31-year-old South American is tipped to sign a two-year deal worth £90,000-a-week, while Dutchman de Jong will join AC Milan in a deal the Mirror says comes in at around £3.5m.The capture of Maicon follows City’s signing of Swansea striker Scott Sinclair, the 23-year-old agreeing terms with the Premier League champions and the Swans also happy with the £8m deal. ·last_img read more

Satellites rout Morocco 4-1 in U-20 qualifier

first_imgGhana hold the advantage to qualify to the 2013 African Youth Championship finals after beating Morocco 4-1 on Sunday in the final round first leg tie.The Black Satellites took the lead through South Africa-based winger Frank Sarfo Gyamfi who finished off a through pass from Moses Odjer in the 31st minute.But the Atlas Cubs came back from the break revitalized and levelled the scoring two minutes into play.Striker Chibi Mohammed made use of a counter-attack to beat Ghana goalkeeper Felix Annan.Seven minutes later, Ghana captain Lawrence Lartey headed home from a Derrick Mensah corner to give the Satellites the lead.Substitute Frank Acheampong was at the right place to head in the third goal on 58 minutes after a goal bound shot deflected off the body of a Moroccan. On the 90th minute mark, the Thailand-based player rounded the Moroccan goalkeeper after a delicious counter-attack to seal the win for the 2009 Africa and World champions.Ghana travel to Rabat in a fortnight time for the second leg tie.last_img read more

Mourinho to intensify his pursuit for Rooney, says “there’s no time limit”

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims “there is no time limit” for the club’s pursuit of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.Rooney has been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea lodged a bid for the unsettled forward.United have repeatedly insisted the striker is not for sale, but Mourinho insists he has no plans to give up on his target.“There is no time limit,” said Mourinho.“We have our squad of strikers. We have identified the player as one we would look to have with us.”The interest is believed to frustrate United with the Premier League champions continuing to be adamant that they have no intention of letting Rooney go. But Mourinho believes Chelsea have acted properly in their dealings, having done all of their activity through the official channels.He added: “We are doing things legally, making the official bid directly to the club, no interviews or comments or direct relations with the player, no contact, absolutely nothing.“We have done it in an ethical way and we are going to do that until the last day. And we will see how it comes.”last_img read more

Boakye Yiadom on loan to Elche

first_imgGhana striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom will complete his loan move to promoted Spanish side Elche on Wednesday.The 20-year-old has been farmed out by Italian champions Juventus, who own his registration rights, for more first team experience.Reports in Italy say Elche paid 250,000 euros for his season-long services.Juventus coach Antonio Conte had wanted to field the young goal poacher in his team this season but the club’s inability to offload Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella meant he had no chance.Boakye arrived in Alicante on Tuesday and will joined by his agent Oliver Arthur on Wednesday.He spent last season on loan at Sassuolo in the Serie B where he banged in 11 goals to hand them automatic promotion to the Italian top-flight.last_img read more

Cape Verde shock Tunisia in World Cup

first_imgCape Verde Islands shocked Tunisia 2-0 in Rades Saturday to reach the Africa zone play-offs in the 2014 World Cup qualifying competition.Platini and Nhuck – two of many Cape Verdean footballers who use nicknames – scored in the first half to trigger celebrations in the islands state of 500,000 inhabitants.Victory lifted the ‘Blue Sharks’ to 12 points, one more than four-time World Cup qualifiers Tunisia, and completed a remarkable Group B comeback. The surprise 2013 Africa Cup quarter-finalists were pointless after three rounds, then FIFA changed a loss in Malabo to a 3-0 win because of an ineligible Equatorial Guinea player. Home victories against the Equatoguineans and Sierra Leone brought the Cape Verdeans back into contention — but they had to win in Tunisia.The ‘Carthage Eagles’ were favoured to qualify for the play-off series as they had home advantage and the confidence boost of a 2-1 win in Praia. But goals from Cyprus-based Platini and Portugal-based Nhuck rocked the Tunisians, whose second-half pressure went unrewarded.Tunisia were not the only ‘big name’ to fall — 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa bit the dust despite a 4-1 win over Botswana in Durban.Bottom Group A seeds Ethiopia came from behind to edge Central African Republic 2-1 in Congo and finish two points ahead of Bafana Bafana . Burkina Faso completed an amazing Group E comeback by defeating Gabon 1-0 in Ouagadougou and pipping Congo Brazzaville. The ‘Stallions’ trailed the ‘Red Devils’ by six points with three rounds to go, but three consecutive victories squeezed them through.Nigeria were another country to progress, scoring late in the first half and early in the second in Group F to defeat 10-man Malawi 2-0 in Calabar.Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Nigeria joined Algeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Ghana in the final elimination round. The winner of the match between Cameroon and Libya Sunday will complete the 10-nation line-up after Senegal beat Uganda 1-0 late on Saturday in a match played in Marrakech, Morocco.A seeded September 16 draw in Cairo, based on FIFA rankings to be released Thursday, will create five two-leg ties with the winners going to the finals in Brazil.Ethiopia recovered from conceding a mid-first half goal with Salahdin Ahmed levelling soon after the break and Minyahel Teshome the match-winner. Success was particularly sweet for Teshome as he cost Ethiopia three points by playing in an away victory over Botswana when suspended.South Africa dominated neighbours Botswana almost throughout and a late brace from Bernard Parker completed what proved a futile win. Prejuce Nakoulma was the toast of 2013 Africa Cup runners-up Burkina Faso, scoring nine minutes into the second half.Congo needed a win in Niger to stay top, but trailed twice to goals from Mahamane Cisse and Daouda Kamilou and had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Emmanuel Emenike put Nigeria ahead in first-half stoppage time and Victor Moses doubled the lead from a 51st-minute penalty.Any hope Malawi had of clawing back into the game vanished soon after when Limbikani Mzava was red carded following a second caution. Ivory Coast and Morocco drew 1-1, Gambia beat Tanzania 2-0, Sierra Leone edged Equatorial Guinea 3-2 and Angola whipped Liberia 4-1 in other games.last_img read more

Gattuso home raided in match-fix probe

first_imgThe house of former Celtic and AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso was searched overnight by investigators as part of an ongoing enquiry into match-fixing.Gattuso and former Lazio and Milan midfielder Cristian Brocchi are among the latest names to be linked with match-fixing as Cremona prosecutors expand their enquiry, resulting in four arrests being made overnight.Gattuso and Brocchi are both suspected of having contacts with one of the four individuals arrested, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, with the accusation of an involvement in ‘sporting fraud’. Two of the individuals arrested – Salvatore Spadaro and Francesco Bazzani – were identified by suspects held as part of a match-fixing trial which commenced two years ago. The two men held have been named as Cosimo Rinci and Fabio Quadri.Lazio captain Stefano Mauri is currently serving a suspension for his part in the scandal with his first appeal rejected and no date yet set for a further appeal. Former Serie A capocannoniere Giuseppe Signori has also been heavily involved. In 2011 the former Lazio captain was placed under house arrest and subsequently banned for five years from all footballing activity.”This is another result which confirms the Police efforts against illegal betting in football and which forms part of a much greater context,” Raffaele Grassi, director of the operation, told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Today’s result is the fruit of the continued investigation Last Bet 1 and Last Bet 2 which have led to a total of 54 arrests with more than 120 people investigated.”Several former Serie A and Serie B players, as well as a few players still playing now are part of the investigation.” Cremona prosecutor Roberto Di Martino went further by naming 2006 World Cup-winner Gattuso as one of those under investigation, telling the ANSA news agency: “Gattuso and Brocchi were connected to the case by the use of phone taps.”A total of 15 raids were made on homes in northern Italy overnight, including Gattuso’s and Brocchi’s. First reports suggest Milan’s game with Lazio from February 1, 2011, in addition to two more Milan matches – against Chievo and Bari – are being investigated.Speaking to ANSA, Gattuso’s attorney, Andrea D’Amico, confirmed the investigation and added: “At this time we cannot make any comment. He wants to wait to see.”last_img read more

UniBank Ghana Limited signs Asamoah Gyan as its brand icon

first_imgUniBank Ghana Limited  the official bank of the Black Stars, has struck a two year deal with Black Stars’ captain, Asamoah Gyan, as its brand icon. Gyan, who led the Black Stars to their third successive World Cup qualification, would for the next two years, promote the products and services of the bank. The lethal striker, as per the terms of the deal, would appear on both print and electronic advertising media of the bank, as well as endorse the uniBank brand in and outside the country. The bank would also make annual financial commitments to the player as part of the deal. UniBank’s recent association with the player has further strengthened their relationship with the Ghana Football Association (GFA), after entering into a 1.2 million dollar sponsorship deal with the football controlling body late last year.  The bank last year also entered into a one year sponsorship deal with coach James Akwesi Appiah as its brand icon, after closing the sponsorship deal with the Black Stars.  The bank is expected to play a major role in the campaign of the Black Stars at the 2014 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Brazil. Ghana has been drawn in group G alongside Germany, Portugal and USAlast_img read more

NFF Unveils Eagles’ 2014 World Cup Jersey Today

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will today unveil the new jersey of Nigeria’s national football teams, which will also serve as the official jersey of the Super Eagles at the 20th FIFA World Cup finals taking place in Brazil this summer.The Super Eagles are to wear the new jersey at next week’s international friendly against Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.The new design produced by Adidas, the official kit supplier of the national teams and the leading kit manufacturers in the world, is already raising eyebrow because of the lemon green used instead of the traditional leaf green associated with Nigeria. Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Alhaji Bolaji Abdullahi will be special guest of honour at the event slated for the front area of the Sunday Dankaro Football House, Package B of the National Stadium Complex, Abuja, from 10am.Also invited are Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Adamu Gumba, Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Gaiya, Chairman of the League Management Company, Hon. Nduka Irabor, President-General of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo and a number of prominent football figures.NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, will have the compliment of members of his executive committee, as well as NFF management led by General Secretary, Musa Amadu.Assistant Coach of Super Eagles, Daniel Amokachi, will represent Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, who is already in the United States preparatory to next Wednesday’s friendly against Mexico in Atlanta. “There is a uniqueness about the new jersey that Nigerians will love. The design is a top-of-the-range thing specially for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014,” Amadu said yesterday.Super Eagles’ players, goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, midfielder Abdullahi Shehu and striker Ejike Uzoenyi will showcase the new wears at the occasion.last_img read more

Brazil 2014: Joachim Loew Urges Players to Stay Focused

first_imgDespite winning 4-0 over Portugal in their first match, Germany coach Joachim Loew said the players have to be very careful and pay attention referring to what happened in the 2008 Euro and 2010 FIFA World Cup when they won the first match and lost the second. Germany play  play Ghana in a Group G.Germany coach Joachim Loew has urged his side to stay focused and avoid surprises when they face Ghana in Group G of the FIFA World Cup here Saturday.Despite winning 4-0 over Portugal in their first match, Loew said the players have to be very careful and pay attention referring to what happened in 2008 Euro and 2010 World Cup when they won the first match and lost the second.The 54-year-old also compared the situation to what happened to Italy, who won their first match against England 2-1 and then lost 0-1 to Costa Rica.Loew praised Ghana’s fit players, saying that they are strong and likely to strike. On the other hand, he said that defender Mats Hummels may not play as he is not 100 percent fit. Hummels suffered a bruise during Portugal’s match.Germany take on Ghana at the Estadio Castelao.Despite winning 4-0 over Portugal in their first match, Germany coach Joachim Loew said the players have to be very careful and pay attention referring to what happened in the 2008 Euro and 2010 FIFA World Cup when they won the first match and lost the second. Germany play  play Ghana in a Group G.last_img read more

Randy Abbey suggests Hayatou ‘stole’ Afcon 2017 vote for Gabon

first_imgGhana’s bid team were left licking their wounds after losing out on hosting Afcon 2017 following an announcement in Gabon’s favour on Wednesday.However, Randy Abbey, a member of the Ghana team that traveled to Cairo to witness the landmark announcement alleges underhand dealings.He made the serious allegations while speaking to Joy Sports editor Nathaniel Attoh on Sports Today.”We will like to congratulate Gabon for being declared the winner. But there was something and in the coming hours or days you will hear, I’m sure, from especially the Algerians.”Abbey methodically detailed how the final moments of the voting went on, intoning how bizarre the entire Executive Committe felt the procedure had gone.”Even the Executive Committee members who cast their vote did not know the result of the vote. Only two of them, with Issa Hayatou were called to look at the vote,” Abbey alleged hours after the vote on the primetime afternoon show aired on Multi TV. He went on: “After that they were all ushered into the conference room where the media and the other three countries were.”Issa Hayatou, according to Abbey, then proclaimed Gabon as the winner, but how it happened was fishy.Procedure According to Joy Sports sources, the draw had been slated to be shown live around Africa via pay TV broadcaster, Supersport, but had been cancelled at the last minute, with no reasons given. Randy explains that till date, no one knows how the voting patterns panned out. The procedure is that after the vote, all delegates must know what majority the winner scored. As an example, when Ghana won the 2008 bid the country got a clear 9-3 berth. “What the votes were we don’t know. There were 14 members of Executive Committee who voted,” Abbey explains. “What the rules say is that there must be an outright winner, with a minimum of eight votes.””In this case we didnt know how Gabon won – whether they got five, [or] eight, [or] 10, [or] 13 [or] 14, nobody knows. Even the Executive Committee members weren’t told the results of their votes!””Everybody was brought to the conference room and the Caf president just took a paper that said Gabon had won.”Abbey, a former Communications Director of the Ghana FA said he was sad at the development. “And I found that quite embarrassing, [that this happened] in 2015. Maybe that is the value and culture here. Like they say in strategic management, that is how business is run here.”As at the time of writing this report, CAF have still not made details of the voting immediately available.Strong contendersAlgeria, the other country also in for the bid, are said to be readying an appeal, although it would have to come with the backing of its FA.Sources say Gabon won not only because of their bid’s promise to build on the legacy of 2012, when they last hosted, but due to the well-known relationship between President Ali Bongo Ondimba and Issa Hayatou. Caf is yet to respond to these allegations by Mr. Abbey, but a rep of the football-governing body tells Joy Sports there is no comment on the claims at this time.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Musa Bility believes African football is on the decline

first_imgLiberian FA President Musa Bility has expressed his disappointment at the state of football on the continent.The FIFA presidential hopeful, speaking exclusively on Asempa FM’s Sports Night stated the major bane of African football was down to poor cash injection.Bility was of the view football in Africa is on a downward football spiral.“It is in a downward trend. There is no money, the clubs are suffering. Our competitions are not funded,” he told Asempa Sports.“I am sure by now, Ghanaians are watching the English Premier League. We are being colonized through football again. Unless we put money behind our clubs and hire professionals to play for us. Football is in a bad state.”When asked whether FIFA was of any help, Musa believed it was incumbent on Africans to develop their own game and not solely rely on FIFA aid.  “You give me money, 500,000, 200,000 , that is not what I want. It is to develop my capacity to make my own money and that has not happened to Africa yet. Unless that happens we are going to stay where we are.”Musa Bility was banned for six months by CAF on May 2, 2013 for violating status to the use of confidential documents.–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. The Joy Sports hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Joy Sports FCPPL Season Review: Stats and numbers round-up

first_img19 – The nomadic forward Kofi Owusu emerged top scorer with 19 goals in 25 games in his first season at Berekum Chelsea. He had been declared surplus to requirement after scoring twice at former club Aduana last season. #FORM

511 – The number of goals scored in 240 games played from 30 match-days – averaging 2.13 goals per league game – 35 goals more than the number scored after the 2013/14 season. 0 – Three teams (Medeama, Bechem United and B.A United) failed to win a single game away from home. The latter managed just one point from 15 away games. 39 – Berekum Chelsea, AshantiGold and Aduana Stars bagged the most points from home games. Record: W – 12, D – 3, L – 0 but the former emerged tops with better goal difference of +18. AshantiGold became champions of the 2014/15 First Capital Plus Premier League with a game to spare.A fourth Ghana Premier League title since the last time 19 years ago when they had enjoyed a three-year run as the best in the then new Professional League. AshGold copped 52 from a possible 90 points after featuring in the 30 match-days Championship competed by 16 clubs. Overall, 240 games were honoured from January 17 to September 13, 2015. 2 – Top scorer Kofi Owusu’s 19 goals had two converted penalties. 15 – Winners AshantiGold recorded the most wins – 12 at Home; 3 from Away games. 54 – Bottom placed B.A United conceded the most goals. 16 at Home; 38 Away  15:7:8 – Champions AshantiGold’s 52 points came out of 15 Wins, 7 stalemates and 8 defeats. KEY NOTES:center_img 37 – Third placed Berekum Chelsea ended the season as the highest scoring side. 4:5:6 – Dethroned champions Asante Kotoko emerged best travellers recording four wins, five drawn games and six defeats better than any other side on the road. 19 – BA United recorded the most defeats in the 2014/15 FCPPL. They drew 7 and won three times – the least in the season. Aduana Stars follow the Miners as the second-placed with Berekum Chelsea and Accra Hearts of Oak completing the Top 4 spots respectively. Below is a summary of the significant numbers that were recorded. 8 – AshantiGold recorded the least number of defeats.  28 – Asante Kotoko were the second-worst side at home after bottom placed B.A United. They bagged 28 points from a possible 45 – 8 wins, 4 drawn games and 3 losses at the Baba Yara Stadium. The worst home team, B.A Utd managed 18 points at home. 15 – Kotoko scored the most goals away. 29 – Berekum Chelsea scored the most home goals.More league reviews– 7 things we learned from #SurvivalSunday– Joy Sports Season Review: Top 10 flops– Survival Sunday: Olympics, Lions relegated as Kotoko ensure safety – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Okwahu United begin Division One campaign with new bus

first_imgDivision One side Okwahu United with the able assistance of their club President Brian Acheampong have acquired a new bus ahead of the upcoming Division One season.The Kwahu side under their club President have embarked on a journey to restructuring the club in line with modrern standards.Parts of the restructuring includes improved player salaries, professional and attrctive branding and renovation works at the Nkawkaw Stadium which is ongoing.The latest addition is the acquisition of a new bus to aid their transportation to and from match venues.The Kwahu side have gone 10 seasons without Premier League soccer after being relegated in the 2005/2006 finishing 14th on 32 points.Okwahu begin their search for promotion with a game against Accra Great Olympics at the Aquinas Park View pictures of the newly acquired bus below  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Kenpong urges Kotoko fans to stick behind team

first_imgKenpong Group of Companies president, Kennedy Agyapong (Kenpong) is calling on Asante Kotoko faithful to remain resolute behind the club despite its poor start of the league.Kotoko began the 2016/17 league campaign on a wrong footing, losing 0-2 to WAFA at Sogakope few weeks ago.The Sogakope results generated argument at the supporters’ front, with some calling for the head of the club’s General Manager, Opoku Nti.But the former board member of the Porcupine Warriors has said it is early yet to call for the chairman’s head.Speaking at the Kotoka International Airport on his way to Burkina Faso, he bemoaned how the supporters’ front has failed to support the club financially, yet expect so much from the club.To him, if the club’s teeming fans should contribute GH¢5   per month, it will help the club a great deal in many aspects. He said in an interview that “It is too early for the fans to call for Opoku Nti’s head, we just lost to WAFA, and I can say the tall injury list could be a factor for the loss.””When I was a board member, you hardly see the big men pay for matches. They always request for VIP tickets for free. We shouldn’t encourage that practice, VIP tickets  should be sold””Elsewhere where football has developed, the big men pay for matches and that helps in the club’s income generation.””‘We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that Opoku Nti is not on his own, he operates on the instructions of the board.””He has managed to buy some of the finest players  in the country  so let’s be patient with him. I heard from some quarters that Opoku is not a businessman so he should be stripped of his post. They shouldn’t forget Nana hasn’t dissolved the Board yet. “It’s a club we all love but we shouldn’t pay lip service only, let’s all support and stop the unnecessary criticism, Nti is an honest man, having walked with him for sometime.”He added that:“I am told that those who  come in the name of supporting the club end up placing interest on whatever money they inject to the team, I don’t think it is right, we shouldn’t milk the club we claim we love.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Justice Anin Yeboah elected to FIFA Ethics Committee

first_imgGhanaian Supreme court judge Justice Anin Yeboah has been named on the newly constituted FIFA Ethics Committee. Justice Yeboah will serve on the Adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics committee for the next four years alongside Akihiro Hara (Japan), Oscar Vicente Scavone Rivas (Paraquay),Damiani Juan Pedro (Uruguay), Abdoulaye Diop (Senegal), Hallen Yngve (Norway), Jack Kariko (Papua New Guinea), Liu Chi (China) and Alan Rothenberg (USA).Before his recent appointment Justice Yeboah had served on various judicial bodies in the Ghana Football Association including the Disciplinary Committee, Appeals Committee.He also served on the Appeals Committee of the Confederation of African Football.  The Adjudicatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee reviews the reports of the Investigatory Chamber and decide whether a case should be proceeded or closed.  Investigatory Chamber and after conducting further investigations if deemed necessary, the Adjudicatory Chamber sends a report to all parties involved and asks for their statements. The Adjudicatory Chamber has to finally decide on appropriate sanctions after conducting further investigations if deemed necessary. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

British NFL star proposes to Olympian girlfriend mid-game

first_imgDenver Broncos star Menelik Watson proposed to girlfriend Azania Stewart during his pre-season clash against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.The Manchester-born offensive tackler, 28, spotted his partner in the crowd at the Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado, and asked for her hand in marriage there and then.Stewart was part of the 2012 Team GB basketball team that competed at the Olympics.Speaking to BTV after the game, Watson said: “It was spontaneous. I came in, got changed, I had a couple good reps out there so was feeling pretty good and just thought to myself, why not.”She was shocked, naturally. She didn’t think I was serious at first.”Stewart, who was in the stands, said: “He came over, got down on one knee and said, ‘Will you marry me’. “I said, ‘Are you joking’, he said, ‘No I promise’, I just started crying and said yes.”Stewart added: “He’s wonderful, he’s a big softy at home but a beast here. I see two sides to him and no one sees the teddy bear one that I get. He’s an awesome man, very humble and I’m excited for him for the rest of the season.last_img read more

Dogboe, Partey to battle for SWAG ultimate award

first_imgDethroned World Boxing Organisation (WBO) super bantamweight champion, Isaac Dogboe, will battle with Black Stars and Athletico Madrid’s ace Thomas Partey for the coveted MTN Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Sports Personality of the Year Award to be held later this year.The annual awards ceremony to honour the nation’s illustrious athletes will see the two top contenders of the highest award on the night being given a run for their money by football administrator Anthony Baffoe who is also gunning for the enviable honour for the second time after winning the 2016 top prize.The list of the over 40 nominees who are to be rewarded in their various disciplines was released last Saturday in Accra.Partey will also challenge four others, namely John Antwi, a loanee from Egyptian club Al Ahly; Kotoko goalie Felix Annan, Kassim Nuhu of German club, Hoffenheim, and Joseph Aidoo of Genk in the Belgian First Division for the Male Footballer of the Year award.For her superb performance at the recently held Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay, Black Maiden’s striker Mukarama Abdulai will contend with Black Queen’s Faustina Ampah and Black Princesses’ Grace Asantewaa for the Female Footballer of the Year award.The stakes will be high for Coach of the Year award as hockey takes centre stage, with Ebenezer Frimpong of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Boakye Danquah (Exchequers) and Richmond Attipoe also of Exchequers vying for the award on the night. Two teams will compete for the national team of the year award: The Ghana Rugby Men’s team, The Ghana Eagles, and national wrestling team, The Golden Arms.The president of the Ghana Armwrestling Association, Charles Osei Assibey, will compete against Evans Kojo Yeboah, president of the Ghana Badminton Association, for the president of the year award.Lightweight world title hopeful, Richard Oblitey Commey, will have a straight fight with Isaac Dogboe for the professional boxer of the year award, while Janet Amponsah and Jesse Lartey will scoop the athlete of the year and amateur boxer of the year, respectively.National ping pong top seed Derek Abrefa and female ace player Celia Baah Danso will be rewarded with the male and female table tennis players of the year award, respectively.Alberta Ampomah and Haruna Tahiru will take home the Armwrestler of the year award in both the female and male categories, respectively, while Michael Arko and Rafatu Inusah take awards in male and female rugby players of the year. In para-athletics, Frederick Assor and Haruna Tahiru will go home with respective awards and golfer Kojo Barni takes home the professional golfer of the year award.Female athlete Hor Halutie is expected to be rewarded the prospect of the year, while ping-pong player Samuel Akayade and hockey ace Dennis Ababio will receive awards for dedication and valour.Boxing promotion outfit, Cabic Promotions will take the award for promoter of the year. There will be eight special awards for individuals, corporate entities and persons on the night.They are the Binatone Ghana Limited, Greater Accra Handball Association and kickboxer Jonathan Euro.The rest are Casely Hayford Hall, Ghana Revenue Authority, Akwasi Frimpong, Kofikrom Pharmacy and Albert K Frimpong.last_img read more

