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first_imgTHE Kendall Union Sports Club (KUSC) recently held its inaugural awards and presentation ceremony at the club’s headquarters at No. 19 Village, East Coast, Berbice. The club awarded outstanding and long-serving members for their contribution to cricket.Those receiving awards were: Joshua Tayah – ‘A’ Team player-of-the-year, Fazil Gobin, ‘B’ team player-of-the-year, Under-19 player-of-the-year Vishal Goberdhan,. most improved player Rakesh Kallicharran and most disciplined player Devan Persaud.Long-serving awards were presented to Anil Beharry, Harripaul Guyanand, Deodat Guyanand, Rudolph Baker and Shivlall Serkissoon.President of the club, Albert Budhoo, in his remarks highlighted some of the achievements of the club during the year and plans for the coming year and the future.The club has two cricket teams and a volleyball team who participate in competitions.Among some of the immediate plans, according to Budhoo are: the drafting of a constitution for the club, getting the club registered with the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) and the Ministry of Education’s Department of Youth, Culture and Sport.Improvements to the general infrastructure at the venue including ground-clearing, cleaning, painting the pavilion, erecting new gate and sign and providing running water at the facility are also top priorities for the club.Budhoo thanked members of the club, sponsors and the business and general community for their support and encouragement during the year.last_img read more

first_imgFor the second consecutive week, USC’s defense dominated, creating turnovers and sacks just when it seemed the opposition was close to putting points on the board. But on Saturday, the Trojan offense offset all of these positives created by their counterparts on the other side of the ball en route to a 10-7 defeat at the hands of Washington State, marking the first time the team has lost to the Cougars at the Coliseum since 2000.Not enough · USC redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Maddden (23) was the Trojans’ sole form of offensive production in the team’s 10-7 loss to Washington State. Madden finished with 151 rushing yards on 32 carries. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanIn a game that was bereft of any offensive consistency from either side, big plays were the difference — and the Trojans produced hardly any.No USC offensive play went for more than 20 yards, and no pass play gained even 10 yards as the Trojans gained just 193 total yards on offense. Redshirt sophomore quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek combined to complete 11 of 21 passes for a measly total of 54 yards, with each throwing a costly interception.After a poor punt from Washington State gave the Trojans the ball at the Cougars’ 39-yard line with a chance to extend the 7-0 lead just before halftime, Kessler mistimed a quick slant and threw behind sophomore receiver Nelson Agholor. Washington State cornerback Damante Horton intercepted the misfire and returned it 70 yards untouched to tie the game.“Obviously that’s not what I wanted to happen on the play but I was just trying to get the ball out before I got sacked,” Kessler said. “It was one of those things where you kind of throw it blind to where you want [the receiver] to break, and I threw it a little behind [Agholor].”Horton solidified his hero status for the Cougars by picking off another pass from Wittek on the Trojans’ final drive of the game to seal the upset.The second interception followed the Cougars’ only successful offensive drive of the night. After Washington State receiver Dom Williams picked up 49 yards on a screen pass from Connor Halliday to the USC  30-yard line, the longest play of the entire game, kicker Andrew Furney converted a 41-yard field goal with 3:03 to play to put up the Cougars’ first offensive points of the night.“We played lights-out defense versus a [pass-heavy] system that’s put up a bunch of numbers over the years,” USC head coach Lane Kiffin said. “Unfortunately, we were really poor on offense.”Washington State played conservatively on defense all night, often dropping eight men into pass coverage in an attempt to limit big plays.Kiffin seemed more than happy to oblige to the Cougars’ strategy, calling for 41 running plays and 21 passes, most of which were short routes and screen passes behind the line of scrimmage.Kiffin’s suspect playcalling, a much-maligned subject over the past two seasons, elicited boos from enraged USC fans throughout the game, as running plays were called many times in third-and-long situations that rarely resulted in first downs for the Trojans.USC was only 3 for 13 on third-down conversions in the game. But Kiffin defended his conservative strategy.