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Bright Star

first_imgThe Cincinnati Reds obtained Scooter Gennett just before the 2017 baseball season started.  Their reason was two-fold.  He is a very versatile player, and he grew up in one of the Cincinnati suburbs.  What they didn’t know they were getting was an instant star and fan favorite.Recently Gennett hit 4 home runs and drove in 10 runs in one baseball game.  As far as the Reds are concerned, the only other player to drive in 10 runs in one game was Walker Cooper back in the 1930’s.  A friend of mine was at this game, but unfortunately, he is a die-hard Cardinal fan.  His words were “the accomplishment was great, but I sure wish he would have done it against someone else”!  Red’s fans are happy he just did it!   It may be another 80 years before anyone else accomplishes this unless they let major leaguers use aluminum bats.last_img read more


Cabaye buy-out not a concern

first_img Press Association Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has calmed fears of an imminent exit from the club. The 27-year-old Frenchman was the subject of a failed £10million bid from Arsenal last summer and has been linked with a series of clubs, including the Gunners and Paris St Germain, in recent weeks. Indeed, a report today suggested he could even buy himself out of his contract, which has two-and-a-half years to run, at St James’ Park. Arsenal’s bid for Cabaye arrived on Mike Ashley’s desk just hours before Newcastle opened their Barclays Premier League campaign at Manchester City, where a 4-0 defeat as defender Steven Taylor was sent off before the break did little to improve the mood. The sides meet again at St James’ Park on Sunday with the Magpies having improved significantly since then to lie in eighth place in the table. Nevertheless, Pardew is keen to strengthen his squad, rather than see it weakened by the departure of his most prized asset, and has already indicated a striker is at the top of his wishlist with Loic Remy only on loan from QPR for the season and Shola Ameobi out of contract at the end of the campaign. Newcastle are pursuing a long-held interest in Borussia Monchengladbach’s Luuk de Jong, and they have been heavily linked with Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella in recent weeks. However, Pardew, who insisted the club had not tabled a bid for any player, was giving little away. He said: “You always want to progress. You want to progress as a team and the inclusion of another player would be great. “From my point of view, I would like to see a player come in, but it needs to be right financially for the board. “The legs are working under the water in terms of making calls and trying to manoeuvre a transfer that will work for us. “From our point of view, there is interest in any quality player. But I am not going to talk about one individual.” However, the France international insisted on Friday night that he is focusing solely on Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City. Cabaye told BBC Radio Newcastle: “For me to go to Paris or another club, there is nothing. I just want to be focused on the next game, Man City. “Nothing is happening for me. When you know what you want, it is easier.” Magpies manager Alan Pardew had earlier insisted he was not concerned about Cabaye’s situation with the player having returned to top form after having his head turned by Arsenal’s interest during the summer. Cabaye admits the speculation is difficult, but he is determined not to let it affect his performances on the pitch. He said: “I think it’s hard for every player. It depends what the player wants – if he wants to leave or if he wants to stay. “There is every time speculation about the transfer, even in January, so it’s hard for the player, the club and the fans, for everybody. “It is not a good period for everybody. We just have to stay away from that speculation and stay focused on our job, and my job especially.” last_img read more


Wilfried Bony insists he is happy at Manchester City

first_imgStriker Wilfried Bony has stressed he has no regrets about joining Manchester City and is not looking to leave the club. Press Association But Bony told BBC World Football: “I’m happy at the club, all this speculation is not true. “I have a contract so I’m happy and I think I’m at one of the top clubs in the United Kingdom.” Twelve months on from his move to the Etihad Stadium on a four-and-a-half-year deal, Bony has made only 11 Barclays Premier League starts for City so far. But the Ivory Coast international added: “I have no regrets about joining Man City. “We play in the Champions League and we’re one of the top clubs in the world. I’m happy here and I can just say I’m blessed.” center_img In December the 27-year-old publicly questioned City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to demote him to the bench for a 2-1 loss to Arsenal and start the fit-again Sergio Aguero, despite Bony having scored three times in the previous four games. He has recently been linked with Swansea, the club he left to sign for City last January. last_img read more