As the Angels’ season winds down, here’s what matters

first_imgHOUSTON — The Angels’ season is going to end the way it began, with about a month worth of games in which the outcome means little.Fall training?Starting Thursday, the Angels have 29 games left. They are 64-69, with almost no chance of making the playoffs. What they are doing now is essentially prepping for 2019.This team doesn’t do long-term rebuilding, but the next month certainly will have the look of short-term rebuilding, with as many as eight or nine rookies in the box score some nights. The Angels will be busy evaluating their roster to determine how best to return to contention in 2019. Also, will Ohtani’s return to the mound vault him back into the race for AL Rookie of the Year? You can make a case he should be there now, but if he reminds people in September how well he can pitch, it can only help his chances at winning the award.What about the other pitchers?Three other Angels starters – Matt Shoemaker, Tyler Skaggs and Nick Tropeano – are on the disabled list. All three are expected to come back at some point in September.Shoemaker (forearm surgery) was set for a 60-pitch rehab outing Wednesday night at Class-A Inland Empire. Skaggs (groin) and Tropeano (shoulder) are a little further behind, perhaps returning in the middle of the month.As with Ohtani, the Angels would like to see each of those pitchers successfully pitch in the majors in September, for the peace of mind of the pitchers and to help with the organization’s winter roster planning.What’s going to happen with Mike Scioscia?The Angels’ longtime manager is down to the final month of his 10-year contract. Although Scioscia has denied that he’d made any decisions about his plans, it is widely assumed this will be the end of his tenure.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.What’s unclear is how it will all happen. Will there be an announcement before the end of the season, allowing for a public farewell during the final days of the season?If so, how quickly will the Angels replace him? If the decision to move on has been made for some time, maybe the Angels already have a plan for his successor and will announce that immediately.How will Taylor Ward and David Fletcher do?Ward and Fletcher are getting the chance to play every day at third and second, respectively. Those positions are wide open for next season, although Zack Cozart is expected to be back and playing one of them.In the meantime, September offers an opportunity for Ward and Fletcher to show how ready they are to take on a larger role in 2019.Ward got off to a hot start offensively, but has since cooled. Fletcher has been fairly consistent at the plate so far.To a lesser extent, rookie catcher Francisco Arcia is also auditioning for a role in 2019.Who else will be called up?Roster expansion in September is typically a time many prospects get their first taste of the majors. Among the Angels players knocking on the door for their big league debuts are pitchers José Suarez and Griffin Canning and infielders Luis Rengifo and Matt Thaiss.None are on the 40-man roster now – and Canning and Thaiss don’t even need to be added this winter – so it’s possible none of them get the call. Since Suarez and Rengifo are already expected to be added to the 40-man roster in November, the Angels could justify adding them now to give them a taste of the majors.Is Albert Pujols going to play the whole month?Pujols has played 70 games at first, more than twice as much as he played the previous two years combined. At the All-Star break, they put him on the disabled list to “recharge” his knees.At some point in the final month, it’s reasonable to think the Angels might just shut him down so he can begin resting for next season. As long as the Angels have Ohtani and want him to DH, they are going to need Pujols, 38, to play first. He’s going to have to condition himself over the winter to do so. A head start on that preparation couldn’t hurt, and it would also open up more plate appearances for young players.Pujols, by the way, is 18 RBIs away from 2,000. He’s got a chance to reach that milestone this season if he plays out the string.One more trade?It is possible Jim Johnson, an impending free agent, will be dealt before the Friday night deadline for players to be eligible for postseason rosters. Johnson has a 3.74 ERA and he’s a veteran with closing experience, so it’s possible a contender wants him to add depth.If you’re thinking no one would want Johnson, remember in 2016 the Angels traded Fernando Salas to the New York Mets on Aug. 31. Salas had a 4.47 ERA at the time but posted a 2.08 ERA in 17-1/3 innings to help the Mets reach the NL wild-card game. A team could hope for the same from Johnson.Draft positionAs they currently sit, the Angels would pick 12th in next year’s draft. If they have a bad month, they could “climb” to seventh or eighth.  Before you root for them to lose, be aware of a couple things.First, the system that used to protect top 10 picks from being lost as free-agent compensation no longer exists. Now, a club can’t lose its highest pick, no matter what number it is, from signing a free agent who rejects a qualifying offer. A team could lose its second pick, no matter what number it is.Second, historically there’s not that much difference. No. 7 picks have made the majors 70 percent of the time, each accounting for an average career WAR of 10, according to Baseball Reference. No. 14 picks have also made the majors 70 percent of the time, with an average WAR of 7.8. Averages mean little when talking about one particular draft, so you’re still talking about roughly the same caliber of players available in that part of the first round.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 7-8, 4.25) at Astros (RHP Justin Verlander, 13-8, 2.72), Thursday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img With that in mind, there are going to be plenty of Angels storylines worth following, as they chart their course for next season.Will Shohei Ohtani make it back?Ohtani threw a 50-pitch simulated game Monday and then said he’s ready to return to the majors. After Ohtani was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, which prompted whispers of Tommy John surgery, the Angels opted instead to try stem-cell therapy and a platelet-rich plasma injection.Although it looks like it worked so far, the Angels will only really know after Ohtani has started unleashing 100 mph fastballs and diving splitters to major league hitters.Doctors have assured the Angels it’s safe to try now – or at least as safe as it ever will be – so the Angels are cautiously moving Ohtani toward a return, which could come as soon as this weekend in Houston.If Ohtani comes back and pitches without issue early in September, the question will then be how much more do the Angels need to see before they consider him healed and pack him up in bubble wrap for next season?last_img read more

Q&A: Analyzing the Angels’ deadline moves, and non-moves, and beyond

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield CLEVELAND — With the passing of the trade deadline, the Angels’ roster is essentially set for the rest of this season, which makes this a good time to take stock of where they are and where they’re going.After losing five of seven in a frustrating homestand, they are 56-54, six games back in the race for the second American League wild-card berth.We took your questions on Twitter and our Angels Facebook page.Q: Are we throwing in the towel with no new pitching? — @ds8106 Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros A: For this season, it seems like it. However, the towel was probably thrown in a while ago. General Manager Billy Eppler knew they had a long way to go to catch the Houston Astros last winter, so he chose a conservative approach. He held on to all the top prospects and avoided any long-term contracts that could affect future spending. He took a few short-term chances with the hope that, if some things broke right, they could grab a wild card. But all three of their free-agent pitching signings (Matt Harvey, Trevor Cahill and Cody Allen) were whiffs. Given that none of that worked, and along with the tragic passing of Tyler Skaggs, the Angels have been stuck on the fringes of the playoff race. There was little Eppler could do at the deadline that would significantly help the 2019 team make the playoffs, and he didn’t feel the prospect cost for players controllable beyond 2019 was appropriate.Q: Why a catcher and why not (Dustin) Garneau? — John ClarkeA: Many fans were puzzled when the Angels acquired Max Stassi at the deadline. The Angels didn’t really have a true defensive specialist at catcher going forward. Jonathan Lucroy is going to be a free agent at the end of the year. Kevan Smith is more of an offensive catcher. Their top catching prospect, Jack Kruger, is in Double-A and probably wouldn’t be ready next season. As for Garneau, clearly the Angels feel Stassi is a defensive upgrade. The Angels also have Stassi for three more seasons. It’s clear the Angels feel getting a defensive whiz behind the plate can help their pitchers, which is obviously a need. Stassi is perhaps a poor man’s version of Martín Maldonado, who had also been a backup catcher known as an elite defender without much success at the plate when the Angels got him.Q: What is the plan with Lucroy, Smith, and Stassi all out of options? — @ZacharyMLangA: That’s an excellent question. I don’t know the answer, but we’ll find out by Friday, when the Angels will have to add Stassi to the 25-man roster. The Angels won’t have three catchers on the roster, and they can’t option any of them. So either one is going on the injured list – and none were hurt as of Wednesday – or one of them is going to be gone. Obviously, the Angels just got Stassi, so the choice will be between Lucroy and Smith. The Angels have viewed Lucroy as the starter when both have been healthy, but Smith is the one who is still under control beyond this season.center_img Q: Jeff, will they at least spend huge in the offseason for an actual ACE? (Madison) Bumgarner?? They are wasting Mike Trout’s prime years … — @irishzorro2010A: Eppler has said that spending on free agents has to be coordinated with the development of the rest of the team, and the young core is actually going to be in better shape this winter than in previous years. Young players like David Fletcher, Luís Rengifo, Griffin Canning, José Suarez, Jaime Barría and Ty Buttrey will all be making around the big league minimum next year, with Jo Adell likely also in the mix. Last winter, the Angels didn’t have any minimum-salary players they could comfortably pencil into prominent roles. So instead of having to spread their payroll to fill five or six holes, they can use it for two or three. That means aiming for better players. Obviously, pitching is their primary need. All of that is a long-winded way of saying, yes, I expect the Angels to compete at the top of the free-agent pitching market, starting with Gerrit Cole, who is a native of Orange County and a former UCLA star.Q: Will they still be afraid and refuse to break the luxury tax threshold in the offseason?? That seems to be the exact reason they go dumpster diving every winter. They need to do whatever it takes to A. Bring Gerrit Cole home and B. sign a second top-line starter (i.e. Hyun-Jin Ryu /Bumgarner) — @TheRealArt_BA: Just two teams exceeded the luxury tax threshold in 2018. The Angels’ payroll, depending on how you calculate it, is around the top quarter of major league teams. Plus, as I said in the previous answer, Eppler is more interested in spending when it can make a difference. If a team has a 75-win core of young players, you can’t just throw money at it and add a bunch of 30-year-old free agents and make it a 90-win team. If you have an 85-win core, you can add a couple of free agents to get above 90.Q: Will Fletcher, Rengifo and Andrelton Simmons be our everyday infield next season? — @RePLAY619Q: Does Zack Cozart get another chance to be an everyday player next year for the Angels? Or have the young guys (Fletcher, Rengifo, Taylor Ward, Matt Thaiss, etc) done enough to push Cozart off the roster? — Greg LuttrellA: These questions obviously are worth being combined. As for Cozart, he is not going anywhere this winter. The Angels are going to have to pay him, so they might as well bring him to spring training and see if his most recent shoulder surgery has helped make him an effective player again, even if that’s as a bench player. If not, they now have more alternatives than they did last year or even at the start of this season, thanks to the development of Fletcher, Rengifo and Tommy La Stella. So I expect them to go into spring training with Simmons at shortstop and Fletcher, Rengifo, La Stella and Cozart all in the mix for playing time at second and third. Whoever plays the best will play.Q: With the Albert Pujols contract running through 2021 and the emergence of Thaiss looking like a Major Leaguer and (Shohei) Ohtani being the obvious DH, what do the Angels do with the situation? Pujols is the obvious out, but it’s tough to let 25M sit on the bench all year for multiple seasons. — @LTBU271A: First, it’s a little early to say Thaiss has established himself as a major league player after 49 plate appearances. Like the Cozart situation, this is one the Angels can let play out on the field. Unless the Angels trade Thaiss or Pujols unexpectedly retires, they will have both players in spring training, and they will play according to their production. The Angels also still might have Justin Bour, who is arbitration-eligible. Don’t forget that Ohtani will be pitching next season, which will open up the DH spot more often for Pujols or anyone else. Plus, next season, rosters are expanding to 26 players, which makes it a little easier to carry any position player who isn’t playing as much.Q: Any idea what’s the plan for Ohtani next year. He’s really turning into a great hitter but I think he needs consistent at-bats not just hitting three times a week. — @CesarCM13A: This is a good question. Since Ohtani still has a ways to go in his pitching rehab, it’s a little early for the Angels to figure out if they want him pitching once a week, as they did last year, or on a normal five-day rotation, like other starters. It’ll probably be something in between. If he pitches once a week, and gets the day off before and after, that’s four days a week at the plate. However, as he gets going and they get more comfortable with what he can handle physically, I would not be surprised to see them let him hit the day after he pitches. It’s tougher to let him hit the day before, because if he gets hurt they’d be in a bind for a starting pitcher the next day.Q: Chances Jo Adell is called up this season and how soon? — @d_leycoA: He was just moved to Triple-A on Thursday, which certainly increases the chances. Eppler said he sees value in players going to Triple-A before the majors. Even though the raw talent at Double-A is similar to Triple-A, the players at the higher level have more big-league experience and provide a different challenge to help add polish to a prospect. If Adell performs well enough at Triple-A that they feel he’s ready for significant playing time in the majors in September, he could be up. I don’t think they’d bring him up just to sit on the bench, though. Once they add him to the 40-man roster, he’ll take up a spot all winter that could have gone to someone else. Each year that the Angels’ system gets deeper, their 40-man roster gets a little tighter.Q: Out of all our top prospects, including those who graduated this year (Canning, Rengifo, Buttrey) who would you say is expendable? I know Eppler said he tried to trade from the surplus of position players. Just curious if they value some over others, say Thaiss over Rengifo or Fletcher? — Ruben J. RosasRelated Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter A: Eppler said they had trade discussions involving all of their top prospects except one, which was presumably Adell. It seems like the best prospect they have who could be traded is Brandon Marsh. Marsh is an outfielder who is only a year or two from the majors, and between Trout, Adell and Justin Upton, the outfield is going to be full for a while. The only opening for Marsh would be if Upton needs to move to first base or DH, which seems like a longshot since they have players at those spots too. It also seems as if Taylor Ward has been passed on the depth chart by Thaiss, and they play the same positions, so perhaps Ward could be moved in a trade.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Dillon Peters, 2-0, 3.06) at Indians (RHP Mike Clevinger, 5-2, 3.28), Friday, 4:10 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Kole Calhoun’s bases-loaded double lifts Angels over Rangers

first_img“I just want to be aggressive and get ahead early,” said Heaney, who threw only five first-pitch balls to 25 batters. “If you can do that with your fastball it makes your offspeed pitches better. You can get some worse swings. Especially early in the count, guys have to respect the fact you’re coming at them with strikes. It’s how everyone wants to pitch, but getting some swing throughs and first pitches with the heater definitely helps.”Heaney got 11 swings and misses with his fastball and allowed just two hits.Delino Deshields Jr. hit a 1-and-1 curveball from Heaney with one out in the third inning. Calhoun played it on an in-between hop. When the ball bounced off his chest and toward center field, Deshields was able to take second base, and Calhoun was charged with an error.With two outs, Choo dumped a single into right field, scoring Deshields and giving Texas a 1-0 lead.For most of the night, Minor (11-8) seemed determined to make the run hold up.“He threw the ball well, probably the best slider that I’ve seen him have, having faced him 15 times now,” Calhoun said. “He threw the ball good. He was locating well. Really didn’t miss a lot of spots until probably that seventh inning.”The Angels have seen two versions of the Rangers’ ace left-hander this season. One version tossed a complete-game shutout in Arlington on April 16, then allowed one run over six innings in a May rematch in Anaheim.Then, in his last start before making his All-Star Game debut at age 31, Minor allowed three runs in 4⅓ laborious innings against the Angels on July 3. On Aug. 21, the Angels scored seven runs against Minor in 5⅓ innings. That was his last start prior to Tuesday.In their fifth head-to-head meeting, the Angels saw both versions of Minor. He allowed only one hit – a single by Andrelton Simmons – prior to the fateful seventh inning, in which he recorded only two outs and allowed four runs.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousAngels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (No. 2) is congratulated by his teammates after the final out of their 5-2 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 27: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels comes up to bat agaisnt the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 27, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun throws the ball to the infield while center fielder Mike Trout backs him up after the Rangers’ Delino DeShields hit a double during the third inning of Tuesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Rangers’ Delino DeShields is congratulated after scoring the game’s first run during the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout makes a running catch of a fly ball from Texas Rangers’ Delino DeShields during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor throws to the plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani singles against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Angels’ Kole Calhoun drives in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double during the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun leaves the batter’s box with a two-run double against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 27: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two-run double in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 27, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun celebrates after driving in two runs with a double against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 27: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two-run single in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 27, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin drives in two runs with a single against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin, left, claps after driving in two runs with a single against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 27: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels and Kole Calhoun #56 celebrate after being driven in by Brian Goodwin #18 in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 27, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a single by Brian Goodwin during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin, right, slides, but is tagged out by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor as Goodwin tried to steal second base during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles throws to the plate during the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles avoids a ball hit over his head by the Rangers’ Logan Forsythe during the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, and right fielder Kole Calhoun celebrate after the final out of their 5-2 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (No. 2) is congratulated by his teammates after the final out of their 5-2 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 23Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ExpandANAHEIM — Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun did not need to redeem himself so much as he needed to even the scoreboard.Calhoun made a soft error early in Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers. For six innings it loomed as the lone stain on an unblemished box score, leading to the Rangers’ only run against Andrew Heaney.When Calhoun stepped to the plate against Mike Minor with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, he deserved relatively little blame for the Angels’ predicament. Calhoun more than atoned. He split the gap in right-center field with a double, driving in two runs and giving the Angels the lead for good in an eventual 5-2 victory before an announced crowd of 39,008 at Angel Stadium.“When you’re in those spots you need the one big hit,” Calhoun said, “and tonight we got one.” Shohei Ohtani led off the seventh with a first-pitch single. Minor then walked Justin Upton and Albert Pujols back-to-back, loading the bases for Simmons.Minor struck out Simmons for the first out. But he hung a 2-and-2 slider over the middle of the plate for Calhoun, whose double gave the Angels a 2-1 lead. Pujols went to third on the play. Calhoun called it “one of the few pitches that got a lot of the plate tonight.”With two outs, Goodwin pinch hit for Max Stassi and lined a single up the middle to score Pujols and Calhoun.In the eighth inning, Danny Santana hit a home run against Cam Bedrosian to pull Texas within 4-2. But Trout launched a towering homer to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning against Rafael Montero, giving him 43 home runs and 100 RBIs for the season. Trout has hit 11 of his home runs this year against the Rangers.The Angels (64-70) allowed the Rangers (64-69) to move into third place in the American League West when they lost three of four games in Arlington a week ago. Their final meeting of the season is Wednesday. If the Angels win, they will swap spots in the standings again. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels went 4 for 24 with runners in scoring position while losing three consecutive games in Houston to end last week. They went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position Tuesday.The Angels got two more runs in the seventh inning on a two-out single by Brian Goodwin. Mike Trout hit his major league-leading 43rd home run in the eighth inning, a solo shot, establishing a new single-season career-high.Hansel Robles recorded his 19th save in support of Miguel Del Pozo (1-0). Del Pozo struck out the only batter he faced, Shin-Soo Choo, in the eighth inning. That was enough to earn his first major league win in his fifth appearance.Heaney allowed four hits and walked three batters in six innings. He struck out 10. The Rangers scored their only run against him in the third inning.In his last two starts, both against the Rangers, Heaney has struck out 24 batters across 14 innings while allowing two runs.last_img read more

Angels’ Mickey Callaway brings a simple emphasis to improving pitching: throw strikes

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros After a nondescript pitching career that included a stop with the Angels and would eventually lead Callaway to pitch in Asia, he started a coaching career in the Cleveland Indians organization. He spent three years in the minors before being promoted to big league pitching coach, inheriting a team in 2012 had ranked 27th in the majors in strike percentage.The Indians had also posted team ERA’s over 4.00 for the previous six years in a row.In 2013, the first season under Callaway, the Indians jumped to 18th in strike percentage, and then fifth, third, seventh and second. Their cumulative ERA over those five seasons was 3.76, the best in the American League.Indians manager Terry Francona, who hired Callaway when he took over the club, was instantly impressed.“He’s an extremely confident person,” Francona said this week. “That’s what amazed me. His first year as a major league pitching coach and you look at him in the first week of the season and it was like he’d been there for 10 years. And I mean that as a compliment. Not that he’s arrogant. He’s just good.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Callaway’s prized pupil, of course, was Corey Kluber. In 2012, Kluber had posted a 5.14 ERA in 63 innings. The next season, under Callaway, he cut that to 3.85 in 147-1/3 innings. The year after that, he won the first of his two Cy Young Awards. Kluber improved his strike rate in each of his first three seasons under Callaway.“He may simplify it, but there’s a method to what he’s doing,” Francona said. “If not, everybody could do it. He tries to identify what you’re able to throw for strikes, and go from there.”It’s not as simple as telling pitchers to throw strikes, but it’s also not that complicated, Callaway said. Much of it is, in fact, an aggressive mentality, and constant reminders.“It’s something we have to preach every day,” Callaway said. “Are we going to worry about their spin rate and the shape of their pitches? Absolutely. We can help that. But the last thing I want them worried about is ‘I gotta shape this pitch this way when I’m on the mound.’ No, you have to throw a strike, with that ball that’s in your hand.”A few Angels pitchers have said that Callaway so far has done a good job of keeping things simple.“In this world of pitching where everybody is worried about movement and velocity and shape and all kinds of stuff, sometimes you do miss out on simple things,” Andrew Heaney said. “That’s not to say you can throw the ball down the middle and hope it goes well, but there is a mentality where even if you try to throw the ball down the middle and miss, you’re going to miss on the corners. If you start being too fine with stuff and start nibbling, that’s when you get in trouble.”Dylan Bundy, who has already had four pitching coaches in the big leagues, said so far he gets a “vibe” from Callaway that he won’t be bogging them down with analytics. He preaches sticking to what pitchers do best.“If you throw to your strengths, you’ll be consistently good,” Bundy said.Callaway recalled one year with the Indians when he went into a playoff advance scouting meeting and essentially ditched the scouting reports.“I walked in the room and I said, ‘I want you to deal with adversity better than anyone on the other staff,’” Callaway said. “That was our advance meeting. I didn’t go over the hitters. That’s how I view the mental side of the game. You watch Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer, the best guys. They don’t let anything bother them. You can’t tell if they’re pitching good or bad. And that goes a long way. You can control the opponent’s confidence by doing that sort of thing. We’re going to talk a lot about that.”All of which is not to say that Callaway doesn’t have a foothold in analytics. No pitching coach could get a job in this era without it. He said his normal strategy is to work with the front office’s analytics team to determine what information can help the pitcher the most, and only take that small fraction of the data to him.“When we go to the player, it’s one small nudge in the right direction that’s going to be impactful,” Callaway said.Callaway, 44, talks excitedly in his folksy Tennessee drawl about all things pitching. His passion for the job is evident after he spent two years away from it, as the manager of the New York Mets. Callaway joked that he has “PTSD” when thinking back to the tumultuous couple seasons in the fishbowl of New York. Aside from the team not playing up to expectations, he had a public confrontation with a reporter, one that was explained away later as a misunderstanding.It wasn’t long after the Mets fired Callaway in October that he heard from Joe Maddon, who had just been hired to manage the Angels. Maddon was the bench coach when Callaway pitched for the Angels.“Joe called me and I was like ‘Heck yes,’” Callaway said. “Absolutely. I am just elated to be back here.”Although Callaway is admittedly more comfortable back in the pitching coach role than he was as a manager, he said he took lessons from the manager’s chair that he can now apply to make him a better pitching coach.“There’s a lot of things that a manager has to think about that a pitching coach doesn’t think about, so what it’s going to do is allow me to help Joe out a little more,” Callaway said. “I probably wasn’t helping (Francona) in a lot of areas that didn’t really occur to me at the time.”For example, Callaway said as a pitching coach he didn’t appreciate the value of controlling the running game as much as he did as a manager.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Maddon, who had managed against Callaway in the National League, also sees that he’s grown from the experience.“A mind once stretched has a difficult time going back to its original form,” Maddon said.Maddon and Callaway have both spoken about their pitchers being aggressive in the strike zone, and hopefully getting an out within the first three pitches. That will help toward another priority, which is getting starters deeper into games.Callaway will be attempting that without the marquee names he had in Cleveland or New York, but with inconsistent veterans like Heaney and Bundy, and inexperienced young pitchers like Griffin Canning, Patrick Sandoval and José Suarez.“When I got (to Cleveland) it was very similar,” Callaway said. “Very good stuff. Pretty good strikeout numbers. The walks were too high. They weren’t willing to throw the ball over the plate. We talked constantly about throwing strikes. We just beat it into them, every single day.”NOTESThe Angels were scheduled to open Cactus League play with split-squad games on Saturday, but both were rained out. The game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale was cancelled, but the home game against the Kansas City Royals was rescheduled for Mar. 6. The Angels were scheduled to play the Royals at Surprise that day, so now that will become a split-squad with games in both parks…The Angels last spring training rainout was Mar. 8, 2013. That game was called in the third inning…The Angels had been scheduled to wear Orange Coast College caps on Saturday in memory of coach John Altobelli, who died along with his wife and daughter in the helicopter crash that also killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and four others. The Angels will now wear the caps on Tuesday, because that’s the day that most of the regulars will be playing…Ty Buttrey, who is out with a strained oblique, has continued to throw, and he said he is expecting to be able to throw off a mound by Thursday. Buttrey is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousNew Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway watches spring training workouts next to his pitchers on Friday in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks to his pitchers during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway speaks about his philosophies outside the clubhouse last week at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. After his difficult two-year tenure as the New York Mets’ manager ended last fall, Callaway says he is energized by his return to a familiar role as he becomes a key assistant to new Angels manager Joe Maddon. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway watches spring training workouts next to his pitchers on Friday in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 6New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandTEMPE, Ariz. — Mickey Callaway’s strategy for fixing the Angels’ pitching staff is a simple one, the most basic idea that every coach tells his pitchers from Little League to the major leagues.“We have to throw strikes,” the Angels’ new pitching coach said. “That’s going to be our mission. We’re going to try to throw more strikes than anybody else in the league. If we can do that, we’re going to be where we need to be.”The Angels were dead last in the majors in 2019, throwing just 62.3 percent of their pitches for strikes. No surprise, then, that they were 25th with a 5.12 ERA.Callaway, however, has been here before. 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Issues with MLB coronavirus testing process disrupt Angels workouts