“When you drop eight [players deep] that’s gonna close up lanes in the passing game,” Kiffin said. “We [were effective] at times, but then we’d shoot ourselves in the foot.”Despite the offense’s inability to maintain an effective drive, the Trojans’ defense held strong until the final minutes of the fourth quarter and even helped create USC’s only points of the game.A pair of big gains by Washington State had the ball down to USC’s 33-yard line before a holding penalty and a sack by senior outside linebacker Morgan Breslin pushed the ball back past midfield. On the next play, redshirt junior defensive tackle George Uko sacked Halliday and forced a fumble, which was picked up by senior outside linebacker Devon Kennard and returned to the Cougars’ 22-yard line, giving the Trojans great field position.Two plays after redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Madden converted a fourth-down run to get the ball inside the 10-yard line, Kessler rolled out to his right to pass but had enough space in front of him to scamper into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead with 9:59 left in the second quarter.Madden was the lone bright spot on USC’s offense, as he became the first USC running back to gain 100 yards in the first two games of the season since 1981 Heisman trophy winner Marcus Allen. Madden rushed 32 times for 151 yards for an average of 4.7 yards per carry and also converted all three of USC’s successful third down attempts.Madden admitted in his post-game press conference that he felt banged up after having his number called over 30 times in just his second collegiate game at tailback. Including the 12 yards he gained on two receptions, Madden accounted for 163 of the Trojans’ 193 yards on offense — the lowest USC output since 1998.Junior wide receiver Marqise Lee, whose Heisman chances are all but gone, gained just 27 yards on seven catches.“I’ve never seen stats as bad as we did today,” Kiffin said. “That’s very discouraging and obviously that falls on me, so we’re going to fix it.”The team did manage to slog into field goal range on Wittek’s first two drives to open the second half, aided by a few Washington State defensive penalties and Madden’s solid performance in the backfield.But junior kicker Andre Heidari’s 32-yard attempt on the opening possession of the half was blocked, and his 43-yard attempt on the Trojans’ next drive went wide left.As the clock wound down and fans trudged up the stairs and outside the Coliseum, a deafening chant of “Fire Kiffin!” echoed throughout the stadium.“I think I heard those [taunts] before the game during warmups even, so I’m getting used to it,” Kiffin deadpanned. “It is what it is … You really can’t worry about that.”If Kiffin truly isn’t distracted by the criticism that will surely surround him over the following week, that’s a good thing. Judging by the team’s performance against the Cougars, the entire USC staff and team have a lot of other concerns to iron out before the Trojans’ game next week at home against Boston College. Follow Will on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more

first_img Published on August 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse With Jim Boeheim set to serve a nine-game suspension at the start of conference play this season, Mike Hopkins will make his head coaching debut in a familiar environment.Syracuse will travel to face Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center at 9 p.m. on Dec. 30, the conference announced in a release Wednesday. The game will be the second leg of the “ACC Tip-Off” doubleheader, with Clemson and North Carolina squaring off in Chapel Hill at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPN2.It will be the 107th meeting between the Orange and Panthers, a rivalry that dates back to 1914 and took flight when the teams regularly met as members of the Big East. Syracuse went 0-2 against Pitt last season, falling 83-77 on the road and on Feb. 7 and 65-61 in the Carrier Dome on Feb. 21.Here’s how the Orange’s 2015-16 schedule looks with what’s been announced:Nov. 2 — Le Moyne. time TBD, Carrier Dome*Nov. 8 — Florida Southern, time TBD, Carrier Dome*Nov. 25 — Charlotte, 7:15 p.m. at Paradise Island, BahamasNov. 26 — Connecticut/Michigan, time TBD, Paradise Island, BahamasNov. 27 — Opponent TBD time TBD, Paradise Island, BahamasDec. 2 — Wisconsin (Big 10/ACC Challenge), 7:15 p.m., Carrier DomeDec. 30 — At Pittsburgh, 9 p.m., Peterson Events CenterJan. 18 — At Duke, 7 p.m., Cameron Indoor StadiumFeb. 29 — At North Carolina, 7 p.m., Dean E Smith CenterAdvertisementThis is placeholder text* = Exhibition gameBold = Battle for Atlantis Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThis past season Aranda turned the Wisconsin defense into one of the best in the nation despite losing a majority of their starters from 2013. UW is fourth in the nation in total defense (283.2) and ranks in the top three of the Big Ten in most major defensive categories.