White-ball Windies cricketers earn increased incentives, retainers

first_imgEXCLUSIVE retainers are the highlight of Cricket West Indies latest offer to Windies players.Previously, there were retainer contracts for a certain number of players, now there will be a number of retainer offers per category.The most respect will still be paid to Test cricket, as CWI CEO Johnny Grave’s policy will now pay the biggest retainers to players who play both Tests and One Day Internationals.The maximum retainer is more than US$300 000 inclusive of match fees. New contracts will come into effect on July 1, 2018.Already, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse and Kesrick Williams have been offered Category C contracts.Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Darren Sammy are reportedly to receive pro-rata contracts.While the CWI is yet to say what the new contracts will mean in terms of an increase, reports suggest that match fees will increase to US$5 000, up from the US$2 500 for Tests and US$2 000, up from the US$1500 for T20Is and ODIs.The retainer contracts are also said to have improved significantly, with A contractors seeing the possibility of earning more than US$300 000, up from the US$140 000 that previously existed.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgHORSE RACING-HALL OF FAMETrainer Mark Casse among 7 elected to Racing Hall of FameSARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Trainer Mark Casse, jockey Darrel McHargue, thoroughbred Wise Dan, and owner George D. Widener, Jr. have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.Also elected were racehorse Tom Bowling, owner Alice Headley Chandler, and J. Keene Daingerfield, Jr., a trainer who became one of the most respected stewards in the sport.The induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 7 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York. The museum is monitoring state and health regulations in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. A decision on the status of the ceremony will be made at a later date. — Belgium’s prime minister says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the decision by the national security council. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.— The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, a month and a half after it was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. The president of the Turkish soccer federation says he hopes to finish the season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August. The games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.— Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled. The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women have been scratched. It was scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. Also, the R&A says it has postponed the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship until next year. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021 in Buenos Aires.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press Update on the latest sports Joseph, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has spent the last nine seasons with the Houston Texans after beginning his career with a five-year stint in Cincinnati.The 2006 first-round draft pick from South Carolina has 750 tackles and 31 interceptions in his 14-year career. He ranks fourth among active NFL players in career interceptions and leads all active NFL cornerbacks in tackles.His 194 passes defended are the most of any NFL player of the last 20 seasons. Joseph is aiming to become the first player to reach 200 passes defended since the NFL started measuring the statistic in 2000.Joseph played 14 games for the Texans last season and had 51 tackles and one interception. He has started at least 11 games in each of the last 11 seasons.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-UCONN-OLLIE NCAA rejects former UConn coach’s appeal over violationsHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An NCAA panel on Wednesday rejected an appeal by former UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie, who sought to overturn findings that he violated ethical conduct rules while leading the Huskies.The NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee ruled Ollie failed to prove that information he presented alleging witnesses against him lied outweighed the information that supported the violation findings.In July 2019, the NCAA Committee on Infractions placed the UConn program on two years of probation and sanctioned Ollie individually for numerous violations of NCAA rules during his tenure.The Committee on Infractions said the violations mainly stemmed from improper pickup games at which student managers kept statistics for coaches; the use of a video coordinator as a coach, which resulted in more than the allowable number of coaches; and free training sessions provided to three players by a trainer who was friends with Ollie. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPatchwork decisions throw wrinkle in college football plansUNDATED (AP) — The NBA says some players can voluntarily return to their team practice facilities starting on Friday, with some very specific conditions and only in places where local and state governments have signed off on such openings. But it’s unclear how many — if any — players will be back on the floor when the league ban gets lifted. Some teams aren’t ready to welcome players back immediately, and many teams aren’t allowed to open yet to because of local rules.Getting players back into facilities is not a precursor to games being played. It’s aimed at keeping them out of public gyms and playgrounds that are starting to reopen. Positive tests during individual training or practices could delay or destroy any plans for the resumption of games.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:center_img MISSISSIPPI WELFARE MISSPENDINGAuditor: Favre received welfare money for no-show speechesJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A nonprofit group caught up in an embezzlement scheme in Mississippi used federal welfare money to pay former NFL quarterback Brett Favre $1.1 million for multiple speaking engagements but Favre did not show up for the events, the state auditor said.Details about payments to Favre are included in an audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services released Monday. State Auditor Shad White said his employees identified $94 million in questionable spending by the agency, including payments for sports activities with no clear connection to helping needy people in one of the poorest states of the U.S.The audit was released months after a former Human Services director and five other people were indicted on state charges of embezzling about $4 million. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial in what White has called one of Mississippi’s largest public corruption cases in decades. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-TITANS-JOSEPHTitans agree to terms with veteran CB Johnathan JosephNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph as they continue to revamp their secondary. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-KENTUCKY-SARREx-Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr transferring to KentuckyLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Former Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr says he’s transferring to Kentucky.The move gives the Wildcats a veteran 7-footer after the team’s entire starting lineup declared for the NBA draft.Sarr is a 255-pounder from France who was the Demon Deacons’ leading rebounder and second-leading scorer last season. He announced his decision to play for the Wildcats on social media. He also called former Demon Deacons coach Danny Manning and his staff “family.” Manning was fired last month and replaced by Steve Forbes. May 6, 2020 — A person with knowledge of negotiations tells The Associated Press the Maryland Jockey Club and NBC Sports have set aside three possible dates for the running of the Preakness. The NBC affiliate in Baltimore reported the Preakness will be run Oct. 3. The person tells the AP that is one of the three possible dates, along with one each in July and August. The Preakness was originally set for May 16 as the second jewel of the Triple Crown. The uncertain timeline allows for the possibility of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont being run out of order.— The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country. Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that tournament organizers have “modeled everything.” He says the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year. He says the “best-case scenario at this point” is having an Australian Open with only Australian fans. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years. A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.— Germany’s Bundesliga soccer league has been given the go-ahead to resume this month. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) announced a loosening of a range of containment measures Wednesday after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped. Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart. The earliest the league can resume is May 16.— Soccer players in Spain returned to their team’s training camps Wednesday for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players for Barcelona, Real (ray-AL’) Madrid, Atlético Madrid and other clubs started preparing for the return to training this week. They are all expected to be tested for COVID-19 and should be cleared to practice once the results are back. Most clubs are expected to resume practicing by the end of the week.— The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday. Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion. No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted. There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSUVA president predicts no normal football seasonUNDATED (AP) — The British government says tennis courts and golf courses in England can reopen starting Wednesday, but people can only play with members of their own household. Gyms and swimming pools remain closed, although swimming in the sea or lakes will be allowed. Associated Press Update on the latest sports May 10, 2020 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement in a speech revealing the outlines of a “road map” for easing the coronavirus pandemic restrictions while maintaining forms of social distancing. The sports venues were ordered to be closed in March when Britain imposed a national lockdown.Johnson gave no indication when professional sports can resume competition.Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can set their own stance on tennis courts and golf courses, and they have already indicated a more stringent version of the lockdown will be maintained.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. Ryan says school officials are taking things day by day. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin. — President Trump has congratulated UFC for restarting the sports world Saturday night after a nearly two-month hiatus. Trump’s taped message was played during ESPN’s broadcast of the UFC 249 undercard from a fan-free arena Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. He congratulated UFC President Dana White, who is a Trump business associate and a major contributor to his re-election campaign. UFC 249 served as the first major sporting event to take place since the global pandemic shut down much of the country nearly eight weeks ago. One of the fighters scheduled to take part in UFC249 tested positive for the COVID-19. Jacaré Souza’s middleweight bout against Uriah Hall was called off after Souza tested positive along with his two cornermen.— The Spanish soccer league is not changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. The league confirmed the positive tests on Sunday but said it was not going to alter the practice protocol that got underway last week. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league said it has told everyone to keep following health safety measures suggested by authorities, so the numbers of infected players “remain very low.” The five players who tested positive will remain sidelined until they fully recover. They will be allowed to resume practicing after testing negative in two consecutive tests.— A player for English Premier League team Brighton has tested positive for the coronavirus as clubs prepare for talks on how to resume competition during the pandemic. The southern England club told The Associated Press there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate because so far players have only worked in isolation when at the training base. Brighton said three players have now had the coronavirus. The first diagnosis was announced in March. The Premier League has government support for “Project Restart” and it will be trying to secure agreement among the 20 clubs on the plans during a conference call with them on Monday.— America’s Cup teams are returning to the water in varying degrees nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of what would have been an impressive global road show for sailing. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand has returned to training on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor with its half-size test boat after a mandatory lockdown was lifted. The Kiwis don’t have access to their 75-foot race boat because it’s still being shipped back from Italy after a preliminary regatta scheduled for April was canceled. By Monday or Tuesday, the New York Yacht Club’s yacht Defiant will be headed from Pensacola, Florida, to Auckland on a 500-foot ship.— Former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming, who is now president of the Chinese Basketball Association, says the league has three options for resuming the season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 over the coronavirus pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule; play a shortened season with some games dropped; or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao told state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations. — The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7, but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. Bernard Giudicelli tells a French newspaper (Le Journal du Dimanche) that organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning.— Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR’s iRacing Series on Saturday with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway. This year’s Daytona 500 champion had four fresh tires as he chased down leader Ross Chastain and nudged him out of the way. Chastain retaliated by hitting Hamlin’s car after the checkered flag. Timmy Hill finished second, followed by Tyler Reddick, Chastain and Austin Dillon. Hamlin also won the opening iRacing event on March 22.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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University opens office in Brazil

