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Sep
20

Stoke linked with El Ouriachi

first_imgStoke are set to complete their third signing from Barcelona in less than two years, according to the agent of Morroccan winger Moha El Ouriachi. Press Association “We thank Barca for the deal they offered the player and the efforts they have gone to try to renew his contract,” El Ouriachi’s agent, Raul Verdu, told Catalan newspaper Sport. “But another proposal was really interesting on both a professional and economic level. “Moha has the option of joining the first team squad at Stoke and that was irresistible.” El Ouriachi has represented Spain at youth level and Sport reported that Stoke have agreed to pay the necessary training compensation to bring the pacey left winger to the Barclays Premier League. Both Bojan and Muniesa have settled well at Stoke, although the former – who had scored five goals in 18 appearances following his shock move last summer – was ruled out for the rest of the season after damaging cruciate knee ligaments in an FA Cup tie at Rochdale in January. Defender Muniesa has made nearly 40 appearances since joining from Barcelona in the summer of 2013 but has not featured since tearing a hamstring in the FA Cup defeat at Blackburn in February. Peter Odemwingie hopes to play for Stoke again before the end of the season after battling back from a serious injury. The Nigerian striker, who made a significant impact during the second half of last season when he joined the Potters in a swap deal with Kenwyne Jones, has been out with cruciate knee ligament damage since the end of August. “I’m joining the team (in training) again and it’s a big step in my rehab,” Odemwingie told Sky Sports News HQ. “It’s just a bit over six months and I’m really pleased because it’s a bit earlier than some players. “I hope to be mentally right but it looks OK. “I’m not scared and hopefully I can get one or two games before the end of the season.” Odemwingie, 33, scored five goals in 15 games after joining from Cardiff in January 2014 but was injured soon after playing for Nigeria at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil. Hughes has confirmed Victor Moses is unlikely to play again this season. The winger, who has spent the season on loan from Chelsea and has made 23 appearances for the Potters, suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury in last weekend’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at West Ham. It is understood Hughes will press ahead with plans to sign the Nigeria international on a permanent basis this summer but, for now, the 24-year-old has returned to his parent club for treatment. “It may well be that Victor’s season is over unfortunately because of the type of injury he has got,” Hughes told the club’s official website, www.stokecityfc.com. “He might get back but at the moment we’re probably thinking that he won’t make it. “It’s a shame because Victor has done really well since he’s been with us. “He was our shining light in the early part of the season and then unfortunately he got a couple of quite serious injuries that held him back, and in the end he hasn’t been able to finish the season with us. “He’ll look back on his time with us and think he’s made an impression and done well and we’d agree with that because he’s been a really important figure for us this season.” Potters manager Mark Hughes, the former Barcelona striker, has already snapped up Bojan Krkic and Marc Muniesa from the Nou Camp and teenager El Ouriachi now looks to be on his way to the Britannia Stadium this summer. The 19-year-old Barcelona B player is apparently keen to seek first-team action rather than extend his contract with the Spanish giants. last_img read more