West Indies drop Pollard and Ramdin

first_imgWEST INDIES have dropped Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin from their ODI squad for next month’s tri-series in Zimbabwe, which also features Sri Lanka. Courtney Browne, the head of West Indies’ selection committee, informed Pollard and Ramdin about their axing via email. The emails, accessed by ESPNcricinfo, were sent by Browne earlier this week. Browne’s message to both players was straightforward, saying they had been dropped and telling them they were free to seek clarification from him or the selection panel if they wanted. Considering the squad has not been officially announced yet, ESPNcricinfo sought a comment from the WICB yesterday, but the board did not respond.Both Pollard and Ramdin had poor returns in the recently concluded limited-overs series against Pakistan in the UAE. Pollard managed 43 runs in the three T20s, and bowled two overs, going wicket-less. In the three-match ODI series, which West Indies lost 3-0, Pollard scored 42 runs at an average of 14.00. He took one wicket in the 12 overs he bowled across the three matches.Ramdin, who was recalled to the ODI squad, compiled 79 runs at 26.33 in the three ODIs and did not feature in the T20s. Browne’s selection panel had dropped Ramdin from the squad for the four-Test series at home against India earlier this year. Ramdin made the news public on Twitter before the squad was announced, and was subsequently sanctioned by the WICB.Ramdin has endured difficult times in the past 18 months. Despite helping West Indies level the Test series 1-all at home against England, Ramdin was stripped of Test captaincy immediately after the 2-0 home Test series loss to Australia.Pollard, meanwhile, has had mixed returns since returning from knee surgery last November. Pollard was picked for the tri-series at home in June, involving Australia and South Africa, and was instrumental in West Indies finishing as runners-up, scoring 205 runs at 41.00 including two half-centuries.Browne, who replaced former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd as chairman of selectors in June, has taken some bold decisions during his short tenure, including dropping Darren Sammy after he had led West Indies to their second World T20 title.Sammy did not hide his frustration when he called the symposium, organised by the WICB and the West Indies Players’ Association in July, to clear the differences between the board and the players, a “publicity stunt” on his Twitter account. (ESPN Sports Media Ltd)last_img read more


Football News Barcelona blown away after UEFA Champions League loss: Ernesto Valverde

first_imgLiverpool became the third team to overcome a big deficit in UEFA Champions League semifinal.Barcelona squandered a 4-1 advantage against AS Roma in the previous edition.Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Champions League final for the second straight year. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightscenter_img Liverpool: Ernesto Valverde admitted Barcelona had only themselves to blame for their “terrible” Champions League semi-final collapse at Liverpool on Tuesday. Barca was blown away on an incredible night at Anfield as Liverpool won 4-0 to overturn a three-goal first-leg defeat. Liverpool is only the third team in the history of the European Cup to recover from such a large semi-final deficit. Barca boss Valverde conceded his players failed to match Liverpool’s intensity and lost their cool after the Reds scored twice in quick succession in the second half to level the tie on aggregate.    “Things got on top of us after those two quick goals. We didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet and they rolled us over really,” he said. “It’s a terrible result for our fans and for ourselves. It’s really, really unfortunate, but credit to Liverpool. They started really well, and they pinned us back. An early goal, we reacted well after that. We managed to control things a little bit in the second part of the first half. We had half-chances to score. We tried to sit a little bit deeper, but the tie ended for us with the fourth goal. We couldn’t respond.”RELATED    It was a second successive Champions League humiliation for Barca after they squandered a 4-1 first-leg lead in the quarter-finals last season, going out on away goals to Roma after losing the return 3-0.    Valverde has just led Barca to another Spanish title, but he was asked if the collapse at Anfield would undermine his position at the Camp Nou.    “I do not know how it’s going to affect me, here we are, the coach has to take responsibility,” he said. “It’s very painful for us, especially for our people, it’s the second year they’ve come back like that. When you have a battle like tonight, you’re going to go through some really tough few days, like all our fans as well. You’re going to suffer. That’s what it is like. You have to go through this penitence and we’ve not got long to go until the end of the league season.    “We’ve got the Copa del Rey final (against Valencia) still to fight for and we’ve got to really finish the season well on a high after this. But at the moment we’re blown away, it’s terrible.” The Catalan club hasn’t won the Champions League since 2015.    Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets was quick to say sorry for one of the most chastening results in their history.    “I apologise to the fans because, after the Rome thing, it happens again, it is very hard to fall like that with a good result in the first leg,” Busquets said.last_img read more


