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New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera becomes first ever to be unanimously voted to the Baseball Hall of Fame

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Designated hitter Edgar Martinez, starting pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina, and who many call the greatest relief pitcher of all time, Mariano Rivera, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 class on July 21.The four star players were voted in by ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.Rivera, a New York Yankees legend who helped win five World Series titles, spent his entire career with the club, spanning from 1995 to his retirement in 2013. Nicknamed “Sandman” for his request to play the Metallica song each time he was called in to pitch from the bullpen, Rivera is often regarded as not only the greatest closer in baseball history, but one of the best pitchers overall to ever play the game.Halladay, nicknamed “Doc,” was an elite starting pitcher who played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies from 1998 to 2013. A two time winner of the Cy Young along with eight all-star appearances, Halladay died tragically in November 2017 when a plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.Mussina, who spent 18 seasons devastating hitters with his wicked knuckle-curveball, won over 270 games with the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles between 1991 and 2008. Drafted in the 11th round by the Orioles in 1987, Mussina appeared in five all-star games and six times he finished in the top 5 for the Cy Young, which is awarded to the league’s top pitcher.One of the most feared hitters of his era, Martinez made seven all-star appearances during his 18 year career, spent entirely with the Seattle Mariners.The team tweeted out video of Martinez receiving the good news about his hall of fame election.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img January 22, 2019 /Sports News – National New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera becomes first ever to be unanimously voted to the Baseball Hall of Famelast_img read more

Warburtons to build £45m bakery in Bristol

first_imgWarburtons is to invest £45m in a new ’super-bakery’ in Bristol. The new plant is to be built on a 12 acre site at the Western Approach Distribution Park at Severn Beach, and forms part of the company’s national expansion programme.The new bakery, currently in the early stages of building, is expected to be completed and fully operational by December 2008. It will be Warburtons’ 14th bakery and will further open up distribution to multiples, convenience stores and other retail outlets. It will also enable the production of a wider range of products for distribution to Wales and the South West.Once work is completed, the site will employ around 450 people and will enable the production of 1.5m products each week with its state-of-the-art machinery.“This is one of our biggest investments to date and reinforces our commitment to the South West,” said chairman, Jonathan Warburton. “We opened our Welsh bakery in Newport two years ago but we still need more capacity to meet increasing consumer demand.”last_img read more

Super Eagles Shock Argentina 4-2 in Russia

first_imgThe free kick was the fall out of the infringement on Iwobi by Mascherano around the box in the 44th minute.On resumption for the second half, Eagles up their game with skipper John Mikel Obi who was playing his 80th international game at the senior level for Nigeria spraying accurate passes.Man of the match Iwobi, however drew Nigeria level with the Argies in the 52nd minute after he combined well with strike partner Iheanacho. It was his third goal for the Super Eagles.Russia-based Bryan Idowu who was making his debut for Nigeria in the game made it 3-2 in favour of Eagles moments later when he latched onto a pass by Iheanacho inside Argentina box to deliver his debut goal.The three-time African champions were not done yet. Iwobi got his second goal of the night in the 73rd minute when he surged past his markers after he received a pass from substitute Ahmed Musa before he fired home the sealer to earn Nigeria the second victory over Argentina.Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, tried out a new formation of 3-5-2 as against the 4-2-3-1 the team used mostly during the World Cup 2018 qualifying series.In his post-match reaction, Rohr, however warned his warned not to think they have arrived to win the World Cup yet.“ It’s good victory for us but it doesn’t mean we’ve become favorites to win the World Cup. We stay humble and realise we have more work to do. We prepared well for this game because playing Argentina is big for us, maybe it is different for them.Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was taken to hospital in Krasnodar after he fainted inside the dressing room during the friendly against Nigeria.Aguero, who scored his team’s second goal in the 4-2 loss to Eagles, regained consciousness in the hospital. He has been held back there for some testsEAGLES VS ARGENTINA LINE UP: Daniel Akpeyi (Francis Uzoho 46th), Chiedozie Awaziem, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun (Kenneth Omeruo 60th ), Ola Aina (Bryan Idowu 46th ), Shehu Abdullahi (Tyronne Ebuehi 46th ), Wilfred Ndidi, John Mikel Obi, John Ogu – Alex Iwobi (Olanrewaju Kayode 87th ), Kelechi Iheanacho (Ahmed Musa 70th )RATINGS*Akpeyi (3/10)- The Chippa United shot stopper fluffed another chance to reclaim a place in the team. It remains unbelievable how he committed the elementary error of picking ball outside his goal area.*Aina (5/10)- He was average in his performance against Argentina. Was he overwhelmed playing against a South American power-house?* Troost-Ekong (7/10) – Solid as ever in Eagles defence. Did extra work trying to curtain the Albiceleste forward line after the initial blitz that left them panicking.*Balogun (5/10) – For the first time since returning from the long injury lay off, Leon Balogun played an average game against Argentina last night. He ought to take the blame for the second goal against Nigeria due to his bad positioning.*Awaziem (5/10) – Last night was a much improved Awaziem but still has the potential to improve with more playing time in the Eagles.Abdullahi ( 5/10) – Like Awaziem, he also had an average performance.Ndidi ( 6/10) – Added value to the middle very well and almost got a goal from one of his stray up front.Ogu (6/10) – After he scored Eagles’ goal in the one-all draw in Algiers last Friday, Ogu appears to have picked some courage to be counted among players to watch out for in Nigeria’s line up at Russia 2018. He gave a decent out against Argentina.*Mikel (7/10) – Had a good performance. Commanded the midfield well and ensured that Aguero and his Argie forwards did not have room to dominate the second half the way they did in the early part of the first stanza.*Iheanacho (7/10) – An eventual evening for the Leicester City forward. Scored a superb free kick and also had hands in two other goals.Iwobi (8/10) – Iwobi was unarguably the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Super Eagles in Krasnoder. Just as Algeria coach, Rabah Madjer pointed him out as the most lethal in the Eagles forward line, the Arsenal player scored two beautiful goals and was constantly a threat to the Argentines each time he had the ball in his legs.USED SUBSUzoho (5/10)Ebuehi (6/10)Idowu (6/10)Musa (5/10)Omeruo (5/10)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLYDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles fought back from two goals down to claim a famous 4-2 victory over two-time world champions Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia last night.Although the South Americans played without their talismanic Lionel Messi, they had top stars like Sergio kun Aguero, Paulo Dybala, Christian Pavon, Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano at the international friendly game with Nigeria.After an initial quick exchanges between both teams, the game became lively with the South Americans stepping into the driver’s seat on the dot of 20th minute. Ever Banega’s free kick that resorted from Daniel Akpeyi’s blunder gave the Argies the lead.Aguero doubled the lead for Argentina in the 34th minute.But Super Eagles who at this stage had began to worm their way deep into the Albiceleste half, pulled back a goal through a superbly taken free kick by Kelechi Iheanacho.last_img read more