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels ended up turning a morning workout into an optional afternoon workout, with only about a dozen players actually working out on the field at Angel Stadium.Manager Joe Maddon said it was prudent to simply allow most of the players to stay home because of the uncertainty, but he did not sound concerned that there was a larger issue with the testing.“I believe this will be a short lived situation,” Maddon said Monday. “I think it has a lot to do with the Fourth of July. That’s my opinion. I want to believe that everything will get straightened out relatively soon. I have not lost any confidence.”As MLB attempts to forge ahead with a season amid the coronavirus pandemic, all players are supposed to be tested at least every 48 hours. The tests are administered by an outside company, which runs them through a lab in Salt Lake City.On Sunday, the testers did not arrive at either Angel Stadium or Long Beach State’s Blair Field, the alternate site the Angels are using for many of their players. The Angels instead collected the saliva samples with their own staff. Their workout on Monday had been scheduled to start at 9 a.m., but on Sunday night it was pushed back to noon and then on Monday morning it was pushed back to 1 p.m and changed to optional. As of Monday morning, they were expecting testers to be present on Monday. They will continue to work out later in the day to allow more time for the test results to be logged.Teams began reporting for summer camp last Wednesday, a process that involved extensive testing of all players and staffers who work closely with players. In order to participate, a person must receive a negative test for coronavirus.Many players throughout the majors have been absent from camps so far, and only a fraction of those have actually been reported to have positive tests. Many others are presumably still awaiting results, or awaiting results of tests from family members.So far different teams appear to be having different issues with the logistics of the testing.The A’s had a batch of their samples still awaiting transportation to Salt Lake City, apparently delayed because of the holiday. The Nationals, Astros and Cardinals canceled their workout on Monday because they hadn’t received the results of tests taken on Friday. The Diamondbacks delayed the start of their workout on Monday.The New York Yankees also apparently took the saliva samples themselves on Sunday when no tester showed up, but they did not alter their workout schedule.“The process has not been without some unforeseen difficulties, which are being addressed with the service providers that are essential to the execution of the protocols,” the MLB statement said. “It is important to be mindful that nearly all of the individuals have been tested as planned.  The health and safety of our players and employees will remain our highest priorities.”Maddon said he had not heard any complaints from Angels players, despite the issue on Sunday.“I didn’t have one guy come up to me yesterday complaining about anything,” Maddon said. “So I didn’t look for it. Today so far, nobody has contacted me.”GAME TIME … SORT OFThe Angels are scheduled for their first intrasquad game on Tuesday. Andrew Heaney and Shohei Ohtani will be the two starting pitchers, with Heaney throwing about four innings and Ohtani working two or three, Manager Joe Maddon said.Maddon said the game will also include most of the everyday players, although there won’t necessarily be two lineups or traditional innings. For example, Maddon said they may have coaches playing the outfield. Hitters will get as many at-bats as they need.“You want to make sure the varsity feels good about themselves by the time they leave,” Maddo said. “They will get plenty of opportunity on the field. Right now that we’re unable to bring other teams in and play normal competitive baseball, this is the best way to get things done.”The Angels are scheduled to have some sort of intrasquad game just about every day for the next couple weeks.ALSOMaddon said he had no updates on any of the players who have not yet begun workouts, the most prominent of which is Julio Teheran. Teams are prohibited from giving information about coronavirus-related absences without the player’s consent. Players also could be missing simply because they haven’t yet received results.center_img A day after officials contracted by Major League Baseball failed to show up to administer the Angels’ coronavirus tests, the team twice delayed its workouts to accommodate the tests.At least five other teams — the Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland A’s, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals  — have had workouts delayed or canceled because of logistical issues with testing in the past 24 hours.MLB released a statement on Monday afternoon acknowledging issues with the testing.“We have addressed the delays caused by the holiday weekend and do not expect a recurrence,” the statement said. “We commend the affected Clubs that responded properly by cancelling workouts.”last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers overcome adversity, Golden State Warriors to advance to NBA conference semifinals

first_imgNext victim.The Clippers over the past week have had to endure one of the bigger sports scandals in recent memory, no thanks to the racist comments of since-banned team owner Donald Sterling caught on tape.Battered but unbowed, they found a way to weather a hurtful and emotional storm when they defeated the Golden State Warriors 126-121 on Saturday to win Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series before 19,543 at Staples Center.The Clippers win the series 4-3 and advance to the conference semifinals and will play Game 1 at Oklahoma City on Monday. The Warriors, though they played a gallant series, will head home to Oakland, their season over. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was an incredible back-and-forth game with plenty of heroics.The Clippers trailed almost all of the first 2 1/2 quarters before they finally took the lead for the first time at 73-72 on a basket by J.J. Redick. The Clippers lead 87-84 heading into the fourth quarter.The Clippers led 103-96, but then the Warriors came back to take a 107-106 lead on a 3-pointer by Andre Iguodala with 4:24 to play. But the Clippers were not going to roll over on their homecourt and when Blake Griffin threw down a dunk with 1:54 to play, they were up 112-109.The Warriors called time out to set up the final moments of a real thriller.Blake Griffin, who led the Clippers with 24 points, made a layup then rolled over backward after hitting the floor for a 116-111 lead. Leading 118-115, DeAndre Jordan threw down a dunk off a lob by Griffin for a 120-115 lead.center_img But Draymond Greed nailed a 3-point basket to get the Warriors within 120-118 with 13 seconds to play. The Clippers’ J.J. Redick made two free throws with 12.1 seconds to play. Stephen Curry then threw up an air ball, and Chris Paul made two free throws for a 124-118 lead.Curry came back and made a 3-pointer to cut his team’s deficit to 124-121, but Darren Collison made two free throws with two seconds left to seal Golden State’s fate.Paul scored 22 points and had 14 assists for the Clippers and Jamal Crawford added 22 points. Redick scored 20 points.Curry led the Warriors with 33 points, Green had 24 and Klay Thompson 15.The Clippers trailed almost all of the first 2 1/2 quarters before they finally took the lead for the first time at 73-72 on a basket by J.J. Redick. The Clippers led 87-84 heading into the fourth quarter.The Warriors didn’t waste any time jumping on the Clippers and led seven points at 15-8 with the game just over four minutes old. They led 19-10 on a dunk by Iguodala at the 6:20 mark, but the Clippers fought back with a 6-0 run that culminated with a 3-footer by DeAndre Jordan to get within 19-16.Los Angeles got to within 23-21 on an 18-footer by Chris Paul, but Golden State finished the quarter on 9-1 run to lead 32-22 heading into the second quarter.The Warriors up their advantage to 34-22 at the outset of the second on two free throws by Curry, but then it was the Clippers’ time to get their fans revved up a bit.Beginning with two free throws by Darren Collison, they outscored the Warriors 7-0 to cut their deficit to 34-29.Los Angeles kept at Golden State, thanks in large part to sixth-man Jamal Crawford. When Crawford hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw, the Warriors’ lead was down to 45-43.Down 49-44, Crawford buried another 3-pointer to get again get close at 49-47. Paul tied it 49-49 on a 16-footer with 3:58 left before intermission.Undaunted, the Warriors outscored the Clippers 15-7 the rest of the way to take a 64-56 lead into the break.Golden State shot 58.5 percent in the half, the Clippers 51.3. Crawford and Griffin both had 13 points in the half for Los Angeles, as did Stephen Curry and Draymond Green for Golden State.Before the game, the coaches engaged each other in psychological warfare after Clippers coach Doc Rivers was informed that Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been saying all the pressure is on the Clippers.“You know, whatever. He’s been saying that for a while, so I think what he’s trying to say is, ‘Please, my team, you’ve gotta relax yourself because it’s all on them.’ I think that’s what Mark’s really saying.”The Clippers are the No. 3 seed, the Warriors are No. 6. That’s not to mention that although both teams are battling nagging injuries, Golden State has not had the services of its starting post – Andrew Bogut – all series because of a fractured rib.Jackson pointed some of that out about 15 minutes after Rivers spoke to reporters.“I appreciatre Doc,” Jackson said. “We’re trying to play chess, three’s no question about it. It’s high level, I’m in over my head.”Laughs all around.“But the facts remain that they have two of the top 10 players in the world (meaning Blake Griffin and Chris Paul), the facts tell me that they have the Sixth-Man of the Year (Jamal Crawford), the facts tell me that have a future Hall of Fame coach.“The facts tell me that they’re a better basketball team over the course or 82 games, which made them the No. 3 seed, and have homecourt advantage in Game 7. So the facts are that they’re the better basketball team up until this point. And the pressure is on them to finish off a No. 6 seed.”last_img read more

Chris Paul and Clippers go wild on Thunder in 122-105 romp in Game 1

first_imgGame 2 is here Wednesday.Paul made his first eight 3-point baskets on his way to a game-high 32 points. He had 17 first-quarter points and made all five of his 3-pointers in those first 12 minutes. He made 12 of 14 from the field overall and, showing he’s human on a night when he was otherworldly, missed his ninth 3-point attempt.Keep in mind Paul is nursing a sore right hamstring. He didn’t look like it, though. He did not play in the fourth quarter. Neither did three of the other starters. They didn’t have to.“Me and Blake (Griffin) talked about it at shootaround this morning,” Paul said. “We were still a little tight from the traveling, but we talked about it and said, ‘At 8:30, we’ve gotta be ready to go.’“So I came over here early before the game and got a lot of shots up, so I think that had a lot to do with it.” OKLAHOMA CITY >> Chris Paul, Mr. 3-pointer.“That’s what I do, that’s what I do. That’s a lie,” he said, laughing.Paul and the rest of the Clippers were in a terrific mood late Monday, and for good reason. Thanks to a prolific shooting night by Paul and just a strong, overall performance by the entire team, the Clippers walloped the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series in front of 18,203 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.The fans who were loud at the outset quickly were hushed by Paul and Co. The game was not that close, either, as the Clippers led by as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Paul also had 10 assists.Clippers coach Doc Rivers noticed Griffin didn’t go to the post as much as usual because he saw how hot Paul was at the outset, so he stayed outside more to help set screens.“When somebody’s going like that, you just want to try to stay out of the way as much as possible, but also help keep that fire going,” Griffin said.Thunder coach Scott Brooks was stunned, to be sure. Like the Clippers, his team had just survived a tough, seven-game first-round series. But as the No. 2 seed, Oklahoma City had home-court advantage. Not anymore.“Chris Paul had an unbelievable 3-point night,” Brooks said. “We have to do a better job of guarding the line and guarding the ball.”The Thunder actually led 16-10 before Paul went off. By the time the first quarter ended, the Clippers were up 39-25. They led 69-52 at intermission and 104-76 entering the fourth quarter.Griffin contributed 23 points, five rebounds and five assists. Jamal Crawford had 17 points off the bench and went 6 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range.The Clippers shot 54.9 percent (45 of 82) overall from the field, including 51.7 percent (15 of 29) from beyond the arc.J.J. Redick had 12 points for the Clippers and Matt Barnes had 10.Russell Westbrook scored 29 for Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant had 25.Westbrook was asked if his team may have let up after starting off well.“I don’t think we relaxed, they just hit some tough shots,” he said.Westbrook and Durant understandably were disappointed.“It’s a quick turnaround, we only have a day between games,” Durant said. “That’s the best part about it.”The Clippers’ bench had 38 points, which was good but not spectacular. Still, Rivers correctly noted the second unit built a 14-point first-quarter lead to 19 points in the second.“Other than Chris Paul setting the tone, I thought the bench was the key to the game tonight,” Rivers said.Crawford said he liked what the team did as a whole.“Coach said it was one of our most complete wins, top to bottom,” he said. “I think Chris came in and set the tone, being aggressive like that.”Paul is a career 35.7 percent shooter from 3-point range.last_img read more

Marlins’ Jose Fernandez won’t face Dodgers, may need Tommy John surgery

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The 21-year-old, considered one of the game’s best young pitchers, has been clocked throwing as fast as 100 mph.“He’s not a guy that’s fun to face or easy for anybody,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “On the other side, you don’t want a guy to be hurt. He’s good for our game. We all want to see this be a minor thing.”The Marlins recalled left-handed reliever Dan Jennings from Triple-A to take Fernandez’s roster spot. Manager Mike Redmond mentioned left-hander Brad Hand and right-hander Kevin Slowey as possibilities to start Wednesday’s game. Miami could also recall a starting pitcher from the minor leagues.“We’re going to take every precaution necessary,” Redmond said. “He said he had discomfort, so we immediately are going to give him treatment and the rest that he needs. Hopefully he just has to take a little bit of a break. Obviously, you’re always concerned (if a pitcher needs Tommy John surgery) when you talk about an elbow. But that’s something we have to wait to find out.”The Dodgers haven’t seen much of Hand in the past. Justin Turner has one hit in three career at-bats against the left-hander, Yasiel Puig is 1 for 1 and Dee Gordon and Chone Figgins are both 0 for 1 in their careers against Hand. Slowey has been rather miserable against the Dodgers in his career. Scott Van Slyke (1 for 1), Turner (1 for 3), Miguel Olivo (1 for 1, HR), Matt Kemp (1 for 3), Adrian Gonzalez (1 for 6), Andre Ethier (1 for 4) and Carl Crawford (1 for 3) all have hits against the right-hander.Paul Maholm is scheduled to start Wednesday for the Dodgers.Ellis set to returnDodgers catcher A.J. Ellis caught six innings for Triple-A Albuquerque and will return to Los Angeles today. Ellis, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee five weeks ago today, can be activated from the 15-day disabled list at any time.In two rehab games with the Isotopes, Ellis went 2 for 5 with a walk and a home run. Monday, Ellis went 1 for 3 with a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the El Paso Chihuahuas. It was the first home run ever to clear Southwest University Park’s 35-foot wall in left field.Mattingly said Sunday that the Dodgers won’t carry three catchers once Ellis is activated from the DL. That means that either Miguel Olivo or Drew Butera, neither of whom can be optioned to the minor leagues, is likely to be designated for assignment. The other will remain as Ellis’ backup. Butera entered Monday’s game with a .227 batting average and got the catching assignment. Olivo entered the game riding an 0-for-11 streak that dropped his average to .217.AlsoMattingly said prior to the game that third baseman Juan Uribe will not need to be placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Uribe took infield and batting practice for the first time since suffering the injury. … Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) played long toss and threw to a crouching catcher from flat ground for the second day.center_img The Dodgers don’t know who their opposing starter will be Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, but it won’t be Jose Fernandez.The Miami Marlins’ misery greatly overshadows the Dodgers’ uncertainty. Fernandez, the reigning National League rookie of the year, has a sprained ligament in his right elbow. In a worst-case scenario, he will need season-ending Tommy John surgery.Fernandez met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday in Los Angeles and flew back to Miami for a second opinion from Dr. Lee Kaplan, the Marlins’ medical director. According to multiple reports Monday, the team is bracing for the worst-case scenario.Fernandez is 4-2 with a 2.44 earned-run average and an MLB-best 70 strikeouts this season. He is believed to have suffered the sprain in his most recent start, Friday in San Diego, when the right-hander uncharacteristically was shelled for six runs in five innings.last_img read more

Justin Turner’s home run makes a winner out of Rich Hill in his Dodgers debut

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Amazon Prime offers same-day delivery. The Dodgers had to be more patient.Twenty-three days after they traded three well-regarded prospects to the Oakland A’s for outfielder Josh Reddick and someone suited to fill the void at the front of their starting rotation, Rich Hill finally made his debut for the Dodgers.There was no buyer’s remorse. Hill looked like the top-tier starter the Dodgers thought they were getting – and have sorely lacked since Clayton Kershaw went to the DL. He pitched six scoreless innings Wednesday night as the Dodgers won, 1-0.“I’m not surprised. That’s Rich,” Reddick said. “I’ve seen it all year. “It just shows what a competitor he is. He hasn’t pitched in over a month and he goes out there and shuts down a lineup like that.”Justin Turner provided the night’s only offense, ruining Giants starter Johnny Cueto’s own gem with a solo home run in the fourth inning. The home run was the Dodgers’ first hit of the game and one of only five they managed in the game.With back-to-back wins over Madison Bumgarner and Cueto, the Dodgers have continued the Giants’ second-half freefall. They are 11-25 since the All-Star break (the worst record in baseball over that time) ceding 9½ games to the Dodgers since the break. The Dodgers have gone from 6 ½ games down to a season-high three games up, assuring themselves of a victory in the first of three series between the two rivals over the final seven weeks of the season.“We’re not panicking, I don’t think,” Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford said. “Yeah, we haven’t been playing well but hopefully we’ll turn it around.“I think a clubhouse full of guys that have been through tough times before, that have pulled out and been a World Series-winning team – we’ve been through tough stretches before, we wound up winning the World Series at the end of the year.”center_img Hill came just as advertised in the catalog. He kept the Giants off balance with a variety pack of off-speed pitches – one of which floated up toward the plate at 52 mph.The Giants had five hits in Hill’s six innings. All were singles and only one baserunner reached second base. That came in the first inning when Buster Posey’s two-out single was followed by Hunter Pence just beating out an infield single on a ground ball to third.Hill didn’t walk a batter and 63 of his 81 pitches were strikes. It was only the ninth “quality start” (six innings or more, three runs or fewer) by a Dodgers pitcher in 35 games since the All-Star break.“He knew exactly what he wanted to do,” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “He got a lot of pop ups, a lot of soft grounders. He got ahead of hitters and knew how to put them away.”Hill had not pitched since July 17 when a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand ripped open five pitches into a start for the Oakland A’s. Before that he had made only two starts since the end of May due to a groin injury and the blister problem.“There’s nothing I can control about that,” Hill said of his delayed debut. “The only thing I can control is to go out there and continue to pitch with conviction and passion and intensity. In conjunction with staying in the moment, anything outside of that is really irrelevant.”Roberts gladly accepted the gift of six innings from a starting pitcher – something he has gotten just 16 times in the past 49 games (since Clayton Kershaw’s last start on June 26) – and manipulated his bullpen to make the one-run lead stand up over the final three innings.Pedro Baez and Adam Liberatore tag-teamed the seventh inning. But Joe Blanton found himself with runners on the corners and two outs in the eighth with the left-handed Crawford coming up. Rookie left-hander Grant Dayton was warming up in the bullpen as Roberts went out to the mound.“I wanted to go out there and look in his eyes and check on him a little bit, see how he felt,” Roberts said. “I know he used a lot of energy with those first four hitters. But as I went out there I just knew he had to stay in there. It’s the confidence I have in Joe Blanton.”Roberts might have regretted that decision for a split second as Crawford sent Reddick back to the wall in right field to haul in his drive.“I felt much better after it went in Reddick’s glove,” Roberts said. “Regardless of the outcome, he got ahead two strikes. I still liked that matchup.”Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 37th save of the season.“This group has been in this position before. They’re battle-tested,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Every day we think, ‘Hey, it’s our day to come out of this.’ They’re going out there, going hard early. We put pressure on them. They got the big hit and we didn’t.”last_img read more

Rich Hill struggles with command in Dodgers’ 12-5 loss

first_imgRoberts offered that Hill’s fiery nature on the mound might be getting in his way, causing him to focus too much on “some grounders that had eyes” in the first innings rather than moving to the next pitch. Honeycutt explained that Hill has had to fight a number of things since spring training (including his recurring blister problem) that have prevented him from getting “on a regular roll.”“We’ve seen good innings then bad innings,” Honeycutt said. “So it’s there. It’s just the consistency part.”The second inning was another bad inning. Hill gave up an RBI double to Jose Ramirez and a 414-foot home run to Encarnacion.He did make it through two more uneventful innings but his pitch count was at 93 as he took the mound for the fifth inning. The Dodgers had closed to within a run by then thanks to Cody Bellinger’s 18th home run of the season in the fourth inning then back-to-back doubles by Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig plus a two-run home run by Chris Taylor in the fifth.That was the high point of the afternoon for the Dodgers.With Kenta Maeda no longer a long reliever – he will start Sunday in order to give the rest of the rotation an extra day’s rest – Roberts sent Hill back out for the fifth. He walked the first batter he faced and gave up a single to Carlos Santana before Ross Stripling replaced Hill. Lonnie Chisenhall launched Stripling’s second pitch into the right field seats for a three-run home run. The Indians added three more in the sixth to break the game open.“I think his value and any top-end starter is to give you a chance to win , No. 1, but also take care of the ’pen on days that he starts. He’s clearly aware of that,” Roberts said of Hill’s failure Thursday.“For us to win a championship, he’s got to be good and be in the rotation. But obviously he knows he’s got to get better and he’s trying.” Acquired at the trade deadline last season in a deal that cost the Dodgers three top pitching prospects and re-signed to a three-year, $48 million contract this past winter, the Dodgers envisioned Hill being a dominant starter to pair with Clayton Kershaw. They have seen only flashes of that – and none of it this season.The seven runs charged to Hill are the most he has allowed in a game since June 30, 2009 for the Baltimore Orioles (when he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings) and raised his ERA through eight starts this season to 5.14 with an unsightly 1.69 WHIP bloated by 23 walks and four hit batters in only 35 innings. He has yet to throw a pitch in the sixth inning of a game this season – despite throwing more pitches Thursday (105) than he has in a start since May 2016.“There are no excuses,” Hill said, hitting himself harder than the Indians did during a three-run first inning that featured three consecutive ground ball singles, a hit batter, a bases-loaded walk and an infield single. “At the end of the day, when you stink, you stink and I’m not making any excuses for that.“Results obviously need to be better, at the end of the day – striking the curveball better, sequences, getting ahead with the curveball, being able to actually have that work for you would be huge for me. I’m missing a little bit on that right now. Other than that, I don’t think it has anything to do with mechanics. I don’t think it has anything to do with anything physically. I don’t think it’s anything mentally. It’s just about going out there and making better pitches. That’s it.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt were much less effective in trying to explain Hill’s struggles this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img CLEVELAND >> After giving up seven runs in the Dodgers’ 12-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday afternoon, Rich Hill dismissed physical issues, mechanical problems in his delivery and a lack of focus or composure as being responsible for his season-long struggles.So what is the problem?“Sucking,” Hill said, his normally affable personality replaced by disgust and disappointment with the latest in a string of starts that have fallen far short of his and the Dodgers’ expectations.“I mean, that’s really it. At the end of the day, that’s what it is.”last_img read more

Dodgers extend winning streak to nine

first_imgThe last time he pitched in Miami before Sunday was last Sept. 10, when Hill threw seven perfect innings. He was then removed due to a pitch-count restriction with much ballyhoo. Manager Dave Roberts faced no such dilemma this time.Besides the fact that Hill’s fingers have been blister-free since May, he allowed a double to Ozuna to begin the second inning. Hill got out of that jam and mostly succeeded in avoiding stressful situations. The left-hander allowed just one run on five hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out nine, two shy of his season high.“The last five or so outings have been really good,” Hill said. “Today was no different: just attacking the hitters. Austin (Barnes) did a great job behind the dish.”“He was in complete control today,” Roberts said of Hill. “Some of the best stuff he’s had all year.”Since compacting his windup with help from pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Hill has a 1.45 ERA in five starts dating to June 21. He has 44 strikeouts in 31 innings over that span.Sunday, he pitched all five innings with a lead.Turner’s solo home run against Marlins starter Chris O’Grady (1-1), his 11th this season, gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Turner’s sacrifice fly in the third inning allowed Logan Forsythe to tag up and score the Dodgers’ second run.Chris Taylor’s triple, followed by a single by Barnes, made it 3-0 in the fourth inning.Miami got its only run against Hill in the fifth inning on a fluky infield single by a future Hall of Famer.With one out, former Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis lined a double to left field. A single by J.T. Riddle sent Ellis to third. With the ninth spot in the batting order due up, Marlins manager Don Mattingly removed O’Grady and inserted Ichiro Suzuki.Suzuki’s 3,055th career hit was a tapper back to the pitcher’s mound, and it caught Hill off balance. The pitcher fell down. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager retrieved the ball but had no play as Ellis scored easily.“They hung in there. They were fighting. You could see it,” Roberts said. “For us to still find a way to win says a lot about our guys.” MIAMI >> The Dodgers won their ninth consecutive game Sunday. Their 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins completed their 11th series sweep and lifted their record to 64-29, the best mark in baseball.After a day off Monday, the Dodgers will begin a two-game series against the Chicago White Sox in their most comfortable position this year. They hold a 101/2-game lead in the NL West over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who lost their fifth consecutive game Sunday. Only the Houston Astros lead their division by a greater margin.It remains to be seen if the Dodgers’ current streak — 29 wins in their past 33 games — is their new reality or a mere twist of fortune. Either way, it’s been short on drama. The Marlins at least made the series finale interesting at the end.After Dee Gordon reached on an infield single off Brandon Morrow to begin the eighth inning, then advanced on Kenley Jansen’s balk — his first in six years — he scored on Christian Yelich’s single to narrow the Dodgers’ lead to a single run. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Jansen ultimately locked down a save, his 23rd in 23 tries this year. Even that required a diving stop by Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner on a ground ball to his left, robbing J.T. Riddle for the game’s final out.“I think a lot of offensive guys are going to be really happy to get out of this place,” Turner said of Marlins Park. “If we were at home at Dodger Stadium, we might have hit 20 homers this series, but this place is enormous. They have a very athletic outfield, they cover a lot of ground. They made a lot of good plays today. The whole series, really.”The most memorable play Sunday was a wall-scaling, home run-robbing catch by left fielder Marcell Ozuna, reaching high above the rail to snatch Kiké Hernandez’s blast before it could fall in the Dodgers bullpen in the sixth inning. The Dodgers made five other outs on the warning track.Ultimately the long outs didn’t matter. Dodgers starter Rich Hill (6-4) continued his resurgence by pitching five strong innings, and the bullpen survived its eighth-inning hiccup. The Dodgers hadn’t swept a three-game series against the Marlins since 2008.“Today’s win was a great team win,” Hill said. “You saw great defense. The offense came through. And the bullpen has been tremendous. You can say that it starts with the starters. It’s really all 25 guys in here that are coming to compete every single day and bringing their best out on the field. It’s a lot of fun to see.”last_img read more

Dodgers at Pirates: Ryu vs. Kuhl, Thursday’s TV, time & more

first_imgTHE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP HYUN-JIN RYU (4-6, 3.45)Vs. Pirates: 3-0, 2.79At PNC Park: 1-0, 2.57Hates to face: David Freese, 4 for 8 (.500), 2B DODGERS at PIRATESWhen: Thursday, 1 p.m.Where: PNC ParkTV: SportsNet LA Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Loves to face: Starling Marte, 2 for 9 (.222), 2 KsPIRATES RHP CHAD KUHL (6-8, 4.52)Vs. Dodgers: 2-1, 5.06At PNC Park: 6-7, 5.48Hates to face: Justin Turner, 2 for 4 (.500), 2B, HRLoves to face: Chris Taylor, 0 for 2last_img read more

Has history changed sides for Dodgers-Cubs NLCS rematch?