Kayla Treanor scores game-winning goal, Syracuse tops Boston College, 14-13, in double-overtime thriller

first_imgCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — As soon as the ball bulged in the back of the net, the Syracuse bench erupted, jumping in celebration and flooding the field at Klockner Stadium.They rushed to join Kayla Treanor, who had just scored the game-winning goal to beat Boston College in double overtime.BC players stood frozen where they were when the game ended with their hands on their heads. The SU celebration paused, momentarily, as the referees checked Treanor’s stick.The Orange huddle that had formed near the Eagles’ net fell as calm as a team that knew it had won could be, creating just a small buzz rather than a ruckus. The referee put the ball in the stick, before signaling a goal.For a second time, the huddle erupted, with players jumping and yelling.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Every team has been faceguarding her, triple teaming, double teaming her …,” Majorana said. “She really stepped up. That’s what good players do, they step up.”No. 6-seed SU (12-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) took just 1:24 in the second overtime to dig out a 14-13 win on Thursday night, although No. 3-seed Boston College (14-3, 5-2) dominated possession through the end of regulation and the first overtime period. The Orange advanced to the semifinals of the ACC tournament to play No. 2-seed Duke (14-2, 5-2) on Friday at 3 p.m.“Having known that we didn’t make the plays and didn’t finish games like this during the regular season,” SU head coach Gait said, “here we are first kind of playoff game and they’re done.”On the first draw control of the second overtime period, Kailah Kempney popped the ball toward SU defender Haley McDonnell, who tried to scoop up the ball. She couldn’t quite get her stick under the ball, but flipped it to defender Mallory Vehar instead.Gait immediately called the timeout he had been looking for before.“I just said, ‘Get the ball in (Treanor’s) stick and get her to this side and let’s see what they do.’ She made the play.”Early in the game, Eagles head coach Acacia Walker used a double team on Treanor and tried putting Tess Chandler — she held Treanor without any points in the teams’ prior meeting — on SU’s star player.Instead of scoring, Treanor fed Halle Majorana and Lisa Rogers, and she opened the field for her teammates. SU scored five unanswered goals to start the game and Walker pulled the double team and Chandler off Treanor.On the final possession, Treanor worked midfielder Caroline Margolis down the right side of the field and then ran from right to left behind the net. She cut on her right foot and curled back around the crease. Treanor faked high and buried a low shot. She threw her hands in the air and ran around the offensive end of the field.“We just didn’t do our job,” Walker said. “We were supposed to be pressuring her and sending an early double and we didn’t do it and it cost us the game.”The players came back to the sideline to chants of, “Let’s go Orange.” As the teams lined up for handshakes, Kathy Rudkin picked up two sticks strewn on the field in the aftermath of the celebration. Next to the silent line of BC players, she began bowing with her hands straight out toward Treanor.The youth girls’ lacrosse team that played on the field at halftime converged on Treanor, having Taylor Gait snap a picture with four girls and Treanor. When Treanor put SU ahead 11-10, part of Rihanna’s  “Rockstar” played over the loudspeaker. The words, “I’m a rockstar,” played as Treanor fist pumped and celebrated her goal.During the game and after, that’s what she was. In SU’s biggest win of the season, its best player made its biggest play.On the field, SU celebrated the win and indulged in the atmosphere, but on Friday the Orange will again gun for its biggest win of the season against Duke, another team that beat SU by a goal in 2015.“I think we gotta kind of tone it down a little bit right now, get some rest and focus,” SU goalkeeper Kelsey Richardson said. “… It was a great win and we can celebrate it for a little bit, but we gotta lock in to Duke.” Comments Published on April 24, 2015 at 12:59 am Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Alternative break program grows to meet interest