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is also reporting that Chryst could make a play for current Tennessee Titan offensive line coach Bob Bolstad. Like Chryst and Rudolph, Bolstad coached at UW from 2006-11, serving as the tight ends and offensive line coach. He went to Pittsburgh with Chryst in 2011.Regardless of any reports, Chryst will have to replace offensive line coach T.J. Woods and defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a, both of whom followed Andersen to Oregon State. Chryst said Wednesday that he will begin talking to Wisconsin assistant coaches beginning Thursday.But for now it appears as if Alvarez and the UW football team has their top choice at the helm for the Badgers. After going through two coaches in three seasons, Chryst will bring familiarity and stability to UW in addition to a pro-style offense that is liked by so many at Wisconsin.Chryst’s first game as head coach of the Badgers will be a tough test against arguably college football’s biggest powerhouse in Alabama when the two teams square off on Sept. 5 next season.Alvarez will still coach the Badgers in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 against Auburn, but after a busy week, Chryst says he’s ready to just get back to work.“As great a day as today is — and it is, it’s a great day — I also don’t want it to be the best day,” Chryst said. “And that’s where I’m looking forward to going to work and being with this group of players and as we add on players to this.“I’m very appreciative and honored for this opportunity and with that comes a great motivation and a push to make sure that we do the best that we can to make the players, the university, the state proud.” It’s official: Paul Chryst will be coming back to the Wisconsin football team as its head coach.Chryst — a former University of Wisconsin player, offensive coordinator and most recently the University of Pittsburgh head coach — was announced Wednesday as UW’s new head coach. The decision comes just one week after former UW head coach Gary Andersen resigned and left for Oregon State.“The first person I thought of when Gary Andersen informed me that he was leaving was Paul Chryst,” UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said at Chryst’s introductory news conference Wednesday. “Paul has worked with me in the past, [and I] have great respect for him as both a football coach and a person. He and his family will be great fits for our university and our community.”Chryst, 49, is the 30th coach in program history and brings a wealth of connections to the state of Wisconsin, the university and the football program.He was born in Madison, attended high school in Platteville, Wis. and played quarterback for the Badgers from 1986-88. After one season as the tight ends coach at UW in 2002 and a season at Oregon State as the offensive coordinator in 2003, Chryst returned to Wisconsin as the offensive coordinator from 2005 to 2011.Chryst left UW after the 2011 season to become head coach at Pittsburgh, where he posted a 19-19 overall record for the past three seasons, making three straight bowl games while rebuilding the Panthers program.But now, after three seasons away from his hometown, alma mater and the place where he coached for eight seasons, Chryst is back in Madison. He reflected heavily on his past at Wisconsin, even recalling when he used to deliver newspapers as a young child to Camp Randall Stadium.“Obviously this is a big moment, and I could not be more grateful and honored and certainly appreciative of such an opportunity,” Chryst said. “To be able to do this and come back home to Wisconsin, it truly is special.”During his tenure as offensive coordinator at UW, the Badgers saw unprecedented success as a team and offensively. UW went 60-19 (37-19 Big Ten) in that span, with two trips to the Rose Bowl after the 2010 and 2011 seasons against TCU and Oregon, respectively.In 2010, UW averaged more than 40 points per game for the first time in school history, finishing the season fifth nationally in scoring offense (41.5). Wisconsin also scored more than 70 points three times during the 2010 season.In Chryst’s 2011 season as offensive coordinator, the Wisconsin offense was arguably the best it has ever been behind the likes of Russell Wilson and Montee Ball, posting a program-best 44.14 points per game, which also was good for sixth in the nation, while leading the Big Ten in yards per game (469.86).The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Chryst is expected to bring current Pittsburgh offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Joe Rudolph with him to Madison to occupy the same positions at UW. Rudolph played football at Wisconsin and was the tight ends coach under Chryst from 2008-11. If Rudolph does join the UW staff, it will likely end current offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig’s time at Wisconsin.Dave Aranda, the current Wisconsin defensive coordinator, will not go with Andersen to Oregon State, but his future at UW isn’t set in stone. However, it does appears as if Aranda has a good chance of staying in Madison as long as Chryst wants him.last_img read more