first_imgA USC delegation of deans and trustees led by President C. L. Max Nikias traveled Monday to São Paulo, where USC will open its eighth international office according to USC News.The delegation includes Dean of the Price School of Public Policy Jack H. Knott, Dean of the Marshall School of Business James G. Ellis, Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts Elizabeth M. Daley and Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering. Yannis C. Yortsos. The delegation also includes trustees Frank H. Cruz, Edward P. Roski Jr., David H. Dornsife and John Mork.The new office will work to recruit students from the country, provide programs for prospective students studying in Brazil and facilitate collaborations between the university and Brazilian researchers.“The University of Southern California community is eager to build even stronger ties with Brazil, and to lay a solid foundation for long-standing, mutually-beneficial collaborations,” Nikias said in a statement. “Brazil will play a particularly vital role in these partnerships, given its strategic location in the Pacific Rim, and USC’s ambition to attract the world’s most talented and creative students.”The University of São Paulo signed an agreement with the Metropolitan Development Secretary of the State of São Paulo and the Price school, in addition to an agreement to participate in the iPodia Alliance, a Viterbi school international consortium.USC currently has a partnership with Fundação Getulio Vargas, a private Brazilian university, and participates in the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, which provides Brazilian students with scholarships to study at USC for one year.While in Brazil, the delegates will meet numerous members of the Brazilian government, including the chief secretary of São Paulo, the president of the University of São Paulo and the president of the São Paulo Research Foundation. They will also meet with the Secretaries of Economic Development, Metropolitan Development and Science and Technology.USC also has international offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai and Taipei.last_img read more