first_imgAfter USC expanded its alternative spring break program this year, the program received 161 applicants by its deadline at 5 p.m. Tuesday.The alternative spring break program added three more trips this year after student participation in the program increased in the past few years.The alternative winter break program received 66 applications.Spring break · USC students traveled to Isla Mujeres, Mexico last March as part of an alternative spring break program. The program received 166 applicants this year. – Photo courtesy of Joenique RoseAlternative spring break program added trips to Honduras, one to West Virginia and one to a mystery location this year, bringing the total number of  programs to seven domestic and three international trips.The program offers students the opportunity to participate and coordinate different trips to volunteer for a variety of causes.“One of my goals is to be able to offer more opportunities for students to go on these trips because we do get an abundance of applications,” said Joenique Rose, program manager for Alternative Breaks and Community Partners.Rose said the Honduras trip was added earlier this year after a nonprofit organization approached her. Ten students will visit a small community to help coffee farmers.“The idea is for students [to work] and [see] where the coffee farmers pick their coffee cherries, [help] them lay down foundations in some of their homes because a lot of them have dirt floors and [lay] some water pipes down for a well,” Rose said.The program will give students opportunities to work with the village community and learn about the coffee industry.“Students will be going into classrooms and doing English lessons,” Rose said. “They will be helping the whole family in their day to day life and see what this occupation does for their family.”Ryan Rysyk, a senior majoring in psychology who has coordinated and participated in programs in previous years, said at first he participated in the program to visit a new location but ended up learning about the health system in Baltimore, Md.“My freshman year I did not know much about [alternative breaks],” he said. “I was interested in seeing Baltimore when I first went, but it gave me the opportunity to actually see what was going on there.”Students who go on the West Virginia trip will volunteer in the Appalachian region.The program also debuted a new type of trip, in which students sign up without knowing where they will be sent. The trip will relate to juvenile justice and will be domestic.“We have people apply out of interest rather than locations to see how many people are receptive,” Rysyk said. “It’s really the word of mouth from students who have participated and tell their friends that increases the number of people who apply every year.”The alternative break program also reinstated a winter trip to Thailand, which was canceled two years ago because of security issues in the country.The winter trip to Thailand started in 2005, in response to the 2004 tsunami, and was the first alternative winter break the Volunteer Center facilitated.This year Lindsey Poole, a junior majoring in communication, will coordinate the trip to Thailand. She said she has received 70 applications for the trip.She previously went on an alternative winter break trip to Belize.“It was a great experience to step out of my comfort zone and get to know other Trojans that I would’ve not met otherwise,” Poole said. “It just gave me a greater insight to different people and how their lifestyles are so different depending on their culture. I left with a broader perspective.”Jessie Friedmann, a sophomore majoring in policy, planning and development, is coordinating a trip for the first time this year.Her group will be going to Orcas Island in Washington, where it will clean up streams and deal with other pertinent environmental issues.Friedmann said some students would rather relax than volunteer during spring break.“Spring break, you want to relax and go somewhere sunny,” Friedmann said. “Probably the idea of going to Seattle where it’s 50 degrees and raining isn’t their first choice.”Friedmann said, however, alternative break programs are rewarding enough to be worth it.“All of them take you out of Los Angeles and when you’re at USC you’re in a bubble,” she said. “[It’s] getting a perspective out of USC and dealing with issues you don’t see at USC and bringing back that experience.”last_img read more


Why Cristiano Ronaldo May Be Past His Prime

first_imgShots from outside the penalty area (La Liga & UCL)2014/15 (Total/Per Game) – 126/2.92015/16 (Total/Per Game) – 114/2.72016/17 (Total/Per Game) – 74/1.82017/18 (Total/Per Game) – 12/1.2 Decline In Set-Piece For a man who scored more than 50 free kick goals (for both club and country) in his illustrious career, his return has been poor in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 La Liga seasons where he just scored only once in each season. Often Create Or Score Goals Ronaldo started his Manchester United career on the left wing and whenever he touches the ball, one can expect him to blast forward, weaving past the opponents with pace and trickery.He influenced the game from midfield, breaking down attacks and creating goals. After his move to Real Madrid, Manuel Pellegrini preferred to play him in a more central role.He became more of a goal scoring threat but often comes deep to influence the game. Should I say “Good things do come to an end”  and that could just be the case with Cristiano Ronaldo who has been at the pinnacle of football alongside Argentine rival, Lionel Messi. The Portuguese star has been a shadow of himself in a season that has seen Real Madrid lag behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race and even behind Tottenham in the Champions League. He also has the worst conversion rate of any player in Europe. Can we then conclude that his time at the pinnacle of world football is coming to an end? I think so. Total Assists, Key passes per game (La Liga & UCL)2014/15 – 19, 22015/16 – 15, 1.52016/17 – 11, 1.32017/18 – 1, 1.3 3 Goal Conversion Ratio Reduced DrasticallyThose days when Cristiano Ronaldo single-handedly rescued Manchester United and Real Madrid are over. With just one goal from 40 efforts on goal, Cristiano Ronaldo has the worst conversion rate (2.5 percent) of all goalscorers in Europe’s top five leagues. Set-piece Goals (La Liga & UCL)2015/16 – 92016/17 – 42017/18 – 0center_img Ronaldo and Messi successful dribbles (La Liga & UCL)2014/15 – Ronaldo 79 – 166 Messi2015/16 – Ronaldo 58 – 151 Messi2016/17 – Ronaldo 40 – 154 Messi2017/18 – Ronaldo 12 – 77 Messi It doesn’t take a footballing expert to understand that Cristiano Ronaldo is on the decline.The four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest football players of this generation. He has scored 616 goals for club and country with 4 UEFA Champions League winners medal.He has won every possible honour in club football and led Portugal to the UEFA Euro title in 2016.After 15 full seasons with Sporting CP, Manchester United and Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be slowing down a bit.For the first time in more than 10 years, he is going through a goal drought and his struggles are clearly visible.It is quite natural for any player who played 15 successful seasons at the top-flight to slow down.Now, let’s see some of the reasons below;Slow Runs And No Threats Outside Box :We rarely see the Cristiano Ronaldo of old who gets the ball anywhere on the field and just starts racing and dribbling his way past opponents towards goal. With age and injuries catching up with him, he is more selective about his runs. He is still one of the fastest in the world but a tad slower than he was a couple of years ago.His goals from outside the box reduced drastically over the last couple of seasons and he is not the threat he once used to be. He does not contribute a lot to the build-up play and the stats below clearly shows where he was once and where he is now. Goal Conversion Stats(La Liga)2014/15 – 21.33 %2015/16 – 15.42 %2016/17 – 10 %2017/18 – 2.5 Dribbles/Take-Ons Reduced Christiano Rolando took the Premier League by storm after he made his Manchester United debut in 2003/04 season.Primarily a left winger, Ronaldo became noted for his dribbling and flair, often displaying an array of tricks and feints such as the stopovers that became his trademark during his days in England. But recent stats reveal that Cristiano Ronaldo has lost his dribbling ability.It is being a little harsh on the player who plays more centrally these days and not as a winger. But his ability to take on the players has diminished over the last 2 to 3 seasons. He averaged over 100 dribbles a season in his first few years at Madrid but over the last few years, it had gone down to 50. RelatedCristiano Ronaldo Will Surpass Pele’s Goal Record – MendesOctober 16, 2019In “Europe”Mourinho Snubs Ronaldo and Messi, Names Football’s ‘GOAT’April 26, 2020In “Featured”Sarri and Chelsea Tested to The LimitOctober 22, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more