Sep
19

East Bank survive nervous moments to beat ECD by five wickets

first_img– Lower Corentyne wins titleBy Rajiv BisnauthWest Indies youth player,Tevin Imlach,was seven runs short of a hundred,and his unbeaten innings was the mainstay in East Bank’s five-wicket win in the final round of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Jaguars Franchise League.Playing against hosts East Coast Demerara at the Enterprise Busta Sports Club ground, Imlach’s superb knock ensured that the three day contest was steered in his team’s direction.The visitors began the day 65 runs short of victory, with five wickets at their disposal. However, it took them 14 overs during the morning session to achieve the victory target of 178.Overnight batsmen Imlach and Ryan Shun survived some testing moments, but were equal to the task, playing level-headed cricket from the start and taking their overnight gutsy unbroken sixth-wicket stand to the end.East Bank were staring at another defeat after they found themselves in a perilous position at 56-5 at one stage of the final session of day two, but Imlach and Shun illustrated the discipline needed in ensuring their team crossed the final hurdle.Tevin ImlachTevin ImlachImlach’s innings of 93 spanned 172 minutes, 137 balls, inclusive of five fours and five sixes. Shun was left unbeaten on 45.Pacer,Paul Wintz, who produced a brilliant opening spell at the start of the visitors second innings,finished with 4-70, while left-arm pacer Gavin Moriah was the other successful bowler with 1-20.Meanwhile, Lower Corentyne were crowned overall champions after they ended the eight-team tournament at the top of the points standing.They defeated West Berbice by an innings and 302 runs for their sixth outright victory in the seven round tournament.The reigning local franchise 50 overs champions dismissed West Berbice for 173 in their second innings, even after they were made to wait a few hours more than they anticipated,after overnight rain forced a delayed start to the third and final day. Devon Clements, who bagged 5-47 and Veerasammy Permaul,who took 4-29,were the chief destroyers.Leon Andrews did his best to keep the bowlers at bay, but fell short of a well-deserved century when he was the last batman dismissed for 91. Brentnol Woolford contributed 32.Meanwhile,over at GCC, Upper Corentyne were dismissed for 285 after resuming on their overnight score of 248-6. Assad Fudadin went on to make 151, added 18 runs to his overnight score.At Tucshen, the home team cemented their place at second in the points standing when the registered an outright victory over Essequibo.last_img read more

Sep
17

Arsenal Win against Saints Gives Arteta Hope of Europa Ticket

first_img“I am always very positive,” said Arteta. “We have enough time, we have enough games left to do it.“We had two defeats for the first time since I joined, but now we have won and it lifts the spirit, it lifts the belief.“The calendar of the Premier League has given us is pretty tough. We have four away games and we have to recover the players now.”The Gunners were helped along their way at St Mary’s by a dreadful error from Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy who faltered under pressure from Eddie Nketiah following a back-pass, allowing the striker to intercept his attempted ball out slot into an unguarded net.The win was sealed late on when Jack Stephens was sent off for fouling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the last man and from the resulting free-kick substitute Joe Willock finished after Alexandre Lacazette’s free-kick struck the wall and his follow-up was parried.It was timely boost for the Gunners, who have struggled with injuries and form since the restart.The victory, though, was not undeserved. Prior to the goal, Nketiah had seen a close-range finish ruled out for offside and Aubameyang had crashed an angled effort against the bar.Coming after such an impressive display in their first game back at Norwich, the result continues Southampton’s woeful inability to replicate their away form at St Mary’s.This was their 10th loss at home this season – equalling the club record for a Premier League season, set back in 1993-94 when their were 42 games in a campaign.With 10 points separating them and the bottom three it is very unlikely that they will get dragged into a relegation fight.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta remains hopeful that his side can qualify for Europe this season after they won their first game since the restart of the Premier League at Southampton last night.The Gunners had lost both of their previous two games, to Manchester City and Brighton, but Thursday’s 2-0 victory arrests the slump, moving them up to ninth in the table.Champions League qualification looks unlikely, but with Manchester City’s involvement in Europe still up in the air pending their appeal against a ban for breaching financial fair play, Arteta’s side could well claim a Europa League spot. Mikel-Artetalast_img read more

