Badgers head off to Indiana

first_imgGREG SCHMITZ/Herald PhotoThis weekend’s games against conference foes Indiana and Purdue will go a long way in determining whether the UW softball team realizes its preseason goal of qualifying for the Big Ten tournament.Though the Badgers remain two games over .500 on the season, their 3-5 mark in conference play hasn’t, and the Badgers find themselves in seventh place in the Big Ten. The top eight finishers will make the Big Ten tournament, which will be held the weekend of May 12-14 on campus sites.This weekend’s games against Indiana and Purdue are particularly important, because the Hoosiers and the Boilermakers are two of the four teams that currently rank below the Badgers in the Big Ten. Indiana is 3-8 this conference season and sits in 10th place, while Purdue is 4-7 and right behind Wisconsin in the eighth slot.However, because the parity in the Big Ten this season is similar to that which was found in the conference’s basketball season the past few months, on any given day, any team can rise or fall. Purdue and Indiana know this best; earlier this season, they upset Big Ten giants Michigan and Ohio State, respectively.”We have to get better at beating teams that we can, and these are two teams we can beat,” said UW head coach Chandelle Schulte. “But it’s not a pushover by any means.”Wisconsin comes off Wednesday’s game at University of Illinois-Chicago, where pitcher Eden Brock masterfully pieced together a complete game, two-hitter to earn the win for the Badgers. While she surely gained confidence from her performance, she understands that pitching well in non-conference games is not nearly as important as doing the same in Big Ten games.”It’s always exciting to compete against the Big Ten teams,” said Brock. “You’re competing for pride, and just trying to get into the Big Ten tournament. We’re trying to work our way into [the tournament] by beating everybody out.”Wisconsin is planning to leave Thursday night for Bloomington, Ind., to face the Hoosiers on Friday and Saturday. They will then travel to play a doubleheader on Sunday in West Lafayette against the Boilermakers.Mariangee Bogado is the Hoosiers’ pitching ace. She sports a 1.64 ERA and has 220 strikeouts in only 158 innings pitched on the season. Coach Schulte found it interesting that Bogado did not pitch in the Hoosiers’ last game, in which they lost against Ohio. In all likelihood, Bogado will be the game one starter in the series against the Badgers.Indiana’s bats were quiet in that 1-0 loss to Ohio, but do not expect that trend to continue this weekend against Wisconsin. Lauren Hines, the Hoosiers’ best hitter, is as dangerous at the plate as anyone in the conference.She is hitting an impressive .421 on the season, has hit eight home runs on the year, and gets on base over half the time she steps into the batter’s box. Assistant coach Barbara Sherwood, who deals mainly with the pitching staff on the Badgers, said that she had scouting reports on the Hoosier star and that she was confident in the ability of her pitching staff to get her out.Sherwood also expressed respect toward Purdue’s top hitter, DaQueta Johnson, who has hit nine home runs to go along with nine doubles and 40 RBIs on the year. Despite her power numbers, Johnson has just a .325 on-base percentage and has struck out much more often than she has walked.”I’d take her on my team any day,” said Sherwood.Purdue is coming off an interesting series against Northwestern. The Wildcats, one of the best teams in the entire nation — let alone the Big Ten — beat the Boilermakers 4-0 in the first game of the doubleheader. However, in the second game, Purdue was winning 1-0 before the game was cancelled due to rain. “If we play like we can, we will be fine,” said Schulte. “I think [the games] will be close. … It’s really important for us at least to win two out of four this weekend. It’s huge.”last_img read more

