September 20, 2020

Virat Kohli & boys await BCCI nod before starting outdoor training

first_imgNEW DELHI: The government might have relaxed lockdown rules and athletes have slowly started individual ‘outdoor training, but the contracted Indian cricketers are waiting for the go-ahead from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) before they hit the ground running.Speaking to IANS, a contracted player said that while the cricketers are looking forward to start their outdoor training, they will do the same only after getting the go-ahead. For now, the players have been following the customised fitness routine given to them by trainer Nick Webb and physio Nitin Patel. “We are being extremely careful. We trust our team’s support staff and we are working out as per their guidance. When it is the right time for us to change the process, they will let us know and we will follow the new protocols strictly. The key is to be patient in these times when the factors that have forced this change upon us are not in our control,” the player pointed. The coronavirus pandemic has seen cricket events being cancelled and even on Thursday the Sri Lanka board announced that the limited-overs series they were keen to host against India in June had to be called off with an eye on the pandemic. In fact, Indian players have through the lockdown told IANS that they will need at least a couple of weeks of outdoor training before they can get back into the zone. Batsman Shreyas Iyer had said: “Yes, we will need a few net sessions for sure to get the timing back (as a batsman) and also to get the muscle memory working. We will be holding the bat after a while also to have players standing around as you face bowlers bowling at 140kph, it will not be easy to come back into that zone and it will need a few training sessions as also the mental memory to settle down completely. “It is not going to be easy, but at the same time we are professionals and we have played for so many years to reach this stage, so it will not take us very long. It will be a good challenge for us to overcome and get started with cricket,” he had explained. Echoing similar sentiments, Deepak Chahar said: “Will take around 10-odd days. You haven’t played for a while, so the body takes time to get used to that side. It is just about following a process to make a return so that the body doesn’t feel shocked. Obviously as professionals we know how to bowl and all of that, but fine-tuning the mind and getting it ready is the challenge here. You need a bit of training and some warm-up games.” Spinner Kuldeep Yadav had also spoken about the need to slowly get back into the groove. “For sure we will need time to get back to the routine. It’s like if you take a break for 4-5 months and then jump into it again it becomes complicated. It will be difficult for batsmen, spinners, fast bowlers — basically for everyone,” he had pointed. While a few cricketers (mostly the non-contracted ones) have been seen training outdoors over the last week, there has been no official go-ahead for the same from the BCCI. The board is in fact in the process of developing a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which would be put in place for all state associations and players to follow once cricketing activities resume. IANS Also watch: Morning Bulletin | 12th June, 2020last_img read more

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Sydney O’Hara returns to Syracuse rotation after injury, adds depth to pitching staff

