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State Department describes Port of Spain as critical threat location

first_imgTrinidad crime The US State Department has described the Trinidad and Tobago capital of Port of Spain as being a critical-threat location for crime directed at or affecting US Government interests.At the same time the Department identified the city as a low-threat location for terrorist activity directed at or affecting official US government interests.The State department’s 2017 Crime and Safety Report, which  was released last week, identified crime in the twin island republic as the main threat to visitors.“Given the crime rate and some weaknesses in border control, there remains a continued concern that T&T could be utilised as a transit point for potential terrorists or terrorist organizations. US citizens are advised that US government personnel and their families are restricted from travelling to the following areas — Laventille, Sea Lots, Cocorite, Beetham, the Interior of (Queen’s Park) Savannah, Downtown Port of Spain (after dark), Fort George (after dark), and all beaches (after dark),” the report says.The report stated “most crimes are crimes of opportunity”, adding that “American citizens have been victims of pickpocketing, assault, theft/robbery, fraud, and murder” and while “there is no evidence to indicate that foreigners, specifically expatriates, are specifically targeted, crimes (robbery, break-ins/burglary, vehicular break-ins, home invasions, assaults (including sexual assaults)) do occur in areas frequented by tourists and in which the expatriate community lives.”The report also stated that “Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) 2016 crime statistics show a 1.4 per cent increase in overall serious criminal activity, as compared to 2015 but violent crime remains a major concern for local security services and the general population.”Trinidadian police seized 765 firearms last year and identified the gun as the weapon of choice to commit murders. Almost 81 per cent of the murders were committed using a gun in that country.“According to TTPS statistics, there were 462 murders in 2016, 420 murders in 2015, and 403 murders in 2014, out of a population of approximately 1.3 million people,” the report states.The State Department also mentioned that there were no known indigenous terrorist groups operating in the country but it was reported that Trinidad nationals have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight for the terrorist group ISIS.“Given the crime rate and some weaknesses in border control, there remains a continued concern that T&T could be utilized as a transit point for potential terrorists or terrorist organizations. Although terrorism poses a low threat to travelers to T&T, all should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks. These could take place in public areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers. Travelers should review the US Department of State’s most recent Worldwide Caution,” the report states.last_img read more

Bermuda Score Second Win Against US to Advance to ICC Twenty20…

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC – Deunte Darrell held his nerve to hit an unbeaten 30 from 23 balls as Bermuda completed a famous double over the United States on Thursday to book their ticket to the final ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates in October and November.Playing at White Hill Field, Bermuda followed up Sunday’s six-run win over the US by winning by four wickets with seven balls to spare, to advance to the final qualifier ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia with two games to spare.Canada, meanwhile, handed the Cayman Islands their fourth successive defeat in the quadrangular tournament, coasting to an eight-wicket victory in Thursday’s second-round opener to also book their place in the UAE.After winning the toss and sending their opponents in, Bermuda held the US to 141 for nine with Hayden Walsh top-scoring with 26 as medium-pacer Onias Bascome snapped up three for 32 from four overs.In reply, Bermuda were given a flying start by Okera Bascome, who smashed four sixes and two fours in his 16-ball 35 before he fell in the sixth over to slow left-arm bowler Karima Gore, leaving the hosts 44 for one.Gore then removed the other opener, captain Terryn Fray, who has had a poor tournament with the bat, for eight and Bermuda suffered a major setback when Sussex all-rounder Delray Rawlins, who earlier took two wickets, was third out for 12 at 69 in the 10th over.But Malachi Jones, having been promoted to number three, kept the scoreboard rattling along with 27 off 19 balls.When Allan Douglas was sixth out at the end of the 17th over, Bermuda still required 25 for victory and the target was further reduced by 10 runs in the 18th over.Man-of-the-Match Darrell then struck a six and a two and another maximum, after Onias Bascome had given him back the strike with a single off the first ball of Walsh’s over, to see the local side over the line.New York-born Gore, 21, who has also played for Antigua and Barbuda, was the pick of the US attack with three for five off four overs, accounting for the openers as well as Douglas, while leg-break bowler Timil Patel (2-19) removed Jones and Rawlins.In the first game, slow left-arm bowler Saad Bin Zafar shackled the Cayman batsmen on his way to figures of three for eight from four overs as the Caribbean side struggled to 91 for seven, with Greg Strydom top-scoring with 23.Cayman then rocked Canada, removing openers Rodrigo Thomas and Rizwan Cheema for ducks without a run on the board as Alessandro Morris and Kervin Ebanks claimed a wicket apiece in the first two overs.But that was the last success for Cayman as captain Navneet Dhaliwal struck five sixes and three fours in his unbeaten 53, while Nitish Kumar finished not out on 37 off 35 balls with a couple of fours and sixes, as Canada swept to victory with more than seven overs to spare.last_img read more

SENIORS – Beware of New Social Security Robocall Scam

first_imgFLORIDA – Some South Florida residents who are Social Security beneficiaries have in recent weeks been receiving unexpected robocalls allegedly from the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, the Federal Trade Commission is aggressively warning that this is a scam which has been spreading across the nation, and are urging seniors not to respond to the calls.The scammers target individuals by calling their phone through a robocall and claiming their Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity, or because it’s been involved in a crime.Robo messageTypically the rob- call message left is: “This call is from the department of social security administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your social security number because we found some suspicious activity. So, if you want to know about this case just press 1 thank you.”In those calls or voicemails, sometimes the scammer wants the individuals called to confirm their SSN, reactivate it or they’ll say their bank account is about to be seized.Preventative stepsThe FTC cautions those receiving these calls whatever the message on the call says not to fall for it. It’s a scam and that’s not the real Social Security Administration calling. The scamis a growing concern for officials, as according to the FTC says so far this year more than 35,000 people have reported the scam, with victims having lost over $10 million.The FTC further cautions anyone who receives these calls should not answer the call, and if they do answer hang up immediately on hearing the message., and never pressed the number 1 as requested. Doing this will indicate to the scammer that they have reached the person their targeting and could open further calls and efforts to scam.One of the main reasons for targeting seniors with this SS scam is that most beneficiaries are very dependent on their monthly SS payment, and maybe quick to respond to the calls if they hear their accounts are being cancelled or their bank account closed.The FTC says be suspicious of any call from a government agency since those agencies don’t call residents with threats or promises or demands for money. Only Scammers do. Don’t trust caller ID – even if it might look like a real call from the SSA, don’t trust it. Never give any caller information like bank account and/or Social Security, and never make a payment. And, always check with the real agency the call is purported to be coming from.The Federal Trade Commission says If you’re worried, hang up and call the SSA yourself at 1-800-772-1213. If you’ve already received one of these robocall Social Security Scams, contact them with a complaint.last_img read more

Canada Issues Travel Advisory for Haiti as Protests Continue

first_imgOTTAWA, Canada- CMC — The Government of Canada has warned nationals to avoid travelling to Haiti as violent protests and widespread civil unrest have been taking place across the nation for several weeks.According to security officials, the situation in the French-speaking Caribbean country could deteriorate quickly and large demonstrations are scheduled to take place from November 4 to 6.“In addition to this volatile situation, the country is also experiencing water food and fuel shortages. Many businesses and banks are closed, making it difficult to access cash and commodities of all kinds.”The Canadian Government said roadblocks have been disrupting transportation across the country.“There have been reports of armed protest orders who throw rocks or shoot at vehicles that get close or kidnap people for ransom money.”On Friday, Radio Canada said there has been widespread hostility towards citizens from the United States and Canada.“Last week protesters reportedly threw rocks at the Canadian Embassy in Portau- Prince…the walls in Port-Au-Prince are covered with graffiti against the UN and also against what everyone here knows as the ‘Core Group’, a group of donor countries, including Canada, the United States, European Union and the Organization of American States…”The political and economic crisis in Haiti was triggered by the publication in January 2019 of a report on the Venezuela-funded PetroCaribe Oil initiative, under which Caracas provided oil and other petroleum products to Haiti under a preferential agreement.Opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations over the past weeks demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, whom they have accused of engaging in corruption linked to the Venezuelan funded oil initiative, PetroCaribe.But Moise, who came to power in 2017, has said he has no intention of stepping down and instead has proposed a national dialogue so as to move the country forward.last_img read more

Coaches Association Withdraws Rangers GM Chukwu As NFF Technical Committee Representative

first_imgRelated The Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA) has recommended that the general manager of league champions Enugu Rangers, Christian Chukwu, is withdrawn as their representative on the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).This was contained in a statement released after the emergency meeting of the body’s executive committee in Abuja earlier this week.The statement further pointed out that Christian Chukwu breached article 4:6 of the association’s statute after he failed to protect coach Imama Amapakabo from the injustice and unfair treatment meted out to him at Rangers.Article 4:6 states that – “To advice guide and protect all football coaches of the ‘FEDERATION’ from injustice and unfair treatment arising from their employment and services arising from directly or indirectly from their performance of their duties as coaches within any organised football entity whatsoever.”As a result of this breach, the executive committee therefore recommended his withdrawal pending his appearance before the body’s investigation and disciplinary committee.last_img read more

ATP Finals (Pete Sampras Group): Goffin To Face Federer In Semis After Thiem Victory

first_imgDavid Goffin of Belgium has set up a semifinal meeting with tennis legend Roger Federer after he defeated Dominic Thiem in straight sets.The 7th seed beat his Austrian opponent 6-4, 6-1 at the O2 Arena on Friday and will now face someone he has never beaten in Roger Federer for a place in the Sunday’s final.He has lost all of his six meetings with the 19-time Grand Slam champion.Speaking after his win over Thiem, the Belgian said: ”I’ve never found a key to beat Roger.””Honestly, I don’t know what to do tomorrow. But I’m going to try something, something different, something that I’ve never done in the past.” he addedIn the other group match, Dimitrov saw off Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-1 to become the first player to win all three round-robin matches on debut since Andy Murray in nine years (2008). Relatedlast_img read more

Long live the DraftKings of Europe

first_img Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 DraftKings recently became one of the first DFS operators to secure a Maltese Controlled Skill Gaming licence. Jeffrey Haas, DraftKingsIt didn’t take long for the company to reveal its European plans for 2017 either with a German launch planned for Q1. The operator entered the UK space around a year ago and the mega merger with FanDuel is expected to be fully done and dusted midway through this year. For now expansion in Europe is on the cards is the talk of the town.DraftKings’ Chief International Officer Jeffrey Haas was appointed to lead the DFS operator’s European expansion which began in the UK last year. The former Poker Stars and bwin.party man spoke to Totally Gaming this week about their ambitions for 2017.On why the company opted to start with Germany Haas said: “Football is obviously part of the DNA in Germany. We know this, as there are already millions of season long fantasy football players on popular platforms owned by sports leagues and media companies. Even the Bundesliga launched their own manager games product this season, for the first time.“That said, while Germany has a very strong sports culture with football at its core, American sports including the NFL and NBA are also extremely popular.”DraftKings offers a greater range of sports than the majority of DFS B2C operators. It has also fared better in the UK to date than many may have expected. Haas notes that there has been a 20% month on month growth in the first nine months of operation, and this has been achieved without excessive marketing campaigns.The operator established some club partnerships early on but it’s been nothing like the all out assault on TV screens and at sporting events that was seen in the DraftKings FanDuel war in the States in 2015. When discussing the future of DFS many point to Latin America as a region in which it could be hugely successful. When asked whether DraftKings may move into this territory, Haas stated: “We already see DFS growing in Brazil with Escala11, and in Mexico with ChalkDFS.“Both seem to be doing a great job of creating awareness and excitement in our category. We will get to LATAM in time, but literally have a world of opportunity to choose from. Right now, we are focused on bringing our games to Europe. It’s an exciting time to be in our space, and I love the competition! It’s great for consumers to have so much choice, and good for us as it puts pressure on us to both excel and continue innovating.” Sharelast_img read more

Russia 2018: Digesting the draw

first_img BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 As Friday’s draw concluded and the World Cup began to take shape, fans were left pondering a mouthwatering clash between Spain and Portugal, renewed optimism in the Three Lions and a slightly surreal tournament opener.  Gareth Southgate’s England were handed a favourable start to the tournament, taking on Tunisia and World Cup debutants Panama in the opening two games. Southgate will be hoping that his side have already booked a place in the last 16, when the Three Lions face a Belgium side littered with Premier League stars in an intriguing final group game. England are currently 7/5 to top Group G and are as short as 1/4 to qualify from the group. The expectation doesn’t stop there, as  since the draw was made, England’s odds of winning have been slightly trimmed from 18/1 to just 16/1.Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “World Cup fever is beginning to build after this afternoon’s draw, and the odds are suggesting Southgate’s boys have a great chance of going far. The footballing Gods have also set up a potentially huge quarter-final with Germany, where England will be looking to exact revenge for 2010.”Arguably the most tantalising game of the group stages comes from Group B, where 2008 World Champions Spain take on current European champions Portugal, in a clash that Portuguese defender Jose Fonte described as “a big rivalry.”A sub-plot from Group B is the appearance of Iran manager, Carlos Queiroz who boasts a managerial pedigree better than most at the tournament, Queiroz  not only had two stints in charge of Portugal, but also spent time as Real Madrid manager and as Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United. His organised Iran side and an underestimated Morocco could cause Portugal and Spain problems in this group.  Meanwhile the ambitions of hosts Russia will have been heightened by being placed in a group with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. Subsequently meaning the game that will open the tournament, will be a rather underwhelming one between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Furthermore, given the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez, Mohamed Salah’s Russia may well perceive the tournament opener to be a must-win game if they have any aspirations of getting through the group. Group F is the arguable group of death, made up of reigning World Champions Germany, Mexico, South Korea and Italy’s conquerors, Sweden. Whilst it’s widely expected that Joachim Low’s Germany won’t have too many problems winning this group, ties and against Mexico and Sweden will certainly provide a good test of just how feared the side ranked number one in the World should be.Guiding Brasil towards World Cup glory would be incredibly beneficial to the World’s most expensive player Neymar, who appears to be on a mission to steal the Ballond’Or from the clutches of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Those burdened with the unenviable task of being in the same group as the tournament favourites are, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia, all of which are likely to be fighting it out for second spot in Group E.Brasil’s arch rivals Argentina looked anything but convincing in qualification, only sealing a place at the tournament because of a magical performance from Messi in the final group game against Ecuador. Jorge Sampaoli’s team will have to improve in order to come through a tricky group with an Iceland side that continue to defy the odds, Nigeria and the always dangerous Croatia. Being in a group with a much fancied France side desperate to go a step further in this tournament then they did at Euro 2016, means Peru, Denmark and Australia  are all destined to be desperately vying to claim second place in Group C.Group H possible throws up the most evenly matched group, with a Columbia side that’ll benefit immensely from James Rodriguez playing regularly at Bayern Munich. His club-mate, Robert Lewandowski will be hoping to fire Poland into the knockout stages, even if it looks unlikely he restricts their success in the Bundesliga, Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa will be hoping he can help Japan find success in this group, whilst Senegal will be heavily reliant on Liverpool’s Sadio Mane if they’re to have any success in Group H.___________________The World Cup will be a key topic at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. To find out more about both events click on the banner below. Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

Fulham unveils Dafabet deal for Premier League return

first_imgShare Related Articles Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon AsianBGE launches live instant win channel with Pin Projekt June 24, 2020 Dafabet grows cricket portfolio with Durham and Sussex deals July 15, 2020 Submit As the club gets ready for a return to the Premiership, Fulham FC has welcomed Dafabet as its new main team partner, in a two-year record shirt sponsorship deal for the club.The announcement of the new partnerships coincides with the launch of the club’s new 18/19 adidas home and away kits, which will carry the Dafabet logo displayed on the front of the playing shirts worn by the First Team for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign and the Fulham FC Women’s team. The Home Kit will be worn for the first time this Saturday (14 July) when Slaviša Jokanović’s side plays Reading in a pre-season friendly at Aldershot Town. Dimitris Karatzas, Chief Executive Officer at Dafabet, commented: “We are delighted to continue our long-lasting presence in the Premier League by partnering with a club full of heritage and tradition.  While the relationship is in the early stages, our initial discussions with the club’s officials have given me every confidence that we share the same passion for football, we’re looking forward to a fruitful and successful partnership.”John Cruces, Head of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship at Dafabet, added: “We’re very proud to announce our partnership with Fulham Football Club who are steeped in tradition being London’s oldest club. Being one of the most recognised Asian brands it was very important to us to continue to be seen in the most watched league in club football, especially seeing more new gaming brands entering football of late.  We’ll be bringing the highest level of experience to the partnership and will engage with both the club and fans, working towards common goals. It goes without saying we look forward to forming a successful relationship, roll on the new season.”Fulham Football Club earned a place in the Premier League, after an absence of four years, by defeating Aston Villa 1-0 in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley last May. Pre-season preparations are firmly underway as the team gets ready for the 2018/19 Premier League opener at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday 11 August. As well as presence on the front of playing shirts from 2018/19, Dafabet branding will be visible around Craven Cottage on matchdays and across the Club’s social media and digital channels. There will also be significant engagement opportunities for Dafabet to reach the Club’s domestic and international fan base. Casper Stylsvig, Chief Revenue Officer of Fulham FC reacted to the new partnership: “I am delighted that the Club has been able to benefit from the team’s tremendous success of last season’s promotion to the Premier League by securing a record shirt sponsorship deal. We look forward to enjoying our return to the top flight with Dafabet and working with them to continue to grow the Club’s brand globally.”last_img read more

Svenska Spel collaborates with SEF to offer integrity lectures

first_img Related Articles Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Swedish state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel has secured a new agreement with Swedish Elite Football (SEF) which will see the duo collaborate in offering education surrounding match-fixing and sport integrity.Svenska Spel and the SEF will deliver a series of lectures at Sweden’s annual youth tournament, The Gothia Cup, which will primarily focus on addressing the dangers of match-fixing and corruption in football. Anders Wikström, a former professional footballer who now works alongside Svenska Spel and the SEF, is due to deliver the lectures. He stated:“As a young player you probably have not reflected so much around match fixing; you play football because it’s fun.“By highlighting the issue early on, we hope to prevent future match fixing.”As well as offering education to the younger teams competing in the youth tournament, Wikström has worked alongside the 32 clubs across Sweden’s Allsvenskan and second-tier Superettan to deliver classes on the risks associated with match-fixing in the hope of deterring players from considering the idea.The initiative is the latest from the Swedish regulator to clamp down on corruption in the country’s sports and betting industry. Sharelast_img read more

Genius Sports Media brings data-led marketing approach to all sports brands

first_img Share Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Genius Sports teams up with TNM to launch tennis series May 27, 2020 Share Submit 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Mark Locke, Genius SportsSports data, technology and content provider Genius Sports Group has revamped its ‘Genius Sports Media’ division, building upon its 10 years of digital marketing experience and live sports data expertise to deliver new innovations to a diverse range of partners across the sports and gaming sectors.Operating since 2017, Genius Sports Media has served as the audience engagement arm of Genius Sports, combining the Group’s programmatic media buying, data-driven content and customer retargeting functions.The Group said that the ‘end-to-end digital agency’ will ‘transform the way brands and publishers connect with their audiences’.Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports Group, said: “We have been helping brands acquire customers for well over a decade and have subsequently built an understanding of how and when sports fans engage with media that simply can’t be replicated by traditional agencies”.Genius Sports said it has leveraged ’10-years of fan understanding’ to create marketing tools that help brands maximise marketing efficiencies and campaign ad-spend with highly targeted, contextual campaigns brought to life with live sports data.In an expansion of its services, Genius Sports Media has also launched a portfolio of live data-driven widgets for digital publishers to engage with new audiences providing new opportunities for clients to engage with sports content, including a sportsbook affiliate platform service.Locke added: “Using this expertise, in combination with our rapidly expanding live data portfolio, advertisers targeting sports fans can instantly connect with them in real-time to build stronger relationships that significantly increase conversion rates.“By unifying these capabilities with our new suite of publisher products, Genius Sports Media both extends and optimizes the services we can provide for brands and publishers in this highly competitive marketplace.”last_img read more

GambleAware report suggests ‘clearer’ strategy needed on advertising

first_img Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Footstock signs Chris Kamara as new brand ambassador August 18, 2020 Submit Published in its latest interim report, GambleAware has conducted research into the impact that different forms and frequencies of gambling adverts had upon children, young people and vulnerable adults.The research, carried out by two consortia led by Ipsos MORI and the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling, found that lotteries and bookmakers are among the highest spenders for gambling advertisements. Meanwhile, sports advertisements were found to be much more dominant online, with their exposure furthered through sponsorships used within broadcasts of live events.Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, commented: “This is an interim report, and as such it is too early to judge the impact of exposure to gambling advertising and marketing on children, young people and vulnerable adults. “Nevertheless, the research does make important recommendations, including the need for clearer and more regular messages on gambling adverts of the risks associated with gambling, and the need to strengthen age verification processes on social media platforms.”The research confirmed that no examples of gambling adverts were placed within children’s media, including the most popular children’s websites. Researchers did find, however, that there was an array of content that contained features which might plausibly appeal directly to children and young people, including celebrity endorsement, memorable songs and catchphrases. Ian Angus from the Gambling Commission added: “We welcome the publication of this interim report which contributes towards the delivery of the recently launched National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. “This research takes a significant step to address gaps in understanding of this issue and provides a clearer picture of the volume, tone and content of gambling advertising and sponsorship in Great Britain, and the extent to which children, young people and vulnerable adults are exposed to it.“We await the findings of the second phase report with interest. In the meantime, we are pleased to see that the report identifies clear areas for action that gambling firms can take now and we therefore expect them to redouble their efforts to address public concerns about the volume and nature of gambling advertising and sports sponsorship.”59 per cent of eSports gambling content found via Twitter was deemed as potentially appealing to children and young people, mostly attributed to the animated graphics used, in comparison to the11 per cent of gambling adverts found in the mainstream media. While the research is still ongoing, current figures suggest that young people are still exposed to online gambling adverts, with young people still able to follow and engage with betting-related accounts on Twitter. GambleAware has expressed that these findings emphasise the room to utilise existing technology which would effectively manage the content that young people and children can access.Steven Ginnis, Research Director at Ipsos MORI has said: “The research identifies the multiple touchpoints through which children, young people and vulnerable adults come in to contact with gambling marketing and advertising. This stretches from the high street to the lounge and isn’t just restricted to sports.  “The impact of this exposure will be fully explored in our second report.  Participants in the research also spoke of a wide range of themes and features that they find appealing in gambling advertising; these features are more commonplace than the use of child-friendly images or phrases, for example the use of celebrities or the use of financial offers. “This requires a more nuanced discussion of how best to mitigate against the risks of exposure, appeal and susceptibility to gambling advertising among these groups.”In the research, it was identified that participants felt there was little evidence of prominent consumer protection messages – such as age warnings or promotion of lower-risk gambling. Meanwhile, 22 per cent of mainstream media adverts were judged to contain features such as implied limited risk or inflated chances of winning; which subsequently rose to 37 per cent on Twitter.The final stages of research, which will be published later this year, the focus will shift towards the overall impact of gambling marketing and advertising strategies. StumbleUponlast_img read more

Pini Yakuel: Optimove – Betting Industry’s altered marketing agenda requires a real-time rethink

first_imgShare Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon GVC expands Optimove CRM dynamics across global group portfolio July 4, 2019 Optimove upgrades customer journey ‘self-optimisation’ capacities August 6, 2020 Share Optimove expands real-time dynamics to help betting meet new marketing demands August 27, 2019 Pini Yakuel – OptimoveExpanding its ‘Marketing Hub’ provisions, Optimove a leading supplier of customer retention and campaign optimisation tools for mass-market enterprises, announced a raft of real-time functions customised for betting marketing teams.  Detailing initiatives to SBC audiences, Optimove CEO Pini Yakuel underlines the importance of betting operators building-up their real-time capacities, as marketing leadership can no longer think statically on customer engagement, facing a board agenda of live dynamics such as player behaviour, care-of-duty and social responsibility interactions…______________ SBC: Pini thanks for this interview. As a marketing technology Optimove services a number of mass-market industries. However, why has Optimove, chosen to build specific components for betting marketing incumbents?  Pini Yakuel (CEO – Optimove): We are proud to be recognized as the preferred CRM solution for the gaming industry. We have always anticipated the needs of our clients and been able to identify how our technology can answer those needs. Over the past few months, we have seen the need for realtime capabilities increase. True to our commitment to staying ahead of the curve, it was only natural that we develop realtime capabilities to support our clients’ evolving marketing requirements.SBC: In your press update, you detail that you want to help industry operators make better ‘informed decisions’ through real-time dynamics. What does this actually entail? PY: As we always say, marketing has three sides. The first is data collection and curation; the second is activation or campaigns, and the third is measurement and optimization.On the data side, we provide a combination of fast and slow data. Most data used for profile creation, segmentation and predictive modelling is historical data, and therefore these processes are non-realtime by nature. We call them “Slow Data”. Real-time engagement using live signals is what we call “Fast Data”. Fast data, such as realtime web and mobile interactions, complement customer profiles by providing the marketer with the context needed in order to make an informed decision. What Optimove is adding now is the combination of realtime, historical, and predictive data.For example – if we know that a certain player or bettor is a bonus seeker, and we see they are currently playing roulette, the marketer now has the tools to trigger a campaign which is different than the one that would be triggered for a VIP.Additionally, Operators need to gain insight into the impact of each of their campaigns, or a sequence of them, on any business KPI. In our newest release, our Streams feature was enhanced with new capabilities now enabling users to measure the joint impact of a sequence of realtime and scheduled campaigns. Streams complement Optimove’s pre-existing offering of single campaign measurement.Together, these capabilities provide valuable insight to operators empowering them to make better-informed decisions based on the intelligence they gain on their players and the effectiveness of their past and current marketing activities.SBC: At a marketing and operations level, why have real-time dynamics been so hard to achieve or execute for betting operators?  PY: Traditionally, realtime dynamics have been managed from the iGaming platforms, that are separated from CRM systems. This has created an operational challenge since it required marketers to manage, connect, and measure their campaigns without seeing the full picture. Optimove’s new realtime technology enables marketers to overcome these obstacles by centralizing the required capabilities under one roof. SBC: How do you envision your new Marketing Hub provisions, tackling the complexities of the industry’s social responsibility and compliance demands across multiple markets placed on marketing teams?   PY: We are extremely aware of the need marketing teams have when it comes to complying with regulation. We are committed to helping them provide a secure and safe entertainment environment for their players.These new real-time capabilities are built on top of our robust player modelling and orchestration technologies, enabling the full control over each and every player’s experience. As an example, marketers can allocate players into an ‘always exclude’ segment, isolating them from receiving promotions from the operator. This segment can contain players that have been identified by the operators’ own tools, Optimove’s proprietary predictive algorithms, or people who have exceeded their communication limits.SBC: As a tech and marketing stakeholder, can the sector’s compliance demands simply be addressed by technology developments… Are shortcomings simply down to tech limitations?PY: t’s not about technology solving compliance demands, it’s about technology empowering operators to provide safe environments to their players. I once compared AI to Ironman’s suit, for the armour and support it provides the human in it. I’d rather look at technology as exactly that—technology is an enabler, not an easy-fix solution to any issue.Looking at responsible gaming models only as a means to meet compliance regulations, misses the mark. Responsible gaming models should be created by the industry’s desire to create safe environments and top-quality experiences for players. Technology is the means to that end. It’s not the ultimate goal.SBC: Finally, focusing on real-time dynamics and intelligence, what future marketing challenges lay in the horizon for industry stakeholders… PY: In this fast-paced, ever-changing industry, it seems like the future is already here. The competition for players’ time and engagement is growing and the players themselves are evolving. Operators will be required to invest more and more in order to attract new players and earn their loyalty. This can only be overcome if operators look at their marketing through the lens of relationship building. In order to succeed in this task, industry stakeholders must face the fact that historical, predictive and realtime data cannot live in siloed spaces. To maximize the impact of realtime dynamics and intelligence, operators will need all three data types operating in unison within one interface. As challenging as this seems, the adoption of solutions such as Customer Data Platforms within the industry might be what the future entails.The combination of historical customer data with realtime interactions is paramount to improve player experiences. In the not-too-distant future players will expect operators to empower them to create their own journeys. These player-led journeys differ from marketing defined player journeys as they’re infinite and non-linear. With this in mind, technology providers will need to lift the burden off marketers by supporting self-optimizing journeys that compare between competing actions across touch-points and aim to deliver the most appropriate and effective message to each player at any moment in time. While operators need to jump the proverbial hurdle and trust the machine to orchestrate at scale.__________________Pini Yakuel – CEO – Optimovelast_img read more

US ruling allows Martinez Sampedro family full disclosure on Codere investors

first_img Related Articles Codere records 10X losses seeking vital lifeline  May 28, 2020 Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Connecticut’s District Court has granted the Martinez Sampedro family a major concession in its ongoing legal dispute against Grupo Codere SA’s US debt-holders, upholding the family’s ‘discovery demand’ against Silver Point, Contrarian and Abrahams Capital hedge funds.Securing its Connecticut demand, the Martinez Sampedro family – enterprise founders of Codere – will be able to access all information related to the US hedge funds refinancing of the bankrupt Spanish gambling group undertaken between 2014 and 2016.As previously declared, Martinez Sampedro representatives intend to use its US demand in relation to the family’s corporate governance dispute being undertaken through Spain’s Capital Markets Commission (CNMV).“The decision to go to the Justice of Connecticut responds that it is in this State where the registered office of Silver Point and another of the funds demanded is located and the authorization marks an unprecedented procedural milestone in Spain,” detailed a Martínez Sampedro statement.A bitter two-year legal challenge sees the Martinez Sampedro family assert that US debt-holders led by Silver Point had failed to follow proper corporate control procedures in its €1 billion restructure of Codere, as deal stakeholders had ‘purposely bypassed’ recommending a takeover offer to founders once they had gained 30% control of the gambling group.Furthermore, the family states that its executive voting rights had been restricted during the period despite maintaining 18% of Codere’s shareholding, branding illegal the appointments of Vicente Di Loreto as new Group CEO and Norman Sorensen as Executive Chairman.This August, a CNMV filing disclosed that Codere governance had withdrawn outright the board representation of brothers’ Jose Antonio (former President) and Luis Javier (former VP) at the firm’s AGM. Codere avoids total collapse with 12-month credit line  June 22, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

Pronet targets commercial drive by appointing Colin McDonagh as Chief Sales Officer

first_img Pronet Gaming, a supplier of highly localised industry platform and software solutions for developing market incumbents, has strengthened its executive management team by confirming the appointment of Colin McDonagh as Chief Sales Officer (CSO).McDonagh joins Pronet leadership from betting B2B risk management and trading systems supplier Sporting Solutions, where he served as Group Sales Director and secured a number of tier-1 sportsbook and lottery operator contracts.In his new remit, McDonagh will be tasked with accelerating the development of Pronet’s commercial pipeline, targeting ‘under-served’ developing market incumbents with Pronet’s tailored operating platform provisions for online sportsbook, casinos and retail verticals.McDonagh said: “We have a unique take on platform provision, and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to join a real industry disruptor at the start of an exciting journey.”“I think there’s a huge amount of potential in emerging markets, particularly with a bespoke, market-specific offering, and I look forward to being part of a talented team as we look to secure our ambitious goals.”McDonagh appointment follows that of Bobby Longhurst as Chief Commercial Officer, as a new Pronet executive team will be showcasing company developments at this week’s ICE 2020 conference.Longhurst added: “The knowledge and industry experience Colin brings to the table is clear for everybody to see and he is going to be a major asset to Pronet Gaming.“We have set ourselves some very tough targets, but he is the perfect person to lead the sales team. I am confident it won’t be long before we’re celebrating our first of many new deals together.” How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level June 17, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Pronet: Understanding the ‘new normal’ for the Premier League July 17, 2020 Share The Premier League is back: How will the betting market react? June 16, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