IOA rejects proposal to appoint Chhattisgarh CM as state body chief

first_img WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US 10 months ago Justice Mishra pulls up Chhattisgarh govt; says “No privacy left” SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 6th November, 2019 23:26 IST Written By 10 months ago SC stays criminal trial against Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel 10 months ago ‘Leadership undisputed, hope Rahul Gandhi is President again’: Baghel In a major embarrassment to the Congress Government in Chhattisgarh, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Wednesday rejected the proposal to appoint Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel as the State Association President. The IOA in a letter to the ad hoc body, a copy of which is with Republic TV, says the proposed appointment was illegal and IOA did not recognize or approve any decision taken by the ad-hoc committee.The letter reads: “We have seen the attached news article of 6th Nov 2019 and wish to make it clear to all concerned that Indian Olympic Association (IOA) does not and will not accept decisions taken in unauthorized meetings.” “IOA will only take note of such decisions taken in meeting’s when such meeting’s are called by the legally authorized persons of Chhattisgarh Olympic Association.””I will request all people to refrain themselves from taking part in such type of activates.”The news article referred in the letter had mentioned that Chhatisgarh State Association was dissolved after years and an ad-hoc committee was constituted which proposed the name of Baghel. The final recognition for any state association lies with the IOA as its parent body.center_img 10 months ago Tokyo Olympics 2020: India to have 1st ever Olympic Hospitality House 10 months ago Chhattisgarh CM Baghel buys ‘diyas’ made of cow dung at Raipur fest Last Updated: 6th November, 2019 23:26 IST IOA Rejects Proposal To Appoint Chhattisgarh CM As State Body Chief In a major embarrassment to the Congress Govt in Chhattisgarh, the IOA rejected the proposal to appoint CM Bhupesh Baghel as the State Association President COMMENT WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Suman Ray last_img read more

Wimbledon: Unstoppable Federer, Tearful Cilic

first_imgRoger Federer have won a-record 8th Wimbledon title by defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic, 6-3 6-1 6-4, at the All England Club.The 35-year-old Swiss, who did not drop a single set all tournament, dispatched 7th seed Marin Cilic in 1hr and 41 minutes to claim his 19th Grand Slam title, becoming the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the open era.#19 tastes great pic.twitter.com/3Hv3lM5Rk9— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 16, 2017“This tournament I’ve played, not dropping a set and holding the trophy – it’s magical. It’s too much really,”“It’s cruel sometimes but [Marin] fought well and he’s a hero. Congrats on a wonderful tournament.” said the 19th time Grand Slam Champion.“I’ll be gone again for the next six months if it keeps working out this fantastic when I come back!”– @rogerfederer #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/XsReiwReBI— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 201728-year-old Marin Cilic, struggled to match Federer’s brilliance and broke into tears during the game after suffering an injury on his left foot. An injury that required extended medical break, with the fans hoping not to witness the first Wimbledon final retirement in men’s singles since 1911.The Croatia’s only victory over Roger Federer was en route winning his only Grand Slam title at the US Open three years ago.“I never give up in a match. I gave it my best – it’s all I can do,” Cilic said.It was an amazing journey on this year’s @Wimbledon! Congratulations to @rogerfederer and a HUGE #ThankYou to my #TeamCilic! #NeverGiveUp pic.twitter.com/eVhRf9OySm— Marin Cilic (@cilic_marin) July 16, 2017He continued: “It was tough emotionally because I know how much went into the preparation in the past few months.”“It was just a feeling that I knew that I cannot give my best on the court, that I cannot give my best game and my best tennis, especially at this stage of my career, at such a big match.” RelatedWimbledon: Nadal Crashes Out, Murray and Federer Progress into Quarter FinalsJuly 11, 2017In “Sports”Wimbledon Roundup: Murray Crashes Out, Djokovic Retires As Federer Marches OnJuly 13, 2017In “Sports”Ageless Federer To Face Cilic In Wimbledon Open Final After Berdych WinJuly 14, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