first_imgSydney O’Hara pounded her glove as she left the mound Friday against North Carolina, trotting toward the dugout after recording her fourth out of the day.O’Hara’s face scrunched in concentration at Leigh Ross’ appearance from the dugout. The head coach clapped her hands enthusiastically, encouraging the sophomore who was returning to the pitching circle for the first time in three weeks.“Syd’s a very good pitcher,” Ross said after the game. “… She needed to get out there… We grew a lot today.”O’Hara, a pitcher and first baseman, expects to throw for Syracuse (14-19, 1-7 Atlantic Coast) as it faces off against Binghamton (12-11, 3-2 America East) in a Wednesday doubleheader in Vestal, New York starting at 3 p.m. Though still limited as she recovers from what she said was “an overuse of the forearm,” O’Hara will add depth to a pitching staff that needs more of it.Last season, O’Hara led Syracuse in the circle going 16-12 with a 3.83 ERA and 159 strikeouts over 153.2 innings of work as the team’s primary pitcher. This year, there were supposed to be more pitchers to compliment her. And with Friday being O’Hara’s return along with the first collegiate start for freshman AnnaMarie Gatti, that depth may have finally arrived to complement Jocelyn Cater.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When we get our pitchers rest, success follows,” said Mike Bosch, the assistant coach in charge of the pitchers.Finding out from doctors that she couldn’t pitch devastated O’Hara. She said she almost cried since no one has ever told her that she was unable to play softball before.After the initial reaction, O’Hara set her sights on rehab and helping her team anyway she could. To recover, O’Hara didn’t pitch and instead rested her arm, icing frequently.She continued to play in the field and went on an offensive tear at the plate. Heading into the doubleheader against UNC on Friday, O’Hara had been hitting .306 with 15 RBIs, nine runs scored, five home runs and a double over the last 12 games.But despite the success at the plate, O’Hara was excited to get back to the mound.In her return, O’Hara surrendered only two hits, but three runs with it. She walked the first batter to begin the seventh inning, and soon with a fielder’s choice and a hit batter, there were two runners on base. O’Hara left a ball hanging and North Carolina’s Jenna Kelly capitalized, hitting a three-run home run.Still, O’Hara thought it was a growing experience, saying that she needed the outing.“I hit my locations and my speed was there,” O’Hara said about her return. “All the hits they got, they got because they’re a good hitting team.”Over the 76 2/3 inning stretch between Friday and O’Hara’s last appearance on the mound, Cater pitched 51 innings and four other pitchers combined for the other 25 2/3. Bosch said that Cater threw “a little more innings than we’d like” and believes that now SU will be more dangerous.Cater and O’Hara throw the ball with different styles, Bosch said. O’Hara throws right-handed and Cater left-handed which, while elementary, is a different look that can confuse hitters.It’s the addition of last year’s ace but more importantly, a piece that will add another dimension to an SU team in need of one.“We’ve been shorthanded for a few weeks,” Bosch said. “And now hopefully we can get a jumpstart with their return.” Comments Published on April 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm Contact Liam: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Gender-neutral bathrooms to be expanded at USC

first_imgMatt Solowan, a Undergraduate Student Government diversity affairs delegate, believes every student, faculty member and visitor at USC should feel comfortable using the bathroom and has been advocating for more gender-neutral bathrooms on USC’s campus.Gender-neutral bathrooms are often used by people who do not identify as male or female, by parents and caregivers whose children are of a different gender than they are and by people whose personal attendants or caretakers are of a different gender than they are. These bathrooms serve as a space for many individuals who have special needs or who are gender-nonconforming, featuring signage that uses inclusive language, not just male and female icons but signs that are void of any gender identity.Only two of USC’s 78 buildings on the University Park Campus feature multi stall, gender-neutral bathrooms, according to the LGBT Resource Center website.To assist these individuals, USC has been transitioning single accommodation restrooms into gender-neutral restrooms through improved signage. At USC, these bathrooms are located at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, the Engemann Health Center, Bovard Auditorium, among other buildings on campus. Associate Vice Provost of Student Affairs Timothy Bessolo noted that this action has been essential to fostering an inclusive and safe campus environment.“Over the past year and a half, gender-neutral bathrooms were designated and new signage was created with the help of the LGBT Resource Center,” Bessolo said. “The University decided to designate these spaces to ensure we were creating a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff and guests on campus.”As a member of the Queer & Ally Student Assembly and the Diversity Affairs committee, Solowan has been working with his fellow delegates and student directors to raise awareness about this issue and create a resolution that addresses and seeks to resolve grievances with the current state of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.“Last year, QuASA made it part of their mission to get gender-neutral bathrooms on campus and gender-neutral housing spaces in residence halls,” Solowan said. “While they were successful in getting the conversation about these important resources started, there is still quite a ways to go before our campus is 100 percent gender-inclusive.”Solowan is looking particularly at what other college campuses are doing, in order to see what resources would be reasonable to request from the University.“On the Diversity Affairs committee, we are researching what gender-neutral resources are available at other college campuses, working on a list of resources we would like to see implemented here at USC, and hopefully presenting those ideas to the administration,” Solowan said.Solowan, who frequently uses gender-neutral restrooms since he does not always feel comfortable using gender-segregated ones, felt that there is much more work that needs to be done to ensure that everyone feels at ease using the bathroom. While Solowan claimed that the  gender-neutral bathrooms are well equipped, he said that the University has not constructed enough, particularly in residence halls.“It is imperative for students who do not identify with either side of the gender binary or who may be in the process of transitioning between genders that there be somewhere for them to go to the bathroom,” Solowan said. “It is unfair to these students that they should have to search all over campus just to find somewhere to use the bathroom or that they should have to hold it in all day,”last_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Badgers come up with big win after Friday loss