Sep
17

Housing expects drop in number of spring applicants

first_imgWith spring semester quickly approaching, the number of students moving out of USC Housing is expected to be lower than usual, but more freshmen and transfer spring admits who applied for university owned housing will be accepted than in previous years.As of Wednesday, 281 students have canceled their contracts with USC Housing for three main reasons: studying abroad, graduating early or moving into their fraternity or sorority houses, wrote Keenan Cheung, director of USC Housing, in an email.“That number will go up because people will decide not to come back to school during break … within 10 to 15 percent,” he said.This is because fewer students opted to live in USC-owned housing this year than in past years, leaving beds vacant during the course of this semester in addition to those that are opening up at the close of the semester.“We had roughly 300 freshmen apply for housing and we had 140-ish transfers apply for housing,” Cheung said. “So based on the move-out rate, we were able to offer all freshmen housing and we were able to offer a majority of the transfers housing.”Cheung said he does not know why fewer students applied for housing this academic year, but said USC Housing is offering the same amount of spots as usual.Students can cancel their housing contracts at any point during the year, but to do so, students or USC Housing must find other interested students to take over their contract and be willing to lose their $400 deposit. Otherwise, a student will not be able to cancel his or her contract.“Students can cancel in the middle of the semester,” Cheung said. “It is however more difficult to find replacements at this time because most students already have housing arrangements.”Likewise, students can also break their contracts if they meet either of two requirements: if the student is not registered for classes spring semester because he or she is graduating or taking a leave of absence, or if the student agrees to pay USC Housing a $250 cancellation fee to help them find a replacement.Students who are studying abroad in the spring and or graduating in December are not penalized by USC Housing and do not lose their confirmation fee when they cancel their contracts, Cheung said.“You go to the Office of Overseas Studies and they sign a housing release form that confirms we’re going on a USC-sponsored program,” said Mark Pises, a sophomore majoring in political science who is traveling to Madrid in the spring. “Then we take that form to the housing office … and we will be released at the end of the [fall] semester.”The Office of Overseas Studies assists students who live off campus in subletting their rooms or apartments before they go abroad.“We have a message board on our website where [students] can post housing,” said Veronica Gomez, the overseas studies program assistant. “Students going abroad put down their available housing. Students who come back from going abroad check the message board upon returning to USC.”Other students, however, break their contracts with USC Housing for other reasons.Brianne Ryan, a sophomore majoring in fine arts, said she moved out of Birnkrant Residential College dormitory and into the Sigma Delta Tau sorority house last year after the fall semester, because she was elected to the sorority’s executive board.“It was very easy,” she said. “[USC Housing] had me fill out a form and they told me they’d let me know if someone would take my room, and within 48 hours they called and someone wanted my room, so it was done.”But the process isn’t smooth for everyone.“I filed a cancellation request,” said Samantha Meyer, a sophomore majoring in health promotion and disease prevention studies who wants to move into her sorority house this spring. “They told me that it would be highly unlikely that they would find someone to take over my contract this semester because there hasn’t been a high demand for any USC housing.”The cancellation requests that USC Housing approved will now be assigned to freshmen coming to USC in the spring, who are first of the spring admits to receive a housing assignment, Cheung said.“If there is space left after all spring freshmen are assigned, then spring transfers are offered housing assignments,” he said.last_img read more

Sep
17

College Republicans host controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos

first_imgMilo Yiannopoulos, a controversial British technology and media journalist and associate editor for the London office of Breitbart.com, spoke about the counterintuitive nature of safe spaces at universities and the false narrative surrounding sexual assault and rape culture on college campuses, among other topics, Wednesday night in Kaprielian Hall.The event was hosted by the USC College Republicans.Jacob Ellenhorn, president of USC GOP, spoke about the significance of bringing Yiannopoulos to campus.“He’s kind of been someone that I’ve always been watching on the media, [and I’m a] personal fan of his,” Ellenhorn said. “I think it was important for him to come to campus because I feel free speech is constantly under attack, and it’s important to bring a diverse set of voices.”The meeting, run in a Q&A format with Ellenhorn, began with the question of whether or not students should be made to feel comfortable on their own college campuses, specifically with safe spaces.Yiannopoulos answered that what universities are really encouraging when they create “safe spaces” is the creation of places where opinions are harmful — places where words shape reality, a “preposterous” concept invented by the left.“Words can’t change reality, but there’s a horrible trend on campuses that words can do harm to people,” Yiannopoulos said. “It’s a ridiculous, leftist assumption.”Yiannopoulos argued that this “toxifying of certain opinions” assaults the First Amendment. He described the attempt to build “places for those terrified by words” as anti-intellectual and completely against the purpose of university because it insulates people from opinions due to potential trauma.An example brought up was trigger warnings, which Yiannopoulos said is another “political weapon invented by the left.” Trigger warnings — stickers or disclaimers on textbooks, articles and other academic texts — would allow students to opt out from reading them if they contain content that might cause unfavorable, emotional responses.Yiannopoulos argued that university is for the expansion of horizons, which would be impossible if students were able to put themselves on “privileged pedestals” where they could choose not to come into contact with what upsets them.“My basic response to this is anyone who wants a trigger warning should be immediately expelled,” Yiannopoulos said. “They’ve demonstrated that they are incapable of completing requirements of their course. They’ve chosen to use slippery and unnecessary tactics based on dodgy cognitive science to suggest that people can’t be exposed to certain ideas because they’re so hurtful or traumatic. All of this is nonsense.”The next conversation was about the “real” internet war — not between conservatives and liberals, but between authoritarians and libertarians. Yiannopoulos argued that the general impression is that if a person is a conservative online, a liberal will find a way to illegitimately write him or her off because the left wants to control what people consume and communicate publicly.Yiannopoulos’ incendiary language has recently drawn media attention. Last Saturday, Yiannopoulos and Rebel Media broadcaster Lauren Southern were both thrown out of the downtown Los Angeles Amber Rose SlutWalk, a movement calling for an end to rape culture, after holding up signs such as, “Regret is Not Rape” and “Rape Culture and Harry Potter: Both Fantasy.”Yiannopoulos claimed the premise of the SlutWalk was lunacy and that the organizers of the event called the police because that is “what authoritarians do when they find they can’t win in the marketplace of ideas.”Yiannopoulos noted a conversation with a few of the women attending the LA SlutWalk.“[I asked], how has sexual assault personally affected you,” Yiannopoulos said. “[And she responded], ‘I can’t walk down the street without being harassed.’ It’s like, really? You’re 300 pounds. Who are you trying to kid? [Another women said], ‘My clothes should not make me a sexual object of men’s attention.’ You’re in nipple tassels. Obviously, you want to have sex with somebody.”He went on to argue against the existence of the gender wage gap and the “rubbish” sexual assault statistics on college campuses. For the latter, Yiannopoulos said that these “1-in-5-women-type rape statistics” have wrongly become accepted truths and that rape culture at universities does not exist.Yiannopoulos responded to a question about the lack of women in science and technology by saying that the difference was due to a statistical difference in the IQs of men and women. Women, Yiannopoulos said, tend to have IQs that cluster around the mean, while men’s tend toward the extremes of the distribution.“More men have higher IQs, when you run the numbers, the higher someone’s IQ, the more likely it is that they’re a man,” he said.While he acknowledged that there was disagreement among scientists over the efficacy of IQ as a measure of intelligence, he argued that success in STEM fields correlates strongly with high IQ.“Most of the differences in STEM aren’t because men are sexist, they aren’t the result of sinister patriarchal forces, they’re not the result of stereotypes,” he said.Regarding his provocative nature, Yiannopoulos defined his journalistic role as being a voice for those without a platform, specifically those with conservative ideology. It was a role he recognized as pitting himself against much of mainstream media and belief.“I like big challenges,” he said. “I’m not scared of feminists, I’m not scared of progressives. I’m not scared of these people. I see them doing a huge amount of damage, and if I can help where other people can’t or won’t, then I’d love to.”last_img read more