The Jockey Club submits plans for Kempton Park sell-off

first_img Related Articles Nick Bannister named as new chairman of Haydock Racecourse January 17, 2020 Share COVID-19 concerns see Grand National called off  March 17, 2020 Historic UK racecourse Kempton Park (Surrey) could be closed down by The Jockey Club as the racing group looks to secure approximately £500 million from its property in order to fund future racing projects.Yesterday Jockey Club governance in partnership with Redrow Plc submitted planning process proposals to Spelthorne Borough Council who had recently issued a ‘call for sites’ to address local housing needs.Issuing a corporate update, Jockey Club governance stated that potential funds raised would be used to fund programs and projects for the long term benefit of UK racing. This includes a purpose-built all-weather racecourse in Newmarket as Britain’s busiest racing training centre.Jockey Club governance informed that racing will continue at Kempton until at least 2021, with the redevelopment only proceeding if more than £100 million is raised from the sale and the all-weather circuit should it be given the go-ahead.Roger Weatherby, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, commented on the group plans for Kempton:“We must show leadership with the assets we have and, where merited, take tough decisions to help our sport to keep moving forwards. The decision to submit our estate at Kempton Park for consideration in the Local Plan is unique and has not been taken lightly. Our Board of Stewards are horsemen and, having carefully considered what we can achieve in the long-run from doing so, are unanimously of the view that British Racing is better served by us doing so.“If changes take place at Kempton Park in the future we will act to secure and invest in the Jumps programme nationally. We will work with the British Horseracing Authority to seek to run some races, including the King George VI Chase, at Sandown Park. We plan to transform Sandown Park’s facilities, utilise the latest advances in track technology and help bring a focus on it as London’s premier dual-code racecourse right on the doorstep of millions of people, unlocking what we see as its great potential.”Kempton, which opened in 1878, has hosted the prestigious King George VI Chase since its first running in 1937. Should the proposal go ahead, Kempton’s famous King George VI fixture will be moved to Sandown, located six miles away. Share StumbleUpon Jockey Club donates 10,000 Grand National tickets to NHS April 3, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

SBC Bookies’ Corner – UK 2017 – Entering the Final Leg…

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 As Britain hits polling stations this Thursday 8 June, SBC details bookmaker opinion on what has been a short but intriguing General Election campaign. On first sight, the UK 2017 election was viewed as a Conservative Party ‘Whitewash’, however a number of blunders has handed the initiative to the opposition.Can Labour do the impossible, has Theresa underestimated her position and opposition, will this Election have any deep impact on the UK political landscape…SBC gets the full bookmaker lowdown!________________________________Matthew Shaddick – LadbrokesSBC: Coming into the final week of campaigning, Does PM Theresa May’s Snap Election call still seem a wise decision? Has PM May underestimated her direct opposition? Matthew Shaddick (Head of Politics Ladbrokes): In hindsight, it’s easy to say it was a risky call – Labour and Corbyn’s ratings were at an incredible low and, with a half-decent campaign, there was a lot more room for them to go up rather than down.  Corbyn has done a lot better than expected but polling (on average) still seems to be pointing toward an increased Tory majority.Also, there was some risk in not doing it. If the economy slows down and brexit talks run into trouble, she could have been left in a much more vulnerable position by 2020. At the time, I thought it made sense, so I’m not going to aftertime now.SBC: Will the 2017 UK General Election change the UK political landscape and electoral map, or was this simply wishful thinking by the Conservative Government?  Alistair Gill – Kindred GroupAlistair Gill (Sportsbook Commercial Relations – Kindred Group): What we are seeing in this election is very much in line with the pattern followed in both the French and US election (the 2 latest and our biggest 2 political events ever). The pattern is a clear favourite against a huge underdog with significantly higher odds. However, punters are very keen to chase the value offered by the underdog and in the French, US and so far UK election, although there is significantly more Turnover generated by the favourite, the number of bets placed is higher on the underdog and the liability we have has been huge on Trump, Le Pen and Labour.This election will be interesting in terms of punter knowledge and behavior, as in the US election the underdog, in fact, won and cost us a 7 figure sum, showing Number of Bets to be the key identifier, ahead of Turnover, where as in the French election Macron came through and Kindred saw a 6 figure win, suggesting that Turnover is the key data point. Already over a week out we have a 6 figure liability on labour and the betting pattern seems to be mirroring what we have seen previously.On the ‘Outright’ markets 65% of Turnover generated is backing Conservatives, however, notably, in the same ‘Outright’ market 60% of bets placed have been on Labour, suggesting that the election might not be the landslide Theresa May was hoping for.Tim Reynolds – Sun BetsSBC: From a bookmaker perspective, how important is the final week of campaigning? What do you look for in candidates that can make a difference to political betting markets? Tim Reynolds (Head of PR Sun Bets): I think the thing about the final week of campaigning is that the public are tuned in and willing to engage with politics. Often we have months of campaigning ahead of an election or referendum, and it’s been proven that for much of this the man in the street isn’t actively listening. Conversely in the final week Joe Public makes his mind up, and therefore as bookmakers we place special emphasis on this final push of the campaigning period. Candidates make a massive difference to the betting and never more so than in the final week- where a Diane Abbott-esque gaff will impact most on the deliberating public. Equally strong local candidates like Stephen Lloyd in Eastbourne (a cracking bet at 13/8 by the way!) can positively influence local constituency betting in the final days.It’s hard for us bookies to be tuned into the local issues that affect each of the 650 seats so we’re always extra vigilant when we see a run of “local” money for a local candidate. We also actively look to find seats geographically close to each other and have a similar makeup- for example, if we see big money for Brexity Clacton to ‘go Tory’ we will trim the price of Harwich and North Essex to follow suit. Forget national polls and even Ashcroft constituency polls, there’s nothing like local money to give us a steer on how a seat is headed!Joe Lee – Paddy PowerSBC: From an industry perspective, is a Corbyn UK General Election victory a bigger upset than Donald Trump winning the US Presidency in 2016? Joe Lee  (Senior Trader – Paddy Power): There are certainly similarities to Corbyn and Trump – at a basic level, they were each massive outsiders in a two-horse race.And, interestingly, we’re seeing a very similar flow of money for Labour and Corbyn to that which we saw for Trump – and Le Pen in France. The mindset of punters now is clearly similar to during the US Presidential Election – more than 80% of bets in the last week have been for some form of Labour/Corbyn outcome.However, while both Trump and Corbyn entered their respective races at big prices, we’re not comparing like for like, really – Trump was 100/1 when he initially confirmed he would see the Republican nomination.Corbyn for PM was only ever as big as 10/1 – and had to deal with a scenario where somebody else, assuming they were in a dominant position, was able to decide when to call an election.Trump, at least, knew what he was getting himself into, allowing him some ‘preparation time’. Consider all that, from where he started, Trump is absolutely the political upset for the ages. Submit Sharelast_img read more