first_img Sculpture harvests kernels of creativity PreviousDodger pitcher Kenta Maeda works out at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Yasiel Puig practices long throws. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger manager Dave Roberts keeps an eye on Chris Taylor during practice. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsEnrique Hernandez blows a bubble while making a throw. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez do some fielding drills under the watchful eye of Manager Dave Roberts. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)(l-r) Kyle Farmer, Joc Pederson and Justin Turner enjoy a lighter moment during practice. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Yasiel Puig practices his long throws, playing catch from the 3rd base line with a ball boy in right field. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers players work out at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon, something the Cubs elected to skip after an arduous cross-country flight. The Dodgers are the more rested team and have home-field advantage in their NLCS rematch with the Chicago Cubs, things that were not in their favor a year ago. (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Pitcher Yu Davish takes batting practice. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)(l-r) Kyle Farmer, Joc Pederson and Justin Turner enjoy a lighter moment during practice. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitchers Yu Darvish and Rich Hill get ready to take batting practice. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Yu Darvish. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Pitcher Yu Darvish. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Pitcher Rich Hill stretches before practice. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitchers Yu Darvish and Rich Hill get ready to take batting practice. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger Pitcher Rich Hill helps gather up balls during batting practice. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Pitcher Rich Hill gets some practice on how to handle a bunt. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers work out at Thursday evening as the Nationals-Cubs game plays on the Dodger Vision screen Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw works out at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger Yasiel Puig during batting practice at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Clayton Kershaw works out with teammates at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Kenley Jansen works out with teammates at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger stadium is ready for the NLCS beginning Saturday. The Dodgers held a work-out at the stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works out with teammates on Thursday evening at Dodger Stadium. The franchise hasn’t been this well situated going into an NLCS in more than 30 years, with home-field advantage, its pitching rotation lined up and an opponent that was pushed to the brink in a weather-plagued, five-game NLDS. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Clayton Kershaw works in the bull pen at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger Justin Turner during a work-out at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talks with the media at a Dodger work-out at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers batting hats and bats ready for a work-out at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Kenta Maeda works out at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Yasiel Puig practices long throws. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 28Yasiel Puig practices long throws. The Dodgers will play host to the first two games of the National League Championship series agaist the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles, CA 10/13/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Life doesn’t offer many ‘do-overs.’You can’t rewind to the pivotal moments in your past and say “I’ll pass” when you said “I do.” You can’t go back and stop yourself from drunkenly pointing to the Chinese character you thought symbolized serenity and baring your arm or deciding that ‘business-in-front/party-in-back’ was the right look for that job interview.But the Dodgers are getting a second chance.For the second year in a row, the Dodgers will face the Chicago Cubs with a ticket to the World Series at stake. And it is just what they wanted. For the Record: Big Brown’s trainer `must’ blame Desormeaux Right-hander Kenta Maeda didn’t wait. He said he walked through the crowds “for awhile” to catch an Uber out of there.“Their team was really on a mission. The crowd was really intense,” Maeda said through his interpreter. “That’s what I remember.”The memories were refreshed when the Dodgers’ 2017 schedule took them back to Chicago on their first trip of the season. The Cubs had ceremonies before two of the three games – to raise the championship banner one day and pass out the championship rings another.“I was in the clubhouse. It was cold,” Kike’ Hernandez recalled. “It was an unnecessarily long ceremony. We were inside chilling, staying warm.”All of that was “a lot” to take, Jansen admits, and only added fuel to the fire the Dodgers brought into the 2017 season. When the Cubs came to Los Angeles in June, the Dodgers shut them out twice and swept the series by a combined score of 18-4.“It was tough, man. To see how the fans got on us. They were celebrating and how wild they were,” Jansen said. “The following year comes and they do the ring ceremony.“I’m excited for this series. We have another shot at them. We respect who they are and we have another shot to compete against them.”They have more than a shot. The same forces that conspired to rub in last year’s NLCS loss to the Cubs seem to be working in the Dodgers’ favor now. They head into this year’s NLCS with more advantages than in any of their previous four trips over the past 10 years.The Dodgers had the home-field advantage just once in those previous four NLCS (2008, 2009, 2013 and 2016). They lost the first game in all four and found themselves down 2-0 twice.Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw are the only Dodgers to be part of each of the five NLCS appearances.“Maybe just letting the situation, the enormity of getting behind in a series and not figuring out a way to dig yourself out of it and letting that pressure … weigh on you and grind away rather than going out there and just focusing on the task of winning games,” Ethier said of what went wrong those years.A year ago, the Dodgers stumbled into Chicago spent – and perhaps still a little hungover – from an epic Game 5 in their NLDS against the Washington Nationals, their pitching in disarray.This time, the Dodgers are rested and re-aligned, benefiting from a four-day break before each of their playoff series so far. The Cubs, meanwhile, survived their own epic Game 5 in Washington and had their cross-country flight diverted to Albuquerque for five hours early Friday morning.When Cubs manager Joe Maddon arrived at Dodger Stadium for an afternoon press conference, he didn’t even know – or didn’t want to reveal – who would start Game 1 for his team Saturday.“So we’re going to be tired tomorrow. Who cares?” Maddon said. “They’re going to be ready to play tomorrow. They’re going to be ready to play Sunday.”Maybe the shuffled pitching plans and troublesome travel won’t matter. Maybe whatever private grudges the Dodgers hold won’t matter either.“I just think we’re a deeper team,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said. “And obviously we have the experience of going to the LCS last year. We’re going to be better prepared.“I think preparation, home-field advantage … We do have some different pieces (like Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor and Yu Darvish). It’s going to be a tough series no matter who we face. But I think we’re a better team than last year.”And this time, they are the team with the long World Series drought to end. “To be honest with you – yes. Why not?” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen admitted. “If we want to win a championship, why not? Take down the champs. That’s the team to beat.”It’s more than that. The Cubs didn’t just beat the Dodgers in last year’s NL Championship Series. They rubbed it in – or circumstances did.Following the Cubs’ decisive victory in Game 6 of last year’s NLCS, the Wrigleyville neighborhood went briefly insane at the prospects of their 108-year wait for a World Series title being one step from ending. The streets around Wrigley Field were filled with partying fans.The police escort that was supposed to guide the Dodgers’ bus out of the stadium couldn’t get through the masses and the losing team was left for two hours in the cramped, moldy visitor’s clubhouse, waiting out the party in the one part of the old stadium that has been untouched by recent renovations.“Nothing. Just suck it up,” reliever Luis Avilan said of what the Dodgers did during that long wait. “Try to understand what happened, why we lost.” Lecture to focus on torture center_img Related Articles Angels don’t want to cruise into Oct. Top seed Ivanovic withdraws with hand injury, hopes to play U.S. Open Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

Ex-Laker Derek Fisher hoping to go out a champion one last time with Thunder

first_imgA sense of calmness radiated through Derek Fisher’s voice as he boarded the Thunder’s team plane, giving a sense that not much has changed since he wore a Lakers uniform.He’s averaging a career-low 2.7 points on 35.2-percent shooting, raising the never-ending gripes about Fisher’s age (39), a streaky shooting stroke and a lack of foot speed. Yet, his coaches and teammates endlessly laud him for his on-court hustle and locker-room leadership. But as he sat on the team plane before the Thunder traveled this week for a set of back-to-back games in Atlanta and Memphis, one significant backdrop was different.Fisher will retire after this season, putting an end to an 18-year career that brought him five NBA championships and becoming the league’s second-oldest player behind the Lakers’ Steve Nash. “I rarely use the word never, but I feel like this is a good opportunity to put a cap on a great career,” Fisher said in an interview this week with this newspaper. “I think we have a legitimate chance to make a run at the title.”Fisher’s quest to earn his sixth championship seems realistic. The Thunder (17-4) enter tonight’s game against the Lakers (10-11) at Chesapeake Energy Arena with a four-game winning streak, an undefeated home record (10-0) and the NBA’s leading scorer in Kevin Durant (28.4 points per game on 47.2-percent shooting). Fisher also notices Durant and Russell Westbrook adopting similar traits from Bryant that ensured five NBA titles. “Kevin has a lot of Kobe’s versatility. Kobe is a very versatile player and has all the skills. He can shoot, he can dribble, he can pass, he can defend and he wants to win,” Fisher said. “With Russell, I see similarities in the way that Kobe wanted to impose his will on every game. They try to physically dominate so they can attack the game. They have no conscience shooting the ball. They take and make the big shots and they play through their mistakes.”Bryant has played differently in two games since returning from a left Achilles tendon injury that sidelined him for eight months. Bryant has morphed between becoming a ball-handling point guard and off-ball screen setter instead of his usual dominant scoring role. He’s averaged 14.5 points on 40-percent shooting, 3.5 assists and 5.5 turnovers through two games, a far cry from his career averages of 25.5 points on 45.4-percent shooting and 4.7 assists. “It’s been difficult for him to persevere through all the different stages of rehab that he’s gone through just so he can come back,” Fisher said. “Now that he’s back on the court, I think there’s a new beginning. This is the first step. I see a very strong trajectory going up in the near future.”What will that entail?“When the switch goes on, it will go on to the way people are accustomed toward seeing Kobe Bryant play,” Fisher said. “It’s just a matter of time before that happens.”For Fisher’s sake, hopefully not quickly enough for Bryant to lead the Lakers out of a 12th-place standing in the Western Conference and unexpectedly spoil the Thunder’s title aspirations. A sixth NBA title for Fisher would put him in a tie with Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Scottie Pippen and Bob Cousy. Do Bryant and Fisher engage in friendly banter over who will end his career with the most rings?“That never comes up. In some ways, I can’t even fathom winning championships and looking up and not seeing him right there,” said Fisher, who played with Bryant for 12½ seasons before being traded in 2012 to Houston in a salary dump. “It’s hard to even have that kind of conversation. But at the same time, we’ll feel very driven to try to be on a championship team again before our career is over.”That’s why Fisher said he hasn’t planned yet for post-retirement. “I’m not going to want to necessarily just sit around the house, but I’ll take a step back from the grind of the NBA schedule and see where my heart and passion takes me,” said Fisher, who believes he’ll have some broadcasting opportunities. “I want to take a step back right after retiring from playing and see through conversations, meetings and discussions what would fit the best.”After serving as the president of the National Basketball Players Association during the 145-day lockout in 2011, Fisher also expressed interest in possible leadership positions. But Fisher still has to deal with an early termination lawsuit from former NBA players’ union executive director Billy Hunter that accuses Bryant and his agent Rob Pelinka of acting on behalf of Fisher by urging Hunter to accept a 50-50 split in of basketball-related income. Both sides eventually agreed to a near 50-50 split, but Fisher has denied he secretly negotiated with owners. “I don’t really lose a lot of sleep over it,” Fisher said. “We have attorneys who are doing the heavy lifting. It’s in the hands of the lawyers and the legal system. Hopefully something will get figured out and clarified pretty soon.” Instead, Fisher pledges he will focus his last NBA season, fulfilling a job description that sounds very familiar to Laker fans. “I’m trying to continue building this team in terms of the relationships. I think they appreciate feedback better when they know you more,” Fisher said. “If I make some shots, that’s great. But I’m always going to do a lot of other things that don’t necessarily show up in the stat sheet that helps my team win.”Fisher did that plenty of times with the Lakers, including his game-winner with .04 seconds left in the Lakers’ Game 5 win over the San Antonio Spurs in the 2004 West semifinals and his endless clutch shots in the 2009 NBA Finals and 2010 NBA playoffs en route to two championships.But Fisher talked more on the Lakers’ 2000 NBA season that ended the franchise’s 13-year championship drought and the “luck” he had in staying healthy on talented teams than rehashing his memorable playoff moments.“The success of our teams helped feed my development,” Fisher said. “But if you have a passion or love for something that you do, you’re willing to persevere and endure and fight through adversity and still enjoy the process of what you do.”Soon enough, the Thunder’s plane departed. Fisher had to go to fill that role one last time.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers podcast: Are Lakers veterans delivering?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Los Angeles wasn’t shy about spending during the summer’s free agency period, but the names they brought in were surprising to Laker fans and league analysts alike. As the season nears its midway points, are the Lakers getting the return on investment they expected from those moves? Mark Medina and Bill Oram break down each player and what he’s brought to the floor so far, with audio from head coach Luke Walton.Listen to the podcast.last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Wizards have ‘zero interest’ in dealing Bradley Beal

first_imgThe Wizards have not engaged in any trade talks for Beal, but they have received plenty of calls according to the report. The Wizards look extremely unlikely to trade guard Bradley Beal.Washington has “zero interest” in dealing Beal, according to a report from The Athletic which cites unidentified league sources. NBA trade rumors: Several teams interested in acquiring Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood NBA trade rumors: Knicks trying to deal Tim Hardaway Jr. to shed salarycenter_img Beal is in the middle of the best year of his career as he is averaging career highs in points (24.6), assists (5.1) and rebounds (5.0). Related News The team is also not considering trading forward Otto Porter Jr. at this point, but according to another report from The Athletic, how the next couple of weeks work out for the team could change its mind.Washington currently sports a 20-27 record and sits 2 1/2 games out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.last_img read more

40 mind-boggling Tom Brady playoff facts ahead of QB’s 40th playoff game

first_imgTom Brady will make his 40th postseason start when the Patriots take on the Rams in Super Bowl 53. Judging by the numbers, the 41-year-old future Hall of Fame quarterback continues to get better with age. He likely will not disappoint on the big stage he first took in Super Bowl 36 against the then-St. Louis Rams.Brady’s accomplishments through this run of nine Super Bowl appearances are almost impossible to believe. Here is a look at 40 postseason-related facts about the New England QB heading into his latest opportunity to add a sixth championship. 38. Brady is 29 of 47 for 311 yards in the Patriots’ last drive in those eight Super Bowls.39. In the game-winning drives against the Rams, Panthers, Seahawks and Falcons, Brady was a combined 24 of 29 for 241 yards.40. In the comeback against the Falcons, Brady was 21 of 27 for 246 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime. SUPER BOWL 53 PICKS:Predictions from SN’s team of expertsBrady playoff records1. Against the Rams, Brady will appear in his 40th playoff game for the Patriots — more playoff game appearances than 18 of the 32 NFL franchises. That includes the Bears, who have played in 36 playoff games.2. Brady has won 29 NFL playoff games as a starter. Only five NFL franchises have won at least 30 postseason games. That list includes New England (36), Pittsburgh (36), Dallas (35), Green Bay (34) and San Francisco (30).3. Brady has passed for 73 touchdowns in the playoffs. Joe Montana is second with 45. The next closest active QB is Aaron Rodgers with 36.4. Brady is the only NFL QB with more than 10,000 passing yards in the postseason (10,917 yards). That would rank 29th among active QBs in career regular-season passing yards behind Nick Foles (11,165).5. Brady has thrown the most interceptions in the playoffs (33), but it’s still just 0.85 interceptions per game in the postseason.6. Brady has thrown one interception or fewer in 29 of 39 playoff games. That includes 19 games with no interceptions.7. Brady set a personal postseason best with six touchdown passes against Denver in a 45-10 win against the Broncos in the AFC divisional playoffs on Dec. 1, 2014.8. Brady has passed for 300 or more yards in the postseason 16 times, and New England is 12-4 in those games.9. Brady owns a 20-3 record at home in the postseason. Only 14 NFL franchises have 20 playoff victories or more.10. Brady averages 279.9 passing yards per game in the postseason. The only Super Bowl-winning QBs with more are Drew Brees (317.3) and Kurt Warner (304.0).MORE: Best QB performances in SB historyTouchdown, Brady11. Brady scored New England’s only touchdown on a six-yard run in the Tuck Rule Game, a 16-13 win against the Raiders on Jan. 19, 2002, for his first playoff victory.12. Brady threw his first playoff touchdown pass in Super Bowl 36 against St. Louis with an eight-yard pass to David Patten.13. Brady threw his latest playoff touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett in the AFC championship game. Dorsett was nine when Brady led the Pats to their first Super Bowl victory. 23. Brady has led New England to 11 playoff victories in the last five seasons. Only seven other NFL QBs have 11 or more playoff victories in their careers.24. Brady has 16 more playoff wins than the next highest active QB. Roethlisberger ranks second among active QBs with 13.25. Brady has a .744 winning percentage in the postseason. That ranks first among QBs with at least 10 playoff wins. Terry Bradshaw, who was 14-5, ranks second with a .737 winning percentage.MORE: Brady among Super Bowl MVP whiffsBrady Super Bowl facts26. Against the Rams, Brady will start his ninth Super Bowl. John Elway is the only other QB in in NFL history with at least five Super Bowl starts.27. Brady can become the first QB to win six Super Bowls. Montana and Bradshaw each won four Super Bowls.28. Brady can become the first player to be on six Super Bowl-winning teams. Charles Haley played on five Super Bowl winners with the 49ers and Cowboys.29. Brady is the first player to play in nine Super Bowls.30. Brady is the only four-time Super Bowl MVP, with the latest being the comeback against the Falcons in Super Bowl 51.center_img 14. Brady has thrown a touchdown pass to 28 different players in the playoffs. Rob Gronkowski (12) has the most, followed by David Givens (seven), Danny Amendola (six) and Julian Edelman (five).15. Brady has thrown as many touchdowns in the playoffs to Randy Moss as he has Nate Solder, James Develin, Alge Crumpler and Bethel Johnson. All of those have players have caught one touchdown pass from Brady.16. Brady is famous for involving running backs, but only eight of his playoff touchdowns have been caught out of the backfield. That list includes James White (three), Shane Vereen (two), Kevin Faulk (one), Dion Lewis (one) and Danny Woodhead (one).MORE: Ranking all 52 Super Bowl winnersAgeless Brady17. Brady, 41, can become the oldest QB to win the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning was 39 when he and the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, slightly older than Brady at 39 when he won Super Bowl 51.18. Brady is 4-1 in playoff games since turning 40.19. Brady also is the second youngest QB to win a Super Bowl. He was 24 when the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl 36. Ben Roethlisberger was 23 when the Steelers won Super Bowl 40 four years later.20. In those five playoff games since turning 40, Brady averages 364.6 passing yards per game with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.21. In two playoff wins this season, Brady averages 345.5 passing yards per game and is completing 71.1 percent of his passes.22. Brady is 17 years and 72 days older than Rams QB Jared Goff, who is making his first Super Bowl appearance. 31. Brady has the career record for Super Bowl passing yards (2,576). He averages 322.0 passing yards per game with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions in the Super Bowl.32. Brady set the record for most passing yards in a Super Bowl with 505 in the Super Bowl 52 loss to the Eagles.33. Brady holds the Super Bowl record for consecutive completions in a Super Bowl with 16, which he set in Super Bowl 46 against the Giants.34. Brady has a 98.0 passer rating and 65.8 completion percentage in eight Super Bowl appearances.MORE: Ranking all 52 Super Bowl MVPsBrady in the clutch35. Brady led game-winning field goal drives against the Rams in Super Bowl 36 and Panthers in Super Bowl 38. He led the game-winning touchdown drives in Super Bowl 49 against the Seahawks and Super Bowl 51 against the Falcons.36. Brady is 82 of 127 (64.6 percent) for 879 yards in the fourth quarter of Super Bowls.37. Brady has six touchdowns and three interceptions in the fourth quarter or overtime of Super Bowls.last_img read more

Daisuke Matsuzaka sidelined again after pitching arm reportedly damaged by fan

first_imgInjuries kept Daisuke Matsuzaka from being a star in the major leagues. Now a journeyman in his native Japan, the right-hander is out of action again after a bizarre incident.The Associated Press reported this week that Matsuzaka, 38, was shut down by his current team, the Chunichi Dragons, after an “overzealous admirer” yanked his pitching arm while pursuing an autograph at a team event in Okinawa. The Dragons say Matsuzaka is dealing with shoulder pain and inflammation in the arm. Elbow injuries led to Tommy John surgery in mid-2011. Matsuzaka pitched in parts of three seasons in the majors (2012-14) after the procedure but could not get regular work until he became a swingman for the Mets in 2014.”Dice-K” did not pitch in 2015 or 2017 and threw just 21 innings total in 2016, counting a winter ball stint in Puerto Rico. He finally came back to make 11 starts (55 1/3 innings) for Chunichi last season, earning Comeback Player of the Year honors in the process.Now the comeback is on hold, and maybe over, depending on the severity of the injury. The fact Matsuzaka is still pitching may surprise observers who thought he was destined for a shortened career after being used heavily during his prep career in Japan.He was mostly healthy his first two MLB seasons after signing a six-year, $52 million free-agent contract with the Red Sox in the 2006 offseason. He made 32 starts in 2007 and 29 in 2008 for Boston. He would not make more than 25 starts in a season after that.MORE: Yankees’ Tanaka doesn’t want universal DH even after injurylast_img read more

MLB 2019 preview: AL West position battles to watch

first_imgSo Seattle is where we start our position battles to watch in the AL West.Mariners — Left field, shortstopWe couldn’t just pick one position here because these two spots are just too intriguing. After acquiring both Jay Bruce and Domingo Santana this offseason, left field looks packed in Seattle. Both players present interesting skill sets as Bruce used to be an MVP candidate and Santana showed himself to be one of the best pinch-hitters in all of MLB last season.But this is the AL, there isn’t much need for pinch-hitters and Jerry Dipoto didn’t pick up Santana to sit on the bench. This could turn into a platoon situation, as they line up well for that possibility.Come to hear Jay Bruce chat with @ROOTSPORTS_NW about the upcoming season, stay to hear about the time he called the Kingdome to try and speak with Ken Griffey Jr. when he was nine years old. 😅 #MarinersST pic.twitter.com/pUbJMnczHp— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 27, 2019At shortstop it gets a little weird. Three years ago, having J.P. Crawford on your team was a huge asset. Now, he has been traded to the Mariners after he hasn’t shown he can hit at the MLB level and even has had struggles at Triple-A. But Tim Beckham, who will compete for the spot, hasn’t been much better in his career.Both players are former first-round picks who haven’t shown they can be much more than utility players in MLB. That alone should motivate someone to step his game up.Angels — Opening day starterThe Angels are pretty well set in the field, but their rotation is anything but decided. Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney have both shown flashes of greatness, but each player has had bouts with injuries as well.A slow motion look at Tyler Skaggs’ delivery pic.twitter.com/7MM9mB00ku— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) February 19, 2019Again, both of these guys are former first rounders who haven’t quite lived up to the billing yet. Maybe a battle for this spot could spur one or the other into a big season.Athletics — Second baseThis one could be a bit of a stretch. The Athletics traded for Jurickson Profar because they want him to be their second baseman. However, they also moved Franklin Barreto to second base because Marcus Semien was too good at short.A’s taking BP and HoFer Rickey Henderson is helpng @JURICKSONPROFAR with his swing. pic.twitter.com/YUlOsqUub5— Josh Shure 🌴 (@shure_joshua) February 20, 2019They clearly value both of these players and yet, Barreto doesn’t have a proven MLB track record and Profar has had one season where he has shown he can hit consistently. Either man could win this job but Profar clearly has the leg up.Astros — Fifth starterThis battle got a lot more interesting on Wednesday as rookie fireballer Josh James suffered an injury and is no longer in the running to compete for the spot. That leaves Framber Valdez, Cionel Perez and Brad Peacock as possible candidates for the spot.Framber Valdez was mentioned earlier this morning as a guy looking to earn the 5th spot in the starting rotation. Valdez got some work in with Pitching Coach Brent Strom during a bullpen session: #AstrosST pic.twitter.com/djVEJyidyp— SportsTalk 790 (@SportsTalk790) February 21, 2019All three players have shown good things in both the bullpen and the rotation (whether that be in MLB, or the minors in the case of Perez) and will be valuable at either spot. And in all honesty, they may just be holding a spot for Forrest Whitley, the game’s No. 1 pitching prospect. Still, it will be a fun battle for about a month. Rangers — Left fieldThe Rangers are odd because they seem to be pretty set at every position on the field and yet they’ll probably still lose more than 85 games. But if Texas wants to get better it has to start moving away from the three-true-outcomes guys across the board.It did that to an extent by giving Ronald Guzman the starting job at third base last year, and maybe it’s time to do it in left field as well. Willie Calhoun has not proven he can hit in the majors yet, however, he has proven to have good knowledge of the strike zone and ability to get on base in the minors. Texas needs a man like that in the lineup and if he hits he could force Joey Gallo out of the position.And lastly (for today), here’s @11WillieCalhoun taking a swing in the cage. This concludes today’s broadcast of slow motion szn pic.twitter.com/OMJ05GZ1bH— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) February 15, 2019Not out of the lineup. Don’t get us wrong there. But maybe Gallo has to move to third base and then Asdrubal Cabrera will be relegated to a bench spot. If Texas wants to improve, it should at least entertain this possibility. Every team in the American League West is chasing the Astros.While Houston is likely to lose 3/5 of the team’s starting rotation from a year ago, it still returns All-Star caliber players at five positions and two Cy Young candidates in the starting rotation. MLB 2019 preview: 5 prospect storylines to watch in spring training This team is good so every other team will have to make the most of their rosters to compete with Houston. For some, that will be a tougher task than others.And while the Mariners are likely to be one of the teams it will be tough for, they still have quite a bit of talent despite a lot of turnover. Related Newslast_img read more

David Pastrnak injury update: Bruins winger expected to return this week

first_img“I suspect if he doesn’t play tomorrow, Thursday will be a real good day.”Pastrnak last suited up Feb. 10 against Colorado, where he was held scoreless over 20:42 of ice time. Later that night, he fell while walking out of a sponsorship dinner and injured his left thumb. The club announced two days later that his injury would require surgery. He has missed the team’s last 16 games. David Pastrnak appears to be returning to the Bruins lineup this week, according to head coach Bruce Cassidy.”He’s a good player, we miss him,” said Cassidy, stating the obvious following the team’s practice Monday. “Practice today felt great, so he’s traveling with us, obviously. Could play tomorrow. … I’m not saying he will, but he’ll make that decision in conjunction with the medical staff, maybe as early as tomorrow after morning skate. So I would assume he’d be a game-time decision tomorrow. Pastrnak and several of his teammates attended a sponsorship dinner on Sunday night. At about 11:30, while walking to his transportation, Pastrnak fell and injured his left thumb.Team will know better in two weeks, but Pastrnak is expected to return and play this season.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 12, 2019Pastrnak was having a career year prior to the injury. In 56 games, the right wing netted 31 goals and 35 assists with a career-high 29 points on the power play. How he will play when he returns is anyone’s guess since he is a right-handed shot, meaning his left hand is his top and controlling hand.One thing is certain: Pastrnak will be reunited on the top line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The line was dominant before Pastrnak’s injury, and rejoining the trio is a “comfort level” for Pastrnak, noted Cassidy.The Bruins are embarking on a four-game road trip in which the 2014 first-round pick could return Tuesday against the Islanders or Thursday in New Jersey. With 10 games remaining, Boston sits four points ahead of Toronto in the battle for home-ice advantage in their expected first-round Atlantic Division matchup.last_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Suns to meet with guard Jimmer Fredette

first_imgThe former BYU star was originally selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft. The guard, however, struggled defensively and bounced around the league, playing four teams over five seasons. Related News Jimmer Fredette could be nearing a return to the NBA.The Suns are planning to meet with the 30-year-old guard Thursday, according to a report from 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. The team has an open roster spot and could sign Fredette for the rest of 2018-19, the report says. Fredette had been playing for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. But, they were eliminated from the playoffs and their season came to an end earlier this week, according to the report. Kobe Bryant gives advice to LeBron James: ‘You just gotta keep pushing’center_img Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gives Dwyane Wade special gifts before final matchup Fredette, who last played in the NBA game with the Knicks in 2015-16, has averaged six points and 1.4 assists over 235 career games. He has shot 38.1 percent from behind the 3-point line.last_img read more