EGBA advertising code receives Danish Online Gambling Association backing

first_imgShare EGBA: German Policy unfit to tackle black market threats July 16, 2020 Submit The European Gaming and Betting Association’s (EGBA) new code of conduct for responsible advertising has gained further backing after being endorsed by the Danish Online Gambling Association (DOGA).DOGA becomes the third national gambling association to publicly endorse the EGBA’s code, following counterparts in both Belgium with the Association of Gaming Operators and the Netherlands’ Speel Verantwoord.“The gambling industry is changing rapidly, and both the demands of the industry on the industry and the industry’s demand on itself are increasing,” explained Morten Ronde, secretary general of the DOGA.“DOGA is created to promote a well-regulated Danish environment for responsible licensed operators. In this regard, it is important that we act credibly, and our members advertise responsibly. That is why we fully support EGBA’s pan-European initiative to raise the standards for gambling advertising.”The code establishes dedicated rules for responsible content of all gambling advertising, through all media channels, and includes dedicated measures for social media and minor protection.Its long-term objectives will enhance consumer messaging and minor protections across all regulated EU gambling jurisdictions, regardless of market age or regulatory constraints.“We’re very pleased with the support of DOGA and its commitment to promote responsible advertising in Denmark. Through its measures, this code will contribute to strengthening consumer protection across European countries,” added Maarten Haijer, secretary general of the EGBA.“As part of our commitment to responsible advertising in Europe, we aim for the code to be widely adopted and urge other online gambling associations and companies to join forces with us to make advertising safer.” Jdigital appeals Spanish decree orders to EC courts July 23, 2020 EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights August 11, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Turtle Beach partners with Chinese club Eclipse

first_imgGaming headset and audio accessory brand Turtle Beach Corporation has expanded its global esports reach with today’s announcement of a new partnership with Chinese CS:GO outfit Eclipse Club.Henceforth, Eclipse will exclusively use Turtle Beach’s new Elite Pro – PC Edition as their official gaming headset and will make their first partnership appearance to meet fans at the Turtle Beach booth at ChinaJoy 2017 in Shanghai on July 27-28, 2017. Juergen Stark, Turtle BeachThe team has some pedigree in China as it was founded by Alex Bian Zhengwei who is acknowledged as the first Counter Strike player in the country. Zhengwei brought together top pro gaming teams All Gamers and Band of Fire under new Eclipse Club banner earlier this year. Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation noted: “China is the biggest game market in the world with PC gaming counting for more than half of the total gaming audience, and it’s an honor for us to partner with the dynamic Eclipse team, its legendary founder, and their up-and-coming players to highlight the importance of audio to gamers in China. “We look forward to working with Eclipse and sharing and learning from their insights using our Elite Pro – PC Edition as we look to broaden our reach even further in the PC gaming space in the future.”Alex Bian Zhengwei, World champion EEWC player and the Founder and Head Coach of Eclipse Club commented: “It’s a privilege to be working with a global leader in gaming audio when it comes to building our team on the best foundation possible. ”When we play, precision is paramount and we need the very best tools in order to win, and using Turtle Beach’s Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro – PC Edition headsets ensures we have the best audio gear for our prep and competitions.”Esports Insider says: As Turtle Beach’s Stark noted, China accounts for the largest gaming market in the world with PC gaming accounting for over half of this audience. As such establishing an exclusive partnership with the CS team run by one of the game’s most famous players in the country is a strong commercial deal for the company.last_img read more

GLL and PGL announce partnership for $50,000 PUBG tournament

first_imgGlobal Loot League (“GLL”) and production company PGL have announced a partnership that will see the Season 1 finals of GLL taking place in a LAN setting at PGL’s Bucharest studio.The top teams from both Europe and America will face off at PGL’s studios in Romania for their shot at $50,000. The competition will take place between April 20-22nd and as far as we’re aware there will be no live audience given that PGL’s studios do not have the capacity for such.The move will be PGL’s first foray into PUBG – but it’s not as if the company is unprepared. “The growth rate and interest in PUBG is unrivalled. We are extremely enthusiastic to partake in this development, pushing the boundaries within the esports world. The collaboration with GLL aligns perfectly with our mission, bringing viewers cutting-edge productions of their favourite esports worldwide,” says Silviu Stroie, CEO at PGL.The new PGL studios re able to handle up to 100 players simultaneously in a soundproof environment. In addition, the equipment used in the production is customised to “provide the best possible PUBG performance for both players and viewers”.“We are thrilled to announce this partnership. PGL has an exceptional track record in esports, and the resources needed to make this a truly amazing event. With the already existing GLL production, and the additional LAN expertise from PGL, we can offer the PUBG community something unparalleled in the Western world,” says Simon Sundén, VP and Head of Esports at GLL.Esports Insider says: Further good news for the fledgling PUBG esports scene. It remains to be seen if it will truly break the upper echelons but with more leagues popping up and studios such as PGL And OGN embracing it – it definitely helps. We’re excited to see the fresh outlook that PGL has on the game, as it has already shown its mettle in the likes of CS:GO and Dota 2.last_img read more

Who’s worth more: the team or the player?

first_imgWhen Valve introduced the new Dota Pro Circuit (DPC), the way we viewed the competitive Dota 2 scene drastically changed. Back before teams were penalized for changing their rosters, we would see teams dropping players weeks before a major tournament. The magnitude of these changes meant that teams who trained together for months were suddenly left trying to obtain a $23m (£16.2m) dollar prize pool with new teammates. The effect that these last minute changes had on teams left players scrambling to synergize. The expectations of the fans and their organizations added more weight onto their first place aspirations. The chaos of the pre-DPC shuffle emphasised the success a potential line-up would have over the developed and cohesive team they could build. It was a system rules by instant gratification over patience.  These last minute drops weren’t too commonplace but they did occur.The Aegis of Champions, the ultimate aim for any Dota 2 player. Credit: ValveTake Evil Geniuses (EG) as an example. Back in January of 2015, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and Ludwig “Zai” Wåhlberg very abruptly left EG to join Team Secret. This sudden line-up change occurred about a month before the Dota 2 Asia Championships (DAC). Luckily EG was able to fill the two spots with the recently released Kurtis  “Aui_2000” Ling and the pub star Syed Sumail “Suma1L Hassan. EG went on to win the DAC and succeed against the odds. This emphasis on the team meant that potential investors saw  value in the team rather than the individual players. It also meant that teams could drop players at a moment’s notice without suffering any consequences. So how did the DPC change all this?An Emphasis on the PlayerThe introduction of the DPC forced teams into regulated roster changes and doesn’t allow teams to change their line-ups without a penalty. This gave a much needed protection to players who previously were seen more as pawns rather than the foundation of a good team. Suddenly players were given more value as they were the holders of the new DPC points, not the teams. The eight teams who had acquired the most points would receive a direct invite to The International 2018 (TI8) and the points would be based on the top three players who have accumulated the most points.The new DPC system places a much larger emphasis on the player which changes the dialogue for investors. Just recently we saw Fnatic drop Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin and then pick up Sahil “Universe” Arora. This change saw Fnatic jump from 11th place to 9th place, leaving them to just one place away from automatically qualifying for TI8. No longer is the emphasis on the team but rather on the player. The Wild West of Dota 2Esports is an ever growing industry with new investors waiting to see what’s a worthy investment. What’s worrying about the sudden emphasis on players instead of teams is that it turns potential investors away from the Dota 2 competitive scene. Are team organisations still a worthy investment if the emphasis is now placed on the player rather than the team? If teams can drop points as quickly as they achieved them, is the Dota 2 landscape a stable investment? It’s hard to create an argument that supports the stability of the current Dota 2 competitive scene. While it seemed that Valve was attempting to regulate the movement of players amongst teams, it really feels like Valve created more chaos than order. Valve’s regulations have now changed how players are valued and thus, changed how investors view both the player and the team. The two are now separate entities with players potentially being seen as commodities, not integral members of a squad. This year has proven that the Dota Pro Circuit isn’t flawless and still needs further development. The Dota 2 competitive scene has come a long way. What’s worrying is potentially seeing what happened with Ohaiyo happen next season at the mid point of the circuit – or even just before The International this year. Will more teams recognise their ability to shuffle their teams to accumulate points without having to play in the tournament ? Will Valve see this flaw in their system and add more provisions to ensure teams don’t capitalise on this ‘flaw’? The type of swing that Fnatic had might please their investors now but this won’t always be in favour of the organisation. Future shuffles could see bigger highs and lows – and not just in the favour of the organisation or their investors.last_img read more

This week in esports: Blizzard, 100 Thieves, Nick Fry and Vitality

first_imgIt’s been another frantic week in the world of esports news. There’s been plenty going on as always – and we’re on hand to bring you the biggest stories before the weekend hits.Amongst the biggest headlines this week include Blizzard’s reveal of Overwatch League expansion plans and the revelation they expect to make a profit on its first year. Additionally, 100 Thieves and Fnatic have both made big appointments – whilst rounding off the weekly news is Team Vitality securing substantial investment as the organisation continues to grow.Here’s your weekly roundup:Blizzard eye second season Overwatch League expansionBlizzard has revealed that it will be looking to expand the Overwatch League later this year with the second season.A representative from Blizzard confirmed the news to PC Gamer, saying: “We expect to begin selling additional expansion teams in the Overwatch League later this year. We have no further details to share at this time”. The quarterly earnings call also revealed that it expects the price of expansion teams to increase on the reported $20 million for initial franchises, and also that it expects the Overwatch League to turn a profit in its first full year of operation. The other notable points from the call are that Blizzard is set to focus on expanding the audience and improving the viewer experience. The current season will finish in June and one would assume a second season will get underway and finish before the end of the year.Currently there’s nine of twelve franchises over in the United States, with only three outside of the US. London Spitfire, Seoul Dynasty and Shanghai Dragons are the sole representatives from outside of North America so one would assume Blizzard will be targeting further global expansion.Read the full article here.100 Thieves welcome John Robinson as COO100 Thieves, the organisation founded and owned by Matt “Nadeshot” Haag, has brought John Robinson on board as its first President and Chief Operating Officer.Robinson will report to Nadeshot and serve on 100 Thieves’ board of directors – predominately focusing on growing monetisation capabilities and partnerships for the organisation.John Robinson and Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, 100 ThievesFirst announced in a tweet, this is just another new development for 100 Thieves. Initially starting as a lifestyle and clothing brand run by Nadeshot, the organisation entered the Call of Duty scene during Black Ops II before exiting on July 7, 2016, following a last place finish in the second season of the Call of Duty World League.Discussing the new hire, Nadeshot tweeted that he was “thrilled to announce one of the most important pieces we’ve added to 100 Thieves this year. John’s passion for esports paired with his deep business experience makes him the perfect partner for me. We’ll be working side by side to take 100T to new heights.”More recently, 100 Thieves joined the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) after receiving an investment from Dan Gilbert, Cleveland Cavaliers, and his venture capital firms. The organisation also joined the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive scene by acquiring the ex-Immortals roster. It then withdrew from the 2018 season on January 31 due to roster and visa complications.Read the full article here.Nick Fry joins Fnatic as Head of Commercial StrategyLondon based Fnatic have made a major appointment this week with the former CEO of the Mercedes AMG Formula One team, Nick Fry, joining the esports org asHead of Commercial Strategy.Acting as an advisor both commercially and strategically, Fry and his firm Stonehaven Partners will look to continue to grow the esports brand.Announced on February 5, Fnatic will use Fry’s knowledge and experience in performance management and media rights to boost its footprint in the esports industry, as well as improving its potential for partnerships with other brands.Fry began his long-forged career in the automotive industry with Ford Motor Companyover 40 years ago in 1977, initially working in Product Development. 25 years later he became the Managing Director of BAR F1. More recently, he was a main player in Formula One, acting as CEO of Mercedes’ team before leaving in 2013.Read the full article here.Team Vitality secure €2.5 million investmentThe co-founders of Team Vitality, Fabien Devide and Nicolas Maurer, have today announced that they have secured a major investment to the tune of €2.5 million (£2.21m). This has come from investment groups Korelya Capital, Kima Ventures and H26. H26 is an investment company owned by Olivier Decourt, the President of Ligue 1 side Dijon FCO. Team Vitality have stated that they will use the funds to ‘recruit the best players, participate in major professional video game competitions and leagues around the world, and create an academy dedicated to League of Legends’. This academy aspect is perhaps the most interesting, and it’s something more teams are looking to as they aim to train and nurture the next generation of pros. Nicolas Maurer, CEO of Team Vitality said of the news: “Vitality’s ambition is to become an undisputed European leader whose teams participate in all the major professional e-sports leagues. The fundraising, along with our partners, will let us accelerate our growth and consolidate our position among the biggest e-sports brands in Europe.”Team Vitality is one of the top organisations hailing from France, and recently announced that they would be one of four currently announced new teams to join the new season of Gfinity’s Elite Series in London. This investment is notable too as whilst an increasing number of esports orgs over in the States have found major investors, this is a rarer occurrence here in Europe. Vitality field players and teams across a dozen games including League of Legends, FIFA, and PUBG. Read the full article here.last_img read more

#Donkomi: Algerians Yacine Brahimi and Mehdi Abeid join new clubs

first_imgAlgerian forward Yacine Brahimi has joined the Qatari club Al Rayyan while Mehdi Abeid signed for Nantes in France, with both having three-year deals.The pair were free agents, Brahimi’s contract with Portugual’s Porto ended as did Abeid’s at French club Dijon.Abeid, who is 26, played in all three of the Fennecs group games in Egypt but did not feature in the knockout phase.Brahimi, 29, made two appearances for Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, including one as a substitute as they beat Senegal 1-0 in the final.He took to social media to pay tribute to Porto, where he played 148 games scoring 39 goals, and the club’s fans“To my Portista family, you will stay forever in my heart,” he posted on social media.“In Porto, I spent five unforgettable years of my life with my family. Here I discovered a city full of life and extraordinary people.“A big thank you to all the supporters who warmly welcomed me on my arrival and always honoured and supported me, you are great.“I would also like to thank the President, my coaches, the technical staff and my teammates. I wish with all my heart a lot of success and many more titles for FC Porto.”During his time at Porto he was voted the 2014 BBC African Footballer of the Year. Source: BBClast_img read more

Black Stars captain Andre Ayew congratulates new GFA President Kurt Okraku

first_imgBlack Stars captain, Andre Ayew, has congratulated the newly-elected President of the Ghana Football Association.In a brief tweet, Andre Ayew said: “Congratulations to our new GFA president Mr Kurt Okraku”Dreams FC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kurt Okraku, has been elected the new President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).Mr Okraku fills the spot vacated by former GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi who resigned in 2018 following damning revelations against him in an exposé by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.Okraku led the way after the first round of voting and was a vote away from becoming the new President of the Association after the second round.He polled 59 votes representing 50% of votes cast with candidates needing at least 60 votes to win.George Afriyie, who polled 40 votes in the first round improved to 43 votes but was still well behind Kurt Okraku.Nana Yaw Amponsah saw his tally slashed from 27 in the first round to 16  in the second.However, as delegates were voting in the third round, George Afriyie conceded, saying he was “a unifier and a team player who works for football.”In the third round, Okraku was endorsed by 93 delegates.Kurt Okraku thus becomes the 7th GFA President since 1992 and the 24th in the Association’s history.Amanda Clinton and George Ankomah both dropped out in the first round with 0 votes.Fred Pappoe also opted to pull out after polling six votes.Kurt Okraku has also received congratulatory messages from the president, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, Parliament’s Minority and football’s world governing body, FIFA.He will now serve a maximum of two four-year terms in office following the adoption of the new statutes GFA at September’s Extraordinary CongressThe statutes were approved with an almost unanimous endorsement from the delegates. What are Kurt’s plans?In his manifesto, dubbed “Game Changer”, Kurt Okraku stated that he intended to work toward changing the fortunes of Ghana football and giving it a new lease of life.The manifesto was premised on four key areas or principles:Transparency, Accountability and Annual Audit;Gender and Equity;Good Corporate Governance;Professionalism, Innovation and Investmentlast_img read more

Watch Andre Ayew’s brilliant assist for Swansea in 1-1 draw with Preston North End [VIDEO]

first_imgGhanaian forward, Andre Ayew, was significantly involved over the weekend as Swansea came from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw at Preston North End.Despite an impressive start to the game where Swansea had several chances to take the lead, including an Ayew header, the away side went behind in the first half.Scott Sinclair bent a wonderful finish into the back of the net to give Swansea the lead.However, Swansea found an equaliser, a well-worked one which involved Gallagher and Ayew exchanging passes before the Ghanaian, through on goal had his ball across deflected into Brewster’s path with the striker finding the net.It was Andre’s fourth assist of a stellar season in which he’s also scored 10 league goals.Check out his assist here:last_img read more

Jordan Ayew trends on British twitter as Palace fans back him to win POTY award

first_img pic.twitter.com/DpMkmURBo4— 🪐 (@RoiIionpapi) April 26, 2020 The absence of football across the world hasn’t stopped fans from generating conversations about the game.The future of the 2019/2020 Premier League season may be uncertain, but fans are still very much interested in what has transpired so far.It’s safe to say Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew didn’t expect to wake up and find his name trending on twitter on Sunday morning, but that was the case.Ayew  trended for hours on British twitter due to a strong campaign from Crystal Palace fans pushing for the Ghana international to be named the Club’s player of the year. Ayew only joined Palace on a permanent deal at the start of the season, and tops the club’s scoring charts with 8 goals to his name so far this season, as well as picking up 2 Player of the Month awards, (August and October).The 27 year old has produced some sensational match winning performances this season and that certainly hasn’t gone unseen by the Palace faithful.Its still uncertain whether or not Premier League clubs will hold their respective end of season awards, but even if that doesn’t happen, Ayew is already a winner in the hearts of Crystal Palace fans.last_img read more

Bundesliga: Four Ghanaians suffer relegation with Fortuna Dusseldorf

first_imgGoal(s)1000 Four more Ghanaian players suffered relegation Saturday as a result of a 3-0 Union Berlin victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf in the final round of the 2019/20 German Bundesliga.Kasim Adams, Bernard Tekpetey, Nana Opoku Ampomah and teenager Kelvin Ofori’s efforts throughout the campaign were not enough to keep the side up for another topflight football after gaining promotion only the previous season.Fortuna Dusseldorf did themselves no favours on the final day of the season as the defeat to Union saw them finish last but one on the log with 30 points, just one behind 16th-placed Werder Bremen who now have an opportunity to fight for survival through a play-off.Interestingly, the Ghanaian quartet were not involved in the match-day squad that made the trip to face Union Berlin.They increase the number of Ghanaian players to suffer demotion from the Bundesliga this season to five after Black Stars new boy Christopher Antwi-Adjei whose side FC Paderborn also make a quick return to second-tier football after finishing bottom of the league. Paderborn knew their fate way before the final day of the season.How the Ghana boys at Fortuna fared in the Bundesliga this season: Appearances139122 Source: Footy-Ghana.com Minutes played99844949935center_img Both centre-back Kasim and forward Tekpetey joined Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan from TSG Hoffenheim and Schalke 04 and are expected to revert to their employers.Tekpetey, however, may continue at Merkur Spiel Arena as his loan agreement was for two seasons.Nana Ampomah and 18-year-old Ofori were signed to long-term deals by Fortuna prior to the start of the 2019/20 season. Starts11550 PlayerKasim AdamsBernard TekpeteyNana AmpomahKelvin Oforilast_img read more

October Insights Takes You on a Journey of Raising Stroke Awareness With Reporter, Star Connor

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis World Stroke Day is October 29. Reporter, Star Connor spoke with MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena’s  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician Karen Meyer, D.O. about the dangers of stroke, life after having a stroke, and more.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Senior Citizens Center Accepting Medicare Part D Open Enrollment PlansNext Art in the Loft Presents: 2017 Glamour & Gourmet: Urban Nightslast_img read more

Operation Christmas Child is Accepting Shoebox Drop-Offs for ‘National Collection Week’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Operation Christmas Child is currently loading up shoebox gifts that will land in the hands of many children around the world.Last week WBKB News covered local volunteers, and churches as they worked endless hours to put together toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, and now over 9,000 shoeboxes will be dropped off this week in honor of National Collection Week.The gifts will to go to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty, and more.Alpena residents and other national volunteers hope to reach 12 million children this Christmas.During the drop off week, participants can follow their box that they created and receive a tracking label to discover the destination.If you still need to drop off a shoebox that you made you can take your gift to the Alpena Free Methodist Church located on North Ripley Boulevard. The last day for drop off’s is Monday, November 20th.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Friends at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Hold Upcoming Winter Educational ActivitiesNext Besser Museum Preparing to Host Annual Christmas Gala This Saturdaylast_img read more

Rogers City candidate forum sees strong turnout

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisUPDATED: 3:04pm  Katy Conklin did not jab at Ken Radzibon or Erik Stone’s suspensions throughout the night. Radzibon addressed the issue during a question from the audience. The sentence has been retracted. WBKB regrets the error.Rogers City — Just over 80 people packed into the Rogers City Theater on Tuesday night to learn more about their local elections ahead of the August primary.The League of Women Voters hosted their second of three candidate forums in Northeast Michigan. In the race for the the Register of Deeds in Presque Isle County, Vicky L. Kowalewsky had the stage to herself as Darrin C. Darga could not attend. Democratic candidates for state representative of the 106th district, John Norton and Lora Greene were on hand to field questions on various issues.The pinnacle of the evening focused on the race for Probate Judge in Presque Isle County. Erik Stone, Katy Conklin, and Ken Radzibon are the candidates. Stone was unable to attend the forum due to a mandatory meeting involving work. He did leave a statement to be read. Both Conklin and Radzibon were asked several questions involving specific programs affecting a probate judge, experience, time management, organizations they belong to, and even the legalization of Marijuana, one of the top ballot issues in November.“I think that marijuana is a drug or substance that as long as somebody is not driving and out on the road, a small amount for personal use is okay,” said Candidate Katy Conklin.“The problem with that folks is that unlike alcohol where you can take a breathalyzer test and it can be determined the level of alcohol is such that it would be a danger to drive,” said Radzibon. “There is no good test right now to determine the level of marijuana and how that might impact your driving.”During a question in the forum, Ken Radzibon addressed the issue of being suspended while serving as probate judge. Radzibon was suspended for 90 days in 1998 for a violation of Michigan Rules and Professional Conduct. Erik Stone was also suspended in that same year for 180 days. Radzibon talked about his years of experience, in regards to his years of practice and formally serving as probate judge of Presque Isle County for 24 years. Conklin went into detail about experience as well as her community outreach as Executive Director of Hope Shores Alliance.The race will certainly be tight going into the primary. All three candidates are qualified and ready to make it on the ballot in November.To find out more information about your local primary election, please visit the Secretary of State Website to see what will be on your ballot in August. (https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633-49313–,00.html)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for July 16Next Ford recalls 550K vehicleslast_img read more

Brunch at the Harbor

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisHARRISVILLE, Mich.— The taste of all things local was the main idea of the Harrisville event. Farm to Fork in Alcona and Taste the Local Difference served up brunch using all local ingredients. Michiganders enjoyed a hot meal while giving back to the community.Forty-nine percent of the food sourced from the event came from Northern Michigan farms. Both organizations not only promote local sourced foods, but zero waste and more recycling.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Cruise In car showNext Farm Day at the Ranchlast_img read more

Ghana duo of Richard Kissi Boateng and Solomon Asante joins TP Mazembe

first_imgGhana defender Richard Kissi Boateng and Midfielder Solomon Asante left for DR Congo on Thursday night to join their new club TP Mazembe.The players who played a part in Ghana’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in South Africa signed for the Lubumbashi-based side before the tournament.Kissi and Asante caught the eyes of Mazembe officials after their impressive performance for Berekum Chelsea in last year’s CAF Champions League.“It’s a great honour for me to move a step ahead in life, my move to Mazembe is a big platform for me”, Kissi Boateng told JOY Sports before their departure“Mazembe is a great club so I’m hoping to make a mark there”.They will now play along with former teammate at Berekum Chelsea Gladson Awako and former Asante Kotoko captain Daniel Nii Adjei.last_img read more

Black Satellites leave for Italy tour ahead of FIFA U20 World Cup

first_imgGhana’s U20 left Accra on Wednesday night for Italy to prepare for the FIFA World Youth Championship.The Black Satellites will be based at the Novara Training Centre-where they camped before the 2013 African Youth Championship.A 26-man squad including two foreign based stars Frank Acheampong and Daniel Pappoe made the trip.This will be their second visit to the plush training complex after spending ten days in the Northern Italy province before the African U20 Championship which was played in March.Ghana are scheduled to play Kosovo, Brazil and Egypt on their European tour before their opener against France on 21 June.The Satellites will also face Spain and USA in Group A. Ghana won the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt under current coach Sellas Tetteh.last_img read more

Report: Reina set for Napoli medical

first_imgSky Sport Italia claim Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is flying in for his Napoli medical on Wednesday.The shot-stopper has agreed to join on loan for one season and it’s reported the two clubs have already exchanged contracts.Personal terms have also been finalised, so Reina will undergo a medical on Wednesday or Thursday.He reunites with Rafa Benitez, who first signed him at Liverpool and is the new Coach of Napoli.Meanwhile, this opens the door for Morgan De Sanctis to join Roma for €0.5m.Napoli are active on the transfer market, as they are also reportedly on the verge of completing a €37m move for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.last_img read more

2014 Fifa World Cup: Germany to build training complex in Brazil

first_imgThree-time World Cup winners Germany will use a purpose-built training base in Brazil during next summer’s finals.The under-construction venue, which will be developed by a Munich property firm, will cover 15,000 square metres and will have 60 bedrooms, a training pitch as well as a fitness centre.AnalysisStephen EvansBBC News, Berlin”Campo Bahia, as the German football authorities are calling it, has all the comforts of a seaside holiday village.”It is still under construction amid the palms on the sand-dunes of north eastern Brazil but the basic structures are there: a circle of white buildings for accommodation around a pool, a press centre plus a training pitch for the national side. It is well located for an airport to give short flights to Germany’s initial fixtures.”According to the German association, the work is being organised by a German entrepreneur who said the facilities would be “optimal” for the team. There’s been a lot of controversy about whether facilities will be adequate for the World Cup. In November, a crane collapsed at one stadium still being built. “The Germans are leaving nothing to chance. They’ve been to Brazil, decided what they need and are now building it themselves.”The German Football Association (DFB) said it is not funding the project.A football youth academy and an orphanage will also be built on the site, 30km north of Porto Seguro.The DFB said the Campo Bahia base is within two hours’ flight of the three cities – Salvador, Fortaleza and Recife – where Germany will play their Group G games at the tournament.Joachim Low’s team face Portugal on 16 June, Ghana on 21 June and the United States on 26 June. “Bearing in mind the size of the country and the considerable distances between each tournament venue, it was important for us to minimise the strain of travelling to and from matches as much as possible,” said Germany national team manager Oliver Bierhoff.”Acclimatisation and recovery will also play a major role at this World Cup, and our camp offers ideal conditions in these respects.”Due to the early kick-off times and the heat and high humidity expected in Salvador, Fortaleza and Recife, we looked for a base where the players could adapt effectively to the kind of things they can expect to encounter during each match.”last_img read more

Watch Photos:Black Stars training in Holland ahead of their friendly

first_imgThe senior national team the Black Stars last Sunday commenced training for their international friendly against the Oranje national team  of the Netherlands.Captain Asamoah lead dressing timeKPB  get set to touch the leather Stretching time  Credit: Ghana FAlast_img

Eto’o, Song in Cameroon’s final 23 for World Cup

first_imgCameroon coach Volker Finke has included Samuel Eto’o and Alex Song in his 23-man squad for the World Cup.Finke kept the Chelsea striker and Barcelona midfielder in a final selection that showed no major surprises.Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto and strikers Vincent Aboubakar and Maxim Choup-Moting also made the cut on Monday, FIFA’s deadline for World Cup squads to be registered.Finke dropped five players from the larger group he took to Europe for a training camp in Austria and friendly games against Macedonia, Paraguay and his native Germany.Among those to miss out were striker Mohammadou Idrissou and defender Jean-Armel Kana Biyik, whose father and uncle played at the 1990 World Cup in Italy when Cameroon became the first African team to make the quarterfinals.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Frank Lampard quits international football with immediate effect

first_imgEngland midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps.The 36-year-old was released by Chelsea in May after 13 years at the London club and he signed for New York City before agreeing to move to Manchester City on a six-month loan deal.Lampard scored 29 goals for England and captained the team in their last group match against Costa Rica at this year’s World Cup in Brazil.”I have taken the decision to retire from international football,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.”It has been a very tough decision for me to make which is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup. I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt.”Lampard said it was time put his family first given that he was soon to be playing in the United States. “Also, to concentrate on how I can perform consistently to the best of my abilities over my next few years in club football,” he added.”It is now the time to move forward and I feel very confident that with Roy Hodgson in charge, the young players that we have coming through, and the changes that are being made throughout the development of the youth system in this country, that we will have success in the future and a team that this country deserves.”England captain Steven Gerrard ended his long international career last month.Lampard made his international debut against Belgium in 1999, going on to play at three World Cups and two European Championships.He make headlines at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when he had a goal wrongly disallowed in a second-round clash with Germany, a match England went on to lose 4-1.last_img read more

Mourinho hails Diego Costa as ‘special player’ after Swansea hat-trick

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho described Diego Costa as a “special” player after the Spain striker fired the Blues two points clear in the Premier League.Costa, who passed a late fitness test on a hamstring injury, scored a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Swansea 4-2.The £32m summer signing from Atletico Madrid has seven goals in his first four games for the west London club.”He is one of the best strikers at this moment in football,” Mourinho told BBC Sport. “He is a special player.”Costa cancelled out John Terry’s early own-goal with a header on the stroke of half-time and pounced twice after the break from close range to swing the match Chelsea’s way.He departed to a standing ovation from the home fans, who then watched Costa’s replacement Loic Remy score his first goal for the club since joining for £10.5m from QPR. “The team is an attacking team that creates a lot of chances and spaces for a striker,” said Mourinho.”The second goal is a brilliant collective action. [Cesc] Fabregas had a fantastic assist and Diego put the ball in the net. Diego is a good player but he is in a good team.”Costa’s goals have added another dimension to a side that finished third in the league last season.He has already scored two more league goals than Fernando Torres and Demba Ba each managed for Chelsea in the whole of last season, and only two fewer than Samuel Eto’o.Former England striker Alan Shearer believes Costa’s muscular forward play and finishing make him “tailor-made” for the Premier League. “Everything impressed me about Diego Costa today,” Shearer told BBC Radio 5 live. “He is looking the real deal. When it is not going as it should be for Chelsea, they have a goalscorer who can get them out of it.”And he added on Match of the Day: “When you consider it took Fernando Torres 43 games to get seven goals, Costa definitely makes a difference.”What Chelsea have now is a guy that, when they are playing poorly, can score goals and pull them through. Chelsea did not play well against Swansea but just before half-time they got a corner and he scored.”He is always available. He always wants the ball to feet and if you want to push him around and bully him it is alright because he will do the same to you.”As well as goals, he can assist also. He can do pretty much everything. He has made a great start. He will get a bagful of goals this season if he stays fit because that team will create chances for him.” Former Blues winger Pat Nevin believes the only thing that can stop Costa scoring is injury.”He looks like he will pick up a few injuries because he puts himself about, but he has got everything,” the Scot said on BBC Radio 5 live.”We knew he was strong and a natural finisher, but he has quick feet and a great knowledge of the game.”He can play others in and is a complete centre-forward.”last_img read more

Kluivert gives reason for Ghana snub

first_imgPatrick Kluivert has been explaining the reasons behind his sabbatical leave from football including why he snubbed the offer of coaching the Ghana national team.The former Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands goal poacher was heralded as the favourite to replace dismissed Kwesi Appiah at the helm of the Black Stars after the Ghana Football Association named him on a shortlist of five for the job. But his agent came out to deny he had even applied for the job in the first place.Kluivert who was also linked to the Manchester United assistant manager’s role having played under Old Trafford manager, Louis Van Gaal at Ajax and Barcelona before also serving as his assistant with both Dutch club, AZ Alkmaar as well as the Dutch national team at the recent FIFA World Cup, says his wife’s ill-health was chief in his decision not to take on other jobs.The UEFA pro coaching licenced Kluivert says he combined his Netherlands duties during his three-year stint under van Gaal with caring for his wife, Rossana, who was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects the immune system.”At that time I couldn’t have taken another job because of my wife’s illness,” he explained.”Now I’m ready to make a big jump for myself. I’m really looking for a club or a possibility in the near future to get a chance to lead training as a manager or work as an assistant to a very good coach,” Kluivert added. Having spent all his managerial apprenticeship under van Gaal, Kluivert says he was also not particularly keen on the Manchester United job because he knew Ryan Giggs would get the role and he also felt that it was time to move on from Van Gaal’s mentorship.”Louis said that he wanted the position of assistant coach to be someone from the club and that was reasonable. And it was also time to spread my wings and to do something on my own,” Kluivert said.”But working with Louis was great because he gives you the freedom to train the team and that’s the thing I appreciated,” he confessed.last_img read more