Referees named for midweek league matches

first_imgThe Referees Committee of the Ghana Football Association has announced the list of match officials for the midweek games in the Glo Premier League.Below is the list of referees and assistants for match-day-9 on Wednesday.Wednesday, November 28Match: Berekum Chelsea vs. All StarsVenue: Golden City ParkReferee: William Agbovi Assistant 1: E.O. AnkrahAssistant 2: Richard Kotey4th Official: Awal MohammedMatch: RTU vs. Ebusua DwarfsVenue: Accra Sports Stadium Referee: Ali Musa PlatoAssistant 1: Sarfo AdadeAssistant 2: Emmanuel Baah4th Official: Uriah GkahMatch: Asante Kotoko vs. New Edubiase Venue: Baba Yara StadiumReferee: Joseph LampteyAssistant 1: E.B. BaidenAssistant 2: S.V. Hammond4th Official: Kyeremeh Yeboah Match: Liberty Professionals vs. Tema YouthVenue: Carl Reindorf ParkReferee: Yaw AmetepeAssistant 1: Samuel O. BoatengAssistant 2: Issaka Alhassan 4th Official: Wonder DakudziMatch: Amidaus vs. Hearts of OakVenue: Tema StadiumReferee: E.R. BineyAssistant 1: J.B. Smith Assistant 2: Ashong Ibrahim4th Official: Solomon MordeyMatch: AshantiGold vs. MedeamaVenue: Len Clay StadiumReferee: Nuhu LimanAssistant 1: Alex AnningAssistant 2: Isaac Boadi4th Official: Otis OppongMatch: Heart of Lions vs. Berekum ArsenalsVenue: Kpando ParkReferee: Franklin CobbinahAssistant 1: F.D. OcanseyAssistant 2: Bernard Asare4th Official: A.D. MohammedMatch: Aduana vs. King FaisalVenue: Agyemang Badu ParkReferee: Seidu BomisonAssistant 1: Adams IbrahimAssistant 2: Eric Nyantire4th Official: Nuhu Akugrelast_img read more