Texas A&M hires Buzz Williams as basketball coach

first_imgMy family & I are overwhelmed with thankfulness 🙏🏿 and honored to return home 🏡 to Texas A&M ➕ @aggieMBK! 🏀We are excited about the future, and can’t wait to 👀 the @12thman again tomorrow.#GigEm👍🏼— Buzz Williams (@TeamCoachBuzz) April 3, 2019Williams, who spent the last five seasons at Virginia Tech, will take over a Texas A&M program that went 14-18 this past season, missed out on the NCAA Tournament and fired Billy Kennedy on March 15.According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas A&M is expected to pay Williams at $3.5 million per year — a nice bump from Williams’ $3 million salary at Virginia Tech and Kennedy’s $2.45 million in 2018-19.Williams, 46, is fresh off leading Virginia Tech to a 23-7 regular season and an appearance in the Sweet 16 where the Hokies fell to Duke. He took the Hokies to the tournament in each of the last three seasons. “Thanks to our talented student-athletes, Coach Williams and his staff, Virginia Tech is now one of the most attractive jobs in the nation’s top basketball conference, the ACC,” Babcock continued. “I’m extremely confident that we’ll be able to identify and hire a new head coach who can further build on the success our men’s basketball program has achieved in recent years. Until we have our new head coach in place, we will have no further comment on our search process.” Prior to his stint with Virginia Tech, Williams led Marquette to five NCAA Tournament appearances in six seasons, including one Elite Eight trip and two other Sweet 16 berths. He was an assistant coach at Texas A&M from 2004-06 under Billy Gillispie.Kennedy tallied a 151-116 record during his time at Texas A&M. He reached two NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the Sweet 16 in both 2015-16 and 2017-18. UCLA job search: Jamie Dixon, Mick Cronin emerge as two top candidates, report says Kentucky, John Calipari agree to lifetime deal: ‘Where else would I want to coach?’center_img “Coach Williams made a very positive impact on the culture of our basketball program at Virginia Tech,” Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said. “We appreciate all that Buzz and his staff did for our students and our program. We wish Buzz, Corey and their family the very best as they return to their home state of Texas.” According to reports, Williams will be introduced by Texas A&M as early as Thursday, which the Texas native appeared to confirm in a subsequent tweet. Related News The Aggies have their man.Texas A&M has hired Buzz Williams as its new basketball coach as Williams’ former school, Virginia Tech, confirmed his departure.last_img read more

Heisler: LeBron James hand-delivers stars as Lakers keep flopping about

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Here’s how deftly LeBron James reached in his thumb and pulled out a plum.With two years on his contract in New Orleans, Anthony Davis hired LeBron’s agent, moved up his timetable and asked to be traded to the Lakers … even as they sank out of sight, despite Magic Johnson fleeing and the front office becoming a league-wide joke … culminating in last week’s agreement that will bring A.D. here.This looked like tampering with a capital T. The NBA just couldn’t prove it.If the league imposes draconian fines for mere flirting, this went far beyond Magic joking about going “wink wink” at Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel’s show or GM Rob Pelinka emailing George’s agent, for which the league fined the Lakers $500,000. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions I have tried to offer a defense for Pelinka, who was pilloried by the press after being gored by Magic. Nevertheless, even before this episode, it was clear enough that if they needed a scapegoat next season, it would be Rob.Of course, there’s a better reason to go outside to find the best managerial talent, and that’s to professionalize the Lakers basketball operation, which is now running at a dangerously dysfunctional level.Happily for the Lakers, they have two more guaranteed seasons with James, who’s now out wooing more stars.Now to see what the organization is capable of, if anything.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Brutally candid as this was, it left Paul out front to take the heat, and James free to keep pulling the strings behind the curtain.Get it? This was a LeBron production with the Lakers reduced to sitting back and waiting to see how it turned out.James had long tried to bring stars to ugly duckling Cleveland or capped-out Miami with little success. Now, even in the Lakers’ downtrodden state, he can wheel and deal as never before. With keen awareness of what he can get away with, the NBA’s most scrutinized player does it in plain sight.Last December, amid speculation that Davis was about to ask the Pelicans to trade him, LeBron dared to discuss it, saying it would be “amazing” to play alongside A.D.Amid the ensuing furor, the teams met in Staples Center a few days later … after which James took Davis out to dinner, all but confirming that this was happening.Outgoing, gregarious and popular among his peers, LeBron does this effortlessly, a new experience for the Lakers after years with lone wolf Kobe Bryant.Only in Kobe’s later, mellower years was he close enough to any star to recruit him, as he tried to do with Carmelo Anthony in 2014. Melo called him a surrogate big brother, but still re-signed in New York.Now the Lakers have the king of the recruiters … thankfully for them, since all else is chaos.Even with James hand-delivering Davis and reportedly recruiting Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler, the Lakers’ front office flopped around like a fish on a dock.The master plan all season was to trade for A.D., moving enough salary to leave a maximum slot of $32 million for an elite free agent.Unfortunately for the Lakers, when the deal went down, they neglected to include rookies Moe Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones, off-loading another $5 million in salary … or account for the cost of A.D.’s trade bonus … slashing their cap space to $24 million.Insiders think it’s fixable with Pelinka now in talks with Atlanta, trying to give the rookies away or pay the Hawks to take them … but it wouldn’t have been necessary if they had thought it through.NBA teams are expected to be ahead of the curve when it comes to the Byzantine language of the salary cap – not behind it, trying to fix mistakes.Instead, the Lakers didn’t realize the problem until agreeing to the deal for A.D. They then went back to ask the Pelicans to restructure the deal but were turned down.In a sad irony for the Lakers, Pelinka was hired to be Johnson’s salary-cap guy as well as overseeing all the detail work, with Magic making only occasional appearances while also running his business empire. For a team with their stature … or, at least, their tradition … last week’s bumbling was unheard-of incompetence.“The Clippers have five or six really smart people in the front office who do nothing but think of this stuff,” said Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus, an actual salary-cap expert.“The Lakers have more of a one-man show with Pelinka.”This is just the latest in their string of embarrassments, starting when Johnson fled … continuing with Jeanie Buss convening a seven-person committee to help Pelinka hire a coach that included marketing officials Linda Rambis and Tim Harris … then lost their top two candidates before settling for twice-fired Frank Vogel.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhat James did was outright piracy, not only wooing A.D. away from the Pelicans but undercutting their trade leverage.Davis first gave the Pelicans a list of four teams. When that didn’t do it at midseason, he cut it to the Lakers and Knicks.The Knicks were presumably there only in the event they landed Kevin Durant and Irving. With little to offer, there were only perfunctory trade talks.Then there was Boston, which didn’t make the list but had keen interest and by far the most to offer with three first-round picks, a future Memphis pick in 2020 or 2021 and highly regarded young players such as Jayson Tatum.This was so worrisome to LeBron & Co., Paul went public to warn the Celtics off, telling Sports Illustrated, “They can trade for him but it will be for one year.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Lakers hire Karida Brown as director of racial equity and action

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersA Brown University-educated member in UCLA’s sociology department, Brown has already helped lead a virtual town hall meeting for team employees – her newly created role will extend her partnership with the Lakers. She’s written books and academic papers about Black migration within America, as well as the social dynamics of segregation.“She will play a key role in implementing educational programming on race and racism for our employees and helping us focus on racial equity in our day-to-day functions,” Lakers COO and President of business operations Tim Harris said in a statement, “as well as empowering the organization to identify ways to be more active participants in affecting real change.”The Lakers and the Clippers are using Friday to honor the Juneteenth holiday, which has gained recognition from sports teams (including the Dodgers and Angels) as well as several major companies including Target, Twitter and Nike. The holiday celebrates the liberation of slaves in Texas, who were among the last to know the Civil War had ended in 1865.The Lakers announced several additional recognitions of the Juneteenth holiday, including donating iPads to through four organizations they’ve had existing partnerships with: 4WRD Progress, Watts Skills Academy, Crete Academy and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro L.A. The donations are meant to address technological inequities experienced by children in communities of color. Lakers employees have been asked to reflect on racial history and the current state of affairs, and the team is offering reading materials and a screening of the film “John Lewis: Good Trouble.”The Clippers have called for employees to sign a petition to make Juneteenth a national holiday. On the eve of Juneteenth, a largely unofficial holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America, the Lakers announced a new official who the team hopes will help address cultural issues within their own walls.The Lakers have tasked Karida Brown, an assistant tenure-track professor of African American Studies and Sociology at UCLA, as the organization’s director of racial equity and action. The team outlined the new position in a release, saying Brown will help “enrich their knowledge on today’s most urgent topics, as well as helping to identify ways the team can be more active and efficient in creating change.”Addressing social and racial issues is being examined across the country right now – particularly in the NBA which is largely composed of Black players. Many of them, including the Lakers’ LeBron James, Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Dwight Howard and Kyle Kuzma, have been vocal about advocating for political and social reform in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Some players are calling on the league and teams to take more active steps in facilitating those reforms, with Bradley and Howard among those applying pressure ahead of the league’s restart planned for next month. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

College World Series 2019: Michigan run should motivate Big Ten to become baseball power

first_imgWhere does Michigan — and Big Ten baseball as a whole — go from here?  That is the question after the Wolverines fell short in the finals of the College World Series on Wednesday. Vanderbilt took the best-of-three series with an 8-2 victory in Game 3 that gave the Southeastern Conference another national championship at the Big Ten’s expense.   That does not diminish what the Wolverines accomplished in the last month under head coach Eric Bakich. Michigan beat UCLA, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, in a best-of-three series in the super regionals. Tommy Henry dominated in his College World Series starts, including Game 1 vs. the Commodores on Monday. MORE: Sign up for DAZN to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show  The top seed failed to reach the College World Series for the first time since 2015. The Wolverines were the first Big Ten team to reach the championship series since 1966, and they did it with a diverse roster led by stars Jimmy Kerr and Jordan Brewer. The run didn’t just evoke memories of their CWS teams in the 1980s that featured Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo and Hal Morris, it also prompted a question the Big Ten should be asking more often: Why not go for it in baseball? For Michigan, that should be an easy answer. The longer Bakich stays, the more chances this team should have. The Wolverines last won a national championship in hockey in 1998, in football in 1997 and in basketball (men’s or women’s) in 1989. The baseball team won in 1953 and 1962 and nearly broke that 21-year drought among the four programs. It should be positioned to make another run with an improved roster after the recruiting boost that comes with a College World Series appearance.  The rest of the Big Ten should follow suit. That means places like Ohio State, which won the conference tournament and keeps score with the Wolverines at birth, and Nebraska, which has yet to get back to Omaha since joining the conference. The process won’t be perfect. Weather is a legitimate factor in scheduling and recruiting, but Michigan proved that it was an excuse only for so long.When you look at other sports, the only one the Big Ten dominates is wrestling. Iowa (2000) and Minnesota (2001, 2002) won the first three wrestling national championships of the millennium and the Gophers, Hawkeyes, Penn State and Ohio State have combined for every national championship in the sport since 2007.  The conference’s major sports have combined for one national championship this decade, and that was Ohio State’s run to the first College Football Playoff title in 2014. Men’s basketball hasn’t brought home a national championship since Michigan State in 2000.   Minnesota (2002, 2003), Wisconsin (2006) and Michigan State (2007) have combined for four national championships in men’s ice hockey, but that sport does not have a true Power 5 presence.  Baseball could, if Michigan and the Big Ten build on what has happened in Omaha the past few weeks. The run didn’t end with a national championship, but the publicity Michigan generated opened a lot of eyes in a part of the country where baseball can succeed.  We’ll see where it goes from here.last_img read more

Mike Vrabel discusses Marcus Mariota’s future with Titans

first_img“I think everybody has a contract, and we’re very aware of players who are in the last year of the deal,” Vrabel said. “Marcus is obviously one of those. When you make a commitment to the QB you want to make sure that this is going to be your guy for the next 7-10 years when you look at the percentage of the cap quarterbacks are driving.”Mariota completed 68.9% of his passes and threw for 11 touchdowns, along with eight interceptions, in 14 games for Tennessee last season. He also added two scores on the ground. Related News Titans coach Mike Vrabel reiterates Ryan Tannehill’s role with team The Titans finished with a 9-7 record and missed the playoffs.“Nobody is more proud of what Marcus has done in the offseason than me,” Vrabel said. “He’s come back stronger, bigger, with greater understanding of what we’re doing offensively, being able to communicate it to players (on) the field. I don’t look at the lack of a long-term extension as a negative, though that’s what people try to make it.”Tennessee originally selected Mariota out of Oregon with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft. However, he has registered just a 27-28 record as a starter over his four NFL seasons. The Titans have not committed to Marcus Mariota long term.Tennessee picked up the fifth-year option on the 25-year-old quarterback’s rookie contract, but the sides have yet to agree to a new deal. Titans coach Mike Vrabel discussed Mariota’s future with the team during a recent interview with the MMQB.center_img Titans’ Adam Humphries explains decision to pass on Patriots “I know Marcus’s demeanor and that won’t change whether he’s on a 10-year contract or it’s up after the season,” Vrabel said. “He’s that type of person. So, I know it’ll work because of how he is.”The Titans are set to begin training camp next week.last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane: Nothing has changed with Gareth Bale despite rescuing Real Madrid

first_imgZinedine Zidane praised Gareth Bale’s goalscoring performance against Arsenal but insisted nothing had changed with the Real Madrid outcast.Bale came off the bench to rescue Madrid, who trailed 2-0 at halftime before the Wales star scored to inspire a 2-2 draw at the International Champions Cup, where Zidane’s men prevailed 3-2 on penalties. “He is with us and we will continue working. We play well 10 against 11 and better 10 against 10. I don’t know what will happen. He wanted to play and the other day no.”I haven’t talked to him. He has trained normally and that’s why he played. Nothing has changed, you know what the situation is like.” FT: @RealMadrid 2-2 @Arsenal (3-2 pens) @GarethBale11 56′, @marcoasensio10 59′; Lacazette 10′ (p), Aubameyang 24’#Emirates | #RealMadridIsHere pic.twitter.com/Gu0KP4YqoV— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 24, 2019Bale stole the show in the second half at FedEx Field, where Marco Asensio also impressed before he left the field on a stretcher. Gareth Bale’s agent slams ‘disgrace’ Zinedine Zidane after Madrid transfer revelation Substitute Asensio equalized three minutes after Bale reduced the deficit in the 56th minute against Arsenal, who had Sokratis Papastathopoulos sent off for a second yellow card prior to the interval.However, Asensio’s game was abruptly cut short by an apparent knee injury and Zidane revealed he is very concerned.”It’s worrisome,” Zidane said. “Hopefully not, but he’s gone directly to the hospital to test. It looks bad.” Tipped to leave Madrid, Bale sat out last week’s loss to Bayern Munich, but he was surprisingly involved in Maryland after Zidane claimed the 30-year-old was close to departing the Santiago Bernabeu.Asked about Bale’s performance on Tuesday, head coach Zidane — who saw Nacho Fernandez sent off in the ninth minute for a handball — told reporters: “He has played a good game and I am happy for him. As for everyone. Related Newslast_img read more

Curt Schilling gets President Donald Trump’s endorsement to run for Congress in Arizona

first_imgCurt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific! @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019″I haven’t said anything publicly, but I’m considering going back to Arizona and running for a congressional seat, one of the blue ones,” Schilling said Sunday on Armed American Radio. “It’s something that my wife and I have talked about, and she’s now becoming more and more pumped at the potential. Obviously, we’re still quite a few discussions away, but yeah, it’s something we’re absolutely considering.”Schilling, who pitched in the 2001 World Series for the Diamondbacks and helped the 2004 Red Sox win their first series in 86 years, has made more waves since he’s stepped away from baseball.He was fired from ESPN in 2016 after he shared a Facebook post that was deemed offensive over North Carolina’s bathroom law. He’s continued to be a polarizing figure in sports with his conservative stances and support of Trump, as well. Schilling, 52, didn’t say which district he was willing to run in but wants to go up against one of Arizona’s five Democrats.”Not ready to do any of that right now. If/When things solidify I will but right now it’s something in the ‘I’m considering it’ stage,” Schilling told The Arizona Republic in an email. Related News Phillies’ Jake Arrieta unsure if he can keep pitching through pain Alex Rodriguez loses $500K in items stolen from SUV in San Francisco, report says MLB wrap: Indians inch ahead in AL Central race with win over Red Sox Congressman Curt Schilling? It’s a possibility.The former Diamondbacks pitcher and staunch conservative said he is “absolutely considering” running for Congress in Arizona, The Arizona Republic reported. Schilling added: “The state is not the state I grew up in. Making Arizona citizens of EVERY Race, religion and sexual orientation 2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants is about as anti-American as it gets. When you have homeless veterans, children, and you’re spending tax dollars on people smuggling drugs and children across our border someone in charge needs their a— kicked.”Schilling’s potential candidacy has been endorsed by President Donald Trump, whom Schilling has supported throughout his presidency.last_img read more

Chess Federation of RS celebrates 20th anniversary

first_imgTogether with the ceremonial session of the Assembly that will be held on Sunday, at the hotel ” Kardinal” in Banja Vrućica, the Chess Federation of RS will celebrate its 20th anniversary. ”We are proud of the previous two decades and with this ceremony we want to take time and celebrate will all people that were our support from 1992”- said the president of the Organizing committee for marking the jubilee and the managing director of Chess Federation in RS, Miladin Gavrić. After the special ceremony of delivering recognition, the hosts of this event will begin the celebration with a game of chess.last_img read more

Adnan Ćatić in football charity event with Podolski, Schumacher, Lewandowski

first_imgBiH boxer and humanitarian Adnan Ćatić will participate in the new charity event which will be held on 20 May, reports reprezentacija.baAfter he donated 11 000 USD to Sarajevo home for children without parents ‘Bjelave’ Adnan Ćatić will participate in charity match for German children which will be played on 20 May in German Cologne together with Lukas Podolski, Michael Schumacher, Boris Becker, Lothar Matthaus, Roberta Lewandowski, Thomasa Hassler.last_img

Sarajevo: Promotion of Women Football

first_img(Source: Fena) The Foundation CURE in cooperation and with the support of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Banja Luka, organized a street action” Promotion of women’s football and the Champions League for Women in 2014.” The promotion was held yesterday on the square in front of the BBI Center in Sarajevo.The aim of the promotion was to promote women’s sports, particularly women as players in football. The organizers emphasized that this is important because the current situation of female players in Bosnia and Herzegovina is far from ideal.On the promotion, the members of ŽNK SFK 2000 were playing football and performed interesting moves with the ball. In addition, they engaged in informing people about women’s football in Bosnia, their club and the Champions League for women.The participants of Small school of football also took part and showed that age does not matter and how football could be played by all women and girls, regardless of age.last_img read more

Damir Džumhur Ensured Performance at Roland Garros

first_imgDamir Džumhur ensured the performance at Roland Garros after Spaniard Marcel Granollers handed the match to the best B&H tennis player today, in the second round of the ATP tournament.On several occasions during the match against Džumhur, Granollers complained about injury and did not manage to play until the end of the first set. He decided to give up the match in which Džumhur led with a result of 3:0.With this victory Damir secured performance at Roland Garros, which is to be held from May 24th until June 7th.In the next round of the ATP tournament in Morocco, Damir will play against Andreas Haider Mauer, who won against the Spanish tennis player Pablo Andujar today.(Source: klix.ba/ photo abc)last_img read more

What Cars do BiH National Team Players drive? (gallery)

first_img[wzslider autoplay=”true”]BiH national football team players are known as lovers of fast and amazing cars. Their budget allows them to be lovers of such cars, so it is not surprising that they do not save money on their rolling stock.Player of the Italian Roma Edin Džeko bought Porsche Panamera which costs around 150.000 EUR while he was still in England. He also drives a Bentley Continental worth almost 350.000 EUR.Young Muhamed Bešić celebrated the last summer’s transfer from the Hungarian Ferencvárosi to Everton by buying Lamborghini Huracan worth around 200.000 EUR.Miralem Pjanić finds his way through the crowds in the capital of Italy in his sports Audi RS3 Sportback worth around 50.000 EUR.Goalkeeper of the BiH national teal Asmir Begović stated last year that the most expensive thing he ever bought was the Ferrari California. Asmir earlier drove Mercedes E Class AMG, as well as the sponsoring JEEP Grand Cherokee, which he was given to use free of charge.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba/photo: avaz.ba, reprezentacija.ba)last_img read more

Country music star Collin Raye to perform at Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium May 17

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Collin Raye, a country music singer who had a string of chart-topping hits between 1991 through 2007, will be performing at Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m.Mark Bowling of Derby will be the opening act at 6:30 p.m. that will include his hit song ‘Fly Again.’The show is being co-sponsored through KWLS 107.9 FM, the city of Wellington, Wellington Recreation Commission and Impact Bank in Wellington.Tickets for this event are available through the WRC at 202 S. Jefferson in Wellington, or on the websites: www.kwlsradio.com, www.wellingtonrec.com. Ticket prices are $20 general admission, $40 premiere seating night of the show. If purchased by advanced with a half off coupon it will be $10 general admission, $20 for premier seating.This marks the second concert produced in the refurbished Memorial Auditorium. In 2013, John Michael Montgomery performed to a sell-out show.Raye has had 11 studio albums and 37 singles including four singles that have topped the Billboard U.S. Country charts. Those songs include 1992’s “Love, Me,” and “In This Life,” 1994’s “My Kind of Girls” and 1998’s “I Can Still Feel You.”The May 17 stop in Wellington will be part of his nationwide tour.In addition to Raye, Bowling, a popular country music singer in the Kansas and Oklahoma marketplace for many years, will be performing. In the past few months, Bowling has wrote and recorded “Fly Away” with the intent of raising money for cancer research. The single is available on iTunes with 75 percent of the proceeds from the sale going directly to local cancer charities.“The station is excited to be able to host another show at the auditorium,” said Joe Moralez, manager at LS Media and a Wellington resident. “We appreciate all of the support the community has given the station and the venue is a great facility. This will be a lot of fun again this year.”Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 330 weeks ago Good deal. I’ll be there. I would like to see some “up and coming” people too. Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Sunday Feature: Freewill Baptist Church and Theurer’s Auction/Realty are on the move

first_imgIn the 1990s It was 1999 when Brooks — who grew up in McAlister, Okla. and was living in Wichita — received a phone call from a church, which was in desperate need of a pastor.Desperate may be an understatement. Freewill at the time was the smallest church in Wellington. How small? Call it four members small.At one point Freewill Baptist Church had four members. Today it has more than 300.It hadn’t always been like that. Freewill Baptist had an interesting beginning. It started in 1957 and was the first church built by Roe Messner, who would build more than 1,700 churches worldwide. Messner was the second husband of Tammy Faye Bakker – who you may remember as the high-profile evangelist caught up in a scandal with her first husband Jim Bakker.The church had survived for four decades, but by Jan. 3, 1999 the congregation was down to a woman, a man, and a husband and wife.“They met with me and wanted to pay me $50 a week,” Brooks said. “I so wanted to be a pastor in Wellington I would have paid them $50 a week.”He said one woman in particular made a huge difference — Inez Russ. Even though the church had dwindled to near extinction, Russ never gave up hope. Some Sundays she would come in turn on the lights. No one else would show up – no other member, no preacher. She would pray by herself, turn off the lights and go home.“Her family in Alva, Okla. pled with her to go to a different church,” Brooks said. “She said ‘no, this was her church.’”Brooks said after the four members all voted “yes” to become their pastor, Russ gave him the one small key to the church put it in his hand, and told him “it’s yours.”The thing is three months later, Russ suffered a stroke and would never be the same.Brooks thinks back reflectively.“The Bible says timing is everything,” Brooks said. “Had she had her stroke three months later I may have never found a church to go to, this building may have been sold to someone else, I would have never moved to Wellington and my whole life would have been different.”For Larry Theurer, his circumstances were different. Theurer’s, located in downtown Wellington, was looking at expanding. The auction business was booming. Farm sales, collectibles, personal property — you name it — there was a need to move wares from one owner to the next.Lying vacant in east Wellington with a huge parking lot was the old Wal-Mart building. It was a perfect match. Theurer needing the space and at the old Wal-Mart there was plenty of real estate to work with. Theurer’s made the move to the 28,000 square foot building and started to hold big auctions.“This building was ideal for what we were doing at the time,” Theurer said. “We were holding live auctions three to four times a month.” 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 (10) 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. +21 Vote up Vote down citizen · 318 weeks ago I praise God for giving this town Pastor Zane Brooks. He is a wonderful, compassionate man who lives his life with a passion to see souls saved. It’s good to see that church grow the way it has. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Local · 318 weeks ago What a great story! God is so good. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 318 weeks ago I’ve ran into pastor Zane a couple of times, and have always been impressed by him. I’m not really the church going type of person, but I’m glad to see things are working out his way. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 318 weeks ago Pastor Zane and I exchange a hug every time we meet. I don’t go to his church as I have my own I attend regulatory. He respects my religion and the fact I worship and am saved. He is just a neat man that cares about everyone. Also congrats to Larry and his team. A Wellington business well worth thanking for years of service and dedication to the community. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Scott Campbell · 318 weeks ago I thank the Lord every day for Pastor Zane and the First Free Will Baptist Church. Excited about this move into the new location. The Lord is in the restoration business and we can help. There is hope for the hopeless. Scott Campbell Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Georgia · 318 weeks ago Yes Pastor Zane is the greatest. He loves everyone. We are very Blessed to have him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down terry sizemore · 318 weeks ago Praise the Lord for this opportunity tohelp more people know the Lord.Am so proud to be going to the First Freewill Baptist Church and am very proud of the man who leads us by the grace of God. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Chef Bismark · 318 weeks ago splendid!!!!!!!! Super excited for this transition and what God has in store for our wonderful community!!! Great Job Tracy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 318 weeks ago Such a great write up. THANK YOU LORD! for guiding us to the First Free Will Baptist Church, Pastor Zane, & all the wonderful people that attend. Not to mention the most talented gospel singing you’ll ever hear! Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Alishia · 318 weeks ago I remember the year The Brooks family came to Wellington. Before he started preaching here, I got this phone call looking for my mother. When I told him that she was at a different number, he didn’t get off the phone right away. The guy doesn’t know any strangers, only friends. Glad that the church is still growing. Means that God’s not dead! 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 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 Things changed…Brooks took the job of being pastor of Freewill and ran with it. And whether it was the Holy Spirit at work or the fact Brooks has a dynamic, passionate personality that draws people to him, Freewill grew and grew to over 300 regular worshipping members.Zane Brooks, pastor at Freewill Baptist Church.By 2004, a new sanctuary and foyer was built.Today, the church has outgrown its premises. The location – once ideal for its small congregation – is now a problem. For one thing the church is landlocked.“Parking here is horrendous.” Brooks said. “We don’t have enough of it. And people have to park too close to other people’s driveways. I know if I lived around here, I wouldn’t like it.”The fellowship hall is too small. The Sunday School rooms are too small. Both he, and his wife Charlotte share a cramped office.Then there is the address at 1219 N. Plum which creates great confusion with another church Wellington Baptist Temple, located just two blocks south at 1022 North Plum St.,“You don’t know the half of it,” Brooks laughs over the confusion of the two churches.Brooks said the church could no longer grow at its current location.The first thought was to build a new church on the east edge of town. But the cost to procure property and construct a new temple would be $1.5 to $2 million — to pricey for what Freewill could afford. There was a chance to expand by buying neighboring property. Again, it was a dead- end.“I didn’t see much sense in buying a house for $100,000 only to tear it down,” Brooks said.So Freewill Baptist started looking at existing buildings.Theurer was ready to sell.When the auction/realty center started the Market Center in 1992, the personal nature of auctioneering was dominate and the World Wide Web had yet to make itself known. That changed quickly.The E-bay website was created and all its knockoffs arrived. And suddenly instead of going to an auction, people could bid on items within the compounds of their own home.“Today, more than 90 percent of home buyers begin their search for properties on the Internet before actually contacting an agent,” Theurer said. “They search online rather than spending hours at a live auction. Because of the Internet, we no longer need to warehouse personal property in order to sell it at auction.”Thus, Theurer’s no longer needed the space or the expense of maintaining such a big building.So when Freewill Baptist ready to buy, Theurer’s was happy to sell. They looked elsewhere and found the 3,000 square-foot Tan Express Building – which was a venerable tan salon and gift shop run by Lisa Allton before she closed the business in 2011.It was a perfect fit for Theurer’s.This picture, taken in 2011, was Tan Express. It will soon be the future home of United Country Theurer Auction/Realty. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A church and a real estate auction company are not normally linked so closely together. But in Wellington it marks the evolution of change.Freewill Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Zane Brooks, is buying the Theurer Marketing Center building at 802 E. 16th Street in Wellington. In turn, United Country Theurer’s Auction/Realty is moving east to 1101 E. 16th  to the former Tan Express Building.“An opportunity like this doesn’t present itself very often,” said Larry Theurer, owner of Theurer Auction.It’s an example of one business, and yes a church is a business, needing a bigger building and another needing a smaller building.And whether it’s the work of the Lord or the realities of tomorrow, Freewill Baptist and Theurer’s will now forever be linked. The future…Brooks looks wistfully into the future. The opportunities of expansion is endless.“The goal is to bring Wellington closer to God,” Brooks said. “We will be so much more visible in our new building. I want someone to drive by and see our big sign and our new church and think to himself: ‘man I need to so something with my life, because what I’m doing is not working.’“I believe there is a heaven and there is a hell and most people want to go to heaven. And that’s why we are here.”The sale is expected to close in the near future. Brooks said the church would like to move east and open in January or February of 2015.What about the old church building? Brooks said that has been quite a process finding some takers. After calling every church in town, and actually having a trade out in the works a couple of years ago, the church had yet to sell. However, Brooks is pleased to say that two parties are interested and one offer is on the table — which is actually church related.“We aren’t going to make any money on this building, but we have to do what we have to do,” Brooks said.As far as the new building is concerned, there’s a lot of work to be done Brooks said.“I want it to look as if no one would recognize that it was once the old Wal-Mart building,” Brooks said. “We have extensive remodeling in front of us.”As for Theurer’s, the company will continue to do what they always do – auction and real estate. They will emphasize their online auctions. You can see the latest online auctions by clicking on their ad on the right side of this page that is linked to their website.Their live and online auctioning of farm machinery, heavy equipment, personal property, commercial property, will continue.“Since 1976, our ‘golden rule of service’ has been, ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Theurer said. “We are dedicated to that principle.”As far the community of Wellington is concern, a larger question now persists — where will large groups of people gather? Theurer’s was the host of several community functions throughout the year including the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce banquet and the annual Kansas State Catbacker banquet. With the Wellington Steakhouse reception rooms still vacant, and Memorial Auditorium still without air conditioning, the need for a large space for gatherings becomes more significant.Theurer Market Center has hosted several large community functions throughout the years including the K-State Catbackers Banquet held last week.But just as the winds of change came to both Freewill Baptist and Theurer’s, now comes a new issue for the community of Wellington.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Doggie Dive to be held on Monday, Aug. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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 Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Humane Society will be hosting a Doggie Dive on Monday, August 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatic Center. Admission is $5 per dog at the gate. Please provide proof of vaccination. Also all dogs must be spayed and neutered. ‘Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wellington High School Fall semester honor roll