first_imgSlaven Bilic has sent a passionate message to West Ham fans after being sacked as boss.Bilic gave TV cameras the thumbs-up as he drove into West Ham’s training ground this morning – only to get the boot minutes later. Bilic, who spent two-and-a-half years the club, admitted he expected to get the chop after a dire 4-1 loss to Liverpool on Saturday.Speaking through his car window, Bilic said: “The fans were brilliant to me from the start to the end and I really feel it, it’s not just words. This was more than a job. This was personal because of my relationships with the club.“I played for the club and fans came from the first against a team from Andorra and it was a full house. Nothing will change the memory.”Bilic said: “I’m disappointed and sad but not in the club. I expected it to be fair. It is the move clubs are usually doing so no hard feelings especially when the time goes by. I will be very proud of my work here. It’ll always be my club. There are no hard feelings at all. We didn’t start this crucial season well.“We had a very good first season and the second one we knew would be a difficult one with the transition to the new stadium and the difficulties we had”,“We coped with that at the end really good, finished up the table, but then this season we hoped we’d make the step from the start.You are always hoping and you believe in yourself you can turn it around otherwise I wouldn’t be in this job or at this level. It doesn’t mean I don’t understand the club will make.”RelatedWest Ham Sacks Manager Slaven Bilic and David Moyes Might Replace himNovember 6, 2017In “Features”My First Duty As West Ham New Manager, David Moyes RevealsNovember 8, 2017In “Europe”West Ham United Confirms David Moyes as the Club ManagerNovember 7, 2017In “Features”last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Look at a bright side to Wednesday afternoon’s NL Championship Series Game 5, where a full sun and 86-degree temperatures made it seem like a summer setting in October at Dodger Stadium — a midweek post-season contest was recorded as bringing a non-sellout 53,183 inside the tent.But baseball has yet to fully understand the ramifications of selling itself out to television — in this case, TBS agreeing to the MLB’s wishes to have this one during the daytime so that Fox could have the night-time rights to ALCS Game 4.Old-school thinking that day-time baseball in October is as God intended may be pure in its intent. Smuggle in the transistor radio, sneak out to the break room for a glimpse of the TV. How American is (or was) that? Now you’re all grown up, and life just doesn’t work that way does it? Refresh that webpage, check the iPhone for text updates, as discretely as possible.Again, how is a 1 p.m. Dodgers-Cardinals game in L.A. optimizing exposure for the sport? Fifteen minutes before the first pitch, the stadium was barely half full, and those baking in the sun weren’t all that inspired by a scoreboard prompting them to get up, wave a towel or “make noise” as they had the two previous nights. As Zack Greinke squirmed out of a first-inning jam, there might have been more sound, but the sight of rows of empty seats, especially in the shady upper reserved levels, had to be obvious to someone. If only they considered a bobblehead giveaway promo. The lines outside the gates would have been epic. “Really, this is a holiday, you shouldn’t be working today,” said Fred Roggin, hosting a pregame show that started in an empty Dodger Stadium Lot G outside of center field at 9 a.m. on KLAC-AM (570), trying to make the best of it as callers offered up excuses they could use to their employer in an attempt to at least stay home and watch. Fans interviewed in the stands an hour before the game up on the video boards were also joking about the call-in-sick lines they ended up using so they could be here.The stadium clean-up crew that worked through the night to get the facility ready before the doors opened at 11 a.m. might have appreciated the sentiment before they went home prior to the first pitch to catch some sleep. And a pleasant good afternoon to you, wherever you may be.At work.In school.Possibly near a TV or radio if job security and good standing in the classroom permit it.center_img Wednesday’s not-ready-for-prime-time broadcast exposes another gaping hole in the MLB’s not-ready-to-reach-the-young-demographic strategy.And since it affects the Dodgers, on this day, at this time, now it’s our issue.Is there some kind of compromise that can be discussed to appease viewers as well as the networks trying to recoup their ginormous rights fees?What if the ALCS flipped over to this 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET window, based on logistics, while the NLCS went to the 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET window on occasions like this.What if the games on the same day even overlapped to some degree, as they did in the NLDS and ALDS. Especially if those in the home markets have a better chance of dealing with work and school schedules.The 1971 World Series was the first to go all prime-time, and that ship has already sailed — except for the logic in trying to bring day games back on the weekends.West Coasts starts will always be an issue not made in the shade. MLB tried this year to spread the postseason out more, from 28 to 31 dates between the first wildcard to Game 7 of the World Series. It didn’t do much in the way of improving start times, though.Daytime games in the post-season are great for nostalgia’s sake, not so much for its future stake. You’d think baseball could take another enlightened look at this, as new leadership in the MLB commissioner’s office assess where the game not only has been, but where it’s going.Ready to come up with a feasible solution that doesn’t penalize those who commit to work and school?That’ll be the day.last_img read more