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USC steamrolls Cal

first_imgFreshman quarterback Kedon Slovis attempts a pass against Cal Saturday night during USC’s 24-point victory. (Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) “Drake’s a special guy. And to come in and not even go through spring ball and be able to do the things that he’s doing right now is really, really impressive,” offensive coordinator Graham Harrell said. “He’s just that talented of a guy, and he has a skill set that I’ve never seen before.” In a game where redshirt junior Tyler Vaughns was limited after sustaining an injury against Arizona State, USC proved yet again that its receiving unit is one of the deepest in the nation. Pittman led the charge with 180 yards, freshman Drake London finished with 111 and St. Brown added 85 of his own.  The Trojans entered halftime ahead by just 7 points, but dominated the second half. Cal struggled to get any offense going, punting three times and throwing two interceptions.  Slovis was the highlight of the Trojans’ 24-point victory, completing 29 of 35 passes for 406 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the third time in the last four weeks that Slovis has thrown for at least 400 yards.  The Trojans’ first touchdown came when Slovis was forced to roll out of the pocket before finding a wide open Amon-Ra St. Brown for an 18-yard score after the sophomore receiver’s route dropped junior cornerback Elijah Hicks. Just before halftime, Slovis threw a deep ball to Pittman in one-on-one coverage with Hicks in the end zone. While the ball was in midair, Hicks lost his footing, and Pittman just had to reel it in for an easy 33-yard score.  London made it three straight games with a touchdown catch after going the first eight contests without finding the end zone. “As a defense, nothing really changes for us,” redshirt sophomore safety Isaiah Pola-Mao said of adjusting to the different quarterbacks. “We still have the same mentality: get after the quarterback and get after their offense. When they changed quarterbacks, we knew we were just going to get after them.” “I think it just shows what our offense is capable of,” Slovis said. “Obviously, I think I can play better, even after a game like this … I think it’s just a testament to what this offense can be in the future.” Slovis came out of the gate on fire, completing 17 of 21 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, but USC’s biggest plays came when Slovis caught a couple breaks. center_img USC’s worst losses this season — and even a few of its closer wins — have featured essentially the same problem: things get bad, USC has trouble adjusting, things get worse and USC either leaves with a disheartening loss or an unconvincing win.  The Bears’ two quarterbacks combined for 15-of-32 passing with no touchdowns and two interceptions on the night. “Just doing our part really, winning every game that we can,” junior offensive tackle Austin Jackson said. “We’ve got UCLA coming up, it’s a rivalry and Pac-12 South matchup, so it should be fun, and we’ve got a lot of work to get to.” The Trojans’ win improves their record to 7-4, and though its chance at a Pac-12 South title remains slim, the team has now won four of its last five games and carries plenty of momentum into next week’s regular season finale against UCLA. In the Trojans’ 41-17 win over California Saturday in Berkeley, however, the Trojans looked like an entirely different team. USC had trouble at first and was tied at 10 at one point in the second quarter, but the Trojans eventually pulled away with a 17-0 third quarter to put the Bears away.  Redshirt junior quarterback Devon Modster entered the game for Cal after redshirt sophomore Chase Garbers left with a left shoulder injury early in the second quarter. Garbers was playing in his first game since suffering a right arm injury against Arizona State Sept. 27.  Both times Slovis was fortunate that his receivers came wide open, allowing for easy completions. “I think the biggest thing coming away from last week was, yeah we won, that’s great, but we scored 28 points in the first [quarter] and we scored 3 the rest of the game,” freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis said after the game. “That’s not to our standards. So I think this week, scoring continually throughout the game, really probably more so in the second half, that was more exciting for us.”last_img read more

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Thunder Bay Junior High Introducing “STEM Courses” and More for Fall Semester

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSchool hasn’t even ended for the summer, but APS is already preparing for next year.Thunder Bay Junior High School will be launching some new courses come fall semester. 6th graders will be introduced to the science, technology, engineering and math course.The ‘STEM’ program will allow students to learn more about Goggle (G-Suite) to understand technology.  7th and 8th graders will be introduced to a new elective program focusing on medical research and science discovery.Superintendent, Dr. VanWagnoer said he’s proud of the advances Alpena Public Schools is trying to make to better educate students for their future.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Statewide Tornado Drill Scheduled for 1 pmNext Are you prepared for this weekend’s winter storm?last_img read more

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OFFICIAL:Equatorial Guinea steps in to host Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgThe Head of State and President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo this Friday 14 November met with the President of CAF Issa Hayatou concerning the possibility for Equatorial Guinea to host the Africa Cup of Nations Orange 2015.Following fraternal and fruitful discussions, the Head of State of Equatorial Guinea has agreed to host the tournament from January 17 to February 8, 2015.Therefore, the Executive Committee of CAF confirms that the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2015 will be held in Equatorial Guinea on the dates agreed, and the national team of Equatorial Guinea is qualified for the final tournament as a representative of the country host.The four cities selected for the finals are Malabo, Bata, Mongomo and Ebebiyin.The draw for the finals will take place Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.The Executive Committee of CAF and President Issa Hayatou seize this opportunity to express their sincere thanks and deep appreciation to the people of Equatorial Guinea, its government, and particularly to His Excellency the Head of State and President of the Republic Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.last_img read more

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LA Dodgers had to fight to the finish – almost