first_imgTroutman, BrentonMoore, MariahStone, ElishaScott, Max Superintendent Honor Roll – SeniorsSuperintendent Honor Roll – JuniorsSuperintendent Honor Roll-SophomoresSuperintendent Honor Roll-Freshman 4.00 GPA4.00 GPA4.00 GPA4.00 GPA Crittenden, ChaseDeJarnett, BayleeElix, NathanBrownlee, Elizabeth McCracken, KirstanHaskins, TatumMartens, DevinKing, Ian Daily, WilliamJohnson, DaMoggioSchoemann, Aaron Driskell, WestonOldridge, BryceOwston, HunterWilson, Ty Luna, Jonah Steinbach, Drake Reichenberger, ColinTidwell, StormiePalmer, Liberty 3.0-3.499 GPAFarley, HaleyLangford, ReeceSnipes, Antoine Vargas, DominiqueFarley, JacobRusk, Avery Nelson, Riley Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Peck, JuliaLuna, JaylynnLeGrand, CarsonLowe, Abigail Chandler, LupitaPrincipal’s Honor Roll-JuniorsBurnett, ConnorCary,Trey Easterly, Candyce Tidwell, SkylarMcNamara, ShelbyReichenberger, KathrynnRausch, Jenna Cartensen, BenteBlackBull, RaevenBruns, Kirstian Roe, CabrielWalker, SiarahDriskell, DerekRademacher, Avery Nance, TrevorOleson, AlexisRains, CoewenMaxwell, Zoey Follow us on Twitter. Lee, AbigailWilson, RebeccaCreamer, Catherine Staggs, Nicole Reynolds, Courtney Prickett, Kayla Altendorf, TaylorShapley, Faith3.5-3.999 Vargas, AlejandroZimmerman, TaylorFair, KalynRobbins, Shelby Schmidt, Daniel Scholastic Honor RollDeJarnett, GraysenKop, ChristopherSears, Austin Brownlee, DonaldWright, NoelleBernd, TrevorBales, Blake Beard, LaneMcRoberts, SkylaMigues, KatelynTeague, Kaysee Nance, Coby Lira, Samantha Beard, LeviNichols, KyleMontenegro, ElizabethTidwell, Malachi Crowe, AustinAntoine, SaraChalmers, NichlasClayton Hyer, John Nefzger, AustinJones, DylanKimball, LakenLeValley, Kialee Shore, CajenMason, AareonLong, WilliamMcGlothlin, Taylor Hardy, HayleyBucher, TeaganFlores, BeatrizGustason, Shilynn Haydon, JosephCallaway, MirandaFrame, TherinHain, Steven Adams, PeytonAdams, MadisonBarker, MalloryAdams, Jaden Ast, VincentHays, JacobMason, MatthewSparks, Ashlyn McCarty, Meghan Terry, Matthew Templeton, ShaynaMcCue, AllisonMichaelis, JacobRamirez, Hudson Altendorf, BaileyBuck, RyleighBrand, KaymanAdams, Mekenna Dry, JadeGilmore, WesleyFarley, AlishaCunningham, Keelie Coulter, Trey3.5-3.999Byers, KylieClark, Andrew Mohammed, AhmedLeverich, JacobPatterson, KailynLyne, Moriah May, HollieHughes, ShaneHaydon, KelsieJones, Logan Parsons, AlexandriaRusk, CadenSinnett, MatthewMichaelis, Jaden Williams, CaitlinNi, RongWestmoreland, PeightonTempleton, Emily Pfalzgraf, AustinSanchez, CameronSnipes, LaurynNorris, Braedon Pape, KatieLedbetter, KaitlynLawrence, BreckenLove, Adaysia West, Jessica Hughes, TyannaThomas, CadyAraujo, Deyton Kerschen, KadeCook, JacobHilt, AdamJones, Stormie Emberson, Bethany Pruitt, Mariah Bradbury, MikalaCornejo, JulianBristow, StephanieBaker, Hayden Biddle, EmileighSober, DietraArebalo, AshlynPrincipal’s Honor Roll-Freshman Pinkerton, RebeccaLyles, MorganLewellen, MadisonMcComb, Matthew Oathout, McKennaWilliams, AuniTroutman, Arlis Estes, MichelleBartelson, CameronDycus, JadenDry, Andria Morgan, Brayden Luna, Courtney Warner, Bradley Kemper, ChariceVargas, DevinCook, Billy Mitchell, AiyanaHyde, NicholasMatlock, DavidLeonard, Chaney Fike, LindyBaum, EmilyEvans, HannahGageby, Chelsea Brown, OrianWitham, PeytonBarron, MadisonAst, Valerie Crispen, ChristianaNorris, JasonNeal, LeanneWiley, Jillian Overfelt, CourtneyRoths, HannahSchettler, JayceeMcCarty, Emma Nelson, LeahQuanz, JoshuaRoth LindsayMay, MaKenna Lee, JonathanWiseman, ArielCrispen, Evan Bodkins, ZacharyNorland, RandyMoore, AlyssaTurner, Breanna Reyes, JessicaVazquez-Maristany, MercedesScholastic Honor Roll – SophomoresPhelps, Cade Dean, ElizabethGilkey, RemingtonEwing, AshleyBuresh, Briaden Fink, MaggieGoodrum, AbbyGoodrum, ErinDeJarnett, Annika Prickett, TaylorShields, JaredTredway, JoannaOathout, Jared Frederick, ZacharyRodriquez, VanessaPourner, Regan Byers, JoeyYbarra, NateBillington, MichaelBrown, Madison Moore, Victoria Smith, Gabriel Riggs, JacobWager, Jasmine3.0-3.499  GPAPourner, Chandra Patterson, Tara French, Shayland Horn, WilliamTunnell, EthanSoles, Ashley3.0-3.499 Hardin, Alexander Hines, JadenCaudillo, JozieHain, MorganHinman, James Lloyd, JarynDunnavent, CheyenneKing, JaydenKemper, Kellie Fair, AaronRobbins, KyleParolan, LonidaWolf, Andrew Mayo, Drew Johnson, Andrew Kegley, Chelsea Sanders, Dakota Heller, LeeAnnThompson, DylanShriver, DemiScholastic Honor – Freshman Stafford, Chloe Lee, SarahHollman, PatrickHarriger, CassidyGroom, Ian Brand, SkylarDeJarnett, AddysonEdwards, BrockBlack, Marisa Miller, Kelsey Wright, Shelbie3.0-3.499 GPAHamel, ChaeseSantana, Elizabeth Principal’s Honor Roll – SeniorsPhelps, ConnorWalton, Jack Jackson, AlyssaChandler, JuanHills, KiraJackson, Braydon Pettigrew, Jacob Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The following are the Wellington High School Superintendent and Principal’s Honor Roll for the first semester:  Krueger, KindylHinman, AlexisHadipour, IanFink, Mary Redford, AaronSpears, CharlesWinger, VictoriaOleson, Brandon Lewallen, Joey 3.5-3.999Rosenthal, MikaylaPrincipal’s Honor Roll-SophomoresYoung, Adrianna Diver, AmyBarry, KimberlyCook, KennedyDouglas, Carley Heimer, Jack Bowman, MacyStruble, SkylerBannister, Callie3.5-3.999 Whitney, TrevorScholastic Honor Roll-JuniorsFrench, TaylandSaffell, Alexis Ryberg, JonathanWalton, JakeEtter, HunterReynolds, Dereklast_img read more

Lakers injury updates: LeBron James, Anthony Davis expected to play on Christmas vs. Clippers

first_imgMORE: SN’s NBA Athlete of the DecadeBoth James and Davis were listed as questionable on Monday for the Christmas showdown with the Clippers, but the All-Star forwards pushed for an impromptu practice on Christmas Eve, per Wojnarowski and McMenamin. Practice time has been hard to find for coach Frank Vogel, as the Lakers have played 12 of their last 16 games on the road. There won’t be any talk of load management in Los Angeles on Christmas Day.Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are expected to play on Wednesday against the Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin. James missed a game for the first time this season on Sunday with a thoracic muscle strain and discomfort in his groin; Davis hurt his right knee in that game, a 128-104 loss to the Nuggets. “We went a 10-day trip without a single practice, really,” Vogel told reporters on Monday. “One shootaround, I think. Sometimes that benefits your legs, but usually it leads to a little bit of slippage in your execution and togetherness, particularly on the defensive end.”🎥 Frank Vogel gives an injury update for LeBron and AD. pic.twitter.com/DtsKBUgsRZ— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 23, 2019The Lakers stand alone at the top of the Western Conference standings with a 24-6 record, but a three-game losing streak has allowed contenders like the Nuggets (21-8), Rockets (21-9) and Clippers (22-10) to close the gap. The Lakers will need to fire on all cylinders to defeat the Clippers, who won the first battle of LA on Opening Night without Paul George.George will be part of the starting five this time, joining Kawhi Leonard on the Staples Center floor. Leonard sat out Sunday’s game against the Thunder, but the 2019 NBA Finals MVP is available for the Christmas Day contest.last_img read more

Security State Bank looking for part time teller at Wal-Mart branch

first_imgSecurity State Bank is looking for an energetic, customer service oriented individual to fill a  part time teller position at our Walmart Branch. Hours are typically 3:00pm-8:00pm with a Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm rotation. Average 25 hours a week.  Competitive wages and benefits offered. Send applications and resumes to Lindsey Daugherty at lindsey@securitystbank.com or 101 North Washington, Wellington KS 67152. EOElast_img

Chisholm Trail Museum receives $3,487 grant

first_img Posted in: News Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down #1 guest · 275 weeks ago Very nice. They do a good job down there. Report Reply 0 replies · active 275 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 Submitted to Sumner Newscow —  The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) recently awarded the Chisholm Trail Museum of Wellington a $3,487 grant for the “Chisholm Trail Museum Archives Preservation Grant” project. Jim Bales serves as the project director.The purpose of this project is to organize, combine by category or event, and index historic documents and photos located in the Chisholm Trail Museum’s archives and rehouse them in archival grade storage containers. This project will help to preserve these documents for generations to come as well as make them more accessible. “The Chisholm Trail Museum is very fortunate to have the support of the Kansas Humanities Council to see this project through to completion” said Jim Bales, Chisholm Trail Museum president.“KHC Heritage grants encourage the preservation of local cultural resources,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “Properly storing and organizing documents and artifacts is a critical part of museum management. The Chisholm Trail Museum’s plan to rehouse and reorganize much of its photograph and newspaper clipping collections will preserve these valuable components of local history.”The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community- based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information, visit www.kansashumanities.org.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Friday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10, 2015: Friday, May 8, 2015•5:10 a.m. Thomas C. Dehaven, 54, Oxford, was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•10:45 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 1100 block N. B, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Bridget A. Cody, 55, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•3:26 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of lumber by unknown suspect(s) in the 900 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•3:53 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery and criminal damage to property by a known suspect in the 300 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•4:20 p.m. Officers investigated disorderly conduct by a known suspect in the 300 block E. Mill, Wellington.•4:20 p.m. William M. Baker,  45, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for exhibition of speed.•4:52 p.m. Autumn E. Mudd, 29, Wichita, Ks was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery and criminal damage to property.•5:28 p.m. Officers investigated an assault and criminal trespass in the 300 block E. Mill, Wellington by a known suspect. The incident occurred on May 7, 2015.•5:34 p.m. Officers investigated an assault by a known suspect in the 1000 block W. Shady Lane, Wellington.•6:52 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1000 block N. G, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Jerry D. Butterworth, 73, Wellington and Jennifer K. Regnary, 42, Wellington.•7:00 p.m. Barbara E. Taylor, 76, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed traffic signal.•9:54 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block S. B, Wellington.•10:16 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 600 block N. High Dr, Wellington. Saturday, May 9, 2015•1:41 a.m. Hope A. Vargas, 22, Derby, was issued a notice to appear for driving with no lights.•6:06 p.m. Officers investigated criminal trespass in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington by known suspect.•1:07 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block N. B, Wellington.•1:57 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block W. 17th, Wellington.•5:08 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 1600 block N. C, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Haley N. Toothman, 26, Wellington and fixed objects/mailbox and posts owned by Tiffany D. Ferguson, Wellington and Cynthia G. Kegley, Wellington.•5:08 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 1900 block N. B, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Haley N. Toothman, 26, Wellington and fixed objects/mailbox and posts owned by Goeff R. Elkins, Wellington.•5:08 p.m. Officers investigated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and obstruction of law enforcement officers in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•5:46 p.m. Haley N. Toothman, 26, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and obstruction of law enforcement.•6:30 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block E. 4th, Wellington.•7 p.m. Officers took a report of endangering a child in the 500 block Lake View Road, Wellington. Sunday, May 10, 2015•12:58 a.m. Joshua A. Wolf, 39, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fleeing or eluding law enforcement officer, refusal to submit to testing, obstruction with law enforcement officers, improper stop or turn signal and no drivers’ license in possession.•11:15 a.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 800 block W. College, Wellington.•1:22 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal shelter violation by a known owner in the 1000 block E. 8th, Wellington.•2:53 p.m. Injury, hit and run accident in the 1000 block N. Vandenburg, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Haley N. Toothman, 26, Wellington and a fixed object/utility pole owned by the city of Wellington.•2:53 p.m. Officers investigated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs by known suspect in the 1000 block N. Vandenburg, Wellington.•5:10 p.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the 1000 block W. U.S. 160, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Kimberly R. Shaw, 40, Harper, and Libby L. Driver, 27, Wellington.•8:10 p.m. Kenneth W. Byers, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•9:56 p.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington by a known suspect.last_img read more

Francene (Lantz) Proctor, 79, Milan: Dec. 24, 1935 – July 17, 2015

first_imgFrancene ProctorFrancene (Lantz) Proctor, 79, of Milton, KS, formerly of South Haven, died Friday, July 17, 2015 at Via Christi-St. Francis, Wichita. She was born December 24, 1935 at Wellington, Kansas to Francis Loren Lantz and Wanda May (Titus) Lantz. Francene grew up in South Haven, Kansas where she attended the South Haven schools.She was united in marriage to Henry Clay Snyder on December 26, 1951. To this union three children were born Deborah, Daniel and Dennis. The family made their home in Caldwell, South Haven and Mulvane Kansas.Francene later married Clarence Proctor on May 26, 1991 in Dallas, Texas. They made their home in Milton Kansas. Clarence died April 16, 2011.She was also preceded in death by her parents and her infant daughter Deborah.Francene is survived by two sons: Daniel Snyder and his wife Sue of South Haven, KS; Dennis Snyder and his wife Tammera of Goddard, KS; one sister Joanne Pritchett and her husband Chuck of Enid, OK; three grandchildren: Steven Snyder of South Haven, KS; Michelle Snyder and Sarah Snyder both of Wichita, KS; aunt, Marjy Cottle and husband Fred of South Haven, KS and a number of other relatives and friends.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from the South Haven Christian Church, South Haven, with Pastor Darrin Williams, officiating.  Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, South Haven, Kansas.  Arrangements are by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. On line condolences and guest book are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com.A memorial has been established to the South Haven Christian Church, South Haven.Âlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Remember bring money for lunch account before school

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015:Thursday•C team volleyball at WHS , 5 p.m.•Varsity/JV volleyball at Mulvane, 5 p.m.Friday•Football at WHS vs. Goddard Eisenhower, 7 p.m.Saturday•ACT Test•Tennis at Pratt, 9 a.m.•Cross Country at Wellington, 9:30 a.m.Today’s Lunch– Crispito with Red Sauce, Romaine and Tomato, Golden Corn, Chilled Peaches, Cheesy Bread Stick and Milk.Tomorrow’s Lunch: Sloppy Joe, Potato Wedges, Baked Beans, Mixed Fruit, Tortilla Chips and MilkToday’s News*Casino receipts are due on Tuesday, September 15. You can drop them off in the office.*WHS Work Ethic Program will meet on Wednesday October 7 from 11:30-12:30 in room 411. Bring a lunch!*There will be a 3 on 3 basketball tournament and a Co-Ed Softball Tournament on Saturday, October 3 in Udall.  Stop by the office for more information.*Football players- you can turn in your $2 in the office for the football signs.*There will be a NHS meeting tomorrow morning at 7:15 in the auditorium. All members must attend.*Senior Boys- If you would like a Senior Shirt please see Julian or Wesley. The cost is $10 or $12 for 2x and up.*Seniors Girls- If you are interested in a Senior Shirt, there is a sign-up sheet in the office. See Allison McCue if you have any questions. Deadline to order is September 11th.*Students- Please add money to your lunch account before school starts. Food Service will not accept your check during lunch time.* Seniors: If you are thinking about making Emporia State University your college of choice, be sure to go to their website to view scholarship and admissions information. The website is www.emporia.edu/admissions/scholarships.The college will be hosting four Black and Gold Visit Days Oct. 9 and 24th and No. 6th and 20th. These visits include admissions and scholarship information, and residence hall and campus tours.* Students: If you are in need of school supplies, please see Mrs. Brown in the counselors office.*Sophomores and Juniors, Are you interested in taking the PSAT? The cost is only $14 and the test date is Wednesday, October 14th @ 8:00 a.m. If you are interested, please come see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselors office before September 21st.*Thursday, September 10th Staff Sergeant US Army Recruiter Benjamin Osborne will be in the commons during lunch.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, Sept. 8th- Emporia State Univ.Wednesday, Sept. 9th- Bethany CollegeThursday, Sept 10th- Cloud County CCTuesday, Sept 22nd- Pittsburg StateWednesday, Sept 23rd- Cowley County CCThursday, Sept. 24th- SouthwesternWednesday, Sept 30th- Fort HaysFriday, Oct 2nd – Kansas State UniversityMonday, Oct 5th- Wichita State UniversityThursday, Oct 15- Baker UniversityFriday, Oct 16th- University of KansasThursday, October 22, Friends UniversityMonday, Nov. 2nd- Hutchinson CC.last_img read more

Wellington Middle School scores and other things…

first_imgKaitlynHain7.3718thPR TaylorOwens7.3517th WillLong13.4511th Next meet for High School will be Thursday, Oct. 1st at Wedgewood Golf Course BellaBrusky9.1927thPR DakotaDry22.2147thPR ChanceHamel20.0930thPR JosephFriesen21.2441stPR Boys Varsity 5K Wellington Middle School Cross Country 2015  KadinHeacock22.5950thPR CarsonLeGrand22.5349thPR MackinzeTracy14.192ndYESPR ShelbyMcNamara16.0110thYESPR NathanHilt6.3620thPR LakenSmith6.2716thPR PeytonWitham18.0616th PR RJClift6.099thYESPR Girls Varsity 5KTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec Boys 1 mile Girls 1 mileTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec Next meet for this group will be in Halstead at the Wedgewood Golf Course -Oct.1 – 3:30  p.m. MorganBacon7.2312thYESPR MEET:OxfordDate:9/24/15Where: Winf.Vets Home        LexieScheufler6.181stYESPR OliviaSpeagle9.0625thPR Hosted by Halstead at 4:30 p.m. MacyGonzalez7.2413thYESPR Quotes from Charles Wallace: It was a cooler day for the Wellington Cross Country runners for the high school and sixth graders. There were 24 personal records plus one tying their own record and nine medal winners. All 6th graders made a great showing as they all ran in the seventh grade races. Jo Tredway beat her record in the 5K and marking a new school record aa first in the Top 10 All Time WHS list for the Girl’s 5K race. This is the first year the girls are running 5K. Lexie Scheufler not only was first with a medal but also finished fifth on the WMS Top 10 All time list. Tyler Brown also made the top 10 list in our Wellington Hargis Creek meet, coming in fifth on the all time top 10 list for WMS.Sumner County sports scheduleFriday, Sept. 25, 2015Friday night football (games at 7 p.m.).Wellington at Clearwater.Argonia-Attica at Pratt SkylineW. Trinity at Belle PlaineCV-Dexter at CaldwellConway Springs at DouglassFlinthills at OxfordC. Burden at South Haven.Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015WHS VOLLEYBALL — Varsity at Circle, 9 a.m. C Team Tournament at Clearwater, 3 p.m.WHS TENNIS — Tournament of Champions at Collegiate, 8 a.m.——— If you have a score and/or news that is not included in the list of events above, tell your coach or send us a report at sumnernewscow@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter. KorbinJones6.057thYESPR MEET:OxfordDate:9/24/15Where: Winf.Vets Home JoannaTredway22.3812thYESPR CamdenParkey6.2414thYESPR JoseyWolf8.3424thPR-tied TannerDillon14.1313thPR Boys JV 2 miles by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Middle School Thursday scores, schedules through Tuesday…Seventh grade footballWellington 14 El Dorado 6. First game of the season. Eighth grade footballWellington 48 El Dorado 12. Eighth grade volleyball: A team25-19 win22-25 loss15-7 win.Gracie Rausch    7 assists, 5 digs. Jennifer Jensen  1 kill, 3 digs, 4 acesLindsey Scheufler 6 kills, 1 block 2 digs, 1 ace, 4 assists. Hanna Hawks 3 kills, 7 assists, 2 aces, 7 assists.Elise LeGrand 4 kills, 1 block, 1 dig Hope Maxwell  2 digsCassandra Moody 4 killsB Team 25-19 win25-11 winHunter Hain 1 kill 9 aces, 4 assists, 2 digs. Kylie Lloyd  2 kills, 4 aces. Lexi Jimenez 3 kills, 1 aces, 4 assists.Makenna Pingry 1 ace. Kameryn Gerten 2 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs. Mackenzie Heacock 3 digs.Both teams are now 1-1 in league standings. Overall A team: 4-4Overall B team: 6-7Seventh grade volleyball: Seventh Grade Volleyball teams win against El Dorado.Seventh Grade A vs. El Dorado25-12W25-23 WSeventh Grade B vs. El Dorado 16-25 L 25-23 W18-16 W———WMS TENNIS: The Wellington Middle School girls tennis team traveled to Haysville West Thursday.  The Lady Knights dominated their opponent winning every match but two.  Winners were:Singles:  Kylie Aufdengarten, Tori Lewellen, Rylee Rusk, Calli Hatfield, Natalie Henning, Olivia Brand, Jocey Hook, Payton Ginter and Emberly GonzeaezDoubles:  Aufdengarten/Lewellen, Rusk/Hatfield, Henning/Brand and Ginter/Gonzalez. ———WHS and SIXTH GRADE CROSS COUNTRY TaylorSears8.3223rdPR AshleyHisey19.2520th PR DylanDickinson6.3017thPR BlakeBales17.3023rd Girls JV 2 miles Wellington High School Cross Country 2015 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Holly V. · 253 weeks ago Since you like to get so detailed with the happenings in tennis, cross country and volleyball why don’t you do the same for the 7th and 8th grade football teams? Those kids deserve the same recognition of all the other sports. Not to mention the police note information you post, you have no trouble putting all the details there. If this post is not approved that’s sad and if your a true reporter you’ll honor freedom of speech from all and not just yourself!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 253 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Feb. 26, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, February 25, 2016•7:40 a.m. Sara H. Wilson, WF, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for expired drivers’ license.•8:18 a.m. Jeffrey S. Elmore, 34, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone.•11:15 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of tools in the 700 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•Donna S. Frambers, 53, Wellington was served a summons to appear for assault. •Adriene L. Guthrie, 19, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•Abby M. Martinez, 19, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•3 p.m. Injury accident in the 1000 block U.S. 81, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Jeffrey M. Miller, 31, Wellington and Ricky R. Copeland, 60, Wichita.•3:30 p.m. Jeffrey M. Miller, 31, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•4:37 p.m. Grady L. Woodard, 18, Maize, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 61 mph in a 45 mph zone.•Michael A. Row, 27, Wellington was served a summons to appear for domestic battery and criminal trespass. (REF#16-118)•9:28 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•11:05 p.m. Lauri L. Frazee, 44, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight and no proof of insurance.•11:25 p.m. Victoria G. Jackson, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for  defective headlight.last_img read more