Avram Grant will be unveiled on Thursday- Ghana FA

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association(GFA has confirmed it will officially unveil newly appointed Black Stars coach Avram Grant on Thursday.Grant who was confirmed as new Ghana coach last week will arrive in Accra on Tuesday night to begin his new role ahead of the AFCON next year in Equatorial Guinea.The former Chelsea and West Ham manager will hold meetings with Sports minister, Hon. Mahama Ayariga, the Black Stars technical team and the management committee on Wednesday.He will then be officially presented at a press conference to be held at the GFA secretariat on Thursday.last_img read more

Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal: Relentless Magpies downed by Giroud double

first_imgOlivier Giroud scored two goals in four minutes as Arsenal beat Newcastle to continue their pursuit of second-placed Manchester City.After City beat West Brom, the Gunners kept a point behind their rivals with a sixth successive win but they hung on as Newcastle improved after half-time.Giroud poked in from Santi Cazorla’s free-kick before heading in a corner.Moussa Sissoko’s finish sparked a response but Arsenal held on after David Ospina saved Remy Cabella’s shot.Key notes:* Arsenal hold on for sixth consecutive league win* Gunners remain one point behind Man City* Olivier Giroud scores ninth goal in nine games* Newcastle 10 points above relegation zone –last_img read more

Venus Williams may follow Serena in ending Indian Wells boycott

Venus Williams has boycotted the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells since 2001 but said she may follow her younger sister Serena’s lead and return to the event next year.Serena competed in the tournament earlier this month for the first time since a 2001 final that was marred by the behaviour of spectators who booed and heckled the American and her family.The reaction was in apparent response to Venus having withdrawn from that year’s semi-final versus Serena just minutes before the match, citing injury.”I have heard so much about how much the tournament has just improved in general in terms of the fans and the players. So it will be something to see for me,” Venus, 34, said after beating Caroline Wozniacki to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals.Serena received a standing ovation at the start of her first match back at Indian Wells where she reached the semi-finals before withdrawing due to a knee problem.Venus said she was delighted to see how her sister handled the return and the response she received from the crowd. “It was wonderful to see. I definitely watched every moment, and it was great to see her and my family there,” said Venus.”Next year will be a big year for us being an Olympic year. I can’t exactly say what my schedule will be, but it was wonderful to see her reception.”In 2001, spectators at Indian Wells booed Serena during the final and jeered her sister and father Richard Williams when the pair arrived to watch the match.Richard Williams alleged he had heard racist taunts. “As I said I think the tournament’s amazing. I also said next year is an Olympic year, so my whole focus is on trying to get to the Olympics,” said Venus.”It would be awesome to return, but I don’t know what my schedule is next year. It’s going to be all around that.” Serena, 33, welcomed the notion of her sister heading back to the California tournament.”She would get a wonderful welcome, I would think,” Serena said after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the last-eight in Miami.”We will see how the schedule works out for her and for me both.”– read more

KO in Pacquiao-Floyd bout unlikely, says trainer

first_imgWell-respected boxing trainer Ronnie Shields doubts the May 2 super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Maweather Jr. will end in a knockout, even though members of both camps insist that a stoppage is possible.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, told On the Ropes Boxing in a recent interview that he believes the “Pacman” will win by knockout.”I don’t have a round, but the thing is, we have to break him down first, and I think in the later rounds, I believe Manny will knock him out,” Roach said.Meanwhile, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe guaranteed that the American – known for his defensive wizardry – will go for a knockout if the opportunity presented itself.”A lot of it will play out on how both fighters come out from the opening bell, but if Floyd sees the opportunity, I know for a fact that he will finish him off,” said Ellerbe during Mayweather’s open workout Tuesday in Las Vegas.Shields is not so convinced, however. “I don’t think so,” he answered when asked by On the Ropes Boxing if fans will see a knockout come May 2.”I think Floyd’s defense is too good, and I don’t believe Floyd punches hard enough, because of his hands, to knock Manny out,” he explained.He believes the bout is more likely to end on a cut than on a knockout.Shields is favoring Mayweather in the bout because the American “knows how to win, he knows how to pull out victories.””Pacquiao, he knows how to lose,” Shields said. “Floyd is a very intelligent fighter, and when you look at it, he picks you off very quickly. Once he does that, he’s a very difficult guy to fight.” Pacquiao has more power than Mayweather, Shields conceded, but is at a disadvantage because he is the smaller fighter. At the same time, Shields doubts Mayweather can knock out the “Pacman” because the American has “bad hands.””Everyone in boxing knows Floyd has bad hands,” he said. “At the same time, when he hits you, he can sting you, but he knows how to put combinations together that really take effect.””Once Floyd gets the judges to really watch him land solid punches, then I just think that Manny is not going to be able to overcome it,” he added.Nevertheless, the fight will be close, Shields said.”I really think it’s going to be a good, close fight. I don’t think one guy is going to dominate the other guy for 12 rounds, because Manny is such a good fighter,” said Shields. “But I just feel the edge is going to be to Floyd, because Floyd knows how to pull out victories. Manny has tried in a lot of fights, but in a lot of fights, he’s lost,” he added.last_img read more

Africa Cup of Nations 2017: Riot stops play in qualifier

first_imgA riot stopped play in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday as fans threw missiles and police fired tear gas into the stands.The unrest broke out when a goal was awarded to Guinea Bissau after 81 minutes, with Kenya’s players arguing the ball had not crossed the line.Play was halted for 30 minutes as Kenya fans threw missiles at the Guinea Bissau bench and the fourth official.Kenya, who were beaten 1-0 in Nairobi, could face sanctions.The result takes Guinea Bissau to the top of their qualifying group and leaves Kenya with little chance of qualifying for next year’s tournament.Elsewhere in Group E, Congo and Zambia drew 1-1 in an identical scoreline to their result in Ndola on Wednesday. Jordan Massengo put Congo ahead in Brazzaville just after half-time, with Winston Kalengo equalising in the 72nd minute.Guinea Bissau lead the group on seven points, one point ahead of both Congo and Zambia, with Kenya bottom, six points off the top.In Sunday’s first Nations Cup qualifier, Ghana lost their 100% record in Group H with a 0-0 draw in Mozambique.The result in Maputo leaves the Black Stars on 10 points, four ahead of Mauritius, the surprise package in Group H. Mauritius could close that gap with a win over Rwanda in Kigali on Tuesday.West Bromwich Albion’s Stephane Sessegnon scored twice for Benin in Cotonou as the hosts beat South Sudan 4-1 to go top of Group C. Mickael Pote and Jodel Dossou were also on target for Benin, with Atak Lual grabbing a consolation for the away side.Mali could regain the lead in that group if they beat Equatorial Guinea in Malabo on Monday.Comoros, who got their first win in a major qualifying competition when they beat Botswana at home on Thursday, were brought back down to earth with a 2-1 defeat in the return fixture.Comoros looked like they might complete a double over their opponents when Mchangama Youssouf scored just before the break.But second-half goals from Galabgwe Moyana and then Joel Mogorosi gave Botswana the win which puts them level on points with the top two, Uganda and Burkina Faso, who play each other in Kampala on Tuesday. All group winners are guaranteed places at the 2017 tournament in Gabon, with the best two runners-up joining them. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Andy Murray wins Paris Masters to celebrate world number one status

first_imgAndy Murray topped off a week that saw him named as the world number one for the first time with victory over John Isner in the final of the Paris Masters, winning 6-3 6-7 6-4.The Briton, who will take over from Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP rankings on Monday, survived a barrage of aces against the towering American to win his 14th career Masters tournament.The three-times grand slam champion gave little breathing space to Isner, who was hoping to clinch his first Masters title after two lost finals.Murray will be the top seed at the season-ending ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London from Nov. 13-20.”Thanks to my team and my family who were commenting back home. This has been an incredible journey for me to get to the top of the rankings, I could have not done it without all of you,” said Murray.The double Olympic champion entered the contest with a 7-0 record against Isner and his recent form, which had helped him to win six of his eight previous tournaments since losing the French Open final, suggested he would have the upper hand. Murray, who now has 43 titles to his name, broke in the sixth game on his first opportunity when Isner sent a backhand long.Andy Murray wins Paris Masters to celebrate world number one statusEurosport UK1 hour agoAndy Murray topped off a week that saw him named as the world number one for the first time with victory over John Isner in the final of the Paris Masters, winning 6-3 6-7 6-4.The Briton, who will take over from Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP rankings on Monday, survived a barrage of aces against the towering American to win his 14th career Masters tournament. The three-times grand slam champion gave little breathing space to Isner, who was hoping to clinch his first Masters title after two lost finals.Murray will be the top seed at the season-ending ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London from Nov. 13-20.”Thanks to my team and my family who were commenting back home. This has been an incredible journey for me to get to the top of the rankings, I could have not done it without all of you,” said Murray.The double Olympic champion entered the contest with a 7-0 record against Isner and his recent form, which had helped him to win six of his eight previous tournaments since losing the French Open final, suggested he would have the upper hand.Murray, who now has 43 titles to his name, broke in the sixth game on his first opportunity when Isner sent a backhand long. The American, who served a total of 18 aces, had two chances to break back in the following game as he opened up a 40-15 lead.Murray saved the first with a routine volley after managing to lob his 2.08-metre opponent, and forced Isner to bury a backhand into the net on the second.He bagged the opening set with an unreturned serve having made only four unforced errors.Isner earned three break points thanks to a splendid drop shot followed by a forehand winner. Murray saved them all, the last one with a second-serve ace, and staved off another one to stay level.In the tiebreak, Isner went 4-2 up when Murray double faulted, and the American closed it out with a booming forehand winner to send the contest into a decider.last_img read more

Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Pickups: Isaiah Crowell, LeSean McCoy injuries make Elijah McGuire, Chris Ivory top ‘adds’

first_imgIt never fails — every season, things get weird in the fantasy playoffs. 2018’s opening round didn’t disappoint, with a load of vultured touchdowns, wacky plays, and, of course, injuries. The former shouldn’t influence your roster moves too much this week (outside of late-week free agent adds), but the latter has a big effect on the top Week 15 fantasy waiver wire pickups. Both LeSean McCoy and Isaiah Crowell exited the Jets-Bills game early, paving the way for handcuffs Chris Ivory and Elijah McGuire to provide fantasy football owners with start ’em, sit ’em decisions in the semifinals they never expected to have to make. (Much like fantasy owners never expected to care about Justin Jackson, who’s only relevant because of a late-game injury to Austin Ekeler…who only matters because of a Melvin Gordon injury.)There aren’t a ton of “game-changers” like last week on our full free agent list, but there are some interesting TE and D/ST streamers, as well as a few bench RB and WR options who could come in handy if you find yourself in a late-week bind like Odell Beckham Jr. owners were in this week. The potential defense pickups are especially important, as this isn’t a particularly strong week at the position. Those streamers can be found at the end of this list. If you’re worried about weather or just someone with way too much time on your hands, you can check out our Week 15 kicker rankings. WEEK 15 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsVernon Davis, TE, Redskins. Jordan Reed suffered a foot injury against the Giants, and it’s possible he will miss time. Davis will be the new top TE in Washington, and he had four catches for 31 yards against the Giants. He should have a chance to produce against a mediocre Jaguars defense that has struggled against TEs in the recent weeks. The only concern is whether Josh Johnson will be able to continue playing at a solid level, as he did in relief of Mark Sanchez. But either way, Davis should still soak up some targets.For more waiver /free agent options, including QB, WR, TE, and D/ST streamers, check out our full Week 15 list. MORE: Full Week 15 waiver wire list | RB handcuff chartAt this point in the season, there’s little point in saving your waiver claims. Sure, something big might happen next week, but if you’re smart and planning ahead, you should be prepared either way (i.e. have your starting RBs handcuffed). Whether you actually need McGuire or Ivory (or possibly Jackson, who’s available in 45 percent of Yahoo leagues) or you just want to keep them off someone else’s team, you might as well grab them and add to your depth. Week 15 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerTop fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 15Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.Chris Ivory, RB, Bills. Ivory took over in Week 14 after LeSean McCoy exited early due to a hamstring injury. The veteran backup managed 42 yards on 12 carries, ceding some running work to WR Isaiah McKenzie (four carries, 22 yards, TD) and Marcus Murphy (4-10). If McCoy is out next week — a likely scenario — Ivory would handle the bulk of the carries against a decent-but-vulnerable Lions run defense. He’s performed well as a fill-in this year, totaling 107 yards on 19 touches in Week 11 and 126 yards on 23 touches in Week 3. A Week 16 matchup against New England isn’t as appealing, but Ivory would be in play as a potential RB2/high-end FLEX in the fantasy semifinals.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endElijah McGuire, RB, Jets. Isaiah Crowell was “questionable” leading up to Week 14 because of an ailing toe, and he didn’t get more than two carries in Sunday’s game against the Bills before aggravating the injury. McGuire took over as New York’s primary back, rushing 17 times for 60 yards and a score while adding another 23 yards on three receptions. It seems unlikely Crowell will be ready for next Saturday’s game against the Texans, putting McGuire in prime position to pay off as a low-end RB2/high-end FLEX, especially in PPR leagues. Trenton Cannon, who vultured a four-yard score on one of his five carries last week, will also be involved, but McGuire noticeably dominated touches and targets against the Bills. The Jets have another decent matchup in Week 16 (vs. GB), so McGuire could have multi-week value.MORE WEEK 15: Full waiver list  Damien Williams, RB, Chiefs. Don’t be confused — Spencer Ware is still the lead back for the Chiefs. He had 20 touches and 129 total yards in Week 14 against the Ravens, but it was Williams who scored two TDs — one on the ground, one through the air. For the game, Williams had eight carries for 14 yards and 24 yards on five receptions (six targets). You obviously can’t count on the scores every week, but it’s clear Williams is a legitimate part of the Chiefs offense. He could produce in PPR leagues next Thursday against the Chargers and in Week 16 against Seattle, but either way, he’s a must-have handcuff.DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Broncos. Hamilton, a rookie out of Penn State, took advantage of Emmanuel Sanders’ injury in Week 14 after struggling to stay healthy early in the season. He tied for the team-lead with nine targets and converted them into seven catches for 47 yards and a TD. Hamilton should continue to see a volume of opportunities and has inside-outside versatility. With two great matchups on tap with the Browns and Raiders in the last two weeks of the season, Hamilton is worth a flier as a potential FLEX, though it’s tough to say if there’s much difference between him and fellow rookie Tim Patrick (6-64, eight targets).last_img read more

For new Angels coach Keith Johnson, surprise call-up was a major role reversal

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter For Johnson, it was his second assignment to the Angels’ major league staff. He became the team’s player information coach in the wake of Jerry Dipoto’s resignation midway through the 2015 season. Johnson began that year as a roving infield instructor.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.With the exception of 2015, Johnson had been the manager at Triple-A Salt Lake every season since 2011. Johnson knew his last major league assignment was temporary.“This time has a pretty good feel to it,” he said. “Half my team’s up here. A lot of guys, it’s their first major league call-up, where in the past we had a club full of minor league free agents, up and down and whatnot. Definitely has a different feeling to it.”The elephant in the room, of course, is what the switcheroo means for Chavez and Johnson beyond this season. Angels manager Mike Scioscia has spent part of the last three days downplaying reports that he plans to retire once his contract expires at the end of this season.Chavez has been rumored as a potential successor, along with special assistant Brad Ausmus and bench coach Josh Paul. Perhaps now the Angels can also take a closer look at Johnson, 47, the epitome of an “organizational soldier” since his first coaching assignment in 2004. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — Keith Johnson looked at his phone. Billy Eppler was calling. Johnson, the manager of the Angels’ top farm team in Salt Lake, knew that could only mean one thing: someone was getting called up to the majors.Johnson wasn’t wrong.“Little did I know it was going to be me this time,” he said. “It’s a moment I’ll never forget.”On Sunday, the Angels made a surprising switch by adding Johnson to their major-league staff and replacing him with Eric Chavez, an assistant to Eppler. It was the first long-term managerial assignment for Chavez. That year, Johnson was the hitting coach of the Angels’ affiliate in the rookie-level Arizona League. The team featured a 17-year-old Martin Maldonado at catcher and future Angels reliever Jose Arredondo at shortstop. A 20-year-old Howie Kendrick passed through. Led by Casey Kotchman, Jeff Mathis and Ervin Santana, the Angels’ system was ranked third overall by Baseball America at the time.After moving up twice as a minor league hitting coach, Johnson took his first managerial assignment in 2008 with Class-A Cedar Rapids. He has witnessed an entire franchise’s talent pool rise, shrink, then rise again since his last season as a player in Salt Lake in 2003.“Down there it’s not necessarily about wins and losses,” Johnson said, “but when guys come up here and you see them, all the work that you put in to see them flourish and show up here, it’s just a great feeling.”While minor-league managing is no longer the prerequisite it once was, Johnson’s ease working with young players and his reputation as a player-friendly mentor fit the mold of a modern field general.When rookie catcher Jose Briceño snuffed out a double-steal attempt by the Seattle Mariners in July, Scioscia was quick to credit Johnson and his staff for reinforcing those details long before Briceño arrived in the big leagues.“When you’re the manager in Triple-A, a hitting coach or pitching coach, you’re an extension of the major league staff,” Scioscia said.For Johnson, that feels more real than ever.JEREZ UP, TROPEANO LANDS ON DLLeft-handed reliever Williams Jerez got his first major league call-up, and right-hander Nick Tropeano was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.For Tropeano, it’s his second trip to the DL for the injury this season. He allowed one run over five innings Monday before leaving the game, having thrown just 62 pitches.Jerez was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on July 30 along with right-hander Ty Buttrey in the Ian Kinsler trade. In 36 Triple-A games this year (34 with Pawtucket and two with Salt Lake) he was 2-1 with six saves, a 4.62 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 54-2/3 innings.Jerez will become the 30th different pitcher the Angels have used in 2018. The club record is 31, set in 2014 and 2017.OHTANI UPDATEShohei Ohtani will begin throwing off a mound on Saturday, Scioscia said.The decision was announced one day after the Angels’ pitcher/designated hitter made his first dry throws off a mound since receiving a stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injection in June. Ohtani continues making progress in his long-toss program as well.Though Ohtani will throw to a catcher in a crouch, Scioscia said his bullpen session “will not be full gorilla.”ALSOPitcher Matt Shoemaker will throw another bullpen on Wednesday, his second this week. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since April. … In his first minor league rehab game with Class-A Inland Empire, Rene Rivera served as the 66ers’ designated hitter and singled in his first at-bat. He also grounded into a couple outs and struck out. Scioscia said that Rivera’s rehab stint is expected to last seven or eight days. … Four Angels were included on Baseball America’s midseason Top 100 prospects list: Double-A outfielder Jo Adell (11), Triple-A pitcher Griffin Canning (48), Class-A outfielder Brandon Marsh (89) and Triple-A pitcher Jose Suarez (90).ON DECKAngels (RHP Jaime Barria, 6-7, 3.84 ERA) vs. Tigers (LHP Blaine Hardy, 4-3, 3.25 ERA), Wednesday, 1 p.m., Fox Sports WestRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Justin Upton reflects on a rollercoaster first full season with Angels

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Upton, 31, said some of his 12 big league seasons have been like that, and he’s not sure why.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.He also had no explanation for what has been a consistent area of struggle. Upton has hit .199 with a .657 OPS with runners in scoring position.“I can’t put a finger on that,” he said. “Every time I felt I was in a hitter’s count, a guy makes a great pitch or I mis-hit something. Things just didn’t go my way with guys in scoring position, but somehow I still drove in runs. It’s just one of those weird things.”Upton has 85 RBIs, which is tops on the team.Manager Mike Scioscia said there was some bad luck involved with Upton’s issues with runners in scoring position. “He hit some balls hard (that were caught),” Scioscia said. “He probably hasn’t been as productive as he’s been in the past in that regard, but he’s had a great season.”Upton was the Angels cleanup hitter when the season began, expected to bat between Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. As the year developed, he will end up as the primary No. 5 hitter, behind Trout and Shohei Ohtani. When Pujols is back next year, it seems likely he would hit behind Upton, which could be fifth or sixth, depending on whether Trout is No. 2 or No. 3.“I guess that’s the plan,” Upton said of having all four hitters healthy in the middle of the lineup. “It didn’t work out for us. Hopefully, next year is a little different.”Upton has four years left on the contract extension he signed last year, getting an extra year on his deal in exchange for passing on his opt-out. Upton is due to make $18 million next year, and $90 million over the next four years.He seems to have no regrets about returning to the Angels instead of becoming a free agent.“This is a great clubhouse,” he said. “We had injuries and didn’t play as well as we wanted to, but people are going to come in prepared again next year to chase our goal of getting to the postseason. I enjoyed the season as much as you could. I enjoy the guys. I enjoy the atmosphere. I’m looking forward to next year.”ALSOMatt Shoemaker will start the season finale on Sunday, regardless of whether the game has any playoff implications for the Oakland A’s. Scioscia had a choice of Shoemaker, Felix Peña or even a crew of relievers. He opted against Peña because he’s already thrown 126 innings between the minors and majors, about double what he threw last year as a reliever in the Cubs’ system. Peña finishes his season with a 4.18 ERA, including 4.00 in his 17 starts. Scioscia said Peña “had a great run for us. He learned a lot.”UP NEXTAngels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 8-9, 3.91) vs. A’s (TBA), Saturday, 6 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — Although Justin Upton will end his season with his accustomed numbers, he would have preferred a smoother ride.“I typically like to do it in a different fashion than I did, but that’s how things were,” the Angels outfielder said with a shrug.Upton is hitting .259 with 30 home runs and an .813 OPS after Friday’s game. His career average is .268 with 28 homers a season and an OPS of .826.Upton, however, got to those numbers in a turbulent manner. He had a .657 OPS in his first 29 games, followed by a .965 mark over his next 33 games, a .639 over his next 28 games, and then a 1.000 for 32 games. Since coming back from a stint on the disabled list with a finger laceration, he has a .722 mark over his last 21 games. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons wraps up a ‘disappointing’ season as he approaches final year of his contract

first_imgANAHEIM — For a few years, the biggest decision hanging over the Angels’ front office was whether they would be able to sign Mike Trout to an extension. Now, it’s whether they’ll be able to lure one or two marquee pitchers this winter.But looming just in the background, there is Andrelton Simmons.As he finishes what he called a “disappointing” season, Simmons is approaching the end of the seven-year extension he signed with the Atlanta Braves before the Angels acquired him.Simmons is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. Historically, elite defensive shortstops like Omar Vizquel, Barry Larkin and Ozzie Smith all played the position until they were 40. Cal Ripken Jr. made it until 35 before moving to third base.Simmons, a four-time Gold Glove winner, might be in that group.“I don’t see why not,” he said. “I don’t feel like I lost any steps. This year I kind of did (because of the ankle injury), but right now I feel really good about the ankle situation. I feel pretty good about moving around. I don’t see why not. I feel good at shortstop right now.”Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who worked for the Yankees throughout most of Jeter’s career, said a player’s mind can counter the effects of age.“I compare him to an elite point guard who has high court awareness and and anticipates the ball really well,” Eppler said. “Your overall baseball intelligence can help you continue to be impactful at a position as perhaps your sprint speed or overall foot speed or agility might start to regress.”This season, perhaps because of the ankle injury he first suffered lunging for first base on May 20, Simmons has sprung some holes in his game.Simmons’ Ultimate Zone Rating is the lowest of his career, pro-rated by playing time. His Defensive Runs Saved, however, are about the same as last year, on a per-game basis. Fielding percentage is considered an incomplete measure of defense, but Simmons’ right now has a career-worst .969 mark.“It’s hard for me to critique myself,” Simmons said. “I only see what I didn’t do well. I don’t know what the numbers say I’ve been doing. I know I’ve made some mistakes here and there. Everybody does, except Omar Vizquel. I feel like I could have done better overall. Not terrible, but not as good as I would want.”Manager Brad Ausmus said Simmons is “still the best defensive shortstop in the game.”At the plate, the decline has been more dramatic. All three elements of Simmons’ slash line – a .256 batting average, .301 on-base percentage and .355 slugging percentage – are worsts in his four seasons with the Angels.Statcast metrics that grade hitters on the quality of contact, not just the results, also rate Simmons in the bottom 2 percent in the league in expected slugging percentage and expected weighted on-base percentage.The injuries are likely responsible for much of that. Simmons was out for about five weeks with the first ankle injury. Then he came back – quicker than expected – and played for about a month before getting hurt again, missing three more weeks.“It’s been kind of a chopped-up season for him,” Ausmus said.Simmons and Eppler said rhythm at the plate is tough to establish with significant gaps in playing time.“I think that had a big impact,” Simmons said. “It’s not the only thing. I remember seeing Chipper Jones going through a little procedure with knee stuff and picking up right where he left off. It doesn’t happen in every case. This year has been a little tougher for me getting back into a rhythm and feeling comfortable.”Considering the way Simmons’ season has gone, it would be no surprise if the Angels waited until at least the middle of next season before deciding if they want to sign him to an extension.They can also further evaluate David Fletcher and Luís Rengifo, either of whom could become the everyday shortstop if Simmons isn’t around beyond 2020.Related Articles “It’s crossed my mind,” Simmons said, “but not seriously. I’m just trying to get back in good shape and start swinging the bat as well as I know I can.”The situation with Simmons is tricky because this year has been one of his worst, which he and the Angels attribute to a pair of ankle injuries that cost him two trips to the injured list.Also, Simmons just turned 30. His next contract will start with his age-31 season, which is approaching dangerous territory in shortstop years.Over the past 10 seasons, just 18.4 percent of the players who played at least 50 games in a season at shortstop have been 31 or older. Only 13.3 percent were 32 or older, and 9.5 percent 33 or older.The exceptions to the rule have been players such as Derek Jeter, who played shortstop until he was 40. Jimmy Rollins played shortstop until he was 36, and José Reyes until he was 34. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Or, the Angels could sign Simmons to an extension this winter, reworking his deal to lower his 2020 salary from $15 million, which would create more payroll space to add pitching. When the Angels signed Justin Upton to an extension in November 2017, they reduced his 2018 salary by more than $6 million to create payroll flexibility.A much more radical scenario is that the Angels could trade Simmons this winter, which would clear the entire $15 million to make upgrades elsewhere.That seems unlikely, though, considering how highly the Angels still think of him, even after an injury-marred season.“We understand what Andrelton brings,” Eppler said, “and value him playing in the middle of the diamond.”UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 4-4, 4.30 ERA) vs. Rays (TBD), Friday, 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Griffin returns, leads Clippers to Pacific title

first_img“It’s nice but it doesn’t really mean much,” Paul said. “We won the division title last year and lost in the first round. Last year we would have gone into the game knowing we had a chance to win the division. Now we don’t care, it’s all about the bigger picture.”Eight Suns reached double figures, led by Marcus Morris with 16 points.Phoenix would have been alone in the No. 7 spot in the West with a victory, just a half-game behind Golden State. Instead, the Suns fell into a three-way tie with Memphis and Dallas for the last two playoff spots in the West. Phoenix would lose the tiebreaker the way things stood Wednesday night.The defeat followed a blowout loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday.“We had this game almost in our pockets,” Goran Dragic said. “But now is not the time to think like that, because we still have to have our confidence up to play those last seven games. `’ PHOENIX >> A 17-point third-quarter lead was not enough for the Phoenix Suns, not the way the Clippers are playing these days.Darren Collison and Blake Griffin scored 23 points apiece and the Clippers beat the Suns 112-108 Wednesday night, their fourth win in a row and 17th in the last 19 games.Chris Paul added 20 points, including a 32-foot 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired to put the Clippers up for good 108-106 with 1:48 to play.Los Angeles, winning the last four on a five-game trip, clinched the Pacific Division title with the win. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Suns used a 22-5 run to lead 91-74 with 1:49 left in the third period and were up 91-78 entering the fourth.Griffin had been listed as doubtful for the game with back spasms.Ex-Sun Jared Dudley made two free throws with 8.1 seconds to play to clinch the win.Dragic and Gerald Green scored 15 points apiece for the Suns, but Dragic was just 2 of 11 from the field, 0 of 5 from 3-point range. P.J. Tucker, whose rebounding was a big factor in the Suns’ third-quarter run, had 10 points and 11 rebounds.With Griffin and Paul on the bench, the Clippers scored 11 in a row early in the fourth quarter the last five by Willie Green to cut Phoenix’s lead to 92-85. Dudley’s 3-pointer with 5:57 to go cut it to 97-94.“You know, we won the game because of our second unit,” Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said. “Honestly, when we were down 17, I was thinking if we didn’t cut into it, I was just going to keep them out on the floor, but then they cut into the lead so quickly.” Dudley’s two free throws put Los Angeles ahead 105-104 with 2:38 left. Eric Bledsoe’s 9-foot floater gave the Suns their last lead, 106-105 with 2:15 left. Phoenix’s defense was strong on the next possession, and just before the clock was to expire, Paul hit from far beyond the arc. Griffin’s rebound basket with 49.5 seconds left made it 110-106. Bledsoe scored on the layup to cut it to 110-108.The Suns had a chance to tie it, but Collison blocked Bledsoe’s layup from behind. The ball went out of bounds off the Suns and Dudley’s free throws iced the win.“We can’t afford to have lulls against good teams like this,” Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said.The Suns broke away from a 69-69 tie with their 22-5 outburst. Tucker had three rebound baskets in the run. He was fouled on his final one, capping the big run with a three-point play that gave Phoenix its biggest lead, 91-74, with 1:49 left in the period. The Clippers scored the next four to trail 91-78 entering the fourth.Phoenix led 62-60 at the break.last_img read more

Doc Rivers says Clippers can’t become ‘intoxicated’ with one win over Spurs

first_imgGame 2 is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Staples Center.What Rivers said may be true. The bottom line is, the Clippers came up with one of their most impressive victories of the season. When their 18-point lead was cut to nine with less than eight minutes to play, many probably figured the Spurs would get even closer.They never did. The Clippers came out of a timeout and went on a 7-0 run, eventually leading by as many as 20 points.Yet, Rivers wouldn’t say it was his team’s best effort of the season. “I really don’t think so,” he said. “I kind of said it after the game last night that I liked that we won the game. But I felt frustrated during the game, a lot, with the way we were playing. I thought we were playing hard and that might have been the hardest we’ve played. “But we can be a smarter basketball team for sure on both ends. We missed a lot of shots, but so did they and I think that theirs are the ones that probably frustrated me the most because some of them — they were just really good missed shots — but some of them we just broke our coverage under the disguise of playing hard. We have that saying — hard and smart is better than just hard.”The Spurs shot just 36.6 percent, and while some of that was solid defense, some of it was shots that went in-and-out.“I think we can play better,” Rivers said. “I think we’re going to have to, if you want to be honest. We can’t count on the missing wide-open 3s.”Monitoring minutesThere has been a lot of talk about the Clippers not having the best of benches outside of sixth man Jamal Crawford. The shooting guard scored 17 points Sunday, but only two other reserves scored for a combined five points.Among the starting five, Blake Griffin played nearly 43 minutes, DeAndre Jordan more than 38 and Chris Paul just under 38. The Spurs, with 43 points from six reserves, got a team-high 33 minutes from starting forward Kawhi Leonard.Rivers was queried as to whether he is concerned about his starters becoming fatigued if this is a long series.“No, we’ve been doing it all year,” Rivers said. “It’s not like it’s the one time. In the playoffs, you get days off. It’s nothing like the regular season. I mean, we get two days off on this one and it’s every other day, so I don’t think minutes are going to be a concern at all.”Griffin averaged 35.2 minutes during the season, Paul 34.8 and Jordan 34.4.Crawford smiling bigCrawford couldn’t stop smiling in the locker room after Sunday’s victory. He shot 7 of 10 from the field — 3 of 4 from 3-point range. That’s an enormous improvement from the 10-for-36 (27.7 percent) shooting clip he had put up in the final four regular-season games after missing the previous 17 with a calf injury.“Me and Chris (Paul) talk about it all the time,” Crawford said. “We’re consumed in basketball every single day of our lives. To be out five weeks and not be able to do anything but watch, I mean, you can take some good things from it.“But it was more bad than good for me because you want to be out there so bad and help your team and just be part of the guys. … The injury is one thing, then coming back and conditioning and trying to get a rhythm, all that stuff sucks. But you’ve go to go through the process sometimes.” The Grand Prix of Long Beach was contested Sunday, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Monday threw out his own yellow caution flag.One day after his team walloped the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 107-92 in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series, Rivers was pumping the brakes.“We can’t get intoxicated with one won game,” Rivers said. “We do, we’re in trouble. And the point is that no matter what happens, you’re playing a team that’s won multiple titles.“There’s nothing you can do to shake their confidence and you’re just going to have to keep playing. If you come in thinking something different, then it’ll be a long night.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