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates with manager Dave Roberts after his fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson #31 connects for a solo homer in the 5th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers played host to the Houston Astros in game 2 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/25/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodgers Joc Pederson, #31, drove this ball deep for a solo HR in the fifth inning of game two of the World Series at Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson tracks the flight of his fifth-inning solo home run. The blast was the team’s first hit off Astros ace Justin Verlander and tied the score, 1-1. (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson watches his fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Dodgers Joc Pederson, #31, rounds the bases as Astros Justin Verlander looks on with a solo HR in the fifth inning of game two of the World Series at Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson watches his home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodger fans celebrate after Joc Pederson’s fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates with third base coach Chris Woodward after his fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson reacts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson is congratulated by third base coach Chris Woodward (45) after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Dodgers Joc Pederson, #31, celebrates his solo HR with Chase Utley in the fifth inning of game two of the World Series at Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson #31 is welcomed into the dugout by Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts #30 after a solo homer in the 5th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers played host to the Houston Astros in game 2 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/25/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates in the dugout with manager Dave Roberts after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson #31 is welcomed into the dugout by Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts #30 after a solo homer in the 5th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers played host to the Houston Astros in game 2 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/25/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates with manager Dave Roberts after his fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 26The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates with manager Dave Roberts after his fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Justin Verlander did not make a mistake in Game 2 of the World Series until the fifth inning.Joc Pederson was waiting for it.Making his second start of the postseason, Pederson crushed a hanging slider to left field for a home run against Verlander, tying the score 1-1. It was the Dodgers’ first hit of the game.To this point in October, Curtis Granderson and Andre Ethier had gotten more starts in left field against right-handed pitchers than Pederson. All three players bat left-handed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ethier, however, began Game 2 on the bench. Granderson was left off the World Series roster entirely. Roberts said he gave Pederson the start Wednesday because “I like Joc a little bit better with the velocity, and I think Joc is a better defender in left field, too.”Verlander was still touching 97 mph with his fastball in his final inning. Pederson only had one hit on a fastball 95 mph or faster this season, and that was in July. But he saw only three fastballs in his first two plate appearances against the veteran right-hander.In the second inning, Pederson was facing a 1-and-1 count when Verlander snuck back-to-back curveballs over the plate for strikes. In the fifth inning, Verlander started Pederson with back-to-back curveballs again, only to fall behind 0-and-2. He came back with the fastball, and Pederson fouled it off.Then came the mistake: an 88-mph slider over the meaty middle of home plate. Pederson drove it an estimated 370 feet to left field, transforming Dodger Stadium from a library to a fiesta.center_img Pederson pointed into the stands as he rounded first base, then again as he trotted from home plate into an elated dugout. Not counting the simulated game earlier this month in which Pederson hit a home run against teammate Alex Wood, it was his first homer since July 26.Pederson wasn’t on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster for the NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, after ending the season in a 6-for-63 slump.While Pederson was limited to simulated games during the NLDS, Roberts said he noticed a change.“He’s in his legs a little bit more, more consistent mechanically,” Roberts said before Game 2. “And so I think for us is it hasn’t really translated into production. And he hasn’t had those opportunities really, to be fair to him. But, in this one case, I think he’s going to put some at-bats together against (Verlander).”Roberts couldn’t have been more right.last_img read more