Help wanted: Full time office professional with Sumner County Extension Council

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 Help wanted: Full time office professional position available with the Sumner County Extension Council. Position is for a 40-hour week with minimal overtime. Duties include general office work, financial record keeping, data management and program support.Compensation range $12 to $16 hour based on experience, benefits to include KPERS retirement, paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays. Successful applicants must pass a Criminal Background Check. Applications are available at the Sumner County Extension Office, 320 N. Jefferson, Wellington, Kans. 67152. Screening of applications will begin March 21, 2016. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wellington Police Department receives S.A.F.E. award

first_imgWellington S.A.F.E. students.Click on picture for larger view of students.by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Seat belts save lives, and Wellington High School Resource Officer James Yunker and 62 Wellington High School students have been actively relaying this message as part of the “Seat belts Are For Everyone” program. The Wellington Police Department recently received an award at the S.A.F.E. conference in Topeka, for being the best law enforcement agency for a small agency in the state of Kansas.“Wellington is the only school actively participating in the program in Sumner County,” Yunker said.The S.A.F.E. program is offered to Kansas school districts as part of an educational program through the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office.“The program starts at the beginning of the school year,” Yunker said. “The members of S.A.F.E., who are also S.A.D.D. members, do a pre-survey of who is wearing seat belts at the high school.”Students go out to the high school parking lot 30 minutes before school for two days and count how many people don’t have seat belts on, and the numbers are sent to the state, which gives them a baseline for where Wellington is. Every month, the students put on educational assemblies at the high school, and do various other things, such as students visiting classrooms and reading seat belt statistics, including crash related ones, which are also announced over the intercom. They also host a safety day during the school year.“The educational part of it is that there are different things throughout the year, and the students can get creative with their ideas,” Yunker said.Students involved in S.A.F.E. also hand out pledge cards during lunch time for two weeks, and other students have the opportunity to pledge to wear a seat belt. Drawings are held everyday for these two weeks, with prizes of $25 gas cards and a mini iPad given.“At mid-term, we conduct another survey to see if the numbers have improved,” Yunker said.An enforcement period is also held, where Yunker and another local officer assist students in handing out citations for those not wearing seat belts for two weeks. The students are involved in collecting data, and sit with a police officer during this time. All schools in the program participate in the enforcement period, and only schools are targeted.“We just completed the final survey this week, and 94.6% of the school population wears seat belts, and we started out in the high 80 percent,” Yunker said.Yunker said the group has an opportunity throughout the year to send in t-shirt designs to the state and compete with other high schools.“The group does a great job,” Yunker said.A trophy was awarded, and they might be featured in the S.A.F.E. magazine and newsletter.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Girls softball regional has been postponed until Wednesday

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Class 4A Softball Regional at Worden Park has been postponed until Wednesday, May 18. The bracket will remain the same.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Help wanted: Two positions available at Wellington school district

first_imgHelp wanted: The following two positions are being advertised by the Wellington School district: Speech Para – for 2016-2017 school year. If interested, please contact: Michelle Polvadore – E-mail: mpolvadore@usd353.com, Call: 620 326-4330/ or Heath Peine – E-mail:  hpeine@usd353.com, or call: 620 326-4300 ext 111.Applications can be obtained at the District Office, 221 S Washington, Wellington, or online at www.usd353.com, on the right hand side of the page under Employment Opportunities.  ———Custodial Position – Wellington Middle School If interested, please contact:Jamie Ybarra – E-mail: jybarra@usd353.com or call: 620 326-4320, or Mike Simpson- E-mail: msimpson@usd353.com, or call: 620 440-0201Applications can be obtained at the District Office, 221 S Washington, Wellington, or online at www.usd353.com, on the right hand side of the page under Employment Opportunities. Âlast_img read more

What time is Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib? Live stream, price for YouTubers’ fight at Super Bowl 54

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3d/5e/jake-paul-011420-getty-ftrjpg_1vr2cda3a2601vr80oc9l7qx8.jpg?t=-1516366089&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9c/31/anesongib-011420-getty-ftrjpg_1p4gaf37qcldb1nwj7mvn5ew0b.jpg?t=-1516366089&w=500&quality=80 This fight will be featured on the undercard of a star-studded night with the main headline being Demetrius Andrade vs. Luke Keeler for the WBO middleweight title. The event is planned around Super Bowl 54, as it’s set to take place Thursday, Jan. 30, in Miami in the lead up to the big game on Sunday.Join DAZN to watch Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib live on Jan. 30Paul and Gib have been training for this fight, and already held a press conference. In that press conference, Paul called Gib “a doormat,” adding he’s “merely something I’m wiping my shoes on, on the path to avenge my brother.”The fight will have the same rules as KSI and Logan Paul’s professional fight: 10 ounce gloves, six rounds, no headguards. This will be both fighter’s first professional match.Here’s a complete guide to Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib, which is available exclusively for streaming on DAZN, including start time, PPV price and more.What time is the Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib fight?Date: Thursday, Jan. 30Undercard: 7 p.m. ETMain card: 9 p.m. ETPaul/Gib: 11 p.m. ET (approx.)Live stream: Only on DAZNThe Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib fight will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30, in Miami at Meridian at Island Gardens, with the fighters expected to make their ring walks around 11 p.m. ET as part of the main card. The undercard begins at 7 p.m. ET.The venue seats about 3,000 people and is set to host a number of events during Super Bowl week, including this fight. Paul vs. Gib is just one of many highly-anticipated bouts.On the same fight card, there will be three title defenses on the line including Demetrius Andrade vs. Luke Keeler (WBO middleweight title), Tevin Farmer vs. Joseph Diaz (IBF super-featherweight title) and Daniel Roman vs. Murodjon Akhmadaliev (WBA and IBF super-bantamweight titles).A two-hour prefight show is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET on DAZN and will include NFL star JuJu Smith-Schuster, fresh off his appearence playing in the Fortnite Streamers Bowl. The show will stream live for free on DAZN’s YouTube and Twitter channels, in addition to Pluto TV’s Fight Channel.Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib live stream: How to watch the fightThe Jake Paul vs. Gib fight will be live streamed on DAZN, a subscription-based sports streaming service. Although these two social media stars are well-known for having millions of subscribers on YouTube, you will not be able to watch the fight on that platform. If you want to watch the fight, you’ll need to purchase a subscription to DAZN.Those interested in watching the fight can find DAZN on a number of different systems, including, but not limited to, Amazon Fire TV/stick, Android, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Roku and Xbox One. Viewers can also find it on DAZN.com using browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. How much does Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib cost?1 month subscription: $19.991 year subscription: $99.99New subscribers can either sign up for DAZN with a monthly subscription, or purchase an annual pass.The annual pass costs $99.99 while the monthly subscription costs $19.99. (In Canada, a subscription is $20 CAD per month or $150 CAD per year.) Along with DAZN live events, subscribers to the annual pass are given access to highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports.MORE ABOUT DAZNMeet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming serviceWhat sports are live-streamed on DAZN?How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?Where is the Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib fight?The fight is taking place in Miami on Watson Island in a venue called Meridian Island Gardens, which was specifically built to host Super Bowl events.Who is Jake Paul? Jake Paul is a 22-year-old YouTuber and social media influencer. He first gained attention on the now-defunct video app Vine where he would post six-second videos along with his brother, Logan. He also had a prominent role as Dirk Mann on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark.He gained fame mostly on YouTube, though, where he currently has 19.7 million subscribers. His videos have amassed over 6.3 billion views in total. On Instagram, Paul currently has 12.8 million followers. Who is AnEsonGib?center_img AnEsonGib, also known simply as Gib, is also a YouTuber, although is popular for a different reason. While Paul gained fame mostly through sketch comedy videos, Gib gained his subscribers mostly through filming himself play the sports video game FIFA. He’s also a friend of The Sidemen, a British YouTube group that featured KSI. Although Gib is not officially a member of The Sidemen, he’s essentially a loose affiliate of the group. Gib currently has over 2.1 million subscribers on YouTube. Also, his name is Big Nose Na backwards.Miami Fight Night cardDemetrius Andrade vs. Luke Keeler for Andrade’s WBO middleweight titleJake Paul vs. AnEsonGib; CruiserweightTevin Farmer vs. Joseph Diaz for Farmer’s IBF junior lightweight title Daniel Roman vs. Murodjon Akhmadaliev for Roman’s IBF/WBA junior featherweight title​Undercard Alexis Espino vs. Vincent Baccus; Super middleweightAnthony Sims Jr. vs. Roamer Alexis Angulo; Super middleweightAustin Williams vs. Donald Sanchez; MiddleweightOtha Jones III vs. Juan Santiago; LightweightMovladdin Biyarslanov vs. Nicolas Velazquez; Jr. middleweight ​Avril Mathie vs. Angelina Hoffschneider; Women’s bantamweight Jake Paul wants to avenge his brother’s loss to KSI, but first he must defeat AnEsonGib.Following in the footsteps of Logan Paul, Jake has become a professional boxer and has been preparing for his debut fight. His opponent is Gib, a fellow YouTuber and social media star who has some boxing experience of his own. Paul fought as the co-main event for KSI vs. Logan Paul (the first fight) and beat KSI’s brother, Deji. Gib was also an undercard on the initial fight, where he defeated Jay Swingler, another YouTube personality.last_img read more

Brett Brown has an interesting reaction to the 76ers being swept by the Lakers and Clippers

first_img“The intensity that the Lakers came out with in the second period after we had a pretty good first period, that is playoff physicality, that is playoff defense, and offensively we didn’t respond to that,” Brown said before adding a graphic description of the Sixers’ play.Sixers’ Brett Brown after losing to both Clippers & Lakers in LA: “Sadistically, we love it. You want to figure out what life is like in the playoffs? Do what we just did. … That’s playoff intensity & we didn’t respond. We got stood up, bent over, we threw things away.” pic.twitter.com/6iBRpR0S9y— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 4, 2020Brown left out the fact that the team played short-handed both nights. Joel Embiid (shoulder) and Ben Simmons (back) were out for the two games and Josh Richardson (concussion) did not play Tuesday. A six-point loss to the Clippers and a bad quarter against the Lakers aren’t the worst results, then.Brown also has the luxury of letting losses become teaching moments. Philadelphia (37-25) is sixth in the East but leads the seventh-place Nets, who won’t have Kyrie Irving the remainder of the season, by nine games. The Sixers are 2 1/2 games behind the Heat for the fourth seed and home-court advantage in the first round. They are 28-2 at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers lost twice in three days at Staples Center this week. The Clippers did the deed Sunday and the Lakers followed up Tuesday.For Philly coach Brett Brown, the sweep wasn’t all bad, for one interesting reason. AI MEMORIES: Antonio Daniels explains being dropped by Iverson crossover Brown told reporters after the Sixers’ 120-107 loss to the Lakers that facing two of the top teams in the West late in the season was like playoff basketball, something Philly is on track to experience this season.”Sadistically, we love it, like, really,” he said. “You really . . . want to figure out what life looks like in the playoffs? Do what we just did: go play the Clippers on the road, go play the Lakers on the road, and I like it, because it’s real.”The Lakers put away the Sixers in the second quarter Tuesday, outscoring them 37-19 in the period to take an 11-point halftime lead. LA never trailed again after going ahead in the first half.last_img read more

NFL Thanksgiving football schedule 2020: NFL releases holiday games, opponents for Cowboys & Lions

first_imgThe Buccaneers, Texans and Bengals also have just one Thanksgiving appearance apiece. The Arizona Cardinals technically have played on Thanksgiving just once, but the Cardinals franchise, which began in Chicago and spent many years in St. Louis before it moved to the desert, has appeared on Thanksgiving 23 times.Below is a list of NFL teams in order by number of Thanksgiving game appearances.TeamThanksgiving gamesDetroit Lions79Dallas Cowboys51Green Bay Packers36Chicago Bears33Arizona Cardinals23New York Giants15Washington Redskins12Denver Broncos11Kansas City Chiefs9Pittsburgh Steelers9Minnesota Vikings8Buffalo Bills8Oakland Raiders7Philadelphia Eagles7Miami Dolphins7Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers6San Francisco 49ers5New England Patriots5New York Jets5Los Angeles Chargers5Seattle Seahawks4Los Angeles Rams4Indianapolis Colts4Cleveland Browns3Atlanta Falcons3Baltimore Ravens3New Orleans Saints2Houston Texans2Tampa Bay Buccaneers1Carolina Panthers1Cincinnati Bengals1Jacksonville Jaguars0Tadd Haislop contributed to this article. Family, food and football is a Thanksgiving tradition like no other. The Lions are a great pairing with Thanksgiving lunch. The Cowboys go well when it’s time for leftovers, and the last game comes on just in time for the dessert. You probably don’t need it but definitely won’t be turning it down. (Applicable to both the dessert and the third game). (Getty Images) Ben Roethlisberger https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3d/b6/ben-roethlisberger-031320-getty-ftrjpg_91jsmbfubabb19t85oh7i73ul.jpg?t=-737917016&w=500&quality=80Ravens at SteelersKickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ETTV channel: NBCWhat a treat. Just in case there wasn’t enough to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, the football Gods blessed Thursday night with one of the league’s best rivalries. Mike Tomlin was brought in to coach the Steelers in 2007. John Harbaugh was hired by the Ravens the next year. In the 13 seasons since, the duo have combined to have one losing season. They are two of the absolute best coaches in football, and it was proven again in 2019.Harbaugh and the Ravens completely redesigned their offense around Lamar Jackson. The Ravens won 14 games and Jackson was named the league MVP in his second season. In Week 1 of 2019, Tomlin and the Steelers lost Ben Roethlisberger for the season due to injury. They only mustered the 30th ranked offense in the league, yet finished one game away from the playoffs. Big Ben has returned for 2020, but the end could be in sight. NFL teams had a lot of time to try and figure out Lamar Jackson in the offseason, but will defenses be able to slow him down?Tune in on Thanksgiving night to find out.NFL OFFSEASON 2020:Draft grades | Power rankings | Best free agents availableWhat football teams always play on Thanksgiving?Yes, the Cowboys have hosted a Thanksgiving game for 42 consecutive years, but Dallas is still far off from Detroit in terms of being a Thanksgiving mainstay. With the exception of a six-season gap from 1939 to 1944, the Lions this season are playing their 81st straight Thanksgiving game, a streak that began in 1934.The Lions, who have a 37-41-2 record in Thanksgiving games, started the tradition during their first year in Detroit. George A. Richards, who had just purchased the team, figured a game on Thanksgiving would help his team steal attention from the more popular Detroit Tigers. Sure enough, tickets for the Lions game against the Bears in 1934 sold out two weeks ahead of time, and according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, another 25,000 tickets could have been sold had University of Detroit Stadium seated more than 26,000.The successful turnout meant a Thanksgiving tradition was born. And another one joined some 30 years later.The Cowboys, who have a 31-20-1 record in Thanksgiving games, started their Thanksgiving game tradition in 1966, when then-general manager Tex Schramm signed up for the holiday game in an effort to boost the franchise’s popularity. It worked. The Cowboys that Thanksgiving broke what was then their attendance record, as 80,259 fans watched the team beat the Browns at the Cotton Bowl.The Cowboys have played on Thanksgiving every year since except two. In 1975 and 1977, the NFL awarded Thanksgiving games to the St. Louis Cardinals, instead, in an attempt to boost that franchise’s national exposure. The Cardinals lost both games, and the Cowboys reclaimed the tradition in 1978.What teams have never played on Thanksgiving?The Jaguars have to be looking at the Lions and their 79 appearances on Thanksgiving and thinking: Come on, can’t we just get one game?Jacksonville, which along with Carolina entered the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1995, is the only one of the 32 current NFL teams that has never played a game on Thanksgiving. The Panthers joined the list of Thanksgiving participants when they beat the Cowboys in 2015. Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/26/5c/cooper-prescott-030620-getty-ftrjpg_17o7hnkk6a0op13wlfvqm9ee3s.jpg?t=-1325017592&w=500&quality=80Redskins at CowboysKickoff time: 3:30 p.m. ETTV channel: CBSThe Redskins and Cowboys know each other well. When they get together in Dallas on Thanksgiving, it’ll be their 122nd matchup. But a lot of fresh faces will be around in the 2020 season, namely Ron Rivera and Mike McCarthy. Both teams brought in new head coaches in the offseason. Rivera spent nine years as the head coach of the Panthers before he was fired with four games left in the 2019 season. McCarthy spent 13 seasons as the head coach in Green Bay before taking a year off from coaching in 2019. Both coaches get a brand new start with their new franchises but have different expectations moving forward. The Cowboys moved on from Jason Garrett with hopes of McCarthy taking the team to the next level. Dallas led the NFL in total offense in 2019 thanks to Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekial Elliot and a strong offensive line. The pieces are in place for McCarthy to succeed.It’s a different story in Washington. Rivera took over for the second-worst team in football in 2019. He is tasked with figuring out if Dwayne Haskins is the right guy at quarterback, and ultimately completely rebuilding the roster.  (Getty Images) Here’s a complete guide to the NFL’s Thanksgiving games in 2020, including the matchups, times and TV channels for each game.2020 NFL SCHEDULE RELEASE:Strength of schedule rankings | Best “revenge” gamesThanksgiving football schedule 2020The Lions will get football on Thanksgiving started, as usual, hosting the Texans at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Cowboys welcome the Redskins at 4:30 p.m. ET and the Ravens visiting the Steelers caps off the night at 8:20 p.m. ET.GameKickoff timeTV channelTexans at Lions12:30 p.m. ETFoxRedskins at Cowboys4:30 p.m. ETCBSRavens at Steelers8:20 p.m. ETNBC (Getty Images) Deshaun Watson https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9a/9d/deshaun-watson-010220-getty-ftrjpg_1w6j2ytxmpvrj1xqb5924p6i2k.jpg?t=1729841591&w=500&quality=80Texans at LionsKickoff time: 12:30 p.m. ETTV channel: FoxThe Lions and Texans will meet for the first time since they matched up on Thanksgiving eight years go. That loss might still sting for Lions fans. Detroit had a 24-14 lead in the third quarter when Houston running back Justin Forsett scored on an 81-yard touchdown.The replay showed Forsett’s elbow and knee were down after a short gain, which Lions coach Jim Schwartz saw. He chucked his red challenge flag on to the field, which might have cost the Lions the game. The play was automatically reviewed since it was ruled a touchdown, and because Schwartz threw the flag anyway, the rules said the refs couldn’t review the play. The Texans went on to win 34-31 in overtime. J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Matthew Stafford are the only players from that game that are still on their team. Deshaun Watson is now the man for the Texans as they try for their fifth AFC South title in six years.Both Bill O’Brien and Matt Patricia, two Bill Bellichick disciples, received some heavy criticism during the offseason. O’Brien made some head-scratching moves as both the Texans head coach and general manager. Patricia traded his best defensive player, Darius Slay, who aired some dirty laundry on his way out of town. last_img read more

Thursday November 7th Local Sports

first_imgIOWA FALLS – The No. 2 NIACC wrestling team topped No. 5 Ellsworth 24-19 in its season-opening dual on Wednesday in the Ellsworth gym.NIACC picked up wins from Clarance Lee-Green (125), Brock Luthens (133), Hunter Luke (141), Tony Mendoza (149), Christian Minto (174) and Holton Truax (197).Luthens, who is ranked third, took a 6-5 decision from top-ranked Hector Candelaria, who was the national runner-up at 133 pounds in 2019.Luthens now owns a 2-1 record against Candelaria. Luthens nipped Candelaria 8-7 in last season’s dual meet and Candelaria edged Luthens 3-1 at the NJCAA Region XI tournament.At 141, Luke, who is ranked third, pinned Ellsworth’s Jackson Wenberg in six minutes, 33 seconds.At 149 pounds, Mendoza, who placed fifth at nationals a year ago and is ranked second, improved his career record to 24-8 with a pin of the Panthers’ AJ Mills in 2:34.NIACC returns to action Nov. 16 at the Luther College Open. IOWA CITY — Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley gets a final crack at Wisconsin when the 18th ranked Hawkeyes visit the 16th rated Badgers. The native of Wisconsin has lost his first two starts in the series.Junior running back Toren Young is also a native of Wisconsin.Sophomore linebacker Djimon Colbert says the key for the Iowa defense is to slow down Badger running back Jonathan Taylor.Kickoff in Madison is scheduled for 3 o’clock, with the pre-game starting at 1 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have claimed safety Andrew Sendejo off waivers from Philadelphia to bring back a longtime piece of their secondary. They made the move the day after Sendejo was cut by the Eagles, for whom he played in all nine games. He had an interception against the Vikings on Oct. 13. Sendejo spent eight seasons with the Vikings, first cracking the starting lineup in 2013 and accumulating 59 starts. The 32-year-old will provide depth behind starters Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris. AMES — Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar will be going home this weekend when Iowa State visits ninth ranked Oklahoma. The redshirt sophomore from Norman, Oklahoma has 34 receptions this season, including five for touchdowns.Kolar says the Cyclones have tried to shore up the offense after a home loss to Oklahoma State.Kolar says with four games remaining it was a good time for a bye week.Kickoff in Norman is scheduled for 7 o’clock on Saturday night. TONIGHT:== AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. Flordia Atlantic — pre-game 6:15, tipoff 6:30 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored 31 points, rookie Ja Morant added 26 and the Memphis Grizzlies held onto a lead to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 137-121. Rookie Brandon Clarke made all seven of his shots and scored 18 points, and Jae Crowder also had 18 points for Memphis. The Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak. IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeye women open the season tonight by hosting Florida Atlantic. Coach Lisa Bluder will make one lineup change from Sunday’s exhibition. Senior Amanda Ollinger will move into the lineup and redshirt freshman Kate Martin will come off the bench.Bluder wants to see the Hawkeyes improve in rebounding and defensive transition.You can hear the Iowa-Florida Atlantic game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at about 6:15 with tipoff scheduled for 6:30.last_img read more

Thursday November 14th Local Sports

first_img== After making verbal commitments back in September of last year, Mohawk wrestlers Cullan and Colby Schriever signed their letters to attend The University of Iowa. Cullan is a two-time state champion, winning back-to-back state crowns at 106 pounds in 2017 and 2018 before being injured during the 2019 state tournament and finishing 6th at 120 pounds. Colby is a three-time state qualifier, placing 7th at 126 pounds in 2018 and 2nd at 138 in 2019. Colby and Cullan both say they’ve always wanted to wrestle at Iowa.Cullan and Colby talk about wrestling for Iowa coach Tom Brands and his staff.The Schrievers talk about what they are working on to improve in the upcoming high school wrestling season and beyond.Practice starts for the Mohawk wrestling team on Monday with the season opening up at home against Ankeny on Thursday December 5th. Listen to our full interview with the Schrievers here == Mohawk baseball player Avery Mellman is headed to South Dakota State. Mellman verbally committed earlier this summerMellman talks about the style of the Jackrabbit program.Mellman this past summer hit .310 with five homers and 18 runs batted in, stealing 21 bases. Listen to our full interview with Mellman here. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. North Alabama — pre-game 6:15, tipoff 6:30 MASON CITY — Four Mason City High School athletes signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday afternoon: MASON CITY – The #3 NIACC women’s basketball team claimed a 89-63 victory over Iowa Western Wednesday night on Autism Awareness Night in the NIACC gym, as you heard on KGLO.Freshman guard Sierra Lynch led five Lady Trojans in double figures with 17 points in the non-conference win over the NJCAA Division I Reivers.Also in double figures for the Lady Trojans (5-0) were Sydney Wetlaufer with 16 points, including five 3-point goals, Sana’a Smith and Kelcie Hale both scored 15 points and Allie Negen scored 12 points.NIACC was 13 of 27 from 3-point range. Besides Wetlaufer’s five 3-point goals, Smith, Hale and Negen all had two 3-point goals and Lynch and Abby Leach both connected on one 3-point goal.NIACC’s win over Iowa Western was its first over the Reivers since the Lady Trojans claimed a 98-89 victory in the 2017-18 season. IOWA CITY — Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder says her team will need an outstanding defensive effort on Thursday night when the Hawkeyes host North Alabama. The Lions are 2-0 and scored 128 points in a win over Virginia-Lynchburg.Bluder wants to see improvement after the Hawkeyes opened a week ago with an 85-53 win over Florida Atlantic.You can hear the Iowa-North Alabama game on KGLO tonight starting with the pre-game at 6:15 — The Osage volleyball team swept Grundy Center in the 2A state quarterfinals yesterday in Cedar Rapids, 25-17, 25-14, 25-16. Paige Kisley had 16 kills and nine digs while Ellie Bobinet had 26 assists and 10 digs to lead the Green Devils into today’s semifinal round. Osage will face top-ranked Western Christian of Hull at 4 o’clock this afternoon, as Western Christian swept Hudson. In the other side of the 2A bracket, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows swept Wilton 25-23, 25-20, 25-17. The Cowgirls will face Beckman of Dyersville in the other semifinal as they swept Van Buren County.== 1A quarterfinals Wednesday#1 Sidney 25-25-25, Springville 15-17-11#5 North Tama 25-25-26, #4 Gehlen of LeMars 20-22-24#8 Holy Trinity of Fort Madison 25-25-19-25, #2 Council Bluffs St. Albert 16-23-25-15#6 Wapsie Valley 25-25-16-25, #3 Janesville 23-19-25-14== 3A quarterfinals Wednesday#13 Union LaPorte City 15-20-26-25-15 #1 Davenport Assumption 25-25-24-21-9#7 Mount Vernon 25-23-21-29-15, #5 West Liberty 13-25-25-27-11#2 Kuemper of Carroll 25-25-22-30, #12 Unity Christian of Orange City 18-23-25-28#3 Red Oak 26-26-26, #10 Nevada 24-15-19. MASON CITY – The #3 NIACC men’s basketball team topped the Luther College Junior Varsity 105-58 on Wednesday night on Autism Awareness Night in the NIACC gym.For the first time in school history, the NIACC men have started the season by scoring at least 100 points in five straight games. The 1971-72 team, which finished 22-5, started the season by scoring 100 points in its first four games.Sophomore Wendell Matthews recorded a double/double with 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead NIACC. It was Matthews’ fourth double/double of the season and the 12th of his career.Also for NIACC, Deundra Roberson scored 14 points with seven steals and six assists. Chandler Dean scored 13 points with five rebounds, Trey Sampson scored 12 points with five rebounds and McKelary Robertson scored 10 points.NIACC returns to action Friday at home against the Grinnell College Junior Varsity. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. in the NIACC gym. == Anna Deets inked her letter to play basketball at Western Illinois. Deets says she considered a number of schools before making her choice.Deets says Western Illinois’ program is on the rise after some tough years.Deets talks about how she thinks she’ll fit into the Western Illinois program.Listen to our full interview with Deets here CEDAR FALLS (AP) — Spencer Haldeman posted 15 points as Northern Iowa defeated Cal State Bakersfield 67-55 on Wednesday night.AJ Green had 14 points for Northern Iowa (3-0). Trae Berhow added 14 points. Isaiah Brown had 11 points and seven rebounds for the hosts.Cameron Allen had 16 points for the Roadrunners (1-2).Northern Iowa plays Northern Colorado at home on Saturday. Cal State Bakersfield matches up against Life Pacific at home on Friday. DES MOINES (AP) — Liam Robbins had a career-high 23 points as Drake beat Kansas City 76-58 on Wednesday night.Robbins hit 8 of 10 shots. He added five blocks.Anthony Murphy had 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks for Drake (2-1). Garrett Sturtz added 11 points and seven rebounds. Roman Penn had eight rebounds and eight assists for the hosts.Jordan Giles had 15 points for the Roos (1-2). Javan White added 11 points and five steals. Brandon McKissic had 10 points.Drake faces Simpson at home on Sunday. Kansas City faces Milwaukee on the road on Friday.last_img read more