LA Clippers’ rebounding being put to the test

first_imgPLAYA VISTA >> The first month of the NBA schedule isn’t particularly kind to the Clippers. They play four sets of back-to-backs. They travel to Portland, to Memphis, to San Antonio, to Oklahoma City, to Minnesota, to Sacramento, to Dallas, to Detroit, to Indiana and to Brooklyn. The schedule allows for less than a handful of practices.But, in a calendar packed with 19 games in 34 days, coach Doc Rivers might actually have gotten a little lucky. The NBA’s schedule-makers gave him the perfect chance to reinforce the thing the Clippers have spoken about since their very first team meeting in training camp.The Clippers better rebound. If they don’t, their opponents absolutely will.Their first four opponents — Portland, Utah, who they play Sunday, Phoenix and Oklahoma City — all finished in the top seven in offensive rebounding percentage last season. The Clippers were the third-worst defensive rebounding team a year ago. Last year, the Clippers grabbed 15 or more offensive rebounds only four times. “That is not a focus,” Rivers said. “I want to be a better offensive rebounding team, don’t get me wrong. I’d rather not give up points the other way. That statistically is a fact. We know that to be true. “… If they’re under the basket, we want you to go after it. But if you don’t get it, you got to get back.”Bench steps upThe Clippers’ second unit continued to receive praise for its performance in the win at Portland. “I think our second unit really played well defensively the other night,” Jordan said. “They’re guarding Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin every day, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge. But I think they did a great job defensively finishing off possessions and limiting those guys to one shot the other night.”Jamal Crawford said the bench played “agenda-free” basketball after his team won in Portland, and Saturday before practice, he continued to speak highly of their play. “Guys who understand their role I think is really, really key for us, because everybody has the right attitude and the right mindset,” Crawford said. “I feel like we’re one of the better second units in the league, even though we haven’t been together that long. If we can just keep getting better and better and keep getting more defined in our roles, I think we’ll be great.”Quick hitsBrice Johnson (back) and Paul Pierce (ankle) are both listed as “Out” on the Clippers’ injury report. … Alan Anderson (ankle) was healthy enough to play Thursday in Portland, but he, along with Brandon Bass and rookie Diamond Stone, didn’t see action. Thursday, they passed the first test, keeping Portland from winning the rebounding battles (the teams tied). But, Rivers said, they should’ve been better. “The ones that we can get, we have to get. I think we had six of them — we do our own count — that we should have got that we didn’t in the Portland game. That’s a lot actually,” Rivers said. “…Those are the ones we still have to get. And we watch film on rebounding now and that’s important.”The Clippers don’t need to see Utah on tape to know what’s in store for them Sunday afternoon in their home opener at Staples Center. They just need to look across the court at 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert.“I mean, they got damn near one of the tallest guys in the league in Rudy, and he crashes the glass hard,” DeAndre Jordan said. “Now that (Derrick) Favors is back, he’s going to do the same thing…Whenever we can force those guys to one shot, don’t let them get a second one.”The Clippers have even discussed offensive rebounding, never part of Rivers’ coaching foundation. And while, he said it’s still not a priority, his team still managed to grab 15 offensive rebounds in its season-opening win at Portland. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers clinch NL West Title

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> And so — here they are again.But this time it was a rookie manager leading them through record use of the disabled list — including the 75-day loss of their ace to a back injury — and leaning as heavily on the products of baseball’s top-ranked farm system as baseball’s highest payroll. The Dodgers finished atop the National League West again Sunday afternoon when Charlie Culberson’s game-winning home run in the 10th inning gave them a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.The win came just moments before the San Francisco Giants’ latest loss (their 41st in 66 games since the All-Star break) became final, which also would have sent the Dodgers to the postseason.But the Culberson homer was a much more appropriate ending for a team that boasted of its depth leading into the season, started rookie pitchers a major-league high 65 times and had every man on their 40-man roster active for Sunday’s clincher. Dave Roberts used 19 of them against the Rockies, just a typical September afternoon for him. “My first year managing, to see this whole big machine come together and to realize one part of a goal — it’s really tough to put into words,” Roberts said.“You get your best player (Corey Seager) hitting that game-tying home run off (Adam) Ottavino (with two outs in the bottom of the ninth) and then you get Charlie Culberson, who was a non-roster invitee, who was up and down all year long, who did everything we asked — for him to get that big hit … I embraced him and he said outside of him having his baby that was the greatest moment of his life.”The Dodgers will head to the postseason for the seventh time in the past 11 seasons still looking for it to end with greatness for the first time since 1988.Nonetheless, they are the first team to win the NL West in four consecutive seasons, the first NL team to win their division four consecutive times since the Philadelphia Phillies won the NL East five consecutive times from 2007-11.They will meet the Washington Nationals in the first round with only the travel arrangements to be finalized. The Nationals (91-64) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers (90-66) for homefield in a best-of-5 Division Series. The Nats’ magic number to clinch that advantage is six as the regular season enters its final week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I mean, if we only had to use 25 guys and had no injuries — that would have been fine too,” GM Farhan Zaidi said of watching the depth assembled by the Dodgers’ front office pay off on the field. “But I wouldn’t say it’s validation because you go through injuries every year and this year was no different. And if it wasn’t for these guys stepping up and performing, what does depth mean?“I’ve seen it over the years and I know how hard it is for guys to come up and hit the ground running in the big leagues. For guys like Grant Dayton and Andrew Toles to come up and make such a big impact right away and sustain it — you just don’t see it that often with this volume of players so it’s been really tremendous.”For most of the day Sunday, however, it was all about Vin Scully — whether he liked it or not.The first time through the lineup, Dodgers batters stopped near home plate and raised their helmets in his direction, saluting the Hall of Fame broadcaster as he called his final game at Dodger Stadium.“Me and JT were texting last night and said we should do something. That’s what we came up with,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “We have a hitters meeting every day and we talked about it and everybody thought it was a good idea. We went with it to honor Vin and give him the respect he deserves.“He deserves way more than that. I think it’s a little token of our appreciation for him.”Scully was moved, exclaiming on air, “Are they waving up here? Oh, that’s terrific. Holy Mackerel.”It was almost the only time all afternoon the Dodgers managed to get to a left-hander.Rockies starter Tyler Anderson held the Dodgers to one run over the first six innings despite scattering eight hits. The Dodgers went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position against Anderson, their latest frustration against a left-handed pitcher.But in the seventh, the Dodgers tied the game on an RBI triple by Corey Seager. The Rockies regained the lead in the top of the ninth when Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up a two-out home run to David Dahl.Down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth, Seager came through again, re-tying the game with a drive into the seats down the right-field line.Culberson’s clinching home run came an inning later with two outs off Rockies reliever Boone Logan. He dropped the bat and stood at home plate, admiring the drive with more gusto than a player with six career home runs can usually muster.“I don’t hit too many home runs,” he said sheepishly in the afterglow. “I knew that was gone.”That put a punctuation mark on an emotional weekend during which the Dodgers embraced both their Hall of Fame broadcaster and a “team mentality, really,” as Clayton Kershaw put it.“This year has been a little different for me personally, being out for so long,” he said. “It’s good to see these guys do what they needed to do. It just shows this team isn’t about one guy. Any guy can step up, any guy can win a game and you just saw that today.“One guy goes down, another guy steps up. A testament to our team, the depth that we have, the guys that we could bring in, the young guys that stepped up.”last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals: NLDS Game 5 live blog and chat

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Dodgers deal minor leaguer Chase De Jong to Seattle

first_imgThe trade does free up a spot on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. The Dodgers sent minor-league right-hander Chase De Jong to the Seattle Mariners Wednesday in exchange for two players – shortstop Drew Jackson and right-hander Aneurys Zabala.De Jong, 22, was acquired by the Dodgers from the Toronto Blue Jays in July 2015 and went 14-5 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.02 WHIP for Double-A Tulsa in 2016. He led the Texas League in wins and WHIP, finished second in ERA and fourth with125 strikeouts in 141 2/3 over 25 starts for Tulsa.Jackson, 23, was a fifth-round draft pick out of Stanford in 2015. He led the Class-A Northwest League in batting average (.358), on-base percentage (.432), runs (64) and stolen bases (47) in 59 games in 2015. Last season, he batted .258 with 16 steals in 124 games at Class-A Bakersfield.Zabala, 20, signed out of the Dominican Republic as a teenager and has gone 4-13 with a 4.49 ERA in 44 games (12 starts) over three seasons at the rookie-league level in the Mariners’ system. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Joc Pederson doesn’t want to be left out by Dodgers

first_imgDodgers manager Dave Roberts platooned Pederson with right-handed Trayce Thompson during the first half of last season and limited Pederson’s playing time against left-handed pitching (he had just 77 plate appearances against lefties all season). This spring, Roberts has said Pederson will get more at-bats against lefties in 2017 based on the desire to keep his glove in center field and faith that Pederson will improve against left-handers.“Both,” Roberts said. “Obviously, we like his glove out there in center field and his ability to slug.”Pederson finished second among last year’s Dodgers (to Corey Seager) in slugging percentage (.512), OPS (.847) and OPS-plus (129). None of that damage was done against left-handed pitching, however. Pederson was 8 for 64 (.125) with 22 strikeouts and hit just one of his 25 home runs against left-handers.Pederson asserts he doesn’t have a problem with left-handers despite a .178 average in two big-league seasons against them – “I mean, I hit .300 off them my last year in Triple-A,” he said. Instead, his offseason focus was on making some adjustments heading into his third season that will give him a more mechanically sound swing regardless of what kind of pitching he is facing.“I think if your body is not in a good position, you’re not going to hit. With any approach you have,” Pederson said. “So I needed to make some mechanical changes to get myself into a better hitting position. And when you have that in order, you can move on to your approach and focus on how pitchers are attacking you. “These pitchers are good and they know how to throw it to certain locations and if you’re not able to hit those locations, you’re an out. So you’ve got to mechanically get in a good spot.”Roberts sees a more consistent “path to the ball” from Pederson this spring and “more consistency with his approach.” Pederson homered to lead off the game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, his third home run in the Cactus League (no other Dodger has more than one).“With Joc, even if you go back to last spring, there was a lot of tinkering and really trying to figure out what works best for him,” Roberts said. “The second after the season ended, he made an adjustment with his swing. There’s a little step-back thing going and it gets him in a good position to fire. I think from that point on he kind of found a baseline for his swing mechanically. Then outside of that an approach piece, a plan piece.“Every hitter is different. The important thing is when he gets to that point to where he’s ready to fire on the baseball, his hands are in a consistent position. That’s where he’s at right now.”TV guideThe Dodgers, Spectrum Networks and KTLA reached agreement to simulcast SportsNet LA’s broadcast of 10 early-season games on the Los Angeles station, making them available to a wider audience as the Dodgers’ distribution stalemate enters a fourth season.The 10 games made available are April 5 (vs. the Padres), April 9 (at Colorado), April 12 (at Wrigley Field), April 16 (vs. the Diamondbacks), April 18 and 19 (vs. the Rockies), April 23 (at Arizona), April 30 (vs. the Phillies), May 3 (vs. the Giants) and May 7 (at San Diego).Return dateRoberts said Corey Seager (back), Andre Ethier (back) and Andrew Toles (hyperextended right knee) are expected to play again Saturday after sitting out most of this week with minor injuries. In Seager’s case, he has played just three games with six plate appearances this spring.“For us, it’s fine,” Roberts said. “Spring training is long as it is, especially on the position players’ side. … Obviously we expect him to play a lot this season. So for him to essentially get a week to be down is not the worst thing.”Last spring, Seager was missed the final 19 days of the Cactus League schedule, played in the Freeway Series — and then led the Dodgers in games played (157) and plate appearances (687) in the regular season. GLENDALE, Ariz. >> Brian Urlacher might be coming out of retirement again.Late last season, Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson took to wearing a face guard on his helmet for at-bats against left-handed pitchers. Pederson joked that the face guard made him feel like the retired Chicago Bears linebacker.It did more than that. It gave Pederson a visual cue to “keep my front shoulder in longer and be able to use the whole field” against lefties. Pederson said he has ordered another face guard from the equipment manufacturer and might wear it again this season.If so, that face guard could get more exposure.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Whicker: Brandon Morrow brings the heat, humility for the Dodgers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The No. 7 pick in the 2006 MLB draft got the first 21 outs Thursday night. The No. 5 pick came in, got the next two.The No 7 pick has three Cy Young Awards and an MVP and never has suffered a serious arm problem.The No. 5 pick is on his fourth major league franchise and is playing his third role. He also has been betrayed by multiple body parts, like most of those who defy God’s intentions and try to throw baseballs as hard as they can.Brandon Morrow, the No 5, is far more typical than Clayton Kershaw, the No. 7. He is also pitching his way toward a major speaking part in this 2017 Dodger story.He has retired 35 batters, given up four hits, walked one and hit one, and he has struck out 14. No earned runs or any other kind, going into Saturday.Morrow and Pedro Baez are the lead-ins for Kenley Jansen, the closer. He came to camp hat-in-hand, knowing that the Dodgers have the largest welcome mat in baseball.“I could have opted out at a certain date,” Morrow said. “The vibe was good, everybody was welcoming. This team has a chance to get to the playoffs. I haven’t been there yet. It’s kind of a big goal for me.”Nor has Morrow thrown 200 innings in a season, and he is three career wins short of 50, at age 32.center_img “I think I’ve always known I’d be OK after each thing I’ve gone through,” he said, “even though I’ve had every piece of my arm hurt.”When given a chance, he has done extraordinary things.In his first-ever major start, for Seattle, he took a no-hitter two outs deep into the eighth inning against the Yankees. No one had done that since Boston’s Billy Rohr in 1967, 41 years prior.In 2010 with Toronto, Morrow pitched three shutouts, held left-hand batters to a .188 average and, on Aug. 8, became the fourth pitcher since 1954 to strike out 17 in a complete game one-hitter. Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria singled, two out in the ninth.““People were going crazy but I felt a weird emotion at the end,” Morrow said. “I was just gassed. I’d thrown 137 pitches. It was the best game of my life. Then somebody hit me with a Gatorade cooler and nearly knocked me to the ground.”Morrow struck out 12 Yankees in his next start.The next year he led the American League with 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings.“Elite stuff,” said Alex Anthopoulos, a Dodgers’ assistant general manager who was Toronto’s GM when Morrow was there. “Every time he had a setback, he managed to get back to that.”But in 2009 there was bicep tendinitis. In 2012 there was an oblique strain. In 2013 Morrow suffered an entrapped radial nerve in his forearm.In 2014 there was a torn tendon sheath in a finger. In 2015 came the big one, a right shoulder impingement that required surgery, while he was with San Diego..Although Morrow says he doesn’t always have a “cheery disposition” when the bumps arrive, he got through it with a certain detachment. And, occasionally, amusement. He said the finger rehab was the strangest.“I was stuck in really boring rehab for four months,” he said, “sitting there with a surgeon and a veterinarian. One of the things we did was manipulating a clothespin.“Then right in the middle of rehab from the shoulder, I got valley fever, this fungal pneumonia. I’d lost 10 pounds from the surgery, and now 15 more. Last year was devoted to rehabbing and building myself up. When I got to the Dodgers I was feeling pretty good.”Beyond that, Morrow was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 18 and has worn an insulin pump.At the moment he is another example of the Dodgers’ 30-team radar, their sense of when to rescue someone’s career. The Angels are doing much the same thing with 6-foot-9 Alex Meyer, once Minnesota’s top minor league pitcher. Meyer is getting his moving parts together. He gave up one hit in six innings against the Dodgers, although he struggled with control. He could become a rotation fixture, a blue-light special in a game where development is complicated.“Teams draft players and put so much into them, want them to succeed so much,” Anthopoulos said. “Sometimes the pressure builds up. The player goes somewhere else and there’s a clean slate, the expectations are lower.”Gratitude replaces ambition. Morrow seems to savor every loud fastball pop into the mitts of his catchers. “I just like pitching, man,” he said, unnecessarily.last_img read more

Red Sox homer their way past Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers for World Series title

first_imgRings are on the menu. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/X7VMCu7Lqf— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2018 Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start For all the criticism of Dave Roberts’ pitching decisions – they weren’t good – it was a lack of offense that did sink the Dodgers ultimately.They hit a weak .180 (34 for 189) in the World Series and were outscored 28-16 by the team that led baseball in runs scored this season. When it came time to adjust against a steady diet of good pitching, the National League’s home run leaders failed to do it adequately and slugged only occasionally.With Price pitching on short rest in Game 5, the Dodgers’ goal was to drive up his pitch count and get him out of the game or capitalize on his fatigue. That never materialized. They went down on fewer than 10 pitches four times in the first seven innings against Price, keeping his pitch count low enough for him to pitch into the eighth inning and hand the ball where he handed the ball to Joe Kelly.The Dodgers didn’t even put a ball in play over the final two innings. Kelly struck out three Dodgers in a row in the eighth. Chris Sale did the same in the ninth. Freese’s gifted triple was the Dodgers’ last hit until next spring.“I expect us to be back here next year – but celebrating on the field,” Roberts said. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Mookie’s first #postseason home run came at a GREAT time. pic.twitter.com/UYlNbZEgfF— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2018 Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Steve. Pearce.He’s done it again. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/OYq9aMbzLn— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2018 For the second year in a row, baseball’s champion was crowned at Dodger Stadium and it wasn’t the home team, an indignity no team had experienced since the 1936-37 New York Giants.“We did too many bad things in the playoffs and that’s why the Red Sox are the World Series champs for 2018 and we’re losing again, back-to-back Series,” Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig said. “Everybody in this clubhouse feels bad. Everybody feels sad. But we didn’t do the things to win a championship.”It took the longest game in the history of the World Series for the Dodgers to even get one victory in this Series. Their wait for a title will go into a 31st year and another blue October will be remembered for the slumped shoulders of Clayton Kershaw.Whatever demons have denied Los Angeles for three decades now have saved their most pointed torment for Kershaw.“Disappointed. Yeah, just disappointed, I think,” Kershaw said when asked his emotions after coming up short in October again. “There’s only one team that can win and we know that. But it just hurts worse when you make it all the way and get second place. So having done that two years in a row now – it doesn’t make it any easier.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PreviousThe Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, jumps on pitcher Chris Sale after he struck out Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Machado, #8, to win the World Series. Boston won the game 5-1 and the series 4-1. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Boston Red Sox celebrate with The Commissioner’s Trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Boston Red Sox’ Steve Pearce celebrates after being name the World Series MVP after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Boston Red Sox’ David Price celebrates with The Commissioner’s Trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Boston Red Sox celebrate their World Series win after Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale struck out Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Machado, left, in the 9th inning in game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. Boston won the game 5-1 and the series 4-1. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez stands on the mound as the Boston Red Sox Steve Pearce rounds the bases after his second home run of the game in the eighth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Boston Red Sox Steve Pearce rounds the bases after his second home run of the game abasing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez stands on the mound as the Boston Red Sox Steve Pearce rounds the bases after his second home run of the game in the eighth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez sits in the dugout after giving up a home run to the Boston Red Sox Steve Pearce, his second of the game, in the eighth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price reacts after getting Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig to ground out to end the seventh inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes hangs his head in the dugout next to Justin Turner in the eighth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig watches from the dugout during the eighth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A Red Sox fan celebrates during game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Dodgers fans don’t look happy during game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers look on from the dugout in the 9th inning in game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. Boston won the game 5-1 and the series 4-1. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price is taken out of the game in the eighth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Fans applaud as Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price is removed in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Boston Red Sox’ Steve Pearce points to his teammates as he celebrates hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Enrique Hernandez of the Los Angeles Dodgers goes up the wall, but can’t reach a Steve Pearce ( not pictured) of the Boston Red Sox solo home run in the eighth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager and Rich Hill, from left, watch from the dugout in the eighth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Boston Red Sox’ Steve Pearce, center, celebrates with Xander Bogaerts and Christian Vazquez after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Chase Utley, from left, watch from the dugout railing during game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Boston Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez celebrates with Christian Vazquez after his solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Boston Red Sox J.D. Martinez, #28, is greeted by teammates after he knocked in a solo homer in the 7th inning in game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers bench looks on late during game five of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium on Sat, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. against the Boston Red Sox won 5-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Boston Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez celebrates his solo home run with Xander Bogaerts after scoring past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes in the seventh inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Boston’s J.D. Martinez trots home as Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks at the scoreboard after Martinez’s solo home run during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Boston Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez celebrates as he scores past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes after his solo home run in the seventh inning inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches a solo home run by the Boston Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez leave the park in the seventh inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after giving up a solo home run to the Boston Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez in the seventh inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after giving up a solo home run to the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts in the sixth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after giving up a solo home run to the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts in the sixth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw heads to the dugout after giving up a solo home run to the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts in the sixth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw reacts as the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts rounds the bases after his solo home run in the sixth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado can’t reach a single by Boston Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez in the fourth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman David Freese slides into third for a triple as Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers applies a late tag in the third inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman David Freese slides into third for a triple against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws to the plate in the third inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Dodgers’ first base coach George Lombard talks with Yasiel Puig after his single in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox in game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Dodgers’ first base coach George Lombard watches Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price pitch in game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax applauds after the top of the first inning during game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado strikes out swinging to end the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman David Freese celebrates in the dugout after his solo home run against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman David Freese celebrates his solo home run against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman David Freese celebrates his solo home run against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after giving up a two-run home run by Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw walks to the dugout after giving up a two-run home run by Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw walks to the dugout after giving up a two-run home run by Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches a two-run home run by Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce leave the park in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw is greeted by Enrique Hernandez in the dugout before the start of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Orel Hershiser throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Budweiser Clydesdales make their way across the outfield before the start of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw stretches in the field before the start of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts talks to reporters before the start of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts celebrates in the dugout after his solo home run in the sixth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts, right, celebrates with Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi after his solo home run in the sixth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw walks around the mound as Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts rounds the bases after his solo home run in the sixth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor leaps in vain looking for Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts’s solo home run in the sixth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manager Dave Roberts looks over his notes next to bench coach Bob Geren in the fifth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Protesters hang a banner off the top deck in support of transgender rights during game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw celebrates after getting the Boston Red Sox’ Xander Bogaerts to hit into a double play to end the top of the fourth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price reacts after getting Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Enrique Hernandez to pop up with a runner on second to end the third inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price walks to the dugout after striking out Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes to end the second inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers’ first base coach George Lombard during game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers’ first base coach George Lombard jogs to his position during game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)in the xxx inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman David Freese is greeted at the top of the dugout after his solo home run against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado shows his displeasure with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson after striking out swinging to end the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers David Freese celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Chris Woodward in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers David Freese celebrates his solo home run in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers David Freese watches his solo home run leave the park in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws to the plate in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce, center, celebrates with teammates after his two-run home run in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate in the first inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actors Matt Damon and Billy Crudup in the stands before the start of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Jason Bateman and Jimmy Kimmel in the stands before the start of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Boston Red Sox David Price, #24, chases down Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, 22, to tag him out on the first base line during the 5th inning in game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers David Freese, 25, beats the throw to Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, 11, for a triple in the third inning of game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers David Freese connected on this pitch in the 3rd inning for a triple in game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig connected on this pitch for a single in the 2nd inning of game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers David Freese, #25, points to the right field seats as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw reacts to Boston Red Sox Steve Pearce hitting 2-run homer in the first inning of game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Red Sox Steve Pearce is greeted by teammates after hitting a 2-run homer in the first inning of game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw stretches before the start of game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. The Dodgers trail the Red Sox 3-1 in the series. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger great Orel Hershiser waves to the crowd before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Mickey Hatcher and Orel Hershiser get their photo taken after Hershiser throws out the ceremonial first pitch to his old catcher before game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Mickey Hatcher and Orel Hershiser throw out the first pitch before the start of game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium Sunday, October 28, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw warms up in the outfield as the Budweiser Clydesdales travel the outfield before game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez makes sure Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Taylor is out after he strikes out to begin the fifth inning of game five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 95ExpandLOS ANGELES — A year ago, the Dodgers trudged off into the winter with no regrets, at least none that they would admit.They were just as good as the Houston Astros, they believed, just as worthy of a championship. It had eluded them but they would return to claim what they felt they deserved.It’s going to be hard to convince themselves of that this time.The World Series mulligan they craved lasted just five games. The Boston Red Sox dismissed them in Game 5 on Sunday, hitting four home runs (two by Series MVP Steve Pearce) in a 5-1 victory to claim their fourth World Series title in the past 15 years. No longer the Superman who had tried to will the Dodgers to a championship in the past, this Kershaw with the diminished velocity gave up three home runs Sunday – a two-run shot to Pearce in the first inning, putting the Dodgers down to stay, and solo homers to Mookie Betts (ending an 0-for-13 slide) and J.D. Martinez.“I thought honestly Kersh was throwing a good game,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “Solo homers got us in the end. He kept us tight, 2-1, for most of the game. Then a couple mistakes to a really good team over there. They have a good lineup. They make you pay. I thought we were doing a pretty good job, for the most part. They just kind of outslugged us.”Pitching in a postseason game that could end the Dodgers’ season for the 10th time (thesixth start), Kershaw now has a 5.40 ERA in those games. Six of the 10 were season-ending losses for the Dodgers and Kershaw has given up eight home runs in those potential elimination games, more than any other pitcher in history.In his six starts in those elimination games, Kershaw has a 6.06 ERA. According to Baseball-Reference.com, only 24 pitchers in baseball history have started four or more elimination games for their team. None have an ERA as high as Kershaw in those must-win situations.“He doesn’t quit, man. He’s one of the best,” said Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, Kershaw’s teammate in six painful Octobers now. “People need to be grateful to see a pitcher like that in their generation. We might not see another one in a while. He might go down as one of the best lefties to ever play this game.“Yes, we struggle. You can say whatever. You can say we struggle in the postseason or whatever. Still, I’m proud of Kersh. I’m proud of how he competes. He never gives up. He goes out there and competes and tries to lift his team. Sometimes it doesn’t go your way and you fall short. But that’s what gets us better. I know that Kersh is going to keep motivating himself and try to get back here on this stage next year. That’s what we’re going to do now.”Whether Kershaw makes that effort in a Dodgers’ uniform remains the first off-season question the team needs to answer. After Sunday’s loss, Kershaw again said he has not made a decision on his opt-out clause, saying he has three days to decide whether to use it – correcting himself from earlier this month when he thought it was a 10-day window after the end of the World Series.“I’ve got three days now to think about all of that stuff before anything happens,” Kershaw said. “So it will be an eventful three days for me and I’ll try to figure it out.”The postseason redemption Kershaw must crave belongs to Red Sox left-hander David Price this fall. Pitching on short rest, Price held the Dodgers to three hits over seven innings in Game 5, claiming his second victory in the Series. Two of the hits in Game 5 came from David Freese, placed in the leadoff spot because the Dodgers didn’t know how long the left-handed Price would go before being replaced by a right-handed reliever.Freese did his part. He homered off Price in the first inning and legged out a triple in the third when right fielder J.D. Martinez lost his deep fly ball in the dusky sky.But the Dodgers stranded Freese at third after that gift, their only at-bats with runners in scoring position in Game 5. That was just as well. They hit .200 (4 for 20) with RISP in this series and a dreadful .192 (20 for 104) in the postseason – a number remarkable for not having sunk their chances earlier.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies #WorldSeries hero? David Freese knows something about that. pic.twitter.com/8Ca8ZqA7P8— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2018 Miiiiight be time to get those M-V-P chants going.Steve Pearce goes yard AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/g4p96eK2ED— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 29, 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Inside the Dodgers: Are any postseason roster spots still up for grabs?

first_imgHere’s how I see things now:HittersLocks (11): Will Smith, Russell Martin, David Freese, Max Muncy, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson, A.J. Pollock, Chris Taylor, Kiké HernandezOn the bubble (3 players for 2 spots): Matt Beaty, Gavin Lux, Edwin RiosNot happening (3): Jedd Gyorko, Kristopher Negron, Austin Barnes Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Sept. 27 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.The Dodgers have clinched the number-1 seed on the National League side of the playoff bracket. They won’t know their first-round opponent until next Tuesday’s wild card game is complete.Dave Roberts has said the final roster spots depend on the Dodgers’ first-round opponent. I tend to believe him. The Nationals, for example, are a largely capable group of hitters against left-handed pitchers. The Cardinals are not. For a relief pitcher on the bubble – right-hander Dylan Floro or left-hander Caleb Ferguson, for example – the opponent could dictate whether or not he watches from the Dodgers’ bullpen or from Camelback Ranch.With that in mind, I wanted to take another look at the Dodgers’ projected 25-man NLDS roster. Is anyone actually auditioning for something this weekend in San Francisco?center_img PitchersLocks (9): Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Rich Hill, Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez, Kenta Maeda, Joe Kelly, Julio UríasOn the bubble: (6 players for 3 spots): Ross Stripling, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, Adam Kolarek, Caleb Ferguson, Casey Sadler, Dylan FloroNot happening (2): Josh Sborz, Yimi GarciaFirst, some injury-related caveats.1. Hill has one more start (Sunday against the Giants) to prove his knee can handle 2 or 3 innings on a mound. I’m only calling Hill a “lock” on the premise that his knee holds up. If it doesn’t, I imagine the Dodgers would plug Urías into his spot. Maybe Gonsolin or Stripling. The ability to pitch 2-3 innings seems to be the main qualifier for whomever starts Game 4. It’ll be a bullpen game regardless of who pitches and when.2. We can only take Kelly and Roberts at their word when they say Kelly is going to be ready for the postseason. If you buy that, then Kelly’s next appearance is not a test of his health, but a tuneup. If it is a test – of what, neither will say – and Kelly does not pass, then another short-inning reliever would need to take his place.3. Seager’s latest hamstring injury is a good omen for Lux’s chances of making the final cut. Turner’s back injury might help Beaty. If some roster “insurance” for Seager or Turner is unwarranted, both Lux and Beaty probably make it anyway.As for where the few remaining “position battles” stand …BenchThe first time I ran this exercise, I nearly penciled in Beaty and Lux as locks. (Lux as locks. Heh.) I almost did it again, in spite of how they’ve hit lately. Beaty is 1 for his last 20. Lux is 1 for his last 16. If Scott Elbert and Brian Dozier can get postseason roster spots, these guys can too, though I wonder if Edwin Rios’ surprise September call-up (3 for 9, two HRs) has changed the internal conversations at all. All three are left-handed hitters with pop. Rios’ lack of positional versatility might off-set his value as a pinch hitter, so even a 470-foot home run into San Francisco Bay might not get Rios in at this point.BullpenThere are a lot of wrinkles here. Some if-then scenarios. Let’s start with the big “if.”Roberts asked Kolarek and Kenta Maeda to pitch the ninth inning of a 1-0 win Thursday because Jansen wasn’t allowed to pitch three days in a row. For those of you who just tuned in, you might think the manager is open to using that ninth-inning committee in similar situations in October. Dave Roberts says he’s open to a lot of things, but ninth-inning committees aren’t one.Before Wednesday, Jansen had not converted save opportunities on consecutive days since May. While closing the Dodgers’ first two wins over the Padres, Jansen looked downright normal. If back-to-back scoreless innings against the Padres counts as “earning the closer’s job,” then maybe Jansen is not the question mark I envisioned three weeks ago. But that’s a big “if.” It’s the big “if.” Right now, with three games remaining, Jansen, Maeda and Kolarek all look like necessary ninth-inning options. That means they’re all in.In his seven relief appearances since Sept. 7, May has used his two-seam fastball to neuter right-handed hitters, and his four-seamer to neuter lefties. The two pitches regularly clock in at 95-99 mph. His low-90s cutter has been an effective if unconventional “off-speed pitch” in short situations. For the Dodgers, this was the best-case scenario.May has adjusted to his new role. Kolarek has been dominating his, for the most part. If Kelly is healthy – also a best-case scenario for the Dodgers – that leaves one bullpen job for Gonsolin, Stripling, Ferguson, Sadler and Floro. Woof.I think we can safely peg Sadler and Floro as the longshots here. They’re essentially right-handed specialists, Floro more so than Sadler. Floro is the bigger liability against left-handers, while Sadler’s 2.23 ERA looks a bit deceiving. They’re both behind Maeda, Baez and Kelly in the bullpen pecking order. Those three all offer the added bonus of postseason experience, the ability to pitch multiple innings, and a better chance of retiring the occasional lefty. I think Sadler and Floro are out.Ferguson has emerged as an unusually versatile relief pitcher. Since Aug. 1, the left-hander is almost evenly dominant against lefties and righties. I could make the case for him to take Kolarek’s role, but Roberts seems content with what he’s gotten from his designated LOOGY. If the Dodgers weren’t planning to throw their entire bullpen at Game 4, Ferguson would have an even better case than Floro or Sadler to be the final pick.As things stand, however, I imagine Roberts and Andrew Friedman will want to guard against the danger of a bullpen game that runs too long. Asking three or more pitchers to tag-team six or seven innings isn’t monumental. If Game 4 is tied after nine innings, however, managing workloads becomes a bit dicey – for that game and for the remainder of the series. Stripling and Gonsolin have pitched up to five innings as recently as August. Ferguson hasn’t completed three innings in a game all year. That’s why I think Ferguson draws the short straw here – only because Hill couldn’t stay healthy enough in September to start 5+ innings in the NLDS.The two remaining options are both attractive. Despite a shaky first inning Wednesday, Stripling has been reliable overall this month. Gonsolin has limited his September opponents to a miniscule .504 OPS, but seven walks in 11 innings might not cut it. Throw in Stripling’s experience and I give him a slight edge for the final roster spot over Gonsolin.Whether the Dodgers draw the Cardinals, Brewers or Nationals in the first round could determine who gets the final bullpen spot. So could the health of Hill and Kelly. Gonsolin has had two poor innings all month: one last Wednesday against the Rays, and another Sept. 7 against the Giants. Maybe one good outing by Gonsolin and one bad outing by Stripling this weekend shifts the balance.There’s a broader takeaway here, too. Back on Aug. 1, fans were up in arms when the Dodgers failed to consummate a trade for Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez. Friedman chose to build a new bullpen out of his existing parts instead. At a distance, that might have sounded like a hope and a prayer. Yet since Aug. 1, the Dodgers’ bullpen has been one of the best in baseball just about any way you slice it. Their internal options for October are bountiful, and Vazquez is in jail. What a difference two months makes.-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingBelli or Yeli? – FanGraphs’ Craig Edwards declared the National League MVP race “too close to call.”Who’s your padre – Clayton Kershaw’s final regular season start offered a compelling audition for Game Whatever.Pescascarian diet – Walker Buehler says he won’t eat anything that swims.last_img read more