Aug
31

2017 AfroBasket Women: D’Tigress Edge Past Mali 48-47, Through To The Final & FIBA…

first_imgD’Tigress of Nigeria has edged past host, Mali 48-47, to make the final of the 2017 AfroBasket Women tournament and also grab a ticket for the 2018 FIBA World Cup.In the keenly contested and low scoring game, Atonye Nyingifa and Ezinne Kalu was D’Tigress marksmen, providing 11 points each to maintain Nigeria’s Unbeaten run at the AfroBasket championships. Points Per Quarter1st: Nigeria 10-7 Mali2nd: Nigeria 13-5 Mali3rd: Nigeria 16-17 Mali4th: Nigeria 9-18 Mali RelatedBreaking: Unstoppable D’Tigress Wins 2017 Women AfroBasket, Crush Senegal 65 – 48August 27, 2017In “National Team”Otis Confident of D’Tigress’ FIBA Afrobasket Title DefenseAugust 1, 2019In “BasketBall”NBBF Wants Continuous Collaboration with Zenith BankOctober 24, 2018In “BasketBall”last_img read more

Aug
30

SBC’s On the Ball: The football business insight

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, SBC has got you covered. The first biweekly review tackles the continuing saga of overseas TV rights money, as well as looking at some of the winners and losers from World Cup Russia 2018 qualification.Sky Sports backlash over Amazon Man City dealSky Sports executives have voiced their distaste over a £10 million “fly-on-the-wall” documentary series on Manchester City, set to be broadcast on Amazon Prime.City is said to be close to finalising a deal with the online giants, despite Sky holding the rights for all Premier League club coverage.  The documentary will have an “access all areas” approach, in a similar vein to the Being: Liverpool series that was broadcast on Channel 5 back in 2012.This is the latest attempt from online broadcasters to penetrate the highly lucrative English football market, and Sky has already announced that it will be cutting prices in response to the intensified competition. No resolution in Premier League TV rights money disputeThe Premier League’s top six accepted defeat in their longstanding battle to gain a greater share of the £3 billion the Premier League receives from overseas television broadcasting deals. Since the formation of the Premier League, the money generated from the overseas TV rights has been split evenly amongst the 20 Premier League clubs, however, as the value of England’s top division grew, the top six have become more vehement with their arguments that they deserve a bigger proportion of the pot.Ahead of the latest round of TV bidding rights in 2019, the debate simmered once again with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham all demanding that 35% of overseas TV money be distributed as prize money based on league standings. Nonetheless, the meeting between club executives,  which was due to be held next Wednesday was called off by the Premier League, who concluded there was “no consensus for change.”New potential first lady of football had Anfield bid rejectedIt has been reported that Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group dismissed a £1.5 billion bid for the club from a consortium led by the businesswoman, who’s being touted as the next Newcastle owner, Amanda Staveley.According to a national newspaper in Dubai, Staveley and the PCP Capital Partners Group were locked in drawn-out negotiations with FSG last year, before the deal was called off at the last minute. Foxes cashing in on heroic Champions League runDetailing how last season’s Champions League money was distributed Uefa revealed that Leicester City FC €81.7 million (£73 million),  an amount that was only topped by Italian champions Juventus, who netted a tidy €110.4million from their run in the competition. On the other hand, the competition’s winners Real Madrid pocketed €81.1 million from the tournament. The money is distributed based on how big each country’s tv deal is and how far each club progressed in the tournament.Financial prosperity continues for German giantsGerman champion Bayern Munich has announced record turnover of €640.45million (£573.28 million) for the 2016-17 season.The news came at last weekend’s AGM, where the club detailed pre-tax profits of €66.2 million (£59.23 million) and post-tax profits of €39.2 million (£35 million), up 22.2% and 18.6% from the previous year.The financial strength came during a season that featured mixed success on the pitch, with Bayern recording a fifth successive Bundesliga victory but falling short in both the Champions League and DFB Pokal.Chief Financial Officer Jan-Christian Dreesen told the club’s website: “Our failure to progress beyond the quarter-final of the Champions League against Real Madrid and not reaching the DFB-Pokal final cost us around €25million.“However, we were still able to make gains and remain one of the top clubs in Europe financially.”World Cup qualification set to give Egyptian economy timely boostThe Egyptian national team’s last-gasp World Cup qualification looks likely to give the unstable North African state a much-needed economic boost.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah converted a penalty in the dying seconds of their match against Congo, giving The Pharaohs the narrowest of victories, and sending them to their first World Cup since Italia 90.The Egyptian economy, heavily reliant on tourism and crude oil export, crashed in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring and is still trying to find its feet six years on.But it’s nevertheless a football-mad country, and the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria was filled to its 86,000 capacity to watch them book their place in Russia. Companies are expected to invest as the tournament nears, and advertising budgets are expected to benefit the country further.There were contrasting fortunes for the USA however, who failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986, after suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago. Heartbreak for the US, led to elation for minnows Panama as they took the third spot in the group and qualified for their first ever World Cup, so ecstatic was the Panamanian President with the success, that he declared the following day to be a national holiday. ____________________________The Betting industry’s relationship with Football and its wider stakeholders will be discussed at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. Click on the below banner for more information…last_img read more