LeBron James has business-like approach going into Lakers training camp

first_img“It’s pretty great to be around greatness,” Kuzma said.While having the four-time league MVP at their disposal is a major win for the Lakers in itself, the coaching staff is still cracking at how the pieces will fit together with so many new players. Walton has watched the pick-up sessions over the summer and said he’s written down a number of rotations he wants to see when training camp begins Tuesday, including three to four small-ball lineups he’s intrigued by.While he didn’t share his rotation concepts, there is one bedrock to the Lakers’ identity this coming season: “We’re gonna play fast. We have a very deep team, we have a lot of guys who can push the ball, we want to attack.”James, 33, said he’s OK with playing up-tempo: That’s one of the qualities he admired about the Lakers last season. While he said his game “does not change,” he also thinks his style can be blended into any new situation.“I believe my game can fit with anybody,” said James, whose teams have reached the last eight NBA Finals. “I’m a team-first guy. I love passing the ball. Then watching from these guys from the outside looking in, I love the level of pace they play with. I love getting up and down and things of that nature.”James had praise for a few of his new teammates, including Lonzo Ball (“instinctive”) and Rajon Rondo (“one of the most cerebral, smartest players I’ve ever competed against”). He’s had an offseason stacked with numerous off-court projects – including a new portfolio of TV and film projects and a two-week around-the-world tour for Nike – but insisted he hasn’t felt any drain from the workload (“How long have you been following me? Not long enough,” he quipped back on the question).Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed James also pushed back on the narrative that he chose the Lakers in large part to benefit his off-court enterprises, including his entertainment company.“My decision was based solely on my family and the Lakers,” he said. “I’m a basketball player. I play ball, that’s what I do.”He shied from comparing his new team to the Golden State Warriors, the team he’s faced four straight times in the playoffs, and said the Lakers are “a long way away.” But when asked what makes him feel pressure, he said simply: “Nothing.”This is all part of the process for James, who is entering his 16th year. And his business-like approach and unflagging confidence in himself has given the Lakers a steady foundation to start building. He doesn’t expect it to be easy, but he doesn’t expect to fail, either.“We have to take our bumps and our bruises,” he said. “There are going to be good times and bad times. That’s what happens with a team that’s new. But if we continue to work the process and continue to sacrifice for one another and put in the commitment and the time to be great, everything will fall into place.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAs Walton alluded, the Lakers now have their first major star in the building since Kobe Bryant. And for weeks, James has been making his presence felt.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It’s clear that excitement is rising in team headquarters with the four-time MVP now on the roster, but James continued to play down the drumbeat of expectations. When asked if a title would be the only measure of true success, he responded with a crossover.“I don’t believe that the only thing that marks success is winning a championship – you know, there’s only one champion,” he said. “There’s going to be wins and losses and things of that nature. The only thing you can control is how you prepare every day.”The level of James’ preparation has been part of his reputation for years, but seeing it up close has had a profound influence on his new team. Kyle Kuzma noticed early on that James would come into the team facility at 6 a.m. in the offseason, ready to work out and ready to play the heated five-on-five pick-up games that have come to define the summer. Rajon Rondo said James’ communication on the floor is on par with the most competitive teammates he’s had.His teammates said to a man that they were excited to play with him when he joined the Lakers, but they’ve only been more encouraged by what they’ve seen in the months since. It motivated younger players, such as Kuzma, to rededicate themselves to their own offseason goals. PreviousLeBron James moves to different interviews at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James moves to different interviews at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLeBron James conducts an interview at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers President of Basketball Operations Earvin “Magic” Johnson, left, and General Manager Rob Pelinka watch LeBron James’ press conference from a second floor balcony during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James has a microphone pinned to him during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James conducts an interview at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James is surrounded as he conducts an interview during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James moves about at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James conducts a series of interviews at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James, right, and James Worthy talk during a television interview during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James moves to different interviews at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James participates in media day activities with his new teammates at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Joel Berry II and Kyle Kuzma take a selfie during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James’ images is shown on a television during a live tv interview at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James moves to different interviews at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James makes his first official appearance in a Lakers uniform at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lance Stephenson fields question during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)From left, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo participate in media day events at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James makes his first official appearance in a Lakers uniform at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James makes his first official appearance in a Lakers uniform at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Rajon Rondo answers questions during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James conducts an interview at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, looks at a photo of himself on a photographer’s camera during media day at the team’s practice facility on Monday in El Segundo. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LeBron James, right, greets James Worthy for a television interview during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James makes his first official appearance in a Lakers uniform at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Rajon Rondo poses for photos during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers head coach Luke Walton answers questions about the upcoming season during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James makes his first official appearance in a Lakers uniform at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo fields questions during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LeBron James makes his first official appearance in a Lakers uniform at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James is surrounded by cameras as he checks his phone during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Brandon Ingram tosses the ball during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Surrounded by NBA championship trophies, Lakers President Earvin “Magic” Johnson, left, owner Jeanie Buss and GM Rob Pelinka, right, look down at the media day event from Buss’ office at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)JaVale McGee listens to a question during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James pauses during an interview during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Rajon Rondo performs a television interview during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Rajon Rondo moves around media day with his family at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lonzo Ball fields questions during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lonzo Ball fields questions during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Michael Beasley conducts an interview during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)JaVale McGee answers questions during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James conducts an interview at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers head coach Luke Walton answers questions about the upcoming season during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Josh Hart chats with head coach Luke Walton, right, during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James smiles as a microphone is placed on his chest during media day at the team’s practice facility on Monday in El Segundo. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LeBron James moves to different interviews at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 45LeBron James moves to different interviews at media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandEL SEGUNDO — LeBron James was nothing if not efficient on his first day at work.He spoke to a horde of media crowding the Lakers practice facility for just 12 minutes in his opening press conference, giving answers as short as one word. It was brisk, business-like, and he was done before his allotted time, whisked off to the next thing as he scrolled through his phoneWhile Monday afternoon was the first time James has met the press in a Lakers jersey and since signing with the team as a free agent in July, he’s already in the midst of changing the future of the franchise. He didn’t seem as much a man who is seeing everything for the first time as one who is already set to task.“He’s still, by example – the way he comes in, lifts weights, does his prep work, post work – serious,” Coach Luke Walton said. “There’s definitely that look that I’ve seen before in somebody I used to play with that knows the season’s coming.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