first_imgIn its final regular season home game, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team found the back of the net multiple times to get back on track.The Badgers defeated visiting St. Cloud State 5-0 Sunday afternoon at LaBahn Arena to end their two-game losing streak.“Especially after the loss on Friday, I think we really didn’t want to lose again,” senior captain Blayre Turnbull said. “We came here ready to work yesterday, learned a lot of things in video we could do better and we were able to transfer that onto the ice and make the most of it.”Head coach Mark Johnson wanted to see increased intensity, especially in the first 10 minutes of the game.The Badgers played with intensity for 60 minutes, but Johnson was only able to see the final period of the game. He was flying back from New York for a reunion celebrating the “Miracle on Ice” when the United States defeated the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympic games.Wisconsin sophomore Sarah Nurse opened up the scoring with a goal fewer than four minutes into the game, when she skated around the net and into the right circle before taking the shot to beat Huskies’ goaltender Katie Fitzgerald high. Sydney McKibbon and Melissa Channell recorded assists on the goal.Wisconsin dominated possession throughout the game, and didn’t allow the Huskies to record their first shot on goal until the 9:40 mark of the game. That dominance continued into the third period where Wisconsin didn’t allow a single shot on goal.“It was a great day for us to bounce back from the loss on Friday,” Wisconsin assistant coach Jackie Friesen said. “The girls played hard for 60 minutes, and it showed, especially in the third period not allowing them a shot. We were pretty happy with that and really happy with the effort as we move forward into the playoffs.”Turnbull and fellow senior Brittany Ammerman each lit the lamp for the Badgers to extend the lead to three halfway through the second period.Annie Pankowski scored later in the second when she got a rebound from Emily Clark’s shot attempt.The fifth and final goal came from Clark as she sped past three St. Cloud State defenders before flicking a backhanded shot past Fitzgerald.Badgers offense sluggish in Friday lossSt. Cloud State handed the Wisconsin women’s hockey team its second consecutive loss Friday, a feat last accomplished by Minnesota four months ago.An early goal put the Huskies ahead, but the Badgers dominated the pace for the majority of the game.Wisconsin attempted 106 total shots, with 53 of them on target. St. Cloud State goalkeeper Julie Friend stopped 52, with the lone goal given up with mere seconds left in the game.“It’s the tough thing about our sport,” Johnson said. “Their goaltender was obviously better than any of the shots we took today. It took us until 15 seconds to go in the game to get one. There’s not much you can say. We played a pretty good game, but we didn’t get rewarded for a lot of our efforts out there today.”The Huskies opened up the scoring in the first period with a goal off a Wisconsin turnover. St. Cloud State’s Alyssa Erickson scored her third goal of the season when she went top shelf on Ann-Renée Erickson, who had only faced two shots before the initial goal.Abby Ness and Amanda Arbogast assisted on the lone first period goal.Late in the third period, after the Badgers pulled Desbiens for an extra attacker, the Huskies forced a turnover and Payge Pena found the back of the empty net to extend the lead to 2-0.Wisconsin bounced back just 45 seconds later with a goal of their own from Pankowski from between the circles. The Badgers went with an empty net again, so an extra attacker helped find holes in the defense. Ammerman and junior Courtney Burke recorded assists on the goal.But it was just a little too late, as only 15 seconds remained in the game for the Badgers to find the equalizing goal.Johnson started the game by switching up some lines on the front end to see if they could produce against the Huskies’ defense and Friend.Wisconsin and St. Cloud State will see even more of each other in the coming week, playing again next weekend in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.These games may not be the best indicators for next weekend’s matchup, as both teams have solidified their position in the WCHA. Neither team may want to give away their strategies with playoffs looming right around the corner.“When you play this team multiple times, you have to do things over the course of those games to try to have success,” Johnson said.last_img read more