first_imgKickbox Tournament King of Kings World Grand Prix (KOK WGP) was held on Wednesday night in the Hills Hotel in Ilidza settlement near Sarajevo, and triumphs were recorded by Dzevad Poturak and Adnan Redzovic.The audience had the opportunity to see 14 very interesting matches and could be satisfied after a spectacular martial art show.In the main fight of the evening, Poturak fought against Dritan Bajrami and recorded a victory.The Albanian fighter under the Austrian flag handed over the match after the end of the second round.Poturak won the Europa Cup champion of the KOK organization in the super-heavy category. Redzovic made the only boxing match tonight and his opponent, András Balazs, knocked out at the start of the second round. This was Redzovic’s 20th victory in professional boxing. One of our most promising fighters Igor Emkic lost his match. Emkic handed over the match in the second round against Danilo Tosic, Klix.ba news portal reports.last_img read more

first_imgThe British Open golf tournament will not be played this year because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Golf Digest reported late Wednesday.The R&A, which organizes the tournament, may announce the cancellation, the first of the tournament since 1945, as early as Thursday. This year’s event is scheduled to be held July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in England. A Golf Digest source said the R&A moved to cancel in part because of insurance considerations. The club has a policy that protects against a global pandemic and needed to announce a cancellation before a certain date to collect, the source told Golf Digest.The R&A was also waiting for the All England Club, the organizers of the Wimbledon tennis championships, to make a decision before moving foward, Golf Digest reported. The All England Club canceled this year’s Wimbledon tournament on Wednesday, also for the first time since 1945.Golf’s oldest major — this would be the 149th edition of The Open Championship — is the first Grand Slam event to be canceled this year amid the pandemic. The PGA Championship and the Masters in the U.S. are hopeful of playing in late summer or early autumn. The U.S. Open, which is operated by the United States Golf  Association, remains on schedule for mid-June. CORONAVIRUS: List of U.S., Canada events, leagues affectedlast_img read more

first_imgThe more practical approach — and most likely one — is to keep the Playoff at four and work to see how many postseason games can be played outside that.  If those dates have to be moved up — the semifinals are scheduled to be played on Jan. 1 and the championship game is on Jan. 13 — that’s fine.If those games can be played, then this best-case scenario will have worked out. “I didn’t say every conference is going to play. I didn’t say every team is going to play,” Meyer said last week. “I said we’re going to play college football. I really believe that conferences, presidents, ADs and the commissioners are going to work together with the head coaches, and they’re going to work this thing out.” MORE: Which conferences have canceled their 2020 season?With that in mind, a perfect-world scenario must line up in order for the FBS to get rolling for a fall season. Here are all the factors to consider:  COVID-19 flattens outThis has to happen before anything else can. The ongoing pandemic in the United States is the leading determinant at this point. The United States has surpassed 4 million COVID-19 cases, and there are close to 2 million active cases in the country right now.  While the NCAA has released COVID-19 protocols for student-athletes, the number of new cases is still high in several states. How those numbers fluctuate in late July and August will determine whether it’s safe to run a full-contact fall camp geared toward getting college football athletes ready for a season.  When would that season start? Given that teams need six weeks to get ready, that date is fast approaching.  Eight to 10 games  Ten games looks like the best-case scenario. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has mentioned that number. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbick advocates an eight-to-10-game schedule with a later starting date.  Swarbick is right. It’s OK if the season is trimmed to eight or nine games if that means getting organized with hopes that COVID-19 numbers dwindle. What’s a legitimate starting date?  