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Asked if Kershaw will throw the first pitch of Game 1 for the third straight year, Mattingly said, “we’ll be going over our roster over the next few” days.The manager only went so far as to say that the Dodgers’ first two starters have been decided. Certainly that will be Kershaw and Zack Greinke, who led the major leagues in earned-run average. But a couple veteran players mentioned in passing that Kershaw would need to be ready for Game 1 on Friday, which would come as little surprise.Mattingly did say he’s identified a Game 3 starter. Left-hander Brett Anderson, who has never faced the Mets in his seven-year career, is considered the favorite. Reports out of New York indicate that the Mets will start three right-handed pitchers – Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey, in that order – in Games 1, 2 and 3.“We’re ready,” Mattingly said. “We’re as ready as we’re going to be.”Maybe not entirely.Outfielder Yasiel Puig essentially played the final one-and-a-half games of the season – scarcely enough time to have confidence in the health of his hamstrings. Puig has been able to run at 100 percent for less than a week, needing an 11th-hour recovery merely to play before the regular season ended.Puig is expected to face live pitching at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. So is Scott Van Slyke, who is battling a hand injury and hasn’t played since Thursday. The fates of the two right-handed hitting outfielders could be intertwined, depending on whether the Dodgers take an extra position player or an extra relief pitcher on their NLDS roster.When healthy, Puig is the Dodgers’ best defensive right fielder, their fastest baserunner and, at times, a great hitter. Though maddeningly inconsistent, Puig had hits in 11 straight games before his 0-for-2 Sunday. “Part of what you may use him for is to pinch run or to play defense late in the game,” Mattingly said, “and I guess the thing we need to know: Can you go full speed?”Mattingly would not say whether or not Puig could make the roster at less than 100 percent health. For the most part though, the Dodgers enter the postseason as healthy as they’ve been all season.That could be a good omen. Matt Kemp was on crutches when the 2012 postseason began and Hanley Ramirez had a cracked rib when it ended. A year ago, then number-three starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was sidelined for the final three weeks of the regular season with inflammation in his left shoulder.Whether it’s health, or home-field advantage, or a week’s worth of meaningful games, the veteran Dodgers can appreciate their lot in life.So can the newest Dodger.“I came in here with no expectations,” said Corey Seager, who at 21 years old is expected to be the starting shortstop in the NLDS. “It’s really nice to succeed, but it’s also nice to be in the playoffs, look forward to that, see how that atmosphere’s going to be and see how far we can go.” One moment Sunday perfectly captured what Game 162 was all about for the Dodgers.Jimmy Rollins, wearing Tommy Lasorda’s number 2 jersey (fitted to his frame), strolled slowly to the mound in the fourth inning to take the ball from Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw smiled, something he almost never does when giving up the baseball. He tipped his hat to the crowd as he walked off the mound – an even more unusual sight.“I wouldn’t give Jimmy a hard time his first time managing,” Kershaw said.Nobody gave anyone a hard time Sunday. It was the only meaningless game the Dodgers played all season.center_img In that regard, 2015 was unlike any of the Dodgers’ three National League West-winning seasons under Don Mattingly. They finished 2014 with three inconsequential games against the Colorado Rockies. The year before, the Dodgers never led the division by fewer than nine games after Aug. 21 and jumped in a pool to celebrate their inevitable crown.This year, the Dodgers secured the division title in Game 157 and Mattingly rolled out a regular lineup through Game 161 – when they finally clinched home-field advantage for the NL Division Series against the New York Mets on Saturday.“It definitely helps, being in this situation right now,” veteran reliever Joel Peralta said. “You get the best out of you, to be ready for the postseason.”The Dodgers will not work out as a team Monday, though Kershaw said he would be at Dodger Stadium going for his normal day-after-a-start workout. The team will hold a voluntary workout Tuesday, and involuntary workouts Wednesday and Thursday. All will be closed to the public.NLDS rosters must be submitted to the league Friday morning. Maybe by then the Dodgers will have decided on a starting rotation.last_img read more

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Grindvold grinds out winning round at Greenwood