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Why Syracuse isn’t focused on field events

first_img Published on March 5, 2018 at 9:55 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ Since head coach Chris Fox arrived at Syracuse 13 years ago, the SU track program has found its identity as a distance running and hurdling powerhouse.Seven conference championships and a national cross country title later, it is clear Fox and his coaching staff have crafted a winning formula. Every track and field team in the country is constructed differently but has the same goal.“We’re always looking to score points in the ACC,” sprinting coach Dave Hegland said.How they score points, Fox explains, is the trick. By focusing resources on recruiting and training distance runners and hurdlers, SU balances excelling in certain events and disregarding others.By choice, SU does not participate in the triple jump, javelin, pole vault, discus and some other field events, seemingly forfeiting potential points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s not punting,” Fox said. “You can’t afford it. If we had two pole vaulters and that took away from distance running, we wouldn’t be winning the conference in cross country.”Because of NCAA scholarship restrictions and limitations from being an expensive private school, SU does not compete in every event, instead choosing to heavily recruit distance runners and hurdlers.In college track, programs get 12.6 scholarships for men and 18 on the women’s side. Even if split in half or thirds, that is not enough to field a roster fit to compete in all 20 track and field events.“If we had enough scholarships to cover every event, we’d do those,” Fox said. “If this was a state school and because you’re from Rochester, you could come here for $20,000 in tuition instead of $60,000, it would be different. Can’t afford it.“Not many kids’ parents are writing a check for 70 grand,” he added.Syracuse’s focus on hurdling showed in the ACC Indoor Championships. In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, SU had three finishers in the top six positions, including Matt Moore getting the silver medal. In the women’s race, Tia Thevenin placed fifth.Syracuse’s focus on distance runners and hurdlers paid off with an ACC team title in 2016. Courtesy of SU AthleticsSU is not alone in specializing. Fox points to Villanova and Georgetown, two similarly expensive private schools, who also focus in distance.One way SU separates itself is in recruiting. Justyn Knight, the ACC Indoor Championships MVP and SU’s highest-caliber track and field recruit in recent years, was introduced to Fox by a mutual friend who worked at Knight’s high school. When Knight visited the Syracuse campus, all other options were left in the dust.“When I came to visit and got to meet other coaches face-to-face, I felt like they valued me as more than just an athlete,” Knight said.Since his visit and ensuing commitment, Knight has won 10 individual ACC titles. He was a part of the 2015 national title team and won the men’s cross country individual national championship this past fall.Syracuse’s recruiting approach also impressed now-sophomore Aidan Tooker, who took silver in the 3000-meter race at the indoor championships. He decided to commit to Syracuse his senior year, a month before the Orange became national champions.“They were totally like, ‘Our goal is to win, we’re going to win. If you want to be a part of that, come here. If you don’t we’ll beat you,’” Tooker said.Syracuse validated Tooker’s commitment. No coaches will preach a losing culture to recruits. But for Tooker, Knight and other runners, the pitch from SU was more substantive.“I’m sure a lot of coaches sell it like, ‘We want to win,’” Tooker said. “But when you step in the locker room and see the everyday stuff, which I had to witness myself, either through interacting with the guys or being on the visit. The people who are doing it need to believe it, not just the coaches.”SU prioritizes recruiting the best runner in the state of New York. In 2015, Syracuse added Mickey Burke, the Gatorade New York Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year at Rush-Henrietta (New York) High School. The next year, the Orange added Tooker, who was the runner-up at the New York State championship meet for Saratoga Springs (New York) High School.Last year it was Noah Affolder, who spent his senior year in Pennsylvania after two years Carthage (New York) High School.“For me it was kind of simple,” the freshman said. “Can I see myself being coached to a national championship? And can I see myself being coached to potentially run professional?”At the time Knight was getting recruited, SU did not have an esteemed track and field history. But when Knight looked at the results, he said he could see they were steadily improving with “just average recruits.”“I wondered if I did actually give them a shot, what they could do to develop me,” Knight said. “It’s all been working out to my favor.”Fox’s recruiting emphases have helped bring top distance runners like Knight and Tooker to Syracuse along with top hurdlers Moore and David Gilstrap. In turn, the Orange has excelled in the hurdles and distance races — both on the track and in cross country — without needing other events to boost its point totals.“We’ve done it this way and it will stay exactly like it is,” Fox said. Commentslast_img read more