Tuesday January 14th “The Midday Report”

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Uganda’s Aucho tries his luck in tough Eastern Europe league

first_imgUganda football player Aucho Khalid (R), 23 and Japanese football player Takuto Yasuoka, 20, from Hyogo, play ball at the pitch of OFK Belgrade on March 16, 2017. Hundreds of players from Africa, Asia and South America, unaware of precarious conditions and late wages, are playing in Eastern Europe pending a transfer to the major championships and clubs. There are about thirty of them in Serbia, a country now mainly a player exporter, perceived as a “springboard” to the popular European championships.  AFP PHOTOFootball proletariat’ brave Serbia’s crumbling, violent stadiumsBelgrade, Serbia | AFP | Khalid Aucho and Takuto Yasuoka are two of hundreds of footballers from Africa, Asia and South America whose dream of stardom has brought them to Eastern Europe.Aucho, a 23-year-old from Uganda who has already tried Scotland, and his 20-year-old Japanese counterpart Yasuoka train together at OFK Belgrade, currently bottom of the Serbian second division.The pair would rather be at Manchester United or Barcelona and their prospects are as uncertain as the club’s south stand — which looks ready to collapse — and even Serbian football in general.There are about 30 foreign players in Serbia, a one-time football powerhouse now better known as a springboard to Europe’s big leagues.Serbian football has slumped deeper into trouble ever since the former Yugoslavia collapsed in the early 1990s.The main clubs are crippled by debt and no one really knows who the owners are.The trophy rooms are the only reminders of the glory years of Belgrade giants Partizan and Red Star, winners of the 1991 European Cup.Stadiums are empty and have become a haven for hooligans and bandits. One Partizan supporters’ chief, a known drug trafficker, was killed gangland-style in October 2016. The faces of the victims of the violence are painted on Belgrade walls.The FIFPro international footballers union this year warned players not to sign for clubs in Serbia, where 68 percent of professionals are paid late and 65 percent earn less than 1,000 euros ($1,070) a month. The average is 958 euros, according to a FIFPro survey.Twelve of the 16 first division clubs have only temporary operating licences and four are not allowed to buy players because of their debts to coaches and players.The Serbian football federation, FSS, and major clubs like Partizan and Red Star declined to comment on the crisis. – ‘Football proletariat’ –Most foreign players are now paid by their agents as they hope for a move to a bigger championship. Serbian sports journalist Mihajlo Todic said: “Foreigners here are in a kind of waiting room.”Clubs can only sign six foreigners, along with two from other ex-Yugoslav states.Those at Red Star and Partizan are paid well enough. Todic said foreign footballers in the Serbian provinces are “football’s proletariat”.Cranes at the recent Nations Cup tournamentAucho, who comes from the Ugandan capital Kampala, followed the advice of Ugandan national coach Milutin Sredojevic, one of the many Serbs who manage African and Asian nations.After a frustrating spell with Aberdeen in Scotland, the Ugandan went to Red Star. “The coach said it could open up possibilities,” Aucho told AFP, hinting at his hope of securing a bigger move farther down the line.But he has since been farmed out to second-tier basement side OFK, where the legendary Josip Skoblar, one of the stars of the 1962 World Cup, was once a top goalscorer.Aucho said he had been “treated well” by his OFK teammates and is convinced he will move on to a bigger team elsewhere in Europe.Yasuoka left Japan two years ago with another Japanese player to try his luck in Montenegro.He played with two clubs there before moving on to Serbia.“The conditions are good but I would like to go to a country where they are better,” he said, highlighting his dream of a London club or Barcelona.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho

first_imgBarcelona new signing PaulinhoBarcelona, Spain | AFP | Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million-euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.The 29-year-old has signed a four-year deal with a 120 million-euro buyout clause and will be formally presented on Thursday.The announcement of Barca’s third signing of the summer transfer window after Gerard Deulofeu and Nelson Semedo came just hours after the Catalans suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday.Midfielder Sergio Busquets had put pressure on the club’s board by claiming Barca had to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes on August 31.Barca have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to land a more natural replacement for Neymar with huge bids for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele being rejected by Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund respectively.“I hope you are as happy as I was there,” Neymar wrote on Instagram to wish his international teammate well.However, Paulinho’s arrival has not been warmly received by the Barca fanbase.Over 80 percent of fans urged the club not to sign him for over 20 million euros in a survey conducted by Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo. That lack of enthusiasm is due to Paulinho’s chequered career at club level in Europe.After spells in Lithuania and Poland as a teenager, Paulinho moved to Tottenham Hotspur from Corinthians in 2013.Yet he failed to shine in two years in England before moving to Guangzhou in 2015 for 14 million euros.However, he has rebuilt his career in China and established himself as a regular in a rejuvenated Brazil side since the appointment of Tite as coach a year ago, most notably scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 win away to Uruguay in World Cup qualifying back in March.And Paulinho’s former coach at Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas, believes his move to Barca is a huge boost for the prestige of the Chinese Super League.“Because Paulinho’s come here, he’s done ever so well and now he has a transfer to one of the biggest clubs in the world,” said Shanghai SIPG coach Villas-Boas.“I think it shows that the big clubs are also looking at our league. It’s a reflection of the players and the quality of work that is being done here.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Man City’s 8 as Spurs rue VAR

first_imgMan City hit eight in Watford demolition, Spurs rocked by LeicesterLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City powered to their record Premier League win as the champions scored five times within 18 first half minutes of an incredible 8-0 thrashing of Watford, while Leicester enjoyed a VAR-assisted 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.Inspired by Bernardo Silva’s hat-trick, Pep Guardiola’s side ripped woeful Watford to pieces at the Etihad Stadium, eclipsing a 7-0 success against Norwich in 2013 which stood as their previous biggest top-flight win.Although City fell one goal short of equalling the biggest Premier League margin of victory — Manchester United’s 9-0 demolition of Ipswich in 1995 — their swaggering display was the perfect way to erase the bitter taste from last weekend’s shock defeat at Norwich.Second-placed City move to within two points of leaders Liverpool, who face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.“When you shoot on target five times for five goals — the quality of players we had made the difference,” Guardiola said.“What I like the most is normally when it’s 5-0 at half time the second half is not serious, it’s boring but we did the opposite and we were more aggressive and made a very good second half.“People still don’t understand, journalists, pundits, former players, losing games is part of life. We can lose the games but the important thing is the approach and how we react.”City had crushed Watford 6-0 in last season’s FA Cup final and they picked up where they left off at Wembley by ending the match as a contest less than halfway through the opening period.David Silva tapped home the opener seconds after kick-off, before Sergio Aguero coolly doubled their lead from the spot six minutes later.Making light of winger Raheem Sterling’s absence, they made it three in the 12th minute when Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick hit Tom Cleverley in the head and deflected past Watford stopper Ben Foster.Bernardo scored his first of the game in the 15th minute and Nicolas Otamendi ended the first-half scoring shortly afterwards, before Portuguese Bernardo bagged his treble within 15 minutes of the restart and Kevin De Bruyne completed the thrashing late on. – Leicester on the rise –At the King Power Stadium, Leicester proved their credentials to gatecrash the top four as they came from behind to beat Tottenham.Harry’s Kane’s improvised 29th-minute opener as he stumbled before flicking home put Tottenham ahead.However, the game swung Leicester’s way after Spurs defender Serge Aurier’s goal midway through the second half was ruled out for the finest of offsides by VAR.The hosts built on that immediately as Ricardo Pereira equalised before James Maddison struck the winner from long range five minutes from time.Tottenham have now won just two of their first seven games of the season in all competitions and Mauricio Pochettino admitted the VAR controversy had played a role in their latest flop.Pochettino bemoaned the momentum swing given to Leicester by the long stoppage in play prior to Aurier’s strike being ruled out for a marginal offside against Son Heung-min.“The emotion of the game changed. The belief it gave to Leicester made things happen differently in the last 10 minutes,” Pochettino said.“I’m only going to say that we all accept that system in the game and now I am not going to complain.”Burnley beat Norwich 2-0 at Turf Moor, with New Zealand striker Chris Wood scoring in the 10th and 14th minutes.Sheffield United piled pressure on Everton manager Marco Silva, whose side were booed off after a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park, the damage done by Yerry Mina’s 40th-minute own goal and Lys Mousset’s 79th-minute strike.Struggling Newcastle were also subjected to jeers after a goalless draw against Brighton at St James’ Park, which featured large swathes of empty seats as fans turned their backs on a team with only one win this season.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Kadaga halts discussion on Magogo suspension, awaits documents

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has blocked discussions about the suspension of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations  (FUFA) President, Moses Magogo until related documents are tabled.Kadaga made the ruling after the Shadow Minister for Sports Allan Ssewanyana asked why the Ministry of Education and Sports had not responded to his petition against the resale of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets.Ssewanyana petitioned the world football governing body, FIFA over in 2017 claiming that Magogo engaged in illicit trading of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets that were designated for Ugandans.As a result of the petition, in a plea bargain, Magogo was fined USD 10,000 (37 million Shillings) and suspended for two months from October 10 without taking part in any national and international football-related activity.The Chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s Ethics Committee communicated early this month that it had ratified the plea bargain entered into by Magogo in the case related to the resale of the 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets. FUFA president Moses Magogo (centre) flanked by MP Obua and Ssewanyana, coach Micho and other FUFA officials and MPs at parliament last year. Ssewanyana wants Magogo investigated. Sewanyana is now demanding for the government’s response to his petition.However, Kadaga asked Ssewanyana to first produce the said FIFA verdict before the House can discuss the matter and before he could make any demands from the government.MPs led by Bunyole West MP James Waluswaka wondered whether Ssewanyana has the moral authority to question Magogo’s conduct as FUFA President yet he was cited as having interest in the same position and reportedly misbehaved at the July 2019 African Nations Cup held in Cairo, Egypt.Sewanyana insisted that Magogo’s suspension is a matter of national and international importance.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

NBL Finals: Okello, Ndikumana guide city oilers past UCU canons

first_imgThe first team to win four games takes the best of seven championships. In the women’s category JKL Lady Dolphins who lost on Wednesday to UCU Lady canons also made a strong statement to tie the series at 1-1. JKL won the game 60-56. The two teams face off on Sunday for game three at the Lugogo MTN Arena.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Oilers face UCU in game threeKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Defending Champions of the National Basketball League, City Oil stopped Uganda Christian University (UCU) Canons 79-72 on Friday night to tie the finals series 1-1.On Wednesday UCU beat the odds to stop City Oil despite Coach Nicholas Natuhereza and Centre David Kongor Deng’s ejection from the game.However in thrilling game played at the Lugogo MTN Arena, Oilers centre Landry Ndikuma dropped 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, while James Okello added 28 points and 11 rebounds to give City Oil a comfortable win.      UCU led the first quarter 24-16 before Oilers led the second quarter 22-20. A slow play by the UCU side saw them trail with  a big gap of 20-11 against the defending champions in the third quarter.Oilers continued their lead in the last quarter to win it 21-17. Titus Lual and David Kongor’s 15 points each could not save the Mukono based side from the loss. The win for Oilers now means the finals series is tied at 1-1 and the two teams are headed for game three on Sunday.last_img read more

Man Utd ‘a closed chapter’, says Mourinho ahead of Old Trafford return

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho says his time at Manchester United is “a closed chapter” and he is only interested in beating them when he takes his in-form side to Old Trafford on Wednesday.It is the new Tottenham manager’s first return to the touchline at United’s home ground since his sacking by the club last December.“This is a closed chapter for me,” said Mourinho, who has won all three of his matches in charge of Spurs. “I left the club, I took my time to process everything that happened, I took my time to prepare myself for the next challenge.“Honestly, United for me is in my book of experiences, it’s in my history book.”United are struggling under Mourinho’s successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but go into the game just two points behind fifth-placed Spurs.“It is not for me to analyse United now,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference. “I analyse them as an opponent, how they play. How can we beat them? How can they beat us? For me that is the important thing.” Jose Mourinho Mourinho is excited about the prospect of returning to Old Trafford.He said: “I feel good, I like to play big matches, I like to play against the best teams and go back to a place where I was happy.“I have a great relationship with the Manchester United supporters. I went back as a pundit and I was humbled by such a beautiful reception.“Tomorrow I go back as the coach of the team that will try and beat Manchester United.“I understand that what they want is the exact opposite of what I want. Of course during the match I expect them to forget me.”center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Champions League last 16 fixtures

first_imgLyon (FRA) v Juventus (ITA)Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) v Leipzig (GER)Napoli (ITA) v Barcelona (ESP)— First legs to be played on February 18/19/25/26— Second legs scheduled for March 10/11/17/18 Nyon, Switzerland | AFP | Full draw for the Champions League last 16 made on Monday:Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Real Madrid (ESP) v Manchester City (ENG)Atalanta (ITA) v Valencia (ESP)Atletico Madrid (ESP) v Liverpool (ENG)Chelsea (ENG) v Bayern Munich (GER) Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img PHOTO via @ChampionsLeaguelast_img read more

Trump Tweets: The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!

first_imgAt this time, police don’t know if anything was stolen.This was several hours before President Donald Trump tweeted criticizing Cummings for neglecting his district including Baltimore. Baltimore Police are investigating after the home of Rep. Elijah Cummings was broken into early Saturday morning.The burglary occurred around 3:40 a.m. at his Baltimore home in the 2000 block of Madison Avenue.last_img

Deputies attempting to secure shooting situation in Delray Beach

first_imgAuthorities in Delray are reporting that they are currently attempting to diffuse a shooting situation within the Kings Point community.The SWAT team was called to the retirement community on Monday due to the report of a man firing a gun from inside of his house on Normandy Lane.Deputies are reporting that they have made contact with the man and that they believe he is alone in the house.Authorities are asking residents to remain inside their homes and to avoid the area as they attempt to secure the situation.last_img read more

Steph wins England’s Grand Medal Final

first_img13 Aug 2015 Steph wins England’s Grand Medal Final Kent’s Steph Marshall played six below her handicap at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire to become England’s champion woman medal player.The five-handicapper scored net 67 to win the women’s Grand Medal Final, finishing two shots clear of the youngest competitor, 12-year-old Hannah Golding from Staffordshire. Third place went to Yorkshire’s Karen Jobling, a four-handicapper who returned net 70.The Final was played as part of England Golf’s first Golf Week, which celebrates the grassroots game with a five-day festival of team and handicap events. Scoring was good on a day when the forecast heavy rain stayed away for much of the competition, before catching the later starters.“I am over the moon,” said Steph (image © Leaderboard Photography) from Birchwood Park. She played the Red course in 72, one-under par gross, having never seen it before. “I didn’t have a practice round so I got myself a course book and took it one step at a time.”It proved a very successful approach as she notched up four birdies, two of them in the last three holes. “I felt I positioned the ball well with my driving and I put it close on the greens, although I had to hole a couple of downhill left-to-right putts. But they all went in, everything was going well.”Steph, 20, has been playing golf for seven years after first seeing the sport on television. She’s been on good form this season since making a small swing adjustment, after receiving a chance tip. “I’ve been hitting the ball straight ever since,” she said.Her target is to keep reducing her handicap so that she can play on the LET Access Series.Meanwhile Hannah Golding has already passed her first target for this season. She set herself the goal of reducing her handicap from 21 to 15 and had achieved that by the time she teed up in the final. Now, after returning net 69 today, another cut is on the way.“It was really fun, I like playing different courses,” she said, after completing her round. “I just tried to keep my focus and tried to make pars.” She succeeded, making nine pars in her round.There was more good scoring from Yorkshire’s Karen Jobling, who was round in one-over gross 74 for net 70. “I’m ecstatic,” she said. “I think everyone was expecting to wake up to rain and when we didn’t we felt very lucky and that was relaxing.“I didn’t start very well, my drive clipped a tree, but I managed to make a par and decided that was the sign to get on with it! I managed to stay out of the bunkers and hit some good shots.”Karen is the Richmond ladies’ club champion and this season has reached the final of the Yorkshire vets and of the second flight of the Northern vets. She also got through to the matchplay at the English senior women’s championship.The Grand Medal Final was contested by the cream of England’s club medal players. Each finalist had returned the four best medal scores at her club during 2014 and had won through a regional final to take her place at Frilford.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

English quartet given Curtis Cup boost

first_img Tags: Annabell Fuller, Bel Wardle, Curtis Cup, Emily Toy, Lily May Humphreys Four English players have been named in Great Britain and Ireland’s initial squad for next year’s Curtis Cup at Conwy in Wales.Roehampton’s Annabell Fuller, Lily May Humphreys from Stoke by Nayland, Emily Toy from Carylon Bay (pictured above) and Prestbury’s Bel Wardle have all been included in captain Elaine Ratcliffe’s preliminary squad.There are three players from Ireland in the pool – Olivia Mehaffey from Royal County Down, Julie McCarthy from Forrest Little and Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson.Scottish trio Hannah Darling of Broomieknowe, Hazel MacGarvie playing out of Royal Troon and Shannon McWilliam from Aboyne complete the line-up.Toy, Darling, Wilson, McGarvey, McCarthy and Wardle are all potential Curtis Cup debutants. Humphreys and Fuller represented Europe in the recent Ping Junior Solheim Cup on the King’s course at Gleneagles.Humphreys, Wardle and Toy were also part of the GB & I team for this year’s Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Royal St George’s.“We have a strong pool of players to choose from throughout GB & I and I’m delighted with the ten players in the initial squad,” said Ratcliffe.“Each player’s performances and results will be monitored closely over the coming months and we will be looking for each of them to maintain a high standard as they try to secure their places in the team.“There are many other talented players who can be added to this squad over the next few months,” she added.The final Curtis Cup team is due to be announced on May 11, 2020 and will include the two golfers place highest on the Women’s World Amateur Ranking. They are currently Mehaffey and Humphreys.A further six players will be selected by the R&A Women’s Selection. Up to four non-travelling reserves will also be announced.The 41st Curtis Cup match will be played from Friday June 12 to Sunday June 14 at Conwy where GB & I will be bidding to regain the trophy after last year’s 17-3 defeat in the United States.Photograph credit: Leaderboard 17 Sep 2019 English quartet given Curtis Cup boost last_img read more

Gay, lesbian sports hall of fame honors athletes

first_imgIn this June 8, 2013 file photo, NBA veteran Jason Collins, left, the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay, shakes hand with Boston Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo, as they both participated in Boston’s gay pride parade, in Boston. On Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, Collins will be honored in Chicago in the first class of inductees of what organizers say is the first-of-its-kind National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File) CHICAGO (AP) — Dave Pallone, who was part of Chicago history when he umpired the first night game at Wrigley Field, is returning to Chicago to take part in another chapter of American sports history: His inclusion in the inaugural class of what organizers say is the first-of-its-kind National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.On Friday night, Pallone will be honored in the first class of inductees that includes tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, and Jason Collins, who in April became the first active male professional athlete in a major team sport to publicly reveal he was gay.“It is a tremendous honor and … I hope it gives young people and adults alike who happen to be LGBT and want to be in professional sports another example of why they should continue to strive for their dreams,” Pallone said.Rick Garcia, a prominent Illinois gay rights activist agreed, saying he hopes the hall of fame encourages gay and lesbian youth to “have a career in sports and excel in that career and still be honest about who they are.”The events will include a dinner Friday night to honor the inductees at a ceremony at the Center on Halsted and an event on Saturday at Wrigley Field called “Out at Wrigley,” which organizers says is the largest “Gay Day’ at a major league sporting event.Executive Director Bill Gubrud said the decision to establish what he says is the country’s first hall of fame honoring gay athletes and their supporters is not tied to Collins’ announcement earlier this year. He said factors such as changing attitudes about homosexuals, particularly among young people, made him and others think this was the ideal time to create an institution that honors the contributions that gays have made in sports as well as the hardships many endured because of their sexual orientation.Among those being inducted is the late Glenn Burke.  An outfielder with the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1970s, Burke is widely believed to have delivered the first high-five. Though he did not publicly come out until two years after he left baseball, Burke maintained until his 1995 death from AIDs that he was run out of the game by “prejudiced and homophobic” managers and front offices that knew he was gay.“This will help preserve history,” said Gubrud. “You are not going to know where to go if you don’t know where you’ve been and many in the gay community don’t know Glenn Burke.”Gubrud also said that a number of the inductees who are not gay are being recognized for having “helped create safe environment for LGBTs to compete in sports at every level.” Among those is Ben Cohen, an English rugby player. “He founded a foundation to stop bullying against LGBTs,” Gubrud said.Gubrud said Chicago was chosen to be hall of fame’s home for a number of reasons, starting with the city’s place as a major gay tourist destination. Also, he said, “Chicago is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the United States.”He also said the Cubs hold a special place in the gay community, explaining that it was the Cubs more than a decade ago that became the first professional sports team to place an ad in a gay newspaper.Gubrud said a site for the actual hall of fame has not been selected, but that organizers are in the process of putting together a plan to raise money and find a building.last_img read more

Rookie Megna lifts Penguins past Canes, 3-1

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins’ Jayson Megna (59) and Brandon Sutter (16) look for a shot against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters (35) as Hurricanes’ Justin Faulk (27) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Hurricanes’ Andrej Sekera (4), of Slovakia looks for possession at left. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  by Joedy McCrearyAP Sports WriterRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When he eventually tells the story of his first career goal, Pittsburgh rookie Jayson Megna won’t embellish any of the details. Sidney Crosby did set it up, and it did ice a victory that ended a losing streak.That it clicked in off his shin pad? No big deal.Megna scored his first goal on a deflection after he also earned his first assist, helping the Penguins snap a three-game slide by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Monday night.“I told him, ‘That’s not the way you usually dream of scoring your first one,’” Crosby said. “But you take them any way you can get them.”Chris Kunitz and Tanner Glass also scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins. Brooks Orpik had three assists, Crosby added two and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots.Pittsburgh ended its longest losing streak since 2011-12 by defeating the Hurricanes for the fourth straight time.“We had some lapses for periods (during the slide) and that hurt us and ended up costing us the game,” Crosby said. “When you do good things, you don’t want to spoil it with some errors that were mental errors, and we bounced back here tonight and got a big win.”Nathan Gerbe scored a power-play goal for Carolina, which lost its third straight. The Hurricanes remained tied with the New York Islanders for second in the division — five points behind the Penguins — after putting just three shots on Fleury in the third period.“We kind of got pushed out of the game. We weren’t able to generate anything in the third period,” coach Kirk Muller said. “Prior to that, they played a heavier game than we did. They won more battles. They grinded it harder, and their big boys at the end of the night were on the scoresheet. … Some of our guys have to start contributing.”Carolina’s Justin Peters made 26 saves in his second straight start in place of the injured Cam Ward.Ward is expected to miss at least two more weeks after sustaining an unspecified lower-body injury during a loss at Minnesota last week, and including that game, the Hurricanes have lost all three games since he was hurt. Carolina has allowed at least three goals in four straight.“He battled. He played hard,” Muller said of Peters. “We broke down on a couple mistakes that cost us goals, and we had opportunities to capitalize almost similar plays and we didn’t capitalize.”Offense had become a bit tougher to find for the Penguins, which scored 13 goals in its previous two victories over the Hurricanes — including a 5-2 win earlier this month in Pittsburgh keyed by a hat trick from former Hurricane Jussi Jokinen.During the losing streak, the Penguins averaged 38 shots but managed four total goals.Kunitz scored the go-ahead goal with 3:36 left in the second, cashing in on some nifty cross-ice passing, taking a feed from Crosby and beating Peters high to make it 2-1.Megna — a 23-year-old undrafted center playing in his second career NHL game — then made it a two-goal game with 12:49 left.A Crosby shot clicked first off a Carolina defender, then off Megna’s right leg and into the net — and the occasion was marked by the inadvertent sounding of the PNC Arena goal horn.“Shot it right off my shin pad,” Megna said. “Not how I dreamed it up, but I’ll take them any way I can get them.”Megna’s first career point came on the Penguins’ first goal. Glass put them up 1-0 at 8:25 of the first off a neutral-zone draw, whipping the rebound of Megna’s shot past Peters. Both of Glass’ goals this season have come against the Hurricanes.Gerbe tied it at 16:03 with a 5-on-3 goal, finishing from point-blank range after some tic-tac-toe passing from Alexander Semin and rookie Elias Lindholm.That came after Pittsburgh had the game’s first nine shots on goal. Carolina didn’t put its first shot on Fleury until Ron Hainsey’s soft backhand with about 8½ minutes left drew some sarcastic cheers from the crowd.The Penguins had a lull of their own in the second, failing to put a shot on Peters until Megna landed one about 8½ minutes in.NOTES: Crosby has at least one point in 10 of Pittsburgh’s 12 games. … Semin has points in four straight games. … The Penguins scratched D Rob Scuderi with a lower-body injury, ending his streak of 276 consecutive regular-season games played — the longest streak on the team.___Follow Joedy McCreary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joedyaplast_img read more