Aug
27

Booing of Justin Gatlin ‘disrespects’ the sport, says world champion’s father

first_imgJustin Gatlin’s father Willie claims athletics fans who have booed the new 100 metres world champion are disrespecting the sport.The 35-year-old was jeered on to the top of podium on his return to the London Stadium on Sunday evening to be presented with his World Championships gold medal by Lord Coe.Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, blew a kiss to the crowd and clasped his hands together as he received his medal from world athletics chief Sebastian Coe, who hours earlier had branded his triumph “not the perfect script”.Gatlin pays tribute to legend BoltWhile the American escaped the expected barrage of boos, with plenty of cheers helping to drown out the hostile reaction, the applause was nothing in comparison to the ovation afforded to bronze medal recipient Usain Bolt. “It [the booing] doesn’t upset me because I know what kind of son I raised, what kind of character he has,” Willie Gatlin said in quotes reported by several national newspapers.”The fans booing is disrespectful to the sport. The sport has always been here and is going to be here after he leaves. He created a memory that is going to be in people’s minds a long time.”Willie Gatlin also believes his son is a positive role model for the sport given the nature of his comeback from his second ban, which ran for four years from 2006.”He served his ban and he worked his heart out doing what he could,” he added.”He wasn’t just lying around. He worked to come back to the sport and he worked his way back to championship form. For the youngsters coming up he is trying to help to tutor and help to be good, clean athletes. He is trying to teach good character and good sportsmanship about themselves. “I don’t think he has regrets, it is a lesson learned. Everything happens for a reason and it gives you teaching moments. We have been through it all and we bear it all.”last_img read more

Aug
26

Whicker: Ex-Angel David Freese is a better-late-than-never acquisition for Pittsburgh