Lakers’ nightmarish season culminates with 122-99 loss to Sacramento

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers just felt a brutal knockout punch, punctuating the end to a nightmarish 2014-15 season that will not become forgiving in the history books.The Lakers officially became the worst team in the franchise’s otherwise rich 67-year history, a 122-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center concluding a year that seemed as uncomfortable as the lineup they produced in their season finale. The Lakers (21-61) finished with a .256 winning percentage, falling below the 1957-58 Minneapolis team that won only 26.4 percent of its games, with barely recognizable names. Vander Blue, who posted 15 points on only 6-of-23 shooting, joined the team only two days ago after playing with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. But he started at point guard. Jabari Brown, whose career-high 32 points came on a 9-of-19 clip, signed with the Lakers last month after also starring with the D-Fenders. But he started at shooting guard. It seemed fitting Brown and Blue started with the purple and gold amid sprained left ankles to rookie Jordan Clarkson and swingman Wesley Johnson. It concluded a season in which the Lakers’ players missed an NBA record 339 games due to injuries. That partly explains why Scott downplayed coaching the worst team of Lakers history after once winning three NBA championships as a player during the Showtime Era. “It obviously doesn’t sit with me well,” Scott said. “I don’t like the sound of it. But it makes for a very remarkable story when we turn this around as well.”How do the Lakers turn it around?The first part might start with staying healthy. The Lakers’ 2014-15 season started with veteran guard Steve Nash having a season-ending back injury during training camp. It continued with rookie Julius Randle breaking his right leg in the season opener and Kobe Bryant tearing a rotator cuff in his right shoulder after 35 games. center_img Plenty of players sat on the team bench dressed as if they belonged in a board meeting, including Randle (right leg), Wayne Ellington (right shoulder), Nick Young (left knee), Jeremy Lin (left knee) and Ronnie Price (right elbow). Nash has since announced his retirement. Xavier Henry (left Achilles tendon) and Dwight Buycks (fractured right hand) are no longer under contract. Bryant was presumably in the trainer’s room receiving treatment. “I’m smiling and shaking my head and just going, ‘Wow,’ Scott said. “You can’t do anything but laugh about it.”The Lakers do not consider Clarkson’s injury serious and Scott suggested he could have appeared in a playoff game. But the Lakers erred cautiously because of Clarkson’s limitations with his lateral movement. That left the Lakers with an eight-man rotation featuring three frontcourt players off the bench (Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Robert Sacre). The Lakers also lacked any players with past point guard experience. But Scott offered a clear solution on how Blue and Brown would handle that position.“Whoever gets the ball,” Scott said. “Whoever gets it on the rebound or on the outlet, they’re going to be point guard.”To minimize foul trouble, Scott urged Blue and Brown to play cautiously while the Lakers played mostly zone defense. That helped the Lakers avoid duplicating an awkward win last season in Cleveland. Sacre stayed on the floor after collecting six fouls because the Lakers had too many injured players. “As a young guy, we want the minutes. Even though we get tired like the older guys, we relish these opportunities,” Brown said. “Not all rookies are getting to play 30 to 40 minutes.”Yet , that wasn’t enough, leading Scott to question his team’s effort yet again.“My biggest thing after the game going in there with our coaches that you’re only as good as your last game,” Scott said. “That’s what we used to tell ourselves as players. If those guys had that same thought, it wasn’t very good. IT doesn’t leave a very good impression, which is what I’m saying.”So how does the Lakers handle things moving forward?“I don’t know want to tell you,” Scott said. “I really don’t. I’m at the point right now where I will go home and decompress, get my thoughts together and get ready for tomorrow. I don’t want to put a damper on an already not very good night.”Scott said that feeling may not fade away until draft workouts in June, leading to what might mark a long offseason before the rebuilding actually begins. “We’re not proud of that,” Brown said. “It’s tough. But I feel like guys played hard. We weren’t laying down,” Brown said. “We got young pieces, good old vets and Kobe will be back. Byron is a great coach. He knows what hes doing.”But that wasn’t enough for the Lakers to avoid appearing in the record books for all the wrong reasons.“If we had everybody healthy, we’d be a much better basketball team,” Scott said. “Hopefully we got them all out the way this year and we’ll be healthy next year.”last_img read more

Lakers receive permission from Golden State to interview Luke Walton

first_imgWalton quickly became an attractive option for a few reasons. He has strong ties with the Lakers as a former reserve (2004-12). Walton also guided the defending NBA champion Warriors to a 39-4 record this season as interim coach while head coach Steve Kerr recovered from offseason back surgery. During the 2011 NBA lockout, Walton also served as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis. Once his 10-year NBA career ended after the 2012-13 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Walton became a player development coach for the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. That soon parlayed into a position as an assistant coach with the Warriors once Kerr became the head coach in 2014-15. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers are completing the beginning steps of their coaching search by pursuing someone both familiar by name and intriguing by potential.The Golden State Warriors have granted the Lakers permission to interview assistant Luke Walton on Wednesday once their first-round series ends against the Houston Rockets. Later that evening, the Warriors accomplished just that. That makes Walton’s schedule relatively more flexible before Golden State faces the winner of the Clippers-Portland first-round series. With Portland leading that series 3-2, the Warriors would face the Trail Blazers on Sunday if they close out their series in Game 6 on Friday. If the Clippers force a Game 7 on Sunday, the Warriors would face the winner on May 3. Golden State generally allows its assistants to interview for head-coaching positions even before the NBA playoffs end so long as it does not interfere with their current job. For example, the New Orleans Pelicans were granted permission to interview former Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry in mid May last year before the Warriors’ eventual title run. last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell will try to overcome slow start

first_imgThe images looked comical as the 7-foot-1 Timofey Mozogv has taken 3-pointers at the end of recent practices. But with Lakers coach Luke Walton hoping to incorporate Golden State’s philosophies on the increased use of the 3-point shot, why not?“I need to work on everything,” Mozgov said. “You have to improve your game. Maybe one day they’ll let you shoot.”Apparently, that day has already happened. Mozgov insisted Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw has “a special play for me.” Laughter quickly erupted.“It’s no joke,” Mozgov said. “I’m serious.”So will he take a 3-pointer in a game?“If I’m going to be on the court with the ball, of course I’m going to shoot,” Mozgov said. “I have to. It’s not like I’ll run to the 3-point line and shoot. We have a lot of shooters. We have a lot of work to do. We’re not just shooting 3s.” EL SEGUNDO >> This could have marked the time where D’Angelo Russell would put on a show perhaps as captivating as his summer league play. Maybe he would make another game-winning 3-pointer. Maybe he would throw out enough nifty passes to fill a highlight reel. Maybe he would carry those positive vibes he has felt for Lakers coach Luke Walton and show how that will lift his game.Instead, Russell opened exhibition play against Sacramento on Tuesday collecting nearly as many fouls (three) as points (four) and logging more turnovers (five) than assists (three). The Lakers only beat the Kings, 103-84 because the reserves chipped away at a 13-point half-time deficit.“It was average,” Russell said of his play. “I didn’t have that pace and pep in my step. But it’s all new.”So with the Lakers (1-0) continuing their exhibition schedule against the Denver Nuggets (1-0) on Friday at Staples Center, Russell vowed for a much better encore. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “It only gets better. The only way we can go is forward,” Russell said. “With the new coaching staff and offense, everything is still new. No matter how times we’ve gone over it, going against different defenders, teams and reads, it’s all new.”Everything seemed even more new to rookie forward Brandon Ingram, whose two points and 0-of-5 clip overshadowed his two rebounds, two blocks and one steal.After experiencing mixed performances and evolving roles his rookie season last year, Russell predicted Ingram’s hiccups will not last long.“It only gets easier,” Russell said. “The more he starts to trust the system and relaxes, I feel like it’ll be easier. He’s going to realize where he can get his shots and what he can get away with this in this league.”Expanding his boundarieslast_img read more

ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard results: Kazuchika Okada takes back New Japan top spot; Matt Taven becomes ROH champion

first_img6:45 p.m.: This is moving at a fast pace with a new participant coming in every minute. Shingo Takagi, Rhett Titus and Rocy Romero are all there now. BTW, NJPW announcer Kevin Kelly and ROH announcer Ian Riccaboni are calling the action with Colt Cabana.6:38 p.m.: Kenny King comes to the ring first, followed by NJPW star Minoru Suzuki to a huge ovation. Cheeseburger is third and the Beer City Bruiser is out next. 6:35 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of G1 Supercard. The preshow is underway; the team of Kagetsu, Hazuki and Jenny Rose defeated Sumie Sakai, Hana Kimura, and Stella Grey in the opener. ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard resultsKazuchika Okada def. Jay White for the IWGP heavyweight championshipMatt Taven def. Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll in a Triple Threat ladder match for the Ring of Honor world championshipKota Ibushi def. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Intercontinental championshipZack Sabre Jr. def. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the British heavyweight championshipThe Guerillas of Destiny def. PCO and Brody King (ROH), The Briscoes and EVIL & SANADA for both the ROH and IWGP tag team championshipsDragon Lee def. Taiji Ishimori and Bandido in a Triple Threat match for the IWGP junior heavyweight championshipJeff Cobb (ROH television champion) def. Will Ospreay (NJPW NEVER Openweight champion) in title vs. title matchKelly Klein def. Mayu Iwatani for the Women of Honor championshipRush def. Dalton Castle Juice Robinson, Mark Haskins and Flip Gordon def. Bully Ray, Silas Young, and Shane Taylor in a six-man New York City Street FightKagetsu, Hazuki and Jenny Rose def. Sumie Sakai, Hana Kimura, and Stella Grey in a six-women tag team match (preshow match)Kenny King wins the Honor Rumble battle royal (preshow match) The Ring of Honor/New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Supercard at Madison Sqaure Garden on Saturday night was historic in a variety of ways. Not only was it the first time that both companies held an event at the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” but each world championship changed hands in the double main event.In the closing match, Kazuchika Okada became a five-time IWGP heavyweight champion and got a measure of revenge by upending Jay White in a fantastic match between the New Japan stars. While the 26-year-old White was on a roll as the youngest non-Japanese IWGP champion, his title reign was cut short by the greatest champion in company history. The two capped the show with an excellent display of wrestling. MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year Just before that, Matt Taven finally reached his dream of becoming the Ring of Honor world champion as he outlasted Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll in a physical ladder match that took a heavy toll on all three men. Taven was able to push Lethal off a ladder and take his title from high above the ring to claim the championship. While the match delivered, Taven received a mixed reaction from the crowd and social media for his big win.Elsewhere in the show, Jeff Cobb and The Guerillas of Destiny became double champions and Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito stole the show with an amazing exhibition of back-and-forth, hard-hitting action. Both promotions had big expectations for the historic night on the grand stage, and each pulled off an epic event that showcased what they do best.Check out Sporting News’ complete ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard coverage below (all times Eastern):ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard resultsKazuchika Okada defeats Jay White to become the IWGP heavyweight champion11:55 p.m. FINISH: Both men are on their knees exchanging forearms and finally getting to their feet as they continue going back and forth. Gedo tries to get in the ring and red shoes (referee) stops him, but that allows White to hit a low blow. White is pretty happy and he steps up to Okada for the Blade Runner, but instead, it’s Okada with a German suplex. Back-and-forth reversals and Okada with another huge drop kick. He motions for the Rainmaker, but White stops him. Not for long, though. Rainmaker! And another one followed by a spinning Tombstone piledriver. RAINMAKER!!!! We have a NEEEEEEEEWWWWWWW IWGP heavyweight champion: Kazuchika Okada.. @rainmakerXokada saves the world! pic.twitter.com/KOOAdMqMpU— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 2019Okada becomes a five-time IWGP champion and has officially reclaimed his spot on top of New Japan Pro Wrestling. Fantastic match to close out the show with Okada proudly wearing the title. Afterward, Okada thanks ROH, NJPW and all of the fans around the world. 11:52 p.m.: White goes for Switchblade, but Okada hits the Rainmaker. Then another Rainmaker! He makes the cover and White kicks out and the crowd cannot believe it. “Okada” chants fill the air and Okada picks him up, but White reverses into the Blade Runner. The crowd is on its feet clapping and cheering with both men down in the ring. 11:50 p.m.: White hits a big chop and they’re standing toe-to-toe trading shots with Okada getting the better of the exchange. Big uppercuts and he goes for a drop kick, but White holds onto the ropes and the challenger crashes down. White hits an array of chops and comes off the ropes, only to get wiped out by a drop kick. Picture perfect from Okada as always. Gedo tries to get involved but Okada knocks him off the apron. He goes for the Rainmaker but White instead hits a snapdragon suplex.11:47 p.m.: White hits a uranagi just past the 20-minute mark, but Okada kicks out of the pin attempt. White picks up Okada and drops him backward over the ropes to the floor. He chases after him and throws him back into the ring and hits another suplex and goes for the pin, but Okada kicks out. Back on their feet, White is still in control, but Okada reverses into a Tombstone piledriver. Both are down and breathing hard. 11:44 p.m.: White thinks he has outsmarted Okada but then turns around and gets drilled with a running drop kick. Okada hits another drop kick off the top rope but can’t get the three-count. Okada goes back to the top and lands a big elbow and signals for the Rainmaker. He has wrist control but White sits down on the mat before getting kicked in the face. The champ comes back and drops Okada face-first into the mat and then lands a German suplex. 11:38 p.m.: Okada sets White up on the top rope and knocks him off with a huge standing drop kick. Okada follows him to the floor and throws White over the barricade, and Gedo as well, before hitting both with a running splash. Come on, Rainmaker! @rainmakerXokada wipes out White and Gedo! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/y3eDwFHcMj— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201911:35 p.m.: White takes control with some nasty chops and a back suplex. It’s a slow, methodical pace so far, which is the way he wants it. Okada gets to his feet and goes for the Rainmaker but White turns it into a DDT. Then White puts him in a Muta lock but Okada gets to the ropes. They exchange blows and Okada drops him face-first into the mat. The pace is starting to pick up.11:31 p.m.: The action spills to the floor and Okada connects with a boot to the face then sends White over the barricade. He brings him back over the rail and White drives him into the post. He gets back in the ring and struts as the crowd again boos him. Heel champion.11:26 p.m.: The bell rings and the crowd chants for Okada, so the champ decides to jump out of the ring and gets hit with a chorus of boos. He starts getting back in and again slides to the floor. White has really embraced being a smug heel and is really coming into his own. Finally, he’s back in, and here we go. 11:23 p.m.: Time for our main event with all of the majesty and pageantry that comes with a big NJPW title match. And this crowd LOVES the Rainmaker.Believe in @rainmakerXokada ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/HpzNwrBgPk— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 2019Matt Taven beats Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll in a Triple Threat ladder match to become the Ring of Honor world champion11:12 p.m FINISH: All three are back in the ring along with a massive purple ladder that goes right up to the world title hanging above the ring. Taven is climbing up and Lethal stops him at the top. They are fighting back and forth with both getting their hands on the belt before Taven slams it into Lethal’s face and he falls off onto another ladder. Taven is alone and he grabs the belt. We have a new ROH world champion. Madison Square Taven. pic.twitter.com/tFfkAY2iw8— Sempervive. (@Sempervive) April 7, 2019A really strong match between these three and a mixed reaction from the crowd. 11:08 p.m.: A table is set up outside the ring. Scurll has Lethal on the apron and is trying to hit a piledriver off it through the table. Instead, Taven connects with a spear onto Scurll and they fly through the table. Now, Taven is on another table and Lethal climbs a huge ladder and plants a huge flying elbow. They’re taking some big risks in this one. . @TheLethalJay with an Empire State-sized Hail to the King! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/L9i1bTSEqG— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201911:06 p.m.: Two of the ladders are crisscrossed and Taven looks to suplex Scurll on them, but instead, he gets planted face-first onto the ladders. Then, Lethal connects with the Lethal Injection onto Scurll. X marks the spot for @MartyScurll ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/ypwyfCXMnE— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201911:03 p.m.: Scurll snaps Taven’s fingers before he gets pushed off the ladder. Taven reaches for the belt, but he can’t balance himself with his injured fingers and he falls off the ladder. So close.11:00 p.m.: Taven and Scurll are near the top of the ladder and the “Villain” hits a huge superplex. He then drops Lethal and grabs his umbrella. Lethal ducks it and misses Lethal Injection, with Scurll trying to lock on the chicken wing before Lethal knocks him to the floor. He climbs the ladder but Taven comes up behind him. They exchange punches and Lethal knocks him off the ladder and reaches for the title, but Scurll comes up the other side of the ladder and locks in the chicken wing. Lethal falls off the ladder and now Taven is up there fighting with Scurll. 10:57 p.m.: Scurll is prancing around the ring and is about to go for the chicken wing, but Taven nails him with a DDT and then gets hits with a “F— you, Taven” chant from the crowd. That has to hurt.  10:55 p.m.: Lethal goes for a figure four on Scurll but gets pushed off. Scurll goes after him to the floor and gets hit with a stunner. Remember that ladder outside the ring onto those chairs? Lethal just powered the champ onto it. Yikes. . @MattTaven 😱  #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/6thWzqVIty— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201910:51 p.m.: Lethal is now sitting down in the ring and Scurll puts a ladder over him. Taven pulls him out of the ring and then goes back inside, hitting a big knee onto Lethal and the ladder wrapped around his head. 10:48 p.m.: Taven is outside the ring and Lethal simply chucks a ladder onto his back. Back in the ring, Scurll has Lethal stuck upside down in the corner with his head in a ladder and then he begins smashing the ladder with a chair. Lethal is still slouched upside down in the corner as Scurll sets up a ladder in the middle of the ring. He grabs his umbrella and goes to climb the ladder, but Taven cuts him off with a kick to the head. He climbs the ladder and gets robustly booed before Lethal pulls him off.10:45 p.m.: Still outside the ring, Scurll sets up a ladder across two chairs and then connects with a tornado DDT on Taven. He goes back into the ring and puts a ladder in each corner and tosses Taven back and forth into them before Lethal back-drops Scurll into one of the ladders. 10:41 p.m.: Right off the bat, Scurll goes to the outside and grabs a ladder, but Lethal drop-kicks it into him. Scurll and Lethal are outside the ring jostling over a ladder and Taven dives from inside of the ring onto both of them. He’s holding his elbow after that one but shakes it off. 10:37 p.m.: We’re down to the two world championship matches and the ROH match is up first. Scurll gets a big reaction as he comes out, while Taven received some boos. This crowd is not excited to see him become champion tonight. Speaking of the champ, Lethal gets a nice response as he enters the ring. This one should be a war; my prediction: pain. After all, there are ladders involved.Kota Ibushi defeats Tetsuya Naito to win the IWGP Intercontinental championship10:24 p.m FINISH: Naito goes for Destino again, but Ibushi stops him and connects with a kick to the head. Knee to the back of the head and then a running knee, but Naito kicks out. Ibushi hits the Last Ride, but Naito kicks out again. Ibushi has his wrists and connects with the Kamegoye (knee to the face) and he finally gets the three-count to become the new IWGP Intercontinental championship. Match of the night so far as these guys pulled out everything in their arsenal. Ibushi is in tears and he clutches the titles. Wow. Just wow.Beautiful! Congratulations @ibushi_kota ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/VzbSidSvef— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201910:21 p.m.: Snap German suplex by Ibushi, but Naito kicks out of the pin attempt. They exchange rollups and Naito kicks Ibushi square in the face. He takes it and fires back. Naito with a reverse hurricanrana and Ibushi is staggered. DESTINO!!!!!!!! Ibushi kicks out! Ibushi kicks out!. @s_d_naito connects… DESTINOOOOOOOOOOOO! This match is INCREDIBLE! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/XAmP5Bnqs0— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201910:17 p.m.: Naito with a side suplex, but Ibushi survives. He is staggered but ducks a clothesline and hits a huge one of his own. Naito is on the apron and Ibushi grabs him from inside the ring and hits the German suplex with Naito being dropped right on his head. My goodness. Devastating deadlift German Suplex by @ibushi_kota ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/apbcHC1CM4— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201910:12 p.m.: Naito sits Ibushi on the top rope and goes up there as well, but Ibushi slides under him and drops Naito face-first on the top turnbuckle. Naito is on the apron and Ibushi tries to German suplex him back into the ring, but he gets stopped. They exchange blows on the apron when Ibushi breaks out a ridiculous hurricanrana onto the floor! What?!?!?!?!. @ibushi_kota !!! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/hhEk3KGZlV— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201910:08 p.m.: Naito comes off the ropes and nearly kicks Ibushi’s head clean off his body. Ouch.#NJPW #G1SuperCard https://t.co/4ULitIni5Z pic.twitter.com/bGSuCUjtKR— LARIATOOOO!! (@MrLARIATO) April 7, 201910:04 p.m.: This should be special and the crowd gave both a hero’s welcome as they came to the ring. Action is underway and I think they have pretty good chemistry. . @ibushi_kota and @s_d_naito have something special in store for us! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/uipkzz59t7— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 2019Zack Sabre Jr. defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the British heavyweight championship9:55 p.m. FINISH: Sabre has Tanahashi down on the mat and is torquing his left arm behind his back and traps it down with his legs. Tanahashi is wrapped up badly in the middle of the ring and is forced to verbally submit. Big win for Sabre as he not only gets the victory, but makes Tanahashi quit. Sabre is incredible with his set of submissions and reversals. Very good stuff between these two. 9:52 p.m.: Now it’s Tanahashi with a bridge pin attempt, but Sabre reverses it. Still can’t get the pin. Now Tanahashi with three backbreakers and a Sling Blade. He makes the cover, but Sabre kicks out. The action is picking up now. 9:50 p.m.: Now it’s Tanahashi going after Sabre’s knee as he connects with a dragon screw leg whip. Tanahashi goes to the top rope, but Sabre stops him and puts his left arm in a kimura. He pulls him down and “Ace” is holding his pain. Sabre goes for a kick to the chest, but Tanahashi catches him before Sabre with a beautiful transition into a bridge pin … but Tanahashi kicks out. 9:45 p.m.: Guys are pacing themselves early and Sabre is going for submissions, as you would expect.Relentless @zacksabrejr ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/UG6698h6ZE— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20199:36 p.m.: Something is going on around ringside after the match and it looks like Enzo and Cass just jumped the rail and started fighting some wrestlers. Bully Ray and some others come out to help break it up and the intruders are finally escorted out. Real or is ROH trying to get people talking? FYI, this was not mentioned on the broadcast. ENZO AMORE AND BIG CASS JUST JUMPED THE BARRICADE AND ATTACKED EVERYONE AT G1 pic.twitter.com/r7eZxZzSpA— luke allen (@LukeAllenFS) April 7, 2019The Guerrillas of Destiny beat PCO and Brody King, The Briscoes, and EVIL & SANADA for the ROH and IWGP tag team championships9:32 p.m. FINISH: Gedo cracks King in the back with a cane behind the ref’s back and then Tama Tonga hits a Gun Stun. He and Tama Loa then hit a powerbomb off the top rope to score the win. Wild brawl and a really good match with the Samoans now both the ROH and NJPW tag champs. Torou Yano comes out and he has stolen the IWGP tag team titles. He laughs and runs to the back before GOD can get him. 9:28 p.m.: Briscoes team up on Sanada in the ring including a frog splash elbow and go for the cover, but King makes the save. A minute later, PCO is up on the top rope and hits a senton onto one of the Briscoes on the apron. Then, he hits a moonsault in the middle of the ring, but can’t get the three-count. But then he gets powerbombed by GOD from the ring straight to the floor … and sits up and is smiling. This man is sick. Nobody holding @Tama_Tonga and @TangaloaNJPW back tonight! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/xcygucv6nl— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20199:25 p.m.: Mark Briscoe hits a cannonball dive of his own off the top rope onto King. Now, Jay Briscoe is in the ring with Tama Tonga and hits a superkick before Tonga knocks him out of the ring. He then runs at Sanada but misses and flies to the floor, where Evil puts a chair around his neck and kicks it. 9:21 p.m.: This is simply a wild brawl between these eight men. The Briscoes toss King into the ropes. King comes off and takes them both down with a cross body. It’s King against Tanga Loa and he knocks the Samoan out of the ring and follows up with a cannonball dive onto a bunch of people. 9:17 p.m.: PCO gets the big entrance as he’s in a chair and gets shocked to life by a car battery. The monster is alive!. @PCOisNotHuman is ALIIIIIIIIIVE! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/9TkwMvFz6p— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20199:11 p.m.: Speaking of matches that could get out of control in a hurry, we have this match with both the ROH and IWGP tag titles on the line. Dragon Lee defeats Taiji Ishimori and Bandido in a Triple Threat match for the IWGP junior heavyweight championship9:08 p.m. FINISH: Dragon Lee hits a picture-perfect reverse hurricanrana on Bandido. A big knee to the head of Bandido and then a pickup, twisting powerbomb-like slam to score the win and become the new IWGP junior heavyweight champion. This didn’t last long, but it was crazy good for as long as it went. Incredible @dragonlee95 ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/061QgaD2DV— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20199:05 p.m.: All three are on the top rope and Bandido basically picks up Ishimori and Lee and hits a fallaway slam. Wow. 9:02 p.m.: This is going at a crazy speed between these incredible athletes.. @LuchadorBandido , @taiji_ishimori and @dragonlee95 are tearing down the house! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/nwRa9fGpji— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20198:58 p.m.: Good luck keeping up with the action in this one. Just a minute into the match!. @dragonlee95 !! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/MJtQCAuCyg— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 2019Juice Robinson, Mark Haskins and Flip Gordon defeat Bully Ray, Silas Young, and Shane Taylor in a six-man New York City Street Fight8:51 p.m. FINISH: Taylor gets a wooden pallet and sets it up in the corner. He picks up Haskins, but Juice comes in the ring and nails Taylor in the head with a trash can and then hits a cannonball in the corner through the pallet. Then, Flip and Juice are making a wish out of Bully and Haskins hits the flying head-butt to the nether region. Juice follows up with a spinebuster and Flip hits a 450 splash off the top rope and all three make the pin. Good, fun action and nothing too crazy.8:48 p.m.: The heels have a table set up in the ring and Bully powerbombs Flip through it from the top rope. Afterward, Juice and Haskins grab Bully, split his legs and pull him into the post. Ouch.8:45 p.m.: Bully, Silasm and Shane each have canes while surrounding Flip. He takes a nasty shot in the back but gets up and gives Bully the finger and shoves him. Juice and Haskins have canes and get in the ring and have Bully trapped. He leaves the ring, but comes back and is begging for mercy. He hits Juice with a low blow before Flip hits a big drop kick off the top rope.8:40 p.m.: Juice brings with him a big cart of weapons and the fight is on. All he needs are some fists. #OurGuyJuice is cleaning house! #JuiceRobinson #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/XAQpRpQv8y— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20198:37 p.m.: Shane Taylor and Silas Young join Bully Ray in beating down Flip and now Juice Robinson and Mark Haskins from Lifeblood are out. Juice is good to go and we have a six-man tag team.8:33 p.m.: The announce team just said that Juice Robinson will not be medically cleared and will not compete tonight. Mega Man is rapping and Bully Ray comes to the ring and gets in his face. Bully pushes him down and here comes Flip Gordon. He was supposedly injured recently, but it looks like that wasn’t the case. 8:30 p.m.: Just now at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, a fan jumped into the ring and grabbed Bret Hart. Luckily, a bunch of personnel jumped in the ring and grabbed the guy, but it was one heck of a scene.A FAN JUMPS ON BRET HART! #WWEHOF pic.twitter.com/uqGQwWqcYw— Brian The Guppie (@briantheguppie) April 7, 2019The scene after Bret Hart was tackled by a crowd member during his WWE Hall of Fame speech 😦(via @ArashMarkazi ) pic.twitter.com/HCbpBcDQu5— Bleacher Report WWE (@BR_WWE) April 7, 2019Kelly Klein defeats Mayu Iwatani to win the Women of Honor championship8:22 p.m FINISH.:  Klein is in control and connects with K-Power. She picks Iwatani up, goes into an airplane spin and hits another K-Power and gets the win. An emotional Klein is in tears afterward as she holds the championship. Decent match, but these two have never had great chemistry together.   Here come Angelina Love and Velvet Sky walking to the ring. Together, they were part of The Beautiful People with TNA Wrestling. Mady Leon leaves the broadcast table and goes to the ring. She’s standing next to Klein, but behind her back takes off one of her heels and cracks the new champion in the back with it. Love and Sky attack Klein with several wrestlers trying to make the save, but also get dropped. It looks like we have the next generation of The Beautiful People in ROH. 8:20 p.m.: Big suplex by Iwatani, but Klein gets her foot in the ropes. The champion goes to the top but misses a moonsault. Klein with a big kick, but Iwatani survives the pin attempt. Iwatani goes back to the top, but Klein stops her and hits a huge powerslam. 8:16 p.m.: The action spills to the floor and Iwatani takes to the air. . @MayuIwatani will fly! Let’s go! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/LREdMakHK9— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20198:12 p.m.:  Before the match begins, we cut to the back where someone has attacked Juice Robinson in the locker room. I have a feeling I know who did that. Meanwhile, Klein tells her corner people to go to the back; she wants to do this by herself. She’s targeting Iwatani’s bad left knee, as you would expect.Rush defeats Dalton Castle8:01 p.m. FINISH: That didn’t last long as the bell rings and Rush hits a shotgun drop kick. Castle is down in the corner and Rush hits two drop kicks to the face and scores the pin in just 17 seconds. Big win for Rush, and you have to wonder how banged-up Castle’s back is. Afterward, a frustrated Castle takes out The Boys. It looks like we’ve entered a new chapter in Castle’s career.DAMN!! @rushtoroblanco #NJPW #G1SuperCard https://t.co/4ULitIni5Z pic.twitter.com/kKBkJ4aGK1— LARIATOOOO!! (@MrLARIATO) April 7, 20197:58 p.m.: An awesome entrance from Dalton Castle: He is surrounded by The Boys and their peacock feather as he is carted out before strutting to the ring. If only we could be as cool as him.Jeff Cobb (ROH television champion) defeats Will Ospreay (NJPW NEVER Openweight champion) in a title vs. title match7:53 p.m. FINISH: Cobb catches Ospreay on the top rope and hits the Tour of the Islands. He’s fired up and hits a second one to get the win. Cobb is now the ROH Television champion and the new NEVER Openweight champion. Awesome opener to kick off this show. 7:50 p.m.: Ospreay flips around, only to get leveled by a clothesline. Cobb goes to the top rope and goes for a frog splash but Ospreay moves out of the way. He goes for the OsCutter but Cobb throws him into the turnbuckle. Ospreay flies backward and connects with the OsCutter. He makes the cover but Cobb survives. Great near fall.7:47 p.m.: Cobb hits a standing moonsault and makes the cover, but only gets a two-count. Ospreay fires back with a big clothesline and then a kick to the face and Cobb is wobbled. He goes for a clothesline but Ospreay turns it into a Spanish Fly!7:44 p.m.: Ospreay goes into the ropes and comes off with a backspring spin connect that lands. Then he goes to the apron and hits a huge springboard clothesline and the ROH TV champion is down. Ospreay with some kicks to the chest but Cobb catches him and chucks him over his head. Brute strength.7:40 p.m.: First match sets the pace for the night and this one should get the show off to a great start. They come out of the gate quickly and go to the outside with Ospreay taking to the air! Pedal to the metal right out of the gate for @WillOspreay ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/sqHnlE0NXe— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 6, 20197:22 p.m.: Quick break until the main card gets underway at the bottom of the hour. Nice battle royal that kept it simple and played up some greats. This crowd is pretty pumped and ready for this.Time for #G1Supercard at @TheGarden pic.twitter.com/kJmQ164INh— Brian Fritz (@BrianFritz) April 6, 2019Kenny King wins the Honor Rumble battle royal7:18 p.m. FINISH: The final two are Liger and Muta — two Japanese legends squaring off at the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” But before they get going, Kenny King gets back in the ring and eliminates both of them to win the match. What?! Apparently, he was never eliminated and lay in the weeds. Afterward, the Japanese stars get back in the ring and take out King. Muta leaves and Liger does a bow before receiving a standing ovation. With the win, King earns a future shot at the ROH world championship.Really doesn’t get any cooler. pic.twitter.com/zwhJkuNEXL— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 6, 20197:16 p.m.: Ishii and Suzuki are exchanging forearms and Ishii eliminates him. Cheeseburger is out, too, and we’re down to the final six.7:13 p.m.: Haku has Cabana by the throat, so Yano leaves the broadcast table to help his friend. At No. 30 it’s … The Great Muta! This place is unglued with fans chanting expletives for the Japanese legend. Nice surprise having Muta finally make his MSG debut. Muta has returned to New Japan!! pic.twitter.com/H1Qs760oIv— Todd Martin (@ToddMartinMMA) April 6, 20197:09 p.m.: Everyone in the ring teams up to eliminate Bad Luck Fale and here comes King Haku at No. 29!7:05 p.m.: At No. 26 it’s the “Stone Pitbull,” Tomohiro Ihii, followed by Toru Yano at No. 27. Wait, Yano joins the announce team and replaces Colt Cabana, who enters the fray. 7:02 p.m.: Add Yoshi-Hashi and PJ Black to the mix with about 10 wrestlers in the ring right now. So much for Chase Owens of Bullet Club; he’s eliminated. Next out, it’s the legendary Jyushin “Thunder” Liger, who has announced that 2019 will be his last year in wrestling. He gets a huge reaction from the fans.LIGER-SAN! #G1Supercard pic.twitter.com/bMFGpTGOSv— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 6, 20196:55 p.m.: Bad Luck Fale is in there and is having his way with eliminations coming fast and furious. Meanwhile, Jonathan Gresham is out there and here comes Tracy Williams from Lifeblood.last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: 5 sleeper prospects