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Former TT Attorney General Ramlogan Arrested

first_imgAnand Ramlogan arrested early Tuesday Police have arrested former attorney general Anand Ramlogan for questioning as they continue their probe into allegations that had sought to pervert the course of justice by asking the director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) to withdraw a statement he had made in support of the then Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley in a lawsuit more than two years ago.Police officers descended on Ramlogan’s home in south Trinidad early on Tuesday morning and executed a search warrant.He was later taken to the police headquarters in the capital for questioning.A few weeks ago, his attorney, Senior Counsel Pamela Elder had written to the Deputy Commissioner of Police Harold Phillip informing him that Ramlogan was available at any time for questioning.Last month, Ramlogan told the Trinidad Express newspaper that he has “never been contacted by the police for an interview in connection with this matter.“The police are aware (from previous written correspondence) who my attorneys are. In accordance with the usual practice and procedure, they would make contact with them in the event they need to speak to me. I can confirm that no one has contacted them as well. This story is, therefore, a fabrication. It is fake news. There is simply no truth to it,” he told the newspaper.In 2015, then prime minister Kamla Persad Bissessar fired Ramlogan and her national security minister Gary Griffith over the allegations.The lawsuit followed statements allegedly made by Rowley during a news conference relating to the failed extradition involving businessmen Steve Ferguson and Ishwar Galbaransingh, who are reported to be financiers of the United National Congress, and are wanted to the United States on corruption charges.Ramlogan has denied that he asked David West to withdraw his witness statement in support of Rowley six days before the PCA director took up his new post.Persad Bissessar said that Griffith had failed to inform her that he had been allegedly asked by Ramlogan to telephone West asking him to withdraw the statement.She said those office holders, including the PCA director, preside over the administration of justice “and so they cannot remain in those positions whilst these investigations into allegations are being made”.last_img read more

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Simon Trim: Sporting Solutions – Automation as a corporate discipline