first_imgOn March 12 he was.The Pittsburgh Pirates realigned his world. They gave Freese $3 million for one year, which was a fraction of what he had anticipated, and they couldn’t promise any third-base time once Jung Ho Kang overcome his knee injury. In fact, Freese was facing an eventual first base platoon with John Jaso.Never mind. Freese grabbed the signing pen like it was his favorite bat. Now he has become a blue-light special, maybe the top bargain of 2016.Freese was one of the few Pirates who didn’t feast on the Dodgers in Sunday’s tedious 11-3 victory. But he is hitting .281 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs. His .810 OPS would be his best for a full season since he got it to .839 in 2012, the year after he was the Cardinals’ World Series MVP.Freese has 60 games at third base, 39 at first. The Pirates are 47-32 when he starts. But then the Angels were 70-48 when he started last year, too. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Just as a bear knows when hiberation starts and stops, a ballplayer’s body clock is tightly wound.You might be snowbound in mid-February but your hands twitch and your heart picks up the pace. To everything there is a season, and David Freese sat in St. Louis last winter and knew it was time. He just didn’t have a place.“Terrified,” is how he put it. The Angels didn’t give him a qualifying offer, which meant they wouldn’t get a draft pick, which they need like plasma, when Freese signed elsewhere. Every other team filled its third base hole during the winter meetings, or shortly thereafter.Freese was 33 and had played at least 120 games in each of his previous four seasons, but maybe that didn’t matter anymore. He fought the haunting feeling that he was supposed to be somewhere else. Like Florida.center_img Beyond all that, the Pirates are one game out of the No. 2 wild-card spot despite a 59-56 record, the struggles of ex-MVP Andrew McCutchen, a malfunctioning rotation, and the trade of closer Mark Melancon that was widely interpreted as an organizational tap-out.“We haven’t really done what we’re capable of consistently,” Freese said. “We come in here excited and ready to go, and we know we have a hot streak in us. This is the time to bring that energy.”The Angels have patched third base with Yunel Escobar, who has been a useful leadoff man, but they clearly need a mid-lineup power threat. Billy Eppler became the new general manager in November, and the $15.8 million qualifying offer to Freese never happened.“I looked around to see how many teams were set at third base,” Freese said, “and I thought, you know, this could get interesting.”He laughed. “I tried to stay positive, but I obviously had my moments, being a human being and all. I worked pretty hard, though. I got in the cage and I really only had two or three weeks by the time I got with the Pirates. We can argue whether that’s enough or not, but it’s worked out.” Freese went back to St. Louis Community College and had hitting sessions with his former coach, Tony Dattoli. He also talked periodically with his agent, Nez Balelo, “but not as much as you’d think. Maybe in February and March we talked a little more.”Freese found in Pittsburgh what many players have found before him, a drama-free atmosphere that breeds winning and salvages careers. “They check all the boxes,” he said. “It’s a get-after-it group. You get an idea and a plan, and then you build a structure around it, and we’ve got several guys who have played 5-6 years together.”Now the Pirates are boosted by rookie pitchers Jameson Taillon (2.85 ERA, 1.083 WHIP in six starts) and Chad Kuhl, who didn’t walk a Dodger in six innings yesterday and allowed two runs. The Pirates blasted Brett Anderson for five runs in the first inning, but Kuhl kept pitching with grim, arm-wrestling intent.The Bucs have been in the past three N.L. wild-card knockout games. They won the first and lost the next two 8-0 and 4-0 to the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner and the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta, getting nine hits combined. They will gladly try it again.Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ Saturday and Sunday starters retired eight batters between them, and the team’s collective mind checked out at around 3 p.m.And in Cleveland, the Angels lost their 10th consecutive game and, at the moment, are experiencing the fifth-worst season in their history. Three hours to their east, David Freese is right on time. mwhicker@scng.com @MWhicker03LANG on TwitterThree facts:1. Josh Reddick is hitting .178 with one extra-base hit in 11 Dodgers games.2. Joc Pederson is hitting .364 in his past 19 games with 15 RBIs.3. The Pirates have won 15 of their past 20 games against the Dodgers.last_img read more

Aug
14

The Dore wins Rec League Co-ed softball regular season and tournament championship

first_imgThe Dore are your league winners.Sumner Newscow report — The Dore Grill and Bar were recent winners of the Co-Ed Wellington Rec League regular season and tournament held at Rock Island Ballpark.The team standings for the league are as follows:The Dore  – 10-4D-Tan Salon & Boutique – 9-5Gill Chiropractic – 9-5Base Invaders – 7-7Red Beard’s Barber Shoop – 7-7Balls Deep 0-14.The Dore beat Gill Chiropractic for the tournament championship.Members of the team pictured above are:Front Row Left to Right:Kaitlin NorrisShelby McCoyAshlyn WhaleyKelsey WhaleyShannon McCoyAlex Stallbaumer.Back Row Left to Right:Nick BeckerChad WhaleyShawn BeckerTravis WhaleyDerek McCrearyJustin “Chief” Golden.last_img read more