first_imgBut what about the up-and-coming players whose names aren’t mentioned as frequently? After all, some of the league’s all-time greats, including Bart Starr (17th round), John Stallworth (fourth round) and Tom Brady (sixth round) were selected late.Here are five sleeper prospects to watch for ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft: Related News NFL Draft 2019: Even with Case Keenum, will Redskins take a first-round QB? Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi StateSweat saw his stock dip in February when his pre-existing heart condition was revealed at the NFL combine, but that doesn’t mean he should be counted out.Despite his health concerns, which doctors deemed low-risk, Sweat remains a sought-after prospect. He impressed at the combine, setting a 40-yard dash record for a defensive lineman by running a 4.41 at 6-5 and 260 pounds. Not to mention he racked up 19 sacks and 98 total tackles in his two seasons with the Bulldogs in addition to back-to-back selections to the first team All-SEC squad.He won’t go as early as initially predicted and a first-round selection was even reported to be a stretch at this point, but that could make Sweat all the more intriguing.Jalen Hurd, WR, BaylorHurd got his start as a running back at Tennessee before transferring after the 2016 season. He sat out all of 2017 and later converted to wide receiver as a senior, a move that ultimately paid off as he led the Bears with 69 receptions for 946 yards in his lone season at the position. He managed 1,288 yards rushing his sophomore campaign with the Vols.His 40-yard dash time of 4.64 seconds at the combine wasn’t great, though his recovery from a knee injury could have been a factor, and he made up for it by hitting 35.5 inches on his vertical jump and over 10 feet on his broad jump. At 6-4 1/2 and 228 pounds, Hurd has both power and speed working in his favor.Given his experience and ability to contribute in the backfield, Hurd is sure to be a valuable asset wherever he lands.James Williams, RB, Washington StateWilliams’ name isn’t commonly found on mock boards, though he possesses the qualities worth seeking out in a reliable rusher.In his three seasons with the Cougars, Williams became one of the most productive offensive players in the program’s history. He tallied 16 touchdowns last season, just one short of matching the single-season record set by Steve Broussard in 1989, and added a career-high 81 catches, which was the most receptions among running backs at the FBS level.Williams ended his college career with 2,976 all-purpose yards and 27 touchdowns.Lamont Gaillard, C, GeorgiaGaillard isn’t among the most coveted players at his position, but his resume proves he should be included in the discussions.He measured in at 6-2 5/8 and 305 pounds at the combine, much heavier than he was during his time in Athens in which he started 42 of 44 games played. He also boasts 10 3/8 inch hands, 33 1/2 inch arms and an 81-inch wingspan, all of which he put to good use as he packed powerful punches to pummel defenders.Gaillard has already had formal interviews with the Rams, Raiders and Vikings in addition to talks with at least five other teams, so clearly his competitive nature and leadership qualities have garnered attention. NFL Draft 2019: DaMarkus Lodge relishing chance to prove himself as all-around receivercenter_img Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you could probably guess dual-sport star Kyler Murray will be the top pick of the upcoming NFL Draft.Other notable names expected to be called early include Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, Devin White and Josh Allen. Terronne Prescod, G, N.C. StatePrescod’s stock took a dive after he failed to draw an invite to the combine and posted lackluster numbers at the school’s pro day.Nonetheless, the 6-5, 334-pound prospect is a powerful run blocker who moves well considering his enormous size and is a terrific anchor in pass protection. He gave up only six quarterback hurries in 342 pass-blocking plays last season.Despite dealing with nagging injuries throughout his college career, Prescod is primed for the pros.last_img read more

Pacers offseason preview: Free agency could shake up Indiana’s roster

first_imgHe’s got some talent, but if the Pacers bring back Young and make no moves on Sabonis or Turner, it’ll be tough for Leaf to find a consistent role with this team.Wait till next year: The Pacers will get Oladipo back, and it might take some time for him to get comfortable trusting his body. But once he returns to full capacity, this will again be an exciting team that belongs with, or at least near, the top contenders in the East.How seriously they can be taken as contenders depends largely on how their free-agency situations turn out this summer. Indiana has difficult decisions ahead, but if the Pacers fill the roles around Oladipo wisely, they can be a 50-win team next season. Big issue 1: Whatever happens with the Pacers in terms of personnel changes, the near future hinges on Victor Oladipo recovering from the torn quad tendon he suffered in January. He’s been making progress and posted an Instagram video in late March showing him walking without a brace. There is some confidence he can return to the floor in time for the start of next season.That’s a necessity. Oladipo suffered with a sore knee early in the season and played only 36 games this season, never quite getting into his usual groove, averaging 18.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting (down from 23.1 points on 47.7 percent shooting). Even with that reduced production, the Pacers were 25-11 when he played and 23-23 without him. In clutch situations, without Oladipo, the Pacers simply had no shot creation. Before his injury, Indiana was the top NBA team in clutch-situation efficiency (score within five points with five minutes or fewer to play), with a net rating of plus-29.5. After his injury, they were 21st, at minus-7.3.That showed up in the playoff sweep to the Celtics, with three games featuring clutch situations. The Pacers lost all three, with a net rating of minus-74.4. Godspeed, Victor.OFFSEASON PREVIEWS:Lakers | Knicks | Bulls | Pelicans | MavericksBig issue 2: The Pacers’ two most promising players beyond Oladipo are center Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, who also happens to be a center. At an NBA moment when small lineups are must-haves, having your No. 2 and 3 players both occupy the 5-spot is tricky business.The Pacers got around that by using Sabonis as a sixth man, limiting the time he spent on the floor with Turner. But Sabonis was excellent this year, averaging 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 59.0 percent from the field.Turner (13.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, a league-best 2.7 blocks) was very good as well and has developed into a top-tier rim protector while making 38.8 percent of his 3-point shots. Turner signed a contract extension last year that will pay him $72 million over four years, starting next season.Sabonis is eligible for a similar extension this summer, and if a deal is not reached, he could be a restricted free agent next year.The Pacers have a few choices, then. They can anticipate the problem and trade either Turner or Sabonis this summer. They could give the two a chance at coexisting next season and, if the experiment fails, look to make a trade — of either Turner or Sabonis — at the deadline. Or they could keep Sabonis in his sixth-man role.Each choice has its benefits and risks. But the Pacers have two very talented young players and need to figure out how to maximize them.Free-agent outlook: Four of the players in the starting five for the Pacers in the playoffs will be free agents this summer — Thad Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison and Oladipo’s fill-in, Wes Matthews. Their seventh and eighth men, Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans, are also free agents.That’s six major free agents on the market for Indiana. Oladipo, Turner and Sabonis are the only regulars under contract for next year.That’s a pretty good trio, and it would make sense for the Pacers to seek out a max-level free agent to lure to Indiana. But for guys like Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, the Pacers just do not figure to be major players.So which players will we be back? The Pacers could keep one of Matthews or Evans at a reasonable price. Neither was exceptional in Indiana, but they’re decent veteran pieces. Certainly, the Pacers don’t need both and could look to fill the bench-scorer’s role with someone else entirely.The Pacers will also have decisions to make at point guard. There was a sense that Aaron Holiday would take over the starting role by the end of the season, but he was not ready for the job, and Collison played very well. Cory Joseph is a so-so backup option.Collison turns 32 this summer, but his performance warrants a decent contract, and perhaps even a starting role somewhere. How much would Indiana be willing to commit to him, knowing that the team wants to transition to Holiday? And would Collison be willing to accept a role that is built around that transition?  NBA PLAYOFFS 2019:Full schedule | Picks from first round to FinalsOr do the Pacers take a swing at a local guy who will be on the move this summer — Memphis’ Mike Conley? Conley started at Lawrence North High School and could be had for minimal return. But the Pacers would have to take on the remaining two years and $67 million of his contract, a tough pill to swallow for a guy who has had injury issues.The two forward spots will present the Pacers with their biggest challenge. Both Young and Bogdanovic have been critical parts of the Pacers’ rise the past two seasons, with Young as the gritty glue guy and Bogdanovic as the X-factor wing scorer who complements Oladipo.But both are 30. Young can probably be had at a reasonable price, and it would be a surprise if the Pacers let him walk. Even if starting Sabonis means moving Young to the bench, he is still a terrific role player.Bogdanovic, though, had a career year, averaging 18.0 points on 49.7 percent shooting, making 42.5 percent of his 3s. He will be a commodity on the market this summer, especially for those teams flush with cap space who miss out on the top free agents.He could get an overpay offer in the three-year, $70 million range, and it’s hard to imagine the Pacers doling out that kind of money for a 30-year-old whose best season happened to come ahead of free agency.Much will depend on the market, of course. The Pacers won’t bring back all six free agents. Two or three should return, which might give some opportunities to the team’s younger guys.The young folks: We’ve covered the Sabonis-Turner dilemma, and both will be 23 to start next season. There’s some youth to be excited about there.Holiday averaged 5.9 points and 1.7 assists in 12.9 minutes this season, getting erratic playing time. His name came up in trade rumors in February, and though the Pacers were never close to moving him, the rumors were a reflection on how other teams valued him.But coach Nate McMillan was trying to maximize this season for the Pacers, and that meant Holiday just didn’t see the floor much. He played 20-plus minutes only 14 times this year. It’s an open question as to whether that was just McMillan being typically tough on a rookie or if he saw something he didn’t like from Holiday.MORE: McMillan says Pacers could “look different next season”It’s a safe bet Holliday will get a chance at the starting job next season, unless the team does pursue a top-line point guard like Conley.The Pacers also got some decent signs from second-year forward T.J. Leaf, though it’s difficult to say what, exactly, Leaf will be as an NBA player. He entered the league as a stretch-4, having made 46.6 percent of his 3s in one year at UCLA, but here in his second NBA year, the Pacers wanted him to focus on his post-up game — 31 percent of his shots were 3s as a rookie, but only 17 percent in Year 2.last_img read more

Neymar rape allegation: PSG player denies Paris hotel claims after Brazilian files report with police

first_img“Faced with the unfortunate, illegal and outrageous allegations, we completely repudiate the unfair accusations and, above all, the exposure in the press of an extremely negative situation.“All evidence of attempted extortion and non-rape shall be submitted to the police in a timely manner.”Neymar is currently in Brazil getting ready for the Copa America finals in June and July with the national team. Brazilian outlet UOL was the first to report the rape accusations and claim the report to police is being kept confidential.Neymar’s father suggested on Saturday night that the WhatsApp messages his son exchanged with the woman, whom was flown into Paris on May 15, would be published in an attempt to prove his innocence to the public.”I know that my son can be accused of many things, but I know the boy that he is, the man that he is, the son of a father and a mother,” Neymar Sr. said. “We will push for justice to be served as quickly as possible.” Reports in Brazil claim Neymar paid for her travel and met her at Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe. The 27-year-old says he met her at the hotel but contests the serious claims from the unnamed woman, who is protected by anonymity.”I’m being charged of rape,” Neymar said in an Instagram video published on Sunday morning that was viewed more than 10 million times before he deleted it. “It’s a heavy word, it’s a very strong thing, but it’s what’s happening right now.“I was taken by surprise. It was very bad, very sad to hear that. You know my character, you know what I mean, you know I would never do something like that.“But I’ve been exposed to it and I’m here to make a face of it, because I know that any news with my name involves a lot of things, it makes a very loud noise, and everybody keeps wanting my statement, and what happened was totally the opposite of what they say.“From now on I will expose everything, I will expose all the conversation I had with the girl, all our moments, which are intimate, but it is necessary to be open, it is necessary to expose to prove that nothing really happened at all.”Neymar shared conversations that claim the two began speaking in March and continue May 15. His messages allege that she invites the former Barcelona star back to the hotel on May 16.The woman reportedly returned to Sao Paulo on May 17 before taking her case to a police station that specialises in women’s defence on May 31. “What happened that day was a relationship between a man and a woman, within four walls,” the PSG player claimed. “Something happens with every couple, and the next day nothing happened.”We kept chatting, she asked me for a souvenir for her son, and I was going to take it, and well… now I am surprised by these claims.“It’s very bad, very sad. This not only hurts me, but like my whole family, because not only denigrating my image is bad, but what I am, who I am, the nature I have, the character I have.”An official statement released by Neymar’s PR team alleges the player was the victim of an extortion attempt before the allegations came to light on Saturday night.“Although he was surprised by the news, the facts were already known by the player and his staff, considering that a few days ago he was a victim of attempted extortion, practiced by a lawyer from the city of Sao Paulo, who, according to his version, represented the interests of the woman,” the statement said.“The athlete’s lawyers were immediately notified and have since taken all relevant steps. Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has vehemently denied a rape allegation being levelled at him to Sao Paulo police, following claims from a Brazilian woman he met in Paris. Police in Brazil confirmed to Goal on Saturday that there is a complaint against Neymar, but would not discuss details of the case, which was filed on May 31.last_img read more

David Ortiz’s condition upgraded to ‘good;’ prosecutors set to reveal motive, plot behind shooting

first_img“We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston. David’s journey to good health has been bolstered by the many expressions of love that have come to us from across the globe. Your support has lifted his spirits tremendously during this challenging time.”The #RedSox today issued the following statement on behalf of Tiffany Ortiz: pic.twitter.com/WRTQJD9KLq— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 18, 2019The retired Red Sox star had been listed in “guarded” condition in recent days. He underwent surgery in the Dominican Republic following the shooting, and doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestines. He was then transported to Boston. David Ortiz’s condition has been upgraded to “good,” his wife Tiffany reported Wednesday, nine days after he was shot in his native Dominican Republic.“This morning, David’s condition was upgraded to ‘good’ by his doctors and he continues to make progress with his recovery in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital,” Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement released by the Red Sox. The 43-year-old Ortiz was at a Santo Domingo bar the night of June 9 when a suspect shot him at close range. Thus far, 11 people have been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. Boston’s WCVB TV reports that prosecutors are expected to reveal the motive and plot behind the shooting Wednesday.Ortiz, affectionately known as “Big Papi,” was a 10-time All-Star who led the Red Sox to three World Series titles.last_img read more

Drew Brees awarded more than $6M in diamond-fraud lawsuit

first_imgMoradi denied the allegations in court. He and Brees had a 15-year business relationship. Attorney Andrew Kim, who co-represented the Breeses, expressed support for the jury’s decision.  Related News A jury has awarded New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife $6.13 million in a lawsuit claiming a San Diego-area jeweler sold them overpriced diamonds.Brees and his wife, Brittany, had sued Vihad Moradi of CJ Charles Jewelers in La Jolla, California, claiming he misled them about the value of $15 million in diamonds they purchased as an investment. Saints offering $18M per year, Michael Thomas wants $22M, report sayscenter_img Colts owner Jim Irsay spends record $3.975M on Pink Floyd guitar “It was our position that Mr. Moradi breached his fiduciary duty, and that’s essentially what the jury said,” Kim said (via the San Diego Union-Tribune). “They saw Mr. Moradi for exactly what he is: a grifter and a confidence man.”Brees played for the San Diego Chargers from 2001 through 2004 before signing as a free agent with the Saints.last_img read more

This minor league brawl led to felony charges, remains one of baseball’s craziest fights

first_imgThe incident marked one of YouTube’s earliest viral moments, with an array of low-definition postings receiving millions of combined views. It received national attention and appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter later that week.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNCastillo never pitched another inning in the U.S. and returned to the Dominican Republic when his work visa was revoked. He was 20 at the time and did not know how to read or write, according to the Dayton Daily News.Castillo said he intended his throw to keep the Dayton bench from charging the field, though it had the opposite effect.“I threw the ball in front of the dugout, because I was nervous and I was frightened,” Castillo told the News through an interpreter. “I didn’t throw it to hit anyone.” In all, 15 players were ejected from the ensuing fracas. Almost everyone was asked to return to the field, however, so each team could finish the game. Two notable future MLB players were among those initially dismissed: Devin Mesoraco and Brandon Guyer.Additionally, current Angels infielder Zack Cosart, then with Dayton, was hit by a pitch in the first inning and left due to injury. His beaning is what escalated tension in the first frame. A hard slide a couple of plays later — and a baseball flying toward the dugout — put emotions over the top.As for the broken leg? It came between Cosart’s hit-by-pitch and the brawl when Peoria teammates collided trying to cover second base, sending infielder Gian Guzman off on a stretcher. Guzman would never play in the field again. He spent one season as a pitcher before finishing his U.S. professional career at 20 years old. The broken leg was not what resulted in the felony assault charge. It was not the multiple cranium-seeking pitches, either.On June 24, 2008, Class-A Peoria pitcher Julio Castillo’s errant, mid-brawl hurl of a baseball toward the Dayton dugout, which struck a fan in the crowd, prompted law enforcement to make a postgame arrest. Castillo wound up being convicted of felonious assault causing serious physical injury and sentenced to 30 days in jail after the fan was diagnosed with a concussion.last_img read more

AEW Fyter Fest results: Jon Moxley beats Joey Janela in an extraordinarily violent unsanctioned match and furthers feud with Kenny Omega

first_imgJoin DAZN to watch 100-plus fight nights a yearAfter Moxley won a gritty showdown with Janela that featured barbed wire chairs, barbed wire boards and two bags of thumbtacks, the former Dean Ambrose was met outside the ring by a Kenny Omega V-Trigger. Omega, whom Moxley attacked when he made his first post-WWE appearance at Double or Nothing, hit Moxley with a piledriver onto the broken tables. The former IWGP heavyweight champion jumped off the top turnbuckle and connected on a double foot stomp through the tables. .@JonMoxley got a surprise tonight at #FyterFest pic.twitter.com/l6PVxGttsg— TNT Drama (@tntdrama) June 30, 2019Moxley and Omega, who will face off at All Out on Aug. 31 in Chicago, brawled into the crowd, with Omega having the advantage. Just when it appeared things had calmed down, Omega attacked Moxley on the entrance ramp to close the show. In the co-main event, Omega and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) beat The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix) and The Laredo Kid in an excellent six-man tag team match. Also on the show, Cody and Darby Allin went to a draw that ended up with Shawn Spears attacking Cody after the match concluded with a violent and uncalled-for chair shot to the back of the head, which left Cody bleeding profusely.Here is what happened at All Elite Wrestling’s Fyter Fest (all times Eastern):AEW Fyter Fest live updates, resultsJon Moxley wins a brutal war over Joey Janela11:05 p.m.: Couldn’t ask for a better ending to the show. Moxley and Janela put it all on the line and the former Dean Ambrose proved to the world that he’s still one of the best in wrestling. After a vicious 20-minute hardcore match, Moxley brought in a bag full of thumbtacks. Moxley hit another Paradigm Shift to weaken Janela. Moxley took Janela’s boots and socks off. With the crowd chanting “You sick f–k”, Moxley did a front spinning suplex to send Janela to the thumbtacks and screaming in agony. Moxley wasn’t done as he hit an atomic drop to send Janela feet first onto the thumbtacks and a series of tacks were ingrained in Janela’s foot. Moxley dumped another bag of tacks onto the mat and hit another Paradigm Shift for the victory.Jon Moxley came for blood in his @AEWrestling debut 🤯 #FyterFest pic.twitter.com/J1vvnA7eiP— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) June 30, 2019Wrestling fans were expecting mayhem and that is exactly what happened. We literally saw everything except the kitchen sink. If you are a fan of pure violence, this was for you.10:56 p.m.: A barbed wire board is hung from the apron to the guardrail when Moxley hits the Paradigm Shift and proceeds to dump Janela, who lands butt first onto the barbed wire. I can feel the pain from here. 10:55 p.m.: With Moxley spread out across two tables, Janela climbs about a 20-foot ladder and drops an elbow onto Moxley. WOW!”HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND JOEY?” 😵 #FyterFest pic.twitter.com/5YYV1KrtaO— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) June 30, 201910:51 p.m.: Moxley brings in a sheet full of barbed wire with the intention of putting Janela through it. Janela reversed, picked Moxley up and did a fireman’s carry through the barbed wire. What a breathtaking war and it seems like they are just getting started.10:49 p.m.: A Russian leg sweep by Janela from the ringside apron to the outside through a table. Quite amazing action so far.10:44 p.m.: In the something you never see anymore, Moxley brought out the barbed wire wrapped around the chair. He proceeded to put the chair on Janela and stomp the chair and squeeze as hard as he can. Moments later, Janela showed a ton of guts and did a hurricanrana to send Moxley on to the barbed wire chair. 10:38 p.m.: It is time for the main event of Fyter Fest as Jon Moxley battles Joey Janela in an unsanctioned match. Expect a ton of mayhem, violence and everything in between. A big time match for Moxley as it is his first televised match in the United States since he left WWE in April. He wants to prove a point and this is his opportunity to prove some things to the wrestling world.The Elite (Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks) def. The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix) and Laredo Kid in show stealer10:30 p.m.: The expectations were high and all six guys delivered and then some. With Matt Jackson having Fenix on the outside in position for the Meltzer Driver, Nick Jackson missed a step on the top rope and Fenix caught and executed a Spanish Fly onto Nick and Pentagon. It came down to Omega and Laredo Kid in the ring.Omega hit a vicious V-Trigger on Laredo Kid and then a Tiger Driver ’98 for a near two-fall. Sensing he had the match ripe for the taking, Omega connected another bone-shaking V-Trigger followed by a One-Winged Angel for the one, two, three. If you wanted to see high-flying action mixed in with a tad of psychology, this was it for you. Can’t wait to see all six go at it one more time.10:25 p.m.: Unbelievable sequence of events. With Omega at the top turnbuckle, Pentagon back body dropped Fenix on top of Nick Jackson. Pentagon lifted Laredo Kid into Omega to hit an inverted Spanish Fly followed by Pentagon hitting a Canadian Destroyer that had Nick Jackson hit his head.10:22 p.m.: The frantic pace we are seeing from all six guys is breathtaking. Such a joy to watch. 10:16 p.m.: The red hair of Omega is an interesting look, to say the least. He’s paying homage to Street Fighter’s Akuma. 10:12 p.m.: Amazing spot when the Lucha Bros did Swanton’s over the top rope and Laredo Kid did a moonsault from the middle rope onto the floor. They’ve only gotten started.10:07 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of Fyter Fest as The Elite (Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks) vs. The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix) and Laredo Kid. Very surprised this isn’t closing the show. Expect a ton of fireworks. Cody and Darby Allin go to a time-limit draw9:59 p.m.: An unusual finish for a company who has preached wins and losses and then an unnecessary spot to end things.Allin tried to go to the top rope. Cody stopped him and executed an inverted suplex from the top rope. Delayed cover for a two count. Both guys are on the ring apron and Allin bit Cody’s left arm.Cody zips up the body, hits the disaster kick. He stupidly unzips the bag and gets a two count. Ring announcer Justin Roberts says there is a minute left in the mat.Cross Rhodes was blocked by Allin, who tried for a Stunner but is blocked and Cody finally hits a Cross Rhodes. The crowd is counting down but Cody only gets a count of two before time runs out.The crowd and Cody wanted five more minutes. It looked like it was going to happen until Shawn Spears came from behind and hit Rhodes in the back of the head with a chair. Spears had a death stare as he looked at Cody and left the ring and the arena through the crowd.MJF and SCU came out to look after Cody. I’m one who didn’t have a problem 15-20 years ago with chair shots to the head, but what we now know about CTE and concussions, the conclusion was not needed. There are different ways to do it and that wasn’t it even though Cody and Spears sold it like a million bucks.9:49 p.m.: Unique sequence in which Cody tried a vertical suplex and Allin grabbed the wrist to get out of the hold and then connected on a spinning tornado splash off the middle rope.9:44 p.m.: Great to see a female referee in a men’s match. Something you NEVER see.9:42 p.m.: Slow, methodical match now in the favor of Cody after Allin tried to kick into high gear to begin the festivities.9:35 p.m.: Coming up at Fyter Fest is Cody (with Brandi Rhodes) squaring off with Darby Allin. This is a make or break match for the 22-year-old Allin to make a lasting impression in the United States. Adam Page def. Jimmy Havoc, Jungle Boy and MJF in spot fest9:30 p.m.: Pretty good match that could have used another five to 10 minutes as they were getting into a groove and appeared to rush through the last few minutes. Havoc threw Jungle Boy onto the outside. MJF attempted another Heat Seeker but Havoc blocked it and went to the top rope to hit a double foot stomp for a near fall. MJF hits an Eye Poker to Havoc. Page threw MJF of the ring and hit a thunderous clothesline to Havoc. Page picks up Havoc for the Rite of Passage for the pin.The best match of the main card thus far. Wish they could have had a few more minutes. Jungle Boy really looked good and MJF was fantastic. Smart booking by AEW to not have Jungle Boy or MJF take the fall so they can continue to be built up. Page was the right guy to win since he’s facing Chris Jericho to crown the first AEW heavyweight champion at All Out on Aug. 31 in Chicago. 9:26 p.m.: A big reaction for when Page and MJF stood face-to-face in the middle of the ring. A future world title program if both guys continue their natural progression.9:23 p.m.: Very impactful Tower of Doom spot that ended with MJF getting kicked in the head.9:20 p.m.: The crowd firmly behind Jungle Boy, who exudes a ton of charisma in his short time in the business.9:15 p.m.: Right now at Fyter Fest, Adam Page takes on Jimmy Havoc, Jungle Boy and MJF. MJF cut a promo before the match began running the down the crowd about their love of video games. In a short amount of time, MJF has quickly become one of the best promos in wrestling.Riho def. Nyla Rose and Yuka Sakazaki9:11 p.m.: The match started out clunky but picked up in the final five minutes when Rose had Sakazaki dangling over the top rope and jumped off the top rope and halfway across the ring to land a knee onto Sakazaki’s back to a thunderous reaction from the crowd. Rose hit a huge German Suplex on Sakazaki for a close two count. The Rose hit a DVDR for another two count. Rose went to finish Riho off but the Japanese star executed a pinning combination for the victory.The match would have been served to be cut in half as it was clunky and slow paced due to Rose. 9:02 p.m.: Witnessing Rose doing a standing vertical suplex is a sight to see.8:55 p.m.: Up next at Fyter Fest is a triple threat match between Yuka Sakazaki, Riho and Nyla Rose. This is going to be interesting considering the sizable advantage in height and weight Rose has over Sakazaki and Riho.Cima beats Christopher Daniels in action-packed opener8:51 p.m.: Quite a way to begin Fyter Fest, with two friends putting on a solid affair. Cima executed perfect driver but Daniels kicked out at two. Immediately, Cima sends Daniels to the mat and went on to make his way to the top rope. He hit the Meteroa, which is double knees to the uppercut of the body for the pinfall lands.The right finish considering Cima will take on Kenny Omega at Fight for the Fallen. 8:47 p.m.: A running Liger Bomb by Cima. Both guys bringing out the heavy artillery.8:46 p.m.: Great intensity by Daniels in hitting Angles Wings that Cima somehow kicked out of at two. 8:38 p.m.: The main card of Fyter Fest begins with Christopher Daniels facing off with Cima. Daniels, part of SCU, helped beat Cima’s Strong Hearts at Double or Nothing in May. Daniels and Cima are nearly 25-year veterans of the sport. Should be some good action between two of the better all-around talents in the wrestling business.We are jammed packed in #Daytona for #FyterFest pic.twitter.com/Xf7PNn3Z5X— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) June 30, 20198:29 p.m.: Nakazawa def. Jebailey in a slightly entertaining bout that was lacking a bit of the usual hardcore activity. We saw a bodyslam into a pool, a back bodydrop onto buttons and a thong used as a sock to mock Mick Foley’s Mr. Socko. The finish occurred when the referee was on the ground and Jebailey gave Nakazawa a low blow and went for rollup, but the referee counted late and received a two-count. Nakazawa quickly garnered a rollup of his own for the one, two, three and the victory. Can see Nakazawa becoming a star if he given the platform.8:19 p.m.: I can do without the baby oil spot by Nakazawa pouring it on Jebailey.8:17 p.m.: The final contest at “Buy-In” is Michael Nakazawa and Alex Jebailey in a hardcore match. Nakazawa is slowly becoming an interesting character.8:13 p.m.: Allie def. Bates. A below-average affair that picked up in the final two minutes. Bates hit a Pedigree and Allie kicked out. Yes, let the comments roll in on that one. Avalon attempted to toss a book to Bates, but Allie nabbed it, threw it to Bates, connects on a superkick and scores the pinfall. The finish made sense because Allie faces Brandi Rhodes at Fight for the Fallen in two weeks. 8:03 p.m.: Up next, Allie will take on Leva Bates. It was supposed to be Kylie Rae and Bates, but no word on what happened. The librarian gimmick of Bates and Avalon has some potential. Interested to see how the storyline progresses.7:55 p.m.: Best Friends def. SCU and Private Party to net an opportunity to get a first-round bye in the tag team tournament. Better than expected but something just seemed off for one reason or another. The stakes made little sense as the winner should have received the bye. All Elite Wrestling shook the wrestling world to its core with an exceptional debut outing, Double or Nothing, last month in Las Vegas.Its second event. Fyter Fest, occurred Saturday at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. While the one-hour preshow “Buy-In” felt like the third hour of WWE “Monday Night Raw” (and not in a good way), the last two matches delivered, highlighted by Jon Moxley making his AEW debut and defeating Joey Janela in a bloody, violent unsanctioned match in the main event. The Dark Order came out afterward like they did at Double or Nothing. This time though, they just surrounded the ring and stared down Barreta and Taylor. Hard to dig The Dark Order at this point. Need to see them in action sooner rather than later.7:38 p.m.: The preshow of AEW Fyter Fest, “Buy-In”, features Best Friends (Trent Barreta and Chuck Taylor) vs. SoCal Uncensored (Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian) vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) with the winner getting a shot at a first-round bye in the AEW tag team title tournament. Best Friends wrestled at May’s Double or Nothing and beat Angelico and Jack Evans in a better than expected matchup. On the same show, SCU defeated Strong Hearts in an exciting opener. Couldn’t ask for a better opener. 7:30 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of All Elite Wrestling’s Fyter Fest. We have an exciting night of wrestling action ahead, so grab the refreshments, kick back and relax as SN takes you on the journey of AEW’s second event.AEW Fyter Fest cardKenny Omega and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) vs. Lucha Brothers (Pentagón Jr. and Rey Fénix) and Laredo KidJon Moxley vs. Joey Janela in a non-sanctioned matchCody vs. Darby AllinAdam Page vs. Jimmy Havoc vs. Jungle Boy vs. MJFChristopher Daniels vs. CimaYuka Sakazaki vs. Riho vs. Nyla RoseBest Friends (Trent Barreta and Chuck Taylor) vs. SoCal Uncensored (Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian) vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) (pre-show)Michael Nakazawa vs. Alex Jebailey in a hardcore match (pre-show)Allie vs. Leva Bates (with Peter Avalon) (pre-show)last_img read more