first_img As betting incumbents seek greater independence, flexibility and individual customisation from standard platform provisions, Simon Trim, Chief Executive of Sporting Group / Sporting Solutions details to SBC that automation should be treated by leadership as a core corporate function._______________________SBC: Hi Simon, great to catch up on this intriguing subject matter. Can you explain ‘betting automation’ to SBC readers? From your leadership perspective what key functions in betting’s value chain can or should be automated?  Simon Trim (CEO – Sporting Group / Sporting Solutions): Put simply, automation involves embracing technology to deliver solutions which require no manual, or human, intervention. While automation of the risk function is well-established in other industries – such as the financial sector, which utilises automated algorithms to manage the risk of portfolios – adoption has been muted in the sports betting industry.This failure to adopt automated risk solutions means the industry now has a systemic weakness in a fundamental part of its value chain.  Manual risk management is not fit for purpose in the modern market landscape as the exponential increase in the number of events offered means operators can no longer manage exposure efficiently.  Currently, the only risk management undertaken by many operators is to simply restrict the size of bet customers can have, unless they are sufficiently “recreational” in nature.While other managed, or manual, trading solutions (MTS) give operators the opportunity to outsource the risk function, swapping one manual head for a cheaper one doesn’t address the underlying issue. That is why we at Sporting Solutions have developed our automated Risk Adjusted Pricing (aRAP) to address this missing link of the operator’s value chain.The dynamic pricing function of aRAP has been developed using risk management algorithms to underpin a solution which is scalable (able to manage the whole book effectively), objective (highly configurable settings vs. subjectivity of manual risk managers), and real-time (vs. latency of manual price moves).Given the increasingly harsh commercial environment in which sportsbooks must operate, risk management is a core area in need of automation to help operators not only survive, but thrive in tightening market conditions.SBC: At a product level, bookmakers have pursued deeper front-end customisations as a means to differentiation and engagement. Can these desired dynamics be achieved with legacy risk management functions?  ST: While front-end customisation can deliver short-term boosts to customer acquisition and engagement, initially innovative developments – such as cash out or build-a-bet – quickly become standard fare across the industry. The inherent absence of IP in the product sphere, combined with a legacy pricing and risk management function capable of producing only homogenised pricing, has resulted in a uniformity of offering, with expensive marketing and bonusing increasingly the ”blunt weapon” for operators looking to attract and retain customers.Our aRAP solution drives differentiation which is tangible and sustainable through price. It is bespoke to each operator, as our automated tooling analyses individual operator liability (and customer data, where applicable) to adjust prices based on both total exposure and the risk preference of the operator. SBC: As a subject matter, to what extent does automation conflict with traditional betting stakeholders?  ST: The growth of in-play betting – which we have pioneered since 1992 – has been largely powered by automation.  As such, automation should not be viewed as incompatible with traditional betting stakeholders, but viewed as complementary.At Sporting Solutions, events are initially priced and traded via a combination of Sporting Solutions established algorithms and expert trading teams, utilising trading insight which can’t be automated, to deliver the best “base prices” in the market.However, automation is necessary with a view to embracing trends in big data, artificial intelligence and behavioural economics – all of which are important themes for the industry and none of which can be carried out via a manual trading service.By way of example, to enhance aRAP, we developed Profile – automated customer analytics tooling built to query reams of anonymised information and “grade” the client base. Profile provides a basis for objective risk management based on the skill level of the customer placing the wager and can be integrated alongside aRAP, allowing for real-time price optimisation based on specific consumer activity rather than just total exposure.SBC: Do you worry that a reliance on automation by bookmakers could lead to generic market propositions for betting end-user (same product and same pricing)? ST: Over the last 10 years there has been a market move to homogenised pricing, which worked for operators when cost of operations and taxation levels were lower.  As I touched upon earlier, automation of the risk function is a means to greater differentiation in pricing, which we see as the solution for operators to be successful in today’s much harsher market conditions.The biggest threat today to a unique customer experience is the adoption of white-label or “turn-key” solutions. These “one-size-fits-all” propositions typically rely upon scraped pricing – generic by definition – with limited customisable front-end technology, which is why you can visit the website of two “different” white-label sportsbooks and the only difference you will see is the colour.Sporting Solutions’ Risk Management Services (RMS), of which aRAP is a key vertical, has been designed to be agnostic to the bet engine, and to allow the operator to retain full control of its front-end, brand and tone of voice, as part of a specialised, best-of-breed solution.Furthermore, RMS’s in-built “self-trade” mechanism enables operators to maintain a local pricing strategy for their own market – be that AFL in Australia, or Handball in Denmark – to further customise and differentiate their offering.SBC: Overall what do you feel automation will deliver to the industry in terms of innovation and new processes? Why should we bank on automation as a new discipline? ST: When compared to current manual solutions, the advantages of an automated risk function are clear. Increased objectivity, scalability and minimised latency translates to greater turnover, improved margins and enhanced profit certainty.By addressing and investing in automated risk management technologies, operators can secure and build upon their market position, giving them the freedom to pursue a long-term innovation strategy, rather than the constant battle to merely stand still that characterises the industry today._____________Simon Trim – CEO – Sporting Group / Sporting Solutions StumbleUpon Submit Frankie Dettori rides with Sporting Index  May 29, 2020 Related Articles Share Share The Premier League is back: How will the betting market react? June 16, 2020 How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level June 17, 2020last_img read more