Drama as African rookies win CAF Confederation Cup ties

first_imgDeportivo NiefangJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | African club football newcomers Deportivo Niefang of Equatorial Guinea, Energie of Benin and La Mancha of Congo Brazzaville reached the CAF Confederation Cup last-32 stage on Tuesday.The progress of Energie was the most dramatic as they scored deep in stoppage time to hold one-time continental giants Hafia 1-1 in Guinea and win 2-1 on aggregate.La Mancha scored the only goal of the preliminary round second leg and the tie to eliminate AS Tanda of the Ivory Coast in Atlantic port city Pointe-Noire. Hafia, who were African champions three times and runners-up twice during the 1970s, wiped out the first-leg deficit against Energie after only 11 minutes through Aboubacar Camara. But with the return match in Conakry seemingly destined for a penalty shootout, Jean Marie Sanni Guera levelled eight minutes into additional time.The next opponents of Energie will be Enyimba of Nigeria, one of the 10 most successful clubs in CAF competitions with two Champions League and two Super Cup titles.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2center_img Niefang also won 1-0, giving them victory over New Stars of Cameroon on away goals after trailing 2-1 from the first leg this month.Al Masry of Egypt, APR of Rwanda, Belouizdad of Algeria, Cape Town City of South Africa, Petro Luanda of Angola, Port Louis of Mauritius and Simba of Tanzania were other overall winners.A further 10 second legs are scheduled for Wednesday ahead of the round of 32 during March when giants like Moroccan side Raja Casablanca and Zamalek of Egypt enter the competition.last_img read more


Uhlmann to Expand Under New Name at New State of the…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Uhlmann Ford and Uhlmann RVUhlmann RV is conveniently located at Olympia’s Auto Mall.Uhlmann Ford and Uhlmann RV are happy to announce they will be renamed to Awesome Ford and Awesome RV effective December 1, 2014. The name change is part of a rebranding initiative to better align the company’s name with its current operations and take the company into the future.Heidi Pehl, owner of I-5 Auto Group, says “Our name change will better differentiate ourselves from the competition and allow us to market ourselves in the manner in which we currently operate. Our customers are Awesome, and our services are Awesome. That is the message we want to convey to all of our customers and employees. We take great pride in continuing the Uhlmann family name for so long, but it is now time for a change to better meet our current business and carry us into the future.”The name change coincides with a major remodel of the existing Uhlmann Ford and Uhlmann RV facility located on Interstate Avenue in Chehalis, Washington. The Ford Service and Parts Department will relocate from their current location at I-5 Toyota, finally joining the Ford Sales Department that had previously relocated with Uhlmann RV.Both the Ford and RV dealerships will open under their new name on December 1, 2014. The newly remodeled dealership also will include the all-new I-5 Tire Center, which will provide all vehicle maintenance needs, including brakes, tires, and batteries on all makes and models. Awesome Ford and Awesome RV look forward to the next generation of selling and servicing Fords and RVs in the Northwest.Awesome Ford and Awesome RV are part of the I-5 Auto Group, which employs 193 people and consists of I-5 Toyota Scion, South Sound Trucks, South Sound Trucks of Olympia and Volkswagen of Olympia. For more information on these dealerships, visit read more