USWNT vs. England: Sports stars react to Women’s World Cup thriller

Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USWNT’s thrilling win over England Women’s World Cup 2019: Alex Morgan sends USA into final despite Megan Rapinoe’s absence Stars from multiple sports took to social media during and after the thrilling 2-1 U.S. win in Lyon, France, cheering on the defending champions as they look to secure a fourth World Cup title.  Here’s a sampling of some of the social media reaction from big names across the sports world: Congrats #TeamUSA Women’s World Cup!!! So strong! What a game. Can’t wait for Sunday!— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) July 2, 2019Congrats to team USA on an exciting game and spectacular win. Awesome stuff ladies and so fun to watch. Good luck in the finals as 👀 will be watching 😎 and pulling hard for you. 🇺🇸— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) July 2, 2019Let’s gooo @USWNT⚽️🇺🇸— John Wall (@JohnWall) July 2, 2019.@Cal athletes everywhere. #onetogo #gobears #itsacalthing #WomensWorldCup2019 #hbd https://t.co/DF0IjdDNnp— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) July 2, 2019Congrats @USWNT!! @amy_cole23 & I have had a blast following along! And Happy Birthday @alexmorgan13! https://t.co/0QDsaLC63t— Gerrit Cole (@GerritCole45) July 2, 2019Ball don’t lie!!!!!! #USA— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) July 2, 2019Congrats and great win @USWNT! On to the Final! #Congrats #usa— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) July 2, 2019What a save!!!!! pic.twitter.com/85rw8yj8Sp— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) July 2, 2019READY TO RUN THROUGH A BRICK WALL! GO USA!! 🇺🇸 @DrinkBODYARMOR @mPinoe https://t.co/C67C4zv6cL— Sue Bird (@S10Bird) July 2, 2019Congrats USA 🇺🇸 #USAvENG https://t.co/HzZTjseiw1— Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) July 2, 2019  Related News It wasn’t just sports fans across the U.S. who were enthralled by Tuesday’s Women’s World Cup semifinal against England. Elite athletes were locked in, too.  read more

Patriots players ‘pulling for’ reinstated receiver Josh Gordon

first_imgJosh Gordon is getting yet another chance, and he has the full support of his squad as he prepares to get back on the field.The Patriots wide receiver was reinstated by the NFL on Friday after he was suspended indefinitely in December for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy, and his teammates are looking forward to welcoming him back. Antonio Brown’s new helmet fails test; receiver reacts with harsh tweet “We are excited,” captain Matthew Slater said, via NBCSportsBoston. “I’ll say this: Football is number two. We want to see him first and foremost doing well as an individual, doing well as a man, and we want to support him however we can. We’re just going to take this one day at a time, which is all any of us can do. And we’ll see what tomorrow brings and then we’ll let the day after that worry about it when it comes around.”Gordon has struggled with sobriety throughout his NFL career and has been suspended numerous times for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, but Slater is confident he is getting the help he needs. Related News “I think having support is always a good thing, no matter who you are, no matter what life has brought your way,” Slater said. “I think support is good, and hopefully he finds that he has support here. I think that’s really all I can say about it now. What’s good, what’s not good remains to be seen.”While he won’t be permitted to play Aug. 22 when New England hosts the Panthers, Gordon can rejoin the Patriots on Sunday.”Obviously we’re excited because we’re pulling for him. We love him,” safety Duron Harmon said, per ESPN. “We always want the best for him, more than anything. He’s a part of this team, a brother of ours. We’re looking forward to seeing him on Sunday.”center_img Gordon, 28, caught 41 passes for 737 yards and four touchdowns for the Patriots last year after being traded from Cleveland to New England before the start of the season.Initially taken by the Browns in the supplemental draft in 2012, Gordon has been in and out of the league in that span and has missed 61 games due to suspension. Andrew Luck sighting: Colts quarterback warms up ahead of Week 2 preseason gamelast_img read more

FC Željezničar on Preparations in Međugorje

first_imgThe football players of FC Željezničar traveled to Međugorje, where in the next ten days they are to prepare for the performance in the first qualifying round of the European League.The coach of FC Željezničar Milomir Odović will prepare the team for the European matches and the next season of the Premier League of B&H.On Monday, FC Željezničar will play a friendly match against the team of Međugorje, and against FC Zrinjski three days later. In these matches, Odović will test the players who have just joined the team (Secouba Diatta, Ivan Livaja, Jovan Blagojević, Emir Hodžurda), as well as several young players who have transferred to the first team from the youth squad.‘’The team is finally complete. The real preparations are just starting, and will be very specific since we are playing the first European matches in fifteen days. We will also attempt to prepare for the next season of the Premier League. Currently, I am not thinking about the opponents. We have to reach a certain level of form, and if we achieve that, I believe everything will depend on us in the first qualifying round’’, said Odović prior to leaving for Međugorje.The last footballer who arrived at ‘’Grbavica’’ is Emir Hodžurda, the stopper who was a member of the youth squad of FC Željezničar until 2008, after which he played in Romanian FC Otelul Galati, FC Famos, FC Bosna Visoko, Slovenian FC Aluminij, while he spent the past season in FC Slavija.Odović believes that Hodžurda has the potential to fulfill the expectations of the expert staff of the FC Željezničar, but he points out that it is too early to predict whether he will meet the requirements, and that precisely the profile of a player such as Jovan Blagojević, the former player of Velež, was missing in FC Željezničar in the past season.‘’Assuming that Hodžurda is a player that we need, we will have a quality team that is covered in all positions. We brought in reinforcements in accordance with our abilities. I think Blagojević is a player that FC Željezničar did not have in the past season, and it is the profile of a player that we lacked. Our young players will advance with him, and FC Željezničar will play better’’, added the strategist of ‘’The Blues’’.(Source: novovrijeme.ba/ photo radiosarajevo)last_img read more

Dzeko will not play Matches against Wales and Cyprus?

first_imgCoach of the National team of B&H cannot count on the captain, Edin Dzeko, in the matches against Wales and Cyprus.Two nights ago, Dzeko suffered a knee injury in the match between Roma and Carpi and was replaced at the half-time.As the Italian media claim, together with Keita, Dzeko was subjected to the medical tests that showed the ligament injury in the right knee.After tests, Dzeko came back to the training camp of Roma limping and went to the room for physiotherapy.Roma announced that Dzeko will have to pause for at least three to four weeks and will miss two last qualification matches of B&H against Wales in Zenica on 10th October and Cyprus three days later.(Source: klix.ba/ Photo: krajina.ba)last_img read more

Sale of Tickets for Sarajevo Derby to start today

first_imgSale of tickets for Sarajevo derby start on Saturday, at sales points on Grbavica and Ferhadija.“The sale of tickets will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the day of the match, tickets can be purchased from 9 a.m. until the half of the match in front of the Grbavica Stadium. Fans of FC Sarajevo can purchase their tickets for the North Stand only at sales point on Ferhadija. Tickets for the North Stand for fans of FC Sarajevo are marked with a different color and they will not be available for purchase in front of the Grbavica Stadium. We ask the fans to come to the match on time, in order to prevent big crowds,” as announced in a statement from FC Zeljeznicar.The match starts on Sunday, at 3:30 p.m.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Basic in the Semifinals of the ATP Challenger in France

first_imgBH tennis player Mirza Basic (162 ATP) played against Argentinian March Trungelliti (130 ATP ) in the quarterfinals of the Challenger in St. Remy (France), and won with the score 2: 1 in sets.The first set was not very promising, since Trungelliti was leading 6: 1 in games, however, Basic returned in the second set and won with the score 6: 3.Our tennis player was also better than his opponent in the deciding third set, and the result was 6: 4.In the semifinals of the Challenger in St. Remy, he will play against winner of the match Daniil Medvedev (156 ATP) – Alexandre Mullar (437 ATP).Challenger St. Remy, quarter-finals:Mirza Basic – Marco Trungelliti 2:1 (1:6, 6:3, 6:4)(Source: D. B./Klix.ba)last_img read more

Bosnian watched Football Match at Goodison Park at the invitation of Everton

first_imgYoung BH citizen, Aldin Karabeg, managed to realize his dream and attend one match of the English Premier League after three months.This young man in July sent inquires to up to 92 clubs in England, with a simple question: “Why would I cheer for you?”Wanting to choose a club from Premier League, for which he would cheer in the future, Karabeg received answers to his letters and read answers from some of the world’s biggest clubs, such as Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal.Despite the fact that all the answers were really good, Aldin decided to choose Everton which, according to him, offered the best answer. Of course, the message from Muhamed Besic, BH football player that he sent to Aldin, contributed to all of this.However, that was not it for Aldin, who quickly attracted attention of English media, who followed his unusual little action. After he announced his decision, soon came the offer to turn his interesting story into a movie, which is why Aldin had the opportunity to fulfill his dream and attend the match Everton – Crystal Palace, which was played at the stadium Goodison Park.On that occasion, Aldin said to the media that he is really delighted with the atmosphere in the stadium and fan songs, and he cannot wait for the match to begin.“There is 40,000 people on the stands, and it’s roughly the population of the city where I live. It’s amazing to see all these people in one place and I think this is a dream come true,” said Karabeg from Goodison Park.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

Today’s news: Argonia basketball, WMS wrestling, Mulvane update and league standings

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Argonia splits, Wellington Middle School wrestlers opened play, Mulvane Wildcat Classic update and updated league standings…SCBL play…With the South-Central Border League Tournament having just been played, most Sumner County teams elected not to play the Tuesday after. Argonia and Udall were the exceptions.Argonia girls beat Udall 40-34 (despite what the Wichita Eagle says). The Red Raiders are still without one of their leading scorers, Jaci Peetom, who was injured over the holidays.Udall opened with a 12-9 first quarter lead, but Argonia used a 15-4 output in the second quarter to lead 24-16 at the half. The Red Raiders doubled Udall in the third with a 10-5 output to lead 32-21 in the fourth. The Eagles made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Red Raiders 19-12, but the comeback fell short.Haylea Hessman was the leading scorer with 17 points. Faith Gaddie had 14.The Argonia boys had no luck with Udall in the follow-up game. SCBL Girls Belle Plaine01029.182 Udall124519—40 13.25068.429 TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Conway Springs101.00073.700 WL TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. LeagueOverall Flinthills Over-all Argonia Udall Central Plains League Boys Chaparral101.00036.333 Augusta05028.200 Updated league basketball standings:Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail-Division IV – Boys Garden Plain000101.909 Belle Plaine030211.154 Argonia99125—35 WL Wellington32.60073.700 04.000210.167 Elk Valley South Haven30.100085.615 Clearwater32.60063.667 Wichita Collegiate14.20035.375 West Elk Argonia: Fitch 8, Gaddie 14, Drouhard 2, Hessman 17, Allen 5.Udall: SHach 3, Loos 5, Perez 9, Benvin 5, D. Holmes 10, A. Hoffman 2, K. Hoffman 6.Boys: Udall 78, Argonia 35 30.100092.818 Cheney21.667103.769 Douglass11.50074.636 Garden Plain01058.385 Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail-Division IV – Girls Conway Springs11.50067.462 13.250311.273 30.100094.692 31.667103.769 22.50058.385 Central Plains League – Girls LeagueOverall TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Wichita Trinity201.00075.583 Udall2722138—70  Bluestem00038.273 Flinthills Argonia9151012—44 Chaparral11.500310.231 Sedan 31.75094.692 12.333111.083 SCBLBoys  30.100075.583 Argonia: Dickerson 3, Tracy 3, Dolley 1, Thompson 6, Harsh 2, Swart 1.Udall: BProbst 35, Satterlee 5, Williams 10, Loos 3, C. Perez 4, A. Perez 4, Weber 11, Houdeshel 3, Turner 2.Mulvane Tournament update: With the Wellington girls advancing to the second round of the Mulvane Wildcat Tournament, they were idle Tuesday. The scores for the tournament were:Clearwater 42 Winfield 33, and Mulvane 51 Campus 34. Wellington battles Garden Plain at 7:15 p.m. Clearwater and Mulvane follows. Wichita Independent010103.769 Central WL South Haven30.1000112.846 Wellington Middle School: The WMS wrestlers opened their season Tuesday. They lost to Hutchinson 65-39 and 66-33 to Arkansas City. Wellington Middle School basketball teams will play Thursday against Goddard Eisenhower. Boys are at home and girls are on the road. Circle32.60064.600 Girls: Argonia 44 Udall 40 21.66777.500 Wichita Independent00029.182 Wellington14.20057.417 Central LeagueOverall Augusta23.40058.385 Bluestem010310.231 Argonia 13.25058.385 TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Elk Valley West Elk Oxford 03.00048.250 Medicine Lodge21.66758.385 13.25048.333 Douglass21.66767.462 30.100084.667 WL Circle14.200210.167 Clearwater32.60083.727 Sedan Caldwell Cheney01055.500 Wichita Collegiate32.60084.667 Andale501.0001001.000 LeagueOverall CVDX CVDX Oxford 03.00039.250 Andale501.000111.917 Medicine Lodge02019.100 Udall Caldwell League Wichita Trinity301.00085.615 31.750121.923 03.00058.385 12.33358.385 04.000210.167last_img read more

(Monday, 9:30 a.m.) Sumner County under blizzard warning until 6 a.m. Tuesday

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Emergency Management has sent out the latest bulletin from the National Weather Service. It reads…“The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a BLIZZARD WARNING that includes Sumner County …which is in effect now until 6 a.m. Tuesday.Snowfall will begin this morning and persist through tonight…with the heaviest snowfall occurring later this morning through this evening.Snow accumulations will range from 7 to 14 inches south of a Hutchinson/Newton/El Dorado line.The heaviest snowfall of 10 to 14 inches is expected near the Anthony/Kingman area.Winds will be northerly at 30 to 35 mph sustained…with gusts to 40 mph.The strong north winds combined with moderate to heavy snow will cause blowing snow that will frequently reduce visibilities to less than ½ mile in many areas. Drifts could reach 2 to 3 feet.Travel will be dangerous and is highly discouraged. The addition of several more inches of snow on top of nearly a foot of previous snowfall on roofs could be a concern for structures.NWS weather update 2-25-13, 9:30 a.m. 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

Thomas F. Bliss, 86, Winfield: Feb. 9, 1927 – June 19, 2013

first_imgPreceding him in death are his parents, sister Bertha Ostrandar of Washington and brother Delbert Bliss of Kansas. Survivors include his wife Patricia of the home, daughters Carol Dick and husband Ed Dobson of Wellington and Cathy Bliss and husband Alan of Newkirk, OK, 4 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren, brother Albert G. Bliss of Canton, TX. Thomas F. Bliss, 86, of Winfield, died on Friday, July 19, 2013 at the Riverview Manor in Oxford.It was Tommie’s wish that following cremation no services will be held. It was Tommie’s wish that everyone do a good deed in memory of him.Thomas Fredrick Bliss was born on February 9, 1927 the son of Elmer E. and Florence E. (Crane) Bliss in Ashton. Tommie grew up on a farm in rural Sumner County until December 1947. He attended college at Southwestern for a semester before graduating from Wichita Business College.He was united in marriage with Patricia Walker on June 17, 1948 in Oxford. The family purchased the grain elevator in Oxford and Tommy worked there, until his retirement in 1985. The family continued to live in Oxford until 1995 and moved to Winfield. Tommy was a member of the Methodist Church and enjoyed travel, water sports and dancing.last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff weekly bookings: May 19 – May 26, 2014

first_imgThe Sumner County Sheriff weekly bookings into the Sumner County jail for May 19 to May 26, 2014 are as follows:  Rayburn, Bobbie L.61Perth, Ks.2022 E. 16th, Wellington Ks.WPDCity of Derby Warrant (F.T.A.)5/20/14 Baker, Jason W.34Wellington, Ks.274 W. Dexter, Wellington Ks.WPDCriminal Damage to Property5/24/14 Stangl, Christopher38Wellington, Ks.501 N. Washington, Wellington KS.SUSOProbation Violation5/19/14 Hicks, Billy J59Levelland, TX600 S Washington Wellington, KSSUSOCriminal Trespass5/22/14 Banister, Nathan T.52Wellington, Ks.501 N. Washington, Wellington KS.SUSOContempt (Child Support)5/20/14 Lea, Anbthony T.29Wellington, Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington Ks.SUSOServe Sentence5/23/14 Swank, Paige19Wichita, Ks.1200 E US166 Gueda Springs KsSUSODriving while suspended and possession of opiate5/24/14 Rice, Shawn David30Adrian, MILenawee County Jail, Adrian, MISUSOProbation Violation; DWS; Fleeing or attempting to elude; Criminal deprivation of property; Stalking; Criminal Threat5/21/14 Brown, Dustin A26Wellington, Ks.1111 E Harvey Wellington, KSWPDDomestic Battery, Disorderly Conduct5/22/14 Wilson, Chelsi L.26Mayfield, Ks610 E. Hillside, Wellington Ks.SUSOServing Sentence 48 Hours5/25/14 Dawson, Derek A.26Wellington, Ks.Lincoln  & WashingtonWPDDriving under the influence.5/25/14 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 5/19/2014 thru 5/26/2014 Gile, Brian35Derby, KsSGCO JailSUSOProbation Violation5/22/14 Washington, Michael W. Jr.38Wellington, Ks.1820 E. 16th, Wellington, KS.WPDSedgwick County warrant5/20/14 Hutton, Denise54Wichita, Ks.I-35, mp 33 Mulvane KsSUSODriving While Suspended5/19/14 Hughes, Rayshon T.27Wichita, Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington Ks.SUSOServe Sentence 48 Hours5/23/14 Schulz, Charles D56Wellington, Ks.508 E Lincoln Wellington, KSWPDWarrant Arrest- Distribute Herion, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia5/21/14 Rayl, Thornton L47Wellington, Ks.703 E Lincoln, Wellington KSSUSOWarrant- PV5/22/14 Cornejo, Savannah M19Wellington, Ks.Dollar generalWPDTheft5/22/14 NameAgeAddressArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Golden, Austin L.18Augusta, Ks.Butler County  Detention FacilitySUSOProbation Violation5/23/14 Araujo, Previn J.42Wichita, Ks.Sedgwick County JailSUSOFailure to Appear5/23/14 Lippincott, Cabriel A.36Wellington, Ks.I-35. mp 21,KHPPedestrian Under the Influence5/24/14 Burnett, Jesse32Wellington, Ks.SGCO JailSUSOArrest and Detain5/22/14 Wood, Christopher, A33Wellington, Ks.B and 15th, Wellington KSWPDDriving While Suspended5/21/14 Pitcher, Robert24Tulsa OkI35 MPKHPDriving under the influence, Driving while suspended, No liability insurance5/23/14 Ledesma, J’Lynn23Wellington, Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington Ks.WPDServing Sentence 48 Hours5/24/14 Williams, Denelious27Wichita, Ks.1200 E US166 Gueda Springs KsSUSOPossession of paraphernalia, Distribution of narcotics, No tax stamp5/24/14 Murry, Jonathan M.25Arkansas City, Ks.I-35, mp 16 Wellington, KsKHPDriving while suspended and No proof of Insurance5/25/14 McCulley, Jennine22Wellington, Ks.700 S Drury Road South Haven, KsSUSODomestic Battery.5/25/14last_img read more

Steve Shea, 60, Oxford: Nov. 16, 1954 – Dec. 8, 2014

first_imgSteve SheaSteven Shea, 60, of Oxford, died Monday, December 8, 2014, at his home in Oxford.Graveside Memorial Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2014 at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Wellington. No visitation is scheduled as cremation has taken place. A memorial has been established with the NRA and may be left with the Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Steven Lloyd Shea was born November 16, 1954 the son of Lloyd and Naomi (Osborn) Shea in Ottawa, KS. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1973. Steven worked as a machinist at TECT for over 40 years. He enjoyed firearms of all kinds and was a gunsmith. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting and fishing. Steven was a member of the Kansas State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association.Steven is survived by his sister, Cindy Wiley of Oxford; stepdad, Jerry Price of Oxford, and niece, Christy Newlin, great nephews, Quentin Newlin and Bryson Mahurin; great nieces, Aubriannah Presinger and one great great-niece, Arienna Mahurin.He is preceded in death by his parents.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, December 9, 2014:•8:55 a.m.  Shannon A Kelly, 41, Peck, Ks was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 59 mph in a 40 mph zone.•10:18 a.m. Jessica L. Jones, 19, Lewisville, Texas was issued a notice to appear charge with speeding 62 mph in a 40 mph zone.•10:41 a.m.  Officers took report of found currency in the 900 block of W. 8th.•1:03 p.m. Officers investigated possession of marijuana in the 1700 block of E. 16th.•5:14 p.m. Cody J. Davis, 24,Wellington was served a notice to appear charged with operating a motor vehicle with no insurance and spilling a load on the highway.•5:21 p.m. Russell B. Rains, 29, Wellington was served a notice to appear charged with criminal trespass and battery.• 6:46 p.m. Officers investigated a non-injury accident at 8th and G, involving vehicles operated by Jeremie D. Hartson, 36, Wellington and Lonnie D. Jacobs, 49, Wellington.•7:15 p.m. Jeremie D. Hartson, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with failure to yield right of way in involved accident.•10 a.m. Officers investigated  a case for care and treatment.• 9:17 p.m. Officers investigated an unattended death in the 1700 block of N. A.last_img read more

NFL mock draft 2020: Giants pursue Chase Young, Jets get offensive punch in Jerry Jeudy

first_img7. Denver Broncos (3-7)CeeDee Lamb, WR, OkahomaThe Broncos, wherever they go at quarterback in 2019, need another big playmaker outside to complement Courtland Sutton. Lamb has needed only 46 receptions in 11 games to put up 999 yards and 14 TDs. At 6-3, 190 pounds, he is both a great vertical threat and a red-zone target.8. Atlanta Falcons (3-7)A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, IowaThe Falcons might not have defensive-minded coach Dan Quinn around to help make this pick, but a long, lean 4-3 end who can disrupt in the backfield would be nice for the Falcons. Epenesa (6-6, 280 pounds) is a powerful, explosive, big-bodied player with some traits similar to those of Joey Bosa.9. Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1)Grant Delpit, S, LSUThe Cardinals, who can’t cover tight ends, need someone who can fly around the field and stop the run like an extra linebacker and make big plays while inside in coverage. Delpit plays like the Chargers’ Derwin James with tremendous size (6-3, 203 pounds) for the position.10. Detroit Lions (3-6-1)Javon Kinlaw, DT, South CarolinaThe Lions invested in Trey Flowers at defensive end, but they’ve struggled against the run this season. For help in that area as well as getting inside pressure on the QB, Kinlaw makes a lot of sense. Damon Harrison is 30, and both Mike Daniels and A’Shawn Robinson are pending free agents. Kinlaw has been a big-time inside disruptor for the Gamecocks with 6 sacks in 11 games. At 6-6, 310 pounds, he would be a great fit for Matt Patricia.11. Los Angeles Chargers (4-7)Calvin Throckmorton, OT, OregonThrockmorton (6-5, 309 pounds) is putting together a fine senior season for the Ducks while blocking for Herbert. He is a smooth, agile pass protector with the upside to develop into a better run blocker in the NFL. Phiiip Rivers could really use him with current tackles Russell Okung and Sam Tevi hurting.12. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn StateYannick Ngakoue is a pending free agent who might be out of their price range, and Calais Campbell is 33. The Jaguars will need to re-supply their pass rush, and Gross-Matos (6-5, 242 pounds) is a well-built, explosive and versatile defender who can thrive in Todd Wash’s 4-3 scheme.13. Cleveland Browns (4-6)Tristan Wirfs, OT, IowaSecuring the edges of their offensive line, especially in pass protection, is the Browns’ top priority. At 6-5, 315 pounds, Wirfs is the all-around stout tackle the Browns desperately need to fortify their front for the sake of both Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb. Both teams are in pursuit of similar types of players once again. Quarterback is out of the way for both thanks to Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold, but the crosstown rivals could use some pass-rushing and pass-catching help.MORE: Blaming Nick Saban for Tua Tagovailoa’s injury is a pointless exerciseFrom the updated 1-32 based on current NFL standings and playoff seedings, here is Sporting News’ fourth in-season projection for the 2020 NFL Draft.2020 NFL Mock Draft 4. Miami Dolphins (2-8)Justin Herbert, QB, OregonWith no healthy Tagovailoa, this has to be the choice for the Dolphins. Herbert (6-6, 237 pounds) is an athletic, accurate playmaker who can continue to close the gap between himself and Burrow after making the wise decision to return to school — matching the mostly good decisions he makes on the field. After a slow start to the Ducks’ season, he has revved up his performance to restore his first-round status.5. New York Jets (3-7)Jerry Jeudy, WR, AlabamaThe Jets need an all-around perimeter guy for Sam Darnold, as speedy deep threat Robby Anderson won’t be re-signed. Jeudy is a classic, drive-finishing No. 1 at 6-1, 198 pounds. He also won’t be the only ‘Bama wideout taken in the first round.6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7)Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio StateOkudah has emerged as a premier ballhawk for the Buckeyes with his three interceptions in nine games, and he keeps getting better as a shutdown type at 6-1, 200 pounds. The Buccaneers have been awful on the back end with Vernon Hargreaves disappointing to the point of release and Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart being liabilities. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/46/b7/tee-higgins-062619-getty-ftr_wwgzkzpbsc771eo2mgeth34zu.jpg?t=-1803990973&w=500&quality=80 The NFL future of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took an unfortunate hit when he went down hard against Mississippi State on Saturday and suffered a major hip injury. That prompts the biggest change in mock drafts everywhere, as Tua’s availability for 2020 and beyond is now a big question mark.Also of note: The Giants lost to the Jets in Week 10 and the Jets won again in Week 11 while the Giants had a bye. That means New York’s NFC team for will have a higher pick in the 2020 NFL Draft than New York’s AFC team. 23. Buffalo Bills (7-3) Chase Claypool, WR, Notre DameThe Bills need a big outside No. 1 to complement the speed of diminutive dasher John Brown and the welcome slot work of another veteran newcomer, Cole Beasley. Claypool has lived up to his first-round talent with dominant performances in recent weeks. He has a little Mike Evans-upside in him at 6-4, 229 pounds. He has 56 receptions for 828 yards and 10 TDs in 11 games as a senior.24. Seattle Seahawks (8-2)C.J. Henderson, CB, FloridaThe Seahawks, two years removed from losing Richard Sherman, still need to get better at cornerback. Henderson (6-1, 202 pounds) plays bigger than he is with great athleticism and technique in his favor. He just needs to get a little more physical to be trusted against receivers who rely on body positioning to get open.25. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)Kenneth Murray, ILB, OklahomaThe Chiefs have been trying to get by with a rotation in the middle, and the results have been awful, as they can neither stop the run nor cover backs or tight ends. Murray (6-2, 243 pounds) is an active, rangy playmaker who can be as effective dropping back as he is getting downhill against the run or blitzing.26. Dallas Cowboys (6-4)Neville Gallimore, DT, OklahomaGallimore (6-2, 301 pounds) is getting more attention for the punch he has shown on the Sooners’ interior line this season, blossoming as a senior with three sacks. The Cowboys could use someone like him to further set the tone up front and get to the quarterback to complement what they have on the edge. 19. Indianapolis Colts (6-5)Jonathan Taylor, RB, WisconsinMarlon Mack is a good power back, but he has some durability issues and has lost some effectiveness behind the Colts’ elite line and can’t be a three-down option. Taylor (5-11, 219 pounds) has great vision and burst as a runner, and he doesn’t get enough credit for what he can do as a receiver, which has been on display more this season.20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Trevon Diggs, CB, AlabamaThe Jaguars can replace Jalen Ramsey with Diggs, who can pair well with A.J. Bouye because of his size (6-2, 207 pounds), strength and downfield speed. Diggs is rising fast with his big senior season (three interceptions in eight games).21. Las Vegas Raiders (6-4)Isaiah Simmons, OLB, ClemsonThe Raiders are weak on the second level, both against the run sometimes and in intermediate coverage most times. Simmons (6-4, 240 pounds) is an active player who seems to be all over the field for the Tigers. He’s a perfect fit for the strong side of Paul Guenther’s defense.22. Minnesota Vikings (8-3)Tyler Biadasz, C/G, WisconsinThe Vikings need to keep upgrading their power run blocking to fit their new offensive identity with Dalvin Cook, and Biadasz (6-3, 321 pounds) is next in the strong line of Badgers blockers (Travis Frederick, Kevin Zeitler). (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d6/4a/jonathan-taylor-083019-getty-ftrjpg_16mpuqj8pxxnl1fgybhf6irrug.jpg?t=-440286804&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5b/1e/henry-ruggs-091199-getty-ftrjpg_s9gdm84gug4817un9n9oj7mxj.jpg?t=852611605&w=500&quality=80 Creed Humphrey, G, OklahomaHumphrey (6-4, 312 pounds) is a good hand fighter who has great athleticism for the position to fit nicely in Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. The 49ers need line help in some form, and they target a right guard upgrade over Mike Person here.32. New England Patriots (9-1)Raekwon Davis, DT, AlabamaDavis (6-7, 312 pounds) is a massive, versatile player from a scheme and program Bill Belichick likes. He can line up at both end and tackle to eat space against the run. Also look for them to be interested in stashing an injured Tagovailoa behind Tom Brady later in the draft. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7e/84/chase-claypool-0181818-ftrjpg_16g2sz0ufa9xs1itpqusqn8v3y.jpg?t=617263903&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7e/58/dandre-swift-052119-getty-ftr_17h3u6ud7jve21kuva3xrnqczb.jpg?t=-597871166&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/d/joe-burrow-110719-getty-ftrjpg_1x76w71rnuipjzccee96p9siu.jpg?t=1194348822&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/51/ba/justin-herbert-110219-getty-ftr_1wjjt48qfq93m1gdyvtsprg6p4.jpg?t=794429838&w=500&quality=80 30. Green Bay Packers (8-2)Tee Higgins, WR, ClemsonHiggins combines tremendous, No. 1-style size (6-4, 205 pounds) with explosiveness. He is averaging 20 yards per catch with 8 TDs for the Tigers in 2019. The Packers need to clean up the committee behind Davante Adams.31. San Francisco 49ers (9-1) 14. Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Henry Ruggs III, WR, AlabamaThe Raiders have made it work with Tyrell Williams as their default No. 1 after the Antonio Brown trade didn’t work out, but they could use a true complete receiver to line up outside for Derek Carr. Ruggs (6-0, 190 pounds) plays bigger than his size as a dynamic deep threat with underrated qualities as a possession man.15. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)Kristian Fulton, CB, LSUEveryone can see the Eagles’ desperate need for a lockdown corner who has a nose for big plays, given how messy that position has been or them in 2019. Fulton (6-1, 192 pounds) is a physical cover man with great technique and footwork, giving him shutdown upside.16. Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, ColoradoThe Dolphins will look for someone to pair with Herbert as his fellow rookie go-to guy, and with Jeudy, Lamb and Ruggs off the board, they still will have plenty of top-flight options. Shenault is a complete receiver at 6-1, 215 pounds. He has 52 catches for 721 yards and 4 TDs in 11 games for the Buffaloes.17. Tennessee Titans (5-5)Jalen Hurts, QB, OklahomaMarcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill are unsigned for 2020. This is a copycat league in which QBs from Oklahoma’s great passing system were the past two No. 1 picks. The NFL is more open to dual threats of his ilk, and Hurts, at 6-2, 219 pounds, has good enough size with a welcome winning pedigree. The latest buzz on him can’t be denied, and it doesn’t hurt that Kyler Murray is looking great with Arizona.18. Carolina Panthers (5-5)Derrick Brown, DT, AuburnThe Panthers, after addressing the edge with Brian Burns and Christian Miller, need to beef up their front with a quick disruptor who makes plays in the backfield. Brown (6-5, 318 pounds) fits that mold. 27. Miami Dolphins (from Texans)D’Andre Swift, RB, GeorgiaThe Dolphins can complete their offensive skill rebuild by adding a feature back. They need more of a power runner with a dash of explosiveness and some receiving upside. Swift (5-9, 229 pounds) is capable of both getting the tough yards inside and breaking free for big plays in the open field.28. New Orleans Saints (8-2)Jalen Reagor, WR, TCUThe Saints need a dasher to complement Michael Thomas and stretch the field. Reagor fits the bill at 5-11, 185 pounds and also provides some nice run-after-catch skills.29. Baltimore Ravens (8-2)Justin Jefferson, WR, LSUJefferson is getting plenty of first-round hype after looking great against Alabama (7 catches, 79 yards) to build on a great overall solid season (75 catches, 1,037 yards, 12 TDs). He can be an excellent intermediate complement to Marquise Brown for Lamar Jackson, adding to last year’s draft haul of Brown and Miles Boykin. Jefferson is tough and quick enough at 6-3, 192 pounds to be effective as a big slot. 1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-10)Joe Burrow, QB, LSUBurrow has enjoyed a meteoric rise as the new Heisman Trophy favorite and appealing top QB prospect in this class, and his big performance in the win over Alabama stamped that status. At 6-3, 215 pounds, he combines his mental and physical toughness in the pocket with a strong arm and accurate delivery. His leadership skills also have flourished in Baton Rouge. Coach Zac Taylor will see some Jared Goff qualities in Burrow as a traditional passer, but Burrow is better than that with his athleticism. He, and not Ryan Finley, should be the long-term replacement for Andy Dalton.2. Washington Redskins (1-9)Andrew Thomas, OT, GeorgiaAssuming the Redskins want to stick with and develop first-round QB Dwayne Haskins with a new coach and will part ways with Trent Williams, they need a new rock of a left tackle. Thomas matches great size (6-5, 320 pounds) with good hands and footwork, so he can also be an asset in the running game for Derrius Guice.3. New York Giants (2-8)Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio StateThe Giants have loved themselves some transcendent pass-rushers over the years, and Dave Gettleman will jump at the chance to get this cornerstone talent for the team’s defensive rebuild. Young (6-5, 265 pounds) is a game-changing disruptor. He has followed a 10.5-sack season with 16.5 already in 11 games as a junior. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b8/ba/ceedee-lamb-062619-getty-ftr_2fqkl1qvoa0a1xv9pxp77rwpp.jpg?t=-1804400909&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