first_imgPSC golf from The Golf Club Sports BarMonday, Sept. 19, Green Valley – Stableford1st John Emmerson (11) 37pts 2nd John Pierrel (13) 37pts3rd Joe Mooneyham (16) 36ptsFour groups headed down the 36 this morning to test the links of Green Valley. Finally, the whole game came together, the back nine was stronger, and thus our TGC partner John Emmerson snatched this week’s victory on count back.Last week I wrote that 39 would normally be enough for a win when writing of our second place finisher Mick Beresford, and that was true today.  Timing is everything, not just on your swing, but your entire game.  But today Johnny got to the top on count back over John Pierrel who has been traveling Thailand and playing golf all over the kingdom.  Emmerson’s 19 on back was 2 better than Pierrel’s 17, so ring the bell pal!  You actually had good reason to bum a cigar from Warboys this time.John Emmerson & Joe Mooneyham.It was great to see our PSC golf chief Joe Mooneyham out with us and playing great golf with his 36 points for third on the day.Our buddy from Hawaii, Kalani is back with us for a couple of weeks now, so Mahalo, man.For the record, the proper stableford count back criteria is back 9 total points, if tied then back 6 total, if still tied then back 3 total, if still tied then last hole total, if still tied then highest points on the #1 handicap hole.  There are actually 4 more stages, but they are rarely necessary.Wednesday, Sept. 21, St. Andrews – Stableford1st John Pierrel (13) 39pts2nd Henry O’Brien (18) 35pts3rd Terry Wagner (20) 31ptsNot content with his second place finish on Monday, John Pierrel set his standards high and came out the winner of today’s competition.  John played some very consistent golf with only one blob on the card.  Shooting a 39 on this course is quite difficult, so well played to John.Bob, Mark, McHugh, Roachie, Jez & pals after Friday’s trip to Greenwood.Henry O’Brien has been playing well of late and an 18 handicapper that shoots 35 here has had a very good round of golf.  Terry Wagner got away with a third with his 31 points, but some days you just get lucky sneaking that one in.St. Andrews is one of the best courses we play in Pattaya.  It never ceases to impress with its beautiful vistas of the Rayong hills.  The course was in very good nick today and the weather was overcast, making for a cool and pleasant day of golf on a great track.Friday, Sept. 23, Greenwood – Stableford1st Jack Grindvold (5) 37pts2nd Gareth Gill (7) 35pts3rd John McHugh (9) 35ptsIt was TGC partner Johnny McHugh’s birthday today, so a very special outing was on the agenda for this trip out to Greenwood.  McHugh sponsored the four long drives, something he usually excels in… but not today.  There was that silly rule about drives having to be in the fairway he forgot about.  Sorry about that birthday boy.Long time buddy Ernie MacInerney took 2 of the LD’s.  It’s a shame the Dalai Lama didn’t play today, big hitter, the Lama.  A rare appearance by Joe Sebastian on the golf course was noted, good to see the lefty back in action as he apparently had a great back nine after 6 months of cobwebs on the bag.It was one of those days when you wished you had shares in Bacardi, as the Breezers were flowing like the Pattaya floods of the past week.  But the star of the day was our own Jack Grindvold who won with a great round, a Cinderella story if you will.There was a trio of single digit handicappers on today’s podium.  These guys make few mistakes, so Jack’s victory was that much sweeter.  Well done Jack, our favorite Swede, and don’t worry, that new Ikea in Bangkok will be open next month.Greenwood was in spectacular shape and we will be returning next month, so watch for the October schedule soon.  Keep it in the fairway lads!Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao and Soi Diana junction.  We can be reached on 085 434 3377 or pattaya4golf@gmail.com and our website is www.golfclubpattaya.com.last_img read more

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U23 rugby program to develop code

first_imgThe Under 23 Resident program is a 5 year agreement with New South Wales Rugby League.The Under 23 Resident’s program creates another pathway for all the players in the national competition, the Digicel Cup.“This program has been negotiated and finalized by PNGRFL together the counterparts News South Wales Rugby Country and PNGNRLC. We are deligted that they have the confidence in PNGNRLC to pass the program onto us to deliver it in PNG” explained PNGNRLC Chairman Adrian Chow.Chairman Chow said the country has witnessed a general improvement in the standard of the code and this Under 23 Resident program will continue to develop rugby league in the country, especially the players.“This competition is directed at young and developing players so we want this program to assist players reach their potential because many of this players when they are young, they are still able to be moulded” said Mr Chow.The advantage of this program is that it will expose the young players to international level of competitions.Under the program, the PNG Under 23 Resident team will challenge New South Wales Country Under 23 Team.“This year they will come here and next year, our boys will travel to New South Wales. ..Beyond the partnership with NSW, this is a concept we want to grow and we will look at other competitions for our Resident’s Team going forward” said Sandis Tsaka, PNGRFL Sandis Tsaka.last_img read more

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