Think Oct. 3. That would allow for nine weeks of regular season football before conference championship games are supposed to be played Dec. 5. Even if those conference championship games get pushed back — which has been talked about — an October start makes a lot of sense to get conferences in line.  MORE: Poll shows most fans don’t think football will happen in 2020Conference-only play works   The Big Ten and Pac-12 moved to a conference-only schedule for 2020, and the assumption is that the model works for those conferences and produces a legitimate conference race between two divisions.  Since both conferences already use a nine-game conference model, that scenario appears to be possible. The Big 12 — the third Power 5 conference that uses a nine-game schedule — could follow the same model and plays its entire league schedule in nine weeks with no byes if the season were to start Oct. 3. That means losing a few blockbuster matchups like LSU-Texas, but that’s OK.  So does ACC-SEC plus-one model  CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd reports that the ACC and SEC are working on a plus-one model that would allow the conferences to preserve some of the rivalries between the two conferences.  This also is an ideal move. If the SEC and ACC can keep their eight-game conference schedule and play a cross-over game, then games such as Florida-Florida State, South Carolina-Clemson, Louisville-Kentucky and Georgia-Georgia Tech can be protected, and the other schools can schedule one game out of conference.   Or the conference could fall in line with a nine-game conference model. Either way, it’s best if all five Power 5 conferences play the same number of games in 2020 — but not an absolute given the circumstances.  Notre Dame and independents play  Swarbick’s comments hint that Notre Dame wants to play in 2020, too, given its ACC agreement and the number of other independent schools to play a legitimate schedule. Sporting News detailed those options, and they still check out. Group of 5 still in play  The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman wrote about the possibility of a spring season for the FCS and the Group of 5. Those schools are affected financially by the loss of nonconference games to Power 5 opponents, and a spring season would be an interesting alternative to allow a chance to play in 2020-21.  FCS schools and Group of 5 schools would be less impacted in some ways by a spring season given the number of potential NFL players on their rosters compared with Power 5 schools.  Of course, the Group of 5 would prefer to play in the fall — and that is the best-case scenario for the American Athletic Conference, Conference-USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt. Without the Power 5 to help, however, those schools might need to work together on scheduling. That’s assuming a season is possible. If it is, the schedule-makers could throw in a couple of bonuses for fans who have been waiting for a season.  Put Bama on Friday night  Let’s assume an Oct. 3 start date is possible. Why not put Alabama — the most-successful program of the past decade — in the opener against one of those flexed-in opponents? Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne squashed the rumor that the Crimson Tide would play Notre Dame in the opener.  Looking forward to our future H&H series w/ @NDFootball.However, contrary to reports, we will not be playing this season. #RollTide 🐘 https://t.co/B3JV24sabb— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) July 18, 2020It doesn’t have to be Notre Dame, but it could be somebody like Notre Dame. And what better way to kick off the season then to put Alabama on a neutral site with a big-time opponent on Friday, Oct. 2? Or even a week earlier?  It would build that much more enthusiasm for the first full Saturday (if that’s a possibility).  For what it’s worth, Alabama is supposed to play Ole Miss on Oct. 3 according to the current schedule. Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin meeting at midfield in Oxford would do just fine, too.  The Playoff stays at four Should the playoff do a one-time expansion to allow more teams in with a shortened season? In this case, less is more. The season itself will lend itself to some unforeseen circumstances — especially if schools are not able to play because of COVID-19. That’s one of the harsh realities.  Still, if the season is able to produce five legitimate conference races, then leaving one or two conferences out of the Playoff won’t be any different than the past six college football seasons. The shortened season will resemble MLB’s 60-game season in some ways, and that should in turn heat up those conference races even more.   The college football season is still to be determined heading into August, and the uncertainty lingers across the landscape.  Still, there is a prevailing sentiment that the 2020 college football season could happen. FOX Sports analyst Urban Meyer is one of those voices that is holding on to some optimism.  last_img read more