NFL Thanksgiving game picks against spread: Cowboys handle Bills; Saints win NFC South

first_imgWeek 13 in the NFL opens with three games on Thanksgiving, starting not long after noon ET. Although Thanksgiving matchups tend to lean toward home teams, two of the three road teams are favored in 2019.With Detroit’s Ford Field and Dallas’ AT&T Stadium in the traditional mix, there will be no November weather issues per usual in the first two contests. This year, the same goes for the night cap, with Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium doing the hosting. Favorites usually fare well straight up and against the spread on Thanksgiving. Do we see the trend continue for Bears vs. Lions, Bills vs. Cowboys and Saints vs. Falcons on Thursday?Here are our latest NFL picks and predictions, a Thanksgiving special edition.FULL WEEK 13 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsNFL Thanksgiving picks, predictions against spreadChicago Bears (-5.5) at Detroit Lions12:30 p.m. ET, FoxThe Bears are somehow 5-6 despite inconsistent and often mistake-plagued play from Mitchell Trubisky, but in better matchups, he tends to deliver timely big plays. Just three weeks ago, he rallied Chicago past Detroit at home and now gets a second shot at this reeling defense. Look for Trubisky to start faster in the rematch by spreading the ball around, namely to Allen Robinson downfield and Tarik Cohen on checkdowns. Given the renewed strength of Chicago’s defense, he doesn’t need to do too much to out-duel another backup QB again, this time David Blough Bears coach Matt Nagy needs to have his team continue to beat teams it should beat in order to finish a disappointing season strong. Lions coach Matt Patricia should be off the hot seat given the rash of key injuries his team has suffered, namely to Matthew Stafford. Even with their chances of an NFC North repeat faded, the Bears will be better at playing for pride than the Lions given their significant defensive advantage.Pick: Bears win 24-17 and cover the spread.Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys (-6.5)4:30 p.m. ET, CBSThe Cowboys need this game at home to prove they can beat teams with winning records, as Jerry Jones now has a more watchful eye on Jason Garrett. The Bills have a brutal four-game stretch ahead that could derail a 8-3 season from AFC wild-card contention. Desperation will kick in for Dallas, which will be able to run better with Ezekiel Elliott and get it downfield better with Dak Prescott than Buffalo will do with Devin Singletary and Josh Allen. This game will be a grind on both sides as big plays are contained and good red zone defense leads to more field goals than TDs.The Bills have yet to face an offense at the level of the Cowboys, and they have had issues stopping the run. That’s bad news for Buffalo against Elliott, who can also set up Prescott for favorable play-action passing opportunities. Allen will do his best to keep his team in the game both passing and running with former Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley helping him in a “revenge game,” but Prescott has more firepower around him. Look for the Cowboys to come through big-time for Garrett on both sides of the ball.Pick: Cowboys 26, Bills 16New Orleans Saints (-6.5) at Atlanta Falcons8:20 p.m. ET, NBC The Saints had a narrow escape against the Panthers at home on the heels of being routed by the Falcons at home and rolling past the Bucs on the road. The Falcons went from suddenly whipping the Saints and Panthers on the road to falling hard to the Buccaneers at home. That makes this yet another hard-to-predict NFC South matchup. We’ll see about the injuries to Julio Jones and Marshon Lalttimore in what could be a marquee wide receiver-cornerback matchup, but the biggest issue here will be the Saints having a strong running game vs. the Falcons not having much of one, even with Devonta Freeman. Drew Brees will feel much less pressure than Matt Ryan will in the rematch with plenty of help from Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.The Falcons that beat the Saints 26-9 fielded an overachieving and inspired defense after their bye. The Buccaneers did a good job to adjust and find the big plays downfield and also run effectively to take pressure of Jameis Winston. The Falcons used to have a real home-field advantage, but that has been absent this season against better teams. The Saints will spoil the holiday night for their division rivals and clinch another NFC South title in style.Pick: Saints win 27-20 and cover the spread.last_img read more

World Juniors 2020: Calgary Flames, USA Hockey netminder Dustin Wolf making a name for himself

first_imgCALGARY — When the puck drops in the Czech Republic for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament on Boxing Day, the Calgary Flames will have just one representative at the event. That lone player: 18-year-old Dustin Wolf. The American goaltender was one of the last selections at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and is quietly becoming one of the Flames’ — and the NHL’s — top prospects.Originally from Tustin, Calif., an Orange County suburb on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Wolf starred in local leagues as a teen. He moved up the coast in 2017 to join the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips as Carter Hart’s understudy. Wolf’s latest challenge is the upcoming World Junior tournament. One of three goaltenders headed to selection camp — along with Florida Panthers prospect Spencer Knight and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Isaiah Saville – Wolf is hoping to make an impression and help the team win when they travel to the Czech Republic over the holidays.“I want to go into camp and show how much I’ve improved since the Summer Showcase and try to make it a tough decision for who they start,” he said, agreeing that the incumbent Knight may have the lead for the American starting job. “He’s obviously a first-round pick for a reason. Awesome guy, great goaltender, but obviously you’re fighting for a job and you want to play as many games as you can. Whatever it takes to [win] a gold medal, that’s what it’s going to be.”Needless to say, Flames brass is excited to see what Wolf can do on the international stage. For the first time since Johnny Gaudreau captured gold in 2013, the C of Red may be spending the holiday season cheering for the red, white and blue. WJC 2020: Analyzing Canada’s roster | Alexis LafreniereNow in his third season in the WHL and second as Everett’s starter, Wolf has emerged as one of the WHL’s top performers. Heading into the holiday break, he is among the leaders in wins (17), shutouts (five), save percentage (.941) and goals-against average (1.91) in all of Canadian junior hockey. With the pressure of his draft year off, the backstop is allowing himself to focus on hockey.“Just being able to go and play now, not having any worries about what people think of you, [you’re] just going out there and playing your game,” Wolf told Sporting News following a recent victory over the Calgary Hitmen. “When you come out with a win there’s a plus to it. We’ve got a great team right now and hopefully, continue that moving forward.”🎥 WHL Highlight of the Night 🎥November 2, 2019 @NHLFlames prospect @dwolf2332 of @WHLsilvertips#WHLHoN pic.twitter.com/f5rpttPz4F— The WHL (@TheWHL) November 3, 2019Just six months ago, Wolf was one of the sentimental stories of the draft.Highly touted due to his numbers and Everett’s strong season, he unexpectedly slid to the seventh round — 214th overall and fourth from the very end of the entire draft — and was still in attendance at Rogers Arena in Vancouver for the pick. Tears flowed and a big grin was there too as he was selected by the Flames, an organization whose captain is the undrafted Mark Giordano and most iconic players include late draft selections like Theoren Fleury who taken in a round that no longer exists.“Obviously I didn’t expect to stay until the last four picks in the draft,” said Wolf. “But I couldn’t have asked for anything better than to come to Calgary. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about them and they’ve supported me through everything thus far.”It’s pretty much been a dream come true and still a lot of work to do, but a step in the right direction.”The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | NHL All-Decade Teamlast_img read more

Wellington Rec Rap: Paint your Art Out, March Madness Dance, and 2 egg hunts ahead

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WHS Daily Bulletin: Prom tickets go on sale Monday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, April 8, 2016:Friday•Almost Maine production, 7 p.m.Saturday•JV tennis at Chaparral.•ACT Test.*Regional solo at Andover Central.•Almost Maine production, 7 p.m.Today’s lunch — Pancakes with Syrup, Sausage Links, Tri Tater, Juice, Mixed Fruit and MilkMonday’s lunch — Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Garden Spinach Salad, Garlic Bread Stick, Chilled Pears, Peas and Milk.Today’s News: *Prom Tickets will be for sale by the student entrance before and after school starting on Monday. Cost is $30 unless you sold 5 magazines your Junior year. Out of town dates are $30, unless you earned your ticket- then they are $15.*Crusader Creators- We will have our meeting next week on Monday, not Tuesday as previously planned.*Any sophomore interested in serving the Prom dinner on Saturday, April 23rd, please sign up in the office.  TODAY is the last day to sign-up.*Prom RSVPs were due on April 4th. If you plan to attend prom and do not turn in your RSVP,  you will have no dinner. If you’re lucky, we might find extra salad crackers for you to eat. Turn in your RSVP pronto to Ms. Ford if you plan to attend prom! Also, if you are interested in participating in the entertainment portion of prom, please pick up a  prom entertainment application from Ms. Ford.* The 4th Annual WHS Career Fair will be held in the auxiliary gym from 1 to 3 pm on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016.  The event will feature approximately 30 local business professionals, post-secondary education representatives, military personnel, and adult service representatives who will set up informational booths and speak informally with students about options after high school.  Students who complete evaluations forms will have their names entered to win four random prize drawings at the end of the day.   *Girls Basketball team can turn in uniforms this week to Mrs. Brown. Also, don’t forget that the team dinner is tonight 6:30-8:00. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church.*Seniors: If you are needing  extra graduation announcements, we do have a few in the counselor’s office. They are $1.25 each.*Crusaders of the Stage presents Almost Maine on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. You can purchase advanced tickets from a cast member or from Mrs. Kelly.  Students- $4 or $6 at the door. Adults- $5 or $7 at the door.*Sophomores: If you ordered a class ring or class tag from Jostens, they will be delivered on Monday, April 18th during the three lunches in the commons.*Seniors: If you were unable to pick up your Senior Orders, please stop by the counselors office. The order will need to be paid in full before you can pick up your items. At this time no personal checks will be allowed- cash or money orders only. If you are going to pay by credit or debit card you will need to contact Jostens. If you have not ordered your cap , gown, stole and tassel and you want to participate in graduation ceremonies, please go to jostens.com to place your order. You will need to do this as soon as possible.*Seniors: The Kansas All-Star scholarship application is now available on their website which is www.ksallstarsholarships.com. Those who qualify will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to be used toward their post-secondary education. Applications will be accepted now through April 15th.Guidance news:Wednesday, April 20 – Butler Community Colleges.Today is National…National All is Ours DayNational Empanada DayNational Zoo Lovers DayFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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D’Andre Swift hopes to tear Lions’ recent running history to pieces

first_imgWhen the camera found D’Andre Swift early Friday evening, after the Lions had made him the second pick of the second round and the second running back chosen in the 2020 NFL Draft, his head was buried in his hands, his emotion apparent to all of America.Was he crying tears of joy, though, or tears of fear? Getting back a healthy Matthew Stafford at quarterback should be a significant boost in this area, because teams were able to focus more on stopping the running attack when they didn’t have to fear the Lions’ passing game.For Swift, though, he has to wonder how devoted the Lions are to deploying a feature back. They had four backs carry at least 38 times last season. Both coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn have expressed their preference for a committee approach.It’ll be up to Swift to prove he’s a committee all by himself. Being selected this early in the draft means Swift is likely to make more than $1.5 million in his first year on the job and around $8 million over his first four seasons. That’s wonderful.MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardThe Lions, though.Despite the fact it never has appeared in a Super Bowl, and hasn’t won a division championship since 1993, and has only made three playoff appearances this century, Detroit isn’t a miserable franchise. It has been over .500 four times in the past 10 seasons and averaged a 7-9 mark in that period. It has been a dreadful place to be a running back, though. Well, since Barry Sanders retired, anyway.Since the 1999 season, the Lions’ first in the post-Sanders era, their running game has been a fantasy football nightmare. They’ve had four 1,000-yard rushers in 21 years, none since Reggie Bush did it in 2013. The Titans have had seven in the last 10. Kerryon Johnson led the team last year with 403 yards. That’s 25 yards a game, people. That’s not even three first downs. He only played half the games, but the point is: No one else beat that total.Swift would appear to be an ideal player to change all this. At 5-9, 216 pounds, he rushed for 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior at Georgia. He caught 24 passes for 216 yards. At the NFL Combine in late winter, he ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash.On a predraft conference, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay called Swift “explosive” and said he’s the best recent player to come out of the Georgia backfield and the best of the 2020 draft’s running back group because he is more complete than Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins and Clyde Edwards-Helaire of LSU.”He does everything at full speed,” McShay said of Swift. “Whether it’s transitioning from after catch, to reading blocks, to make that cutback, he’s explosive.”The Lions have ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in rushing in every season since Sanders retired. If you think about it, that kind of consistency is an achievement. They were 21st last year, and only third from the bottom in rushing TDs. And it’s not that they weren’t trying; they rushed 407 times, which was smack in the middle of NFL in terms of attempts.last_img read more

Iowa Courts website adds multi-pay option

first_imgThere’s a new feature that will help those using the state’s busiest website complete transactions faster. Iowa Judicial System spokesman, Steve Davis, says there’s now a shopping cart feature on the pay site for Iowa Courts Online that allows you to bundle court fees.“You can pay multiple fines at one time instead of jumping back and forth between sites and having to do them one at a time,” Davis says. He says you still start by searching for any fines you owe at Iowa Courts Online site.“And then you can click on the individual case numbers and dig a little deeper and find the financials, and you can just then go through and find one case and say you’ll pay that and add it to your shopping cart. And then go back to the list of cases if there is more and find another case and pay for that,”Davis explains. Davis says the site allows for payments from all 99 counties — which makes it a heavily used site.“Iowa Courts Online is the most frequently visited website in state government,” according to Davis. Every year we have more than 538-million page views.” Davis says there is still the option to pay the old fashioned way.“Some people still go into the courthouse and pay their fines and restitution — but most people do it online — and that’s one of the reasons why the shopping cart was added, for more convenience for those people who do pay it online,” Davis says. Davis says the shopping cart is similar to what is used on most other online sites.last_img read more

Health Department, Supervisors discuss temporary location options

first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is looking over options after being forced from their home at Mohawk Square earlier this month due to a roof collapse caused by severe storms that rolled through the area.The department’s Immunization Clinic, STD/HIV Clinic, and public health nursing and home care aides staff are temporarily housed at the Community Health Center at 404 North Federal. The rest of the department is working out of a conference room at the Law Enforcement Center on the west side of Mason City.Health Department director Brian Hanft says they greatly appreciate being able to use the two locations, but they need to explore other options. “They’ve been very generous to let us use their space, but we’re in their space, and recognizing that they offered that in the short-term, you know whatever that timeline looks like, I think it’s just responsible of us to at least consider where we end up in the longer-term and try not to take advantage of what they’re giving us.”A definite timeline on when the Health Department might be able to move back into Mohawk Square has not been released, and Hanft says a lot of questions can be raised in finding a short-term solution to house the department under one roof, including in some vacant locations around the  community. “I don’t want to stay in the Law Enforcement Center for six months, and I don’t know about the Community Health Center for six months. Again I think that’s a pretty big ask of those locations. We would need to then find something, even again if we set up in the McGregor building, I’m just using that (as an example) because it’s empty. It’s going to cost a couple thousand dollars a month to probably rent it, and we set up some cubicles, and least we have some space, and then we just pay for that over the next six months.”Hanft says the wise planning by the county to have all county-owned computer systems backed up at the Law Enforcement Center was a tremendous help in getting the department through this ordeal. “When you all of a sudden don’t have access to IT, with all of your computer systems were all backed up out at the Law Enforcement Center, and I just want to stress the importance of having that as far as continuity of operations planning. There’s an expense there, but it is tremendously helpful when you need it and it’s there.”Hanft and members of his staff discussed the situation with the County Board of Supervisors during a workshop session this morning, saying he wanted their input on what steps they’d like to see taken. “I just wanted to have at least some direction as to what you are thinking about, and I think we’re on the same page as far as going out and investing a lot of money in place that we have to update and then continue to pay rent on for the life of our lease agreement there doesn’t seem to make the most sense. So the idea then is finding a place temporarily that would get us by, until we either find a location that makes sense to build in and we go back in Mohawk Square if it’s safe and stay there until we come up with a longer-term solution.”Hanft and the supervisors agreed to gather more information in helping to make a better decision and discuss the situation further during another workshop next week. The item will also be discussed at the County Board of Health’s meeting this Friday afternoon. === One of the other displaced tenants of Mohawk Square has found a temporary home. The Mason City Housing Authority says they have relocated to Suite 506 at the Brick and Tile Building at 103 East State. They can still be reached at their old office phone number, 421-2711.last_img read more

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Watts running for second term on Cerro Gordo Board of Supervisors

first_imgMASON CITY — A Cerro Gordo County supervisor is announcing he’s running for re-election. Chris Watts of Mason City is in his first term serving District Three. Watts says the supervisors over the last three years have saved the county’s taxpayers $4 million on reforms to the county employee retirement and health insurance package, addressed infrastructure issues, lowered the county tax levy and social services levy, opened up board vacancies to a more formal public application process, and refused supervisor pay raises as recommended by the county’s compensation board. District Three includes the southeastern third of Mason City as well as the Portland, Owen and Dougherty townships.last_img read more

Wednesday April 1st Local Sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will permit spring-sport Division I athletes who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted to give college athletes who compete in spring sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse a way to get back the season they lost, but did not guarantee financial aid. Winter sports were not included in that decision. The council declined to extend eligibility for student-athletes in sports where all or most of their regular seasons were completed. IOWA CITY — Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller is not sure how many of his 10 seniors will take advantage of an added year of eligibility. The NCAA Division One Council approved an added year for spring athletes who had their seasons cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.Heller says the Major League Draft could have an impact on which of the seniors return.Under the plan returning seniors will not count against scholarship or roster limits. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — 1991 World Series, Game 3 — Minnesota Twins vs. Atlanta Braves — 7:00center_img IOWA CITY — Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands says his program is focused on the future. The top ranked Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Tournament but had their chance of winning a national title taken away when the NCAA Championships were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.And with nearly the entire lineup back it is a bright future.Brands says the focus right now needs to be staying healthy and finishing the semester.Brands says it does no good to look back at what might have been.Brands back on Friday was named the 2020 InterMat Coach of the Year, getting eight of the ten first-place votes from the staff of the amateur wrestling website.last_img read more

Iowa farmers nearly complete corn, soybean planting

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to favorable weather, Iowa farmers have planted most of the corn crop and are nearing completion of soybean planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that in the week ending Sunday, farmers had planted 96% of the expected corn crop, putting them nearly a month ahead of last year and almost three weeks ahead of the five-year average.Farmers had planted 86% of the soybean crop, also nearly a month ahead of last year and three weeks earlier than the average. They were helped by good weather that made for 4.3 days suitable for field work.last_img read more

Clear Lake man facing life in prison enters into plea agreement on reduced sexual abuse charges

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake man facing a life prison term on sexual abuse charges has entered into a plea deal with prosecutors. 40-year-old Edric Morris was arrested on February 14th on one count of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of lascivious acts with a child. Authorities at the time said both charges were Class A felonies since both were second or subsequent violations. The charges stem from a complaint received in late January of this year involving a child under the age of 14. Morris had previously been convicted for lascivious acts with a child in Cerro Gordo County in 2012. Morris recently entered an Alford plea to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of lascivious acts with a child. With an Alford plea, a person does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction. All three charges are Class C felonies, punishable by up to ten years in prison on each charge. Morris is scheduled to be sentenced on September 1st.last_img read more

Ugandans mourn veteran TV journalist, former USPA head Luwandagga

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Ugandans mourned the sudden death Saturday of veteran TV journalist Andrew Patrick Luwandagga, praising him for his pioneering work in the sports field.Details of the cause of his death are still scanty, with initial reports saying he had collapsed and was confirmed dead at about 4.00am at his Namasuba home. Police later said they were investigating the case, and had Luwandagga’s son in custody.  A post-mortem examination is yet to be carried out. Luwandagga had left his office at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC TV) late Friday after chairing a committee preparing for Kampala’s hosting of the World Cross Country Championships in 2017.“It’s with our deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our friend, your friend and veteran sports journalist Andrew Patrick Luwandaga. A sports icon with the highest level of professionalism departed this morning. May the almighty God rest Andrew a.k.a APL in peace,” UBC announced on twitter early Saturday.There will be public viewing of the body at UBC gardens on Sunday at 11 am. Burial is Monday at Wamala.Luwandagga commentated on sport for over three decades and was known for his versatility and professionalism. He also always encouraged and promoted young journalists in the trade.He was president Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) in the late 80s and early 90s, been Vice President of Federation of International Cinema and Television Sports and has been stadium announcer during Uganda Cranes matches.Luwandagga was an avid football fan, admired SC Villa and was brother of musician Moses Matovu of Afrigo band.last_img read more

Age cheats under scanner at U-17 World Cup

first_imgBrazil coach Carlos Amadeu said that it won’t be easy for the South American giants to break their 14-year-old trophy drought with “too many title contenders” in fray.“All the European teams are very strong, including Spain and England, while Mexico, United States and the South American sides will pose a threat,” Amadeu told reporters in Mumbai.“It’s always difficult to face an African side in this age group,” the 52-year-old added.Brazil have been dealt a severe blow after star striker Vinicius Junior, who has drawn comparisons with Paris-Saint Germain’s Neymar, was denied release by his club Flamengo.India, hosting their biggest football event yet, will also be keen to mark their debut with a strong showing. They are in Group A with USA, Columbia and Ghana.But India’s manager Luis Norton de Matos, a former Portugal forward, did not mince his words when he said that India have just a five percent chance of winning a game.The 23-day event culminates on October 28 with the final in Kolkata, the eastern city known as the hotbed of football in cricket-obsessed India. New Delhi, India | AFP | The Under-17 World Cup starting in India on Friday should feature only players born this century, but officials are taking no chances after defending champions Nigeria were caught in a major age-cheating scandal.All players at the competition, which has helped launch the careers of Neymar, Ronaldinho, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, will have their wrists scanned by MRI to check they weren’t born before January 1, 2000.The measure was confirmed after Nigeria, who have won the tournament a record five times, bombed out of qualifying after they lost 26 squad members who were found to be over-age ahead of a key clash in August.Age fraud is also rampant in other countries, according to football officials, prompting FIFA to bring Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment to the 17th edition of the tournament, which is taking part in six Indian cities.MRI scans can determine whether a player is below 17 with 99 percent accuracy, experts say, as they can show whether he or she has stopped growing — which usually happens after 17.“While it is the responsibility of each member association to ensure that their players meet the age requirements, FIFA has decided to conduct magnetic resonance imaging of the wrist at its U-17 competitions,” said a FIFA spokesperson.Play gets underway on Friday in New Delhi, where two-time champions Ghana play Colombia at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, while New Zealand clash with Turkey in Mumbai.With the absence of Nigeria, and with three-time winners Brazil weakened, the tournament is regarded as open and unpredictable. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Suarez hat-trick extends six-goal Barca’s La Liga lead

first_imgIt was the perfect outing for Barcelona after ninth-placed Girona had taken a shock early lead on their first-ever visit to the Camp Nou, as Coutinho, Suarez, Messi and Ousmane Dembele shone on their first start together.Portu took advantage of hesitation from Barca centre-back Samuel Umtiti to round goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and slot into an empty net to put Girona ahead in La Liga’s newest Catalan derby.The hosts took less than two minutes to get back on level terms, though, as Messi collected the ball in midfield before sending Suarez through to score. Messi’s wizardry put Ernesto Valverde’s side in front on the half-hour mark, after Suarez touched down a long pass from Andres Iniesta for the Argentinian. It looked as though the chance had gone when Messi was forced wide, but the league’s top scorer showed trademark footwork to jink past several defenders before slotting into the bottom corner.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was running the show, and he doubled the advantage just seven minutes later with a low free-kick under the wall.“It always seems that he has done everything and then suddenly, he surprises us again, as with his free kick. It sounds easy but it is not,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.Having gone five games without a goal before his crucial equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek, Messi has scored three in two games.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2center_img Madrid, Spain | AFP | Luis Suarez hit a hat-trick and Philippe Coutinho scored a brilliant first league goal for Barcelona as the La Liga leaders thrashed Girona 6-1 on Saturday to open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table.Lionel Messi continued his return to goalscoring form with a double to reach 30 in all competitions for the season, as Barca extended their advantage over closest title rivals Atletico Madrid, who visit Sevilla on Sunday.Real Madrid remain off the pace in third, despite a comfortable 4-0 victory over Alaves that saw Cristiano Ronaldo net a double and Gareth Bale back on the scoresheet.last_img read more

Chelsea beat Lampard’s Derby in League Cup Halloween thriller

first_imgMidway through the half, lightning struck twice when Keogh failed to deal with another Zappacosta delivery, haplessly steering the ball into his own net.But the visitors played a full role in a frantic first half, looking sharp as they came forward and were back on level terms before Fabregas scored what turned out to be the decisive goal.– Late Derby pressure –Keogh had a late chance to make amends for his earlier howler but Willy Caballero saved at close range and David Nugent hit the post in the 89th minute, leaving Lampard holding his head in his hands in frustration.As former Chelsea and Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri looked on from the stands, there was a minute’s applause before kick-off in tribute to Leicester’s late Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday.Ten-man Arsenal were made to sweat by League One Blackpool before eventually emerging 2-1 winners, with goals from Stefan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith-Rowe.Two goals from Son Heung-min and a strike from Fernando Llorente gave Tottenham a 3-1 win against West Ham while Championship side Middlesbrough upset Premier league outfit Crystal Palace 1-0.On Tuesday, Burton Albion and Bournemouth booked their places in the quarter-finals while Premier League leaders Manchester City play Fulham on Thursday.The quarter-final draw pits Arsenal against Spurs, while Chelsea take on Bournemouth and Middlesbrough play Burton. Leicester or Southampton will play Manchester City or Fulham.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea dumped Frank Lampard’s Derby out of the League Cup on Wednesday despite a valiant effort by the Championship side to battle back from a defensive Halloween horror show.Maurizio Sarri’s much-changed side eventually emerged 3-2 winners, with all five goals coming in a helter-skelter first half, on a night when there were also fourth-round victories for Arsenal, Tottenham and Middlesbrough.Two astonishing early defensive errors at Stamford Bridge from Fikayo Tomori — on loan from Chelsea — and Richard Keogh either side of a Jack Marriott equaliser gave the home side a 2-1 lead.Undaunted, Lampard’s side levelled shortly before the half-hour through Martyn Waghorn before Cesc Fabregas restored order for the Premier League high-flyers.Lampard, one of Chelsea’s greatest-ever players, felt his side deserved a draw on chances created but said he was a “lucky man” to be able to enjoy such an occasion.“The difference between the sides was they scored three… actually we scored four didn’t we? I joke because I’m proud,” he told Sky Sports. “Talking to their staff, they’re saying we’re playing well.“I respect this club, I don’t have to talk about this club. I’m proud of my players.”The 40-year-old former England midfielder received a rapturous reception on his first return to Stamford Bridge as a manager, soaking up the atmosphere before kick-off.Buoyed by his side’s win on penalties at Old Trafford against his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in the previous round, he was dismayed to witness the errors from his side, which made their task all the harder.Timori sliced into his own net in the fifth minute, miscuing a clearance when attempting to deal with an innocuous-looking Davide Zappacosta cross.last_img read more