Baseball Hall of Fame 2019: The best quotes from induction day

first_imgHere are some of the best quotes from induction dayHarold BainesThis slugger delivered a heartfelt message to his family members in attendance, including his wife and children.”Your presence here today makes my journey complete.”Harold Baines thanks his wife and children in his speech. #HOFWKND pic.twitter.com/tznJ2s162I— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 21, 2019″As I mentioned, at the start of my speech, I’m not an emotional man, except when it comes to family,” Baines said. “…While baseball often took me away from you for far too long, the game gave us special shared moments, memories like today. I’m very proud of the caring people you have become. Your presence here today makes my journey complete.” Related News Baseball Hall of Fame 2019: Unanimous inductee Mariano Rivera headlines ceremony Six more players have entered the Hall of Fame.Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith, Harold Baines and Mariano Rivera were all enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday as part of the 2019 class. Beautifully done, Brandy. #DocHOF pic.twitter.com/AEJhufT2GA— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 21, 2019″I think Roy would rather be remembered by who he was, not what he did on the ball field,” she said. “He was a very private person, often quiet and introverted, but he was also very generous and caring, the kind of man who made outrageous bets, would lose on purpose to help out a friend, the kind of brother who left cash in his pockets when he asked a sister to help with laundry, telling her she could keep whatever she found.”I think that Roy would want everyone to know that people are not perfect. We are all imperfect and flawed in one way or another. We all struggle, but with hard work, humility and dedication, imperfect people still can have perfect moments. Roy was blessed in his life and career to have some perfect moments. But I believe that they were only possible because of the man he strived to be, the teammate that he was, and the people he was so blessed to be on the field with.”center_img Baines also spoke about his father, who he said taught him “how to approach life.” “In the end, when you ask me why I never have been outspoken or said very much, think of my dad and the lessons he passed onto me many years ago, often as we were playing catch in the yard,” Baines said. “As he told me, Words are easy, deeds are hard. Words can be empty, deeds speak loudest, and sometimes they echo forever.”Lee SmithSmith retired in 1997 and he acknowledged that support from his small hometown in Louisiana helped pave his way to the big leagues.”It wasn’t just my arm that got me here, it was the whole community.” – @BaseballHall inductee Lee Smith. pic.twitter.com/O3tJYVeMi8— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 21, 2019″It all started in a small town, Castor, Louisiana,” Smith said. “If you think Cooperstown is small, you’ve never been to Castor. But don’t let the small town fool you, Castor provided one of the strongest local communities you could ever find. So many people came from Castor together to support me, to put me on the path to success in baseball, and kept me on that path.”It was Mr. Sneed, my high school principal, once he called me into his office, I thought I was in trouble. But instead, he wanted me to come out for the baseball team, after seeing me throw a ball in our PE class.”Mariano RiveraThe legendary closer headlined this year’s class and joked about having to speak last. He had to finish many games during his 19-year career with the Yankees.One last chance for Mo to close. 😂 pic.twitter.com/MWax6K0YcE— MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2019″First of all, I don’t understand why I always have to be the last,” Rivera joked. “I keep saying that for the last 20 years. Last 17 years of my career, I always say, ‘Why do I have to be the last one?’ I guess being the last one is special.”Brandy Halladay Roy Halladay, who finished with a 203-105 record and a 3.38 ERA during his 16-year MLB career, died in a plane crash in November 2017. The eight-time All-Star’s wife, Brandy, gave a moving speech at the induction ceremony Sunday.  Baseball Hall of Fame 2019: Mariano Rivera says playing for Yankees was ‘a privilege and honor’last_img read more

Week 10 Fantasy PPR Rankings: Tight end

first_imgReminder: Check back for updates during the week. MORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 10 PPR Rankings: TEsThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Travis Kelce, KC @ TEN2Hunter Henry, LAC @ OAK3Darren Waller, OAK vs. LAC4Austin Hooper, ATL @ NO5Mark Andrews, BAL @ CIN6Greg Olsen, CAR @ GB7Gerald Everett, LAR @ PIT8O.J. Howard, TB vs. ARZ9Vance McDonald, PIT vs. LAR10Eric Ebron, IND vs. MIA11Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. KC12Kyle Rudolph, MIN @ DAL13Jared Cook, NO vs. ATL14Jack Doyle, IND vs. MIA15Irv Smith Jr., MIN @ DAL16T.J. Hockenson, DET @ CHI17Mike Gesicki, MIA @ IND18Ross Dwelley, SF vs. SEA19Chris Herndon, NYJ vs. NYG20Jason Witten, DAL vs. MIN21Jimmy Graham, GB vs. CAR22Tyler Eifert, CIN vs. BAL23Jacob Hollister, SEA @ SF24Tyler Kroft, BUF @ CLE25Trey Burton, CHI vs. DET26Rhett Ellison, NYG @ NYJ27Demetrius Harris, CLE vs. BUF WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | KickerThe names at the top of our rankings should all look familiar. Beyond that, we have Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle with prominent placement against the Dolphins, along with a seemingly healthy O.J. Howard against the Cardinals. You shouldn’t have to dig too much further this week, but if you must, Kyle Rudolph should play well if Adam Thielen (hamstring) is out for Minnesota.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endAnd if you’re one of those cool guys in a 24-team league, take note of the situation in Cleveland, where TD-dependent Demetrius Harris could start getting more looks with Ricky Seals-Jones (knee) potentially injured.MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOSYou won’t have to replace much on bye this week at TE. The biggest name off is Zach Ertz, along with Dallas Goedert, Darren Fells, Benjamin Watson, Noah Fant and the unexciting TE corps in Washington and Jacksonville.WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP Week 10 is yet another week of barely changing the standard TE rankings to fit PPR scoring. So, instead of lamenting that nothing changes, let’s talk about Mike Gesicki. That name probably rings a bell. Maybe you watched the current Dolphins TE make an impressive catch in the Rose Bowl for Penn State against USC a few years ago. Maybe you were all excited that a Miami offense devoid of weapons in 2019 would involve him more (oh wait, that was me). Maybe you even gave him a bye-week fill-in play when the Dolphins took on the Redskins. Regardless, I’d imagine very few of you played him in Week 9, when he had six catches for 96 yards. You couldn’t even really call Gesicki a sleeper last week — there was basically nothing to suggest that he’d ball out the way he did. That, too, can fit the TE position as a descriptor this season: Frustratingly unpredictable. Even less of you would have played Jacob Hollister in Week 9. He’s not even Seattle’s top tight end. But he caught two touchdowns, including the walk-off winner for the Seahawks in overtime. He, like Gesicki, is athletic but not usually involved in the offense. And he, like Gesicki, probably should remain on fantasy waiver wires. But with six teams are on bye this week, and you could always take a shot that those two will continue their production.last_img read more

Old Stone Church Celebrates 150 Years

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Perched above the Navesink section, the Old Stone Church remains – as it has for just about a century-and-a-half – a place for its members to worship, take part in programs and to offer support for the community.Members of All Saints’ Memorial Episcopal Church at 202 Navesink Ave., located on a 7-acre elevated slope, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary on Monday, Oct. 7, with a yearlong series of events highlighting – what its interim rector called – the church’s “deep roots” in the community.Michael Stasi, senior warden, church member Valerie Schauer, and the Rev. Deborah Piggins stand in front of All Saints’ Memorial Church, Navesink, which is preparing for its 150th anniversary celebrations.“It has been at the heart of this community, with its beauty, its history and what it offers,” said the Rev. Deborah Piggins, who has been the church’s interim rector for a year and nine months. (“But who’s counting?” she said with a smile.)The church was designed and built by noted 19th century British architect Richard Upjohn, who also designed Trinity Episcopal Church in New York’s financial district. All Saints’ was built in the Gothic stone style, using fieldstone, which gave rise to the church’s common moniker of Old Stone Church. Its cornerstone was laid on Oct. 7, 1863, and it has been listed as a National Historic Site since 1974 and as a National Historic Landmark since 1982.The church became a reality through the efforts of the Milnor and Stephens families, two prominent families at the time, and was built in memory of Stephens’ daughter, Jeanette Stephens Edgar, “Who died too young,” Piggins said.The church is one of a collection of Episcopal churches that populate the area and was built at a time when travel was much more time consuming. The proliferation of Episcopal churches was due, in large part, to the imprint of British cultural and life, and the Anglican Church, dating back to before there was a country, Piggins said.The relatively small church continues to thrive and draws far beyond the immediate – formerly rural now suburban – area, Michael Stasi, the church’s senior warden, said.Stasi, a Red Bank resident, suspects quite a few of the church’s members, numbering about 200 on the books with about 100 regularly attending services, have a story similar to his.“We were looking for a church community we could identify with,” he said. “We came here a number of times and stayed.”People “come for the external beauty” of the church building and grounds, “but they stay for what they’re getting here,” said Stasi, who has been a member for 27 years.Valerie Schauer, who grew up in Navesink and still lives there, has been a member since 1956. She had belonged to another area Episcopal church but she felt “you were judged by what you wore as opposed to what you did,” she remembered. “This church has been so warm and nonjudgmental. It’s been my home.”Members are involved in community service, regularly volunteering and cooking for the Kitchen at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Keans­burg. Since Super Storm Sandy, there have been a number of outreach programs sponsored by the church to assist area residents. The church’s twice-monthly dinner and a movie night on Fridays was modified and aimed to assist Sandy victims, Piggins said.As part of its sesquicentennial anniversary year, church members will be partnering with Dress for Success, a women’s employment preparation program. They also will sponsor a series of community forums on a variety of issues, the first being a discussion on human trafficking.The anniversary celebration will begin this weekend with the Stone Church Players’ production of Our Town, performed in the church at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6 and Oct. 11 and 12, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 and 13.Plans also call for a candlelit concert on Dec. 1 and a Dec. 15 children’s Christmas show.In 2014, plans call for the traditional “Kirking of the Tartans,” featuring lots of bagpipes in a celebration of the Episcopal Church’s connection with the Scottish Church, Piggins said.last_img read more