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MLB Opening Day: Home runs fly out at historic rate

first_imgMORE: Sign up to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNTim Beckham tied the record with his second homer of the game off Boston ace Chris Sale. The 2008 No. 1 overall pick has three homers in three games this season. Fun fact: Beckham was taken before Eric Hosmer (No. 3), Buster Posey (No. 6), Aaron Hicks (No. 14) and Gerrit Cole (No. 28) in that draft. His 5.1 career WAR is five fewer than any of those players and 36 fewer than Posey, according to Baseball Reference. MLB Opening Day was truly historic Thursday as the ball flew out of the ballpark more than it ever has before.After Ryon Healy homered for the Mariners off Red Sox reliever Hector Velazquez, 47 homers had been hit in the day’s 15 games, the most ever on Opening Day. Seattle’s Domingo Santana hit the 48th, and last, homer of the day a few innings later, against Boston reliever Tyler Thornburg. With @t_beckham1’s 2nd HR, there have been 46 homers today …That ties an #OpeningDay record!— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) March 29, 2019Even more impressive than Beckham’s two homers were the Dodgers’ eight big flies in their 12-5 win over the Diamondbacks. Los Angeles set an Opening Day record and tied the MLB record for most home runs by a team in a game.With their 8th HR, the Dodgers have tied their franchise record for a game.The Dodgers also have the most players with a home run on opening day in the Live Ball era (since 1920).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 28, 2019In St. Petersburg, Fla., Astros center fielder George Springer made history with his three-run homer in the third inning off Rays ace and defending American League Cy Young award winner Blake Snell. Springer became the first leadoff man in MLB history to hit a home run in three consecutive Opening Day games.#Astros George Springer is the first one-hole hitter in baseball history to homer on Opening Day in three consecutive seasons.— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) March 28, 2019There was no stopping the home run Thursday.last_img read more

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Youth in Action for Progress Celebrates First Anniversary

first_imgThe Youth in Action for Progress (YAP) of Chicken Soup factory is celebrating one year of service to the MTA community.In their first year of operation, YAP says it has provided dozens of youth in their community with counseling, education and skills. They have delivered these services through innovative debates, group workshops, community events and sponsorship assistance. YAP’s president and CEO, Tanneh Togba, says their interest in forming such a youth group came after seeing youths in her community being ruined due to drug abuse and other illegal activities. “Youth coming up by themselves run helter-skelter doing their own thing. Most of them smoke, drink, gamble and do a lot of things that are very dangerous to themselves. Some youths in my community are very bad. We call on youths who have not yet joined them to help transform them and get their interest away from wanting to do bad to do good. That’s why we founded this organization,” she added.“We are incredibly proud of YAP,” said Tanneh.Joseph Togba, YAP’s sports director added, “Please join us as we celebrate the successes of the past year and renew our pledge to continue YAP’s quality programs for our youths,” he added.Meanwhile, YAP has been sponsored through the year and looks forward to adding more members ranging from ages 18 to 29 to their group. “We counsel troubled youths to help transform their lives because you can’t talk to someone just once. It’s a continual process. Today, we have some in our midst who have changed from those bad habits and want to give back to our society,” he further stated. For now, YAP urges youths to accept that the future leaders of tomorrow in our society depend on them.“Looking at our country now and how hard it is, we advise youths to be rational and see reason to put education first to make a better and successful tomorrow. This society is looking at us to make a change for this nation tomorrow,” Tanneh added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Huskies announce schedule for second round series against Navs

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. Huskies have five days off before they play their first game of the second round of the NWJHL playoffs.After sweeping the Sexsmith Vipers in three straight games last week, the Huskies will be playing the North Peace Navigators in the second round of the playoffs in a best-of-seven series. Fort St. John split the regular season series against the Navs 3-3, and equalled North Peace in points with 37.The Huskies play their first game against the Navigators next Monday, February 27th in Peace River, returning to the North Peace Arena for Games 2 and 4.- Advertisement -The full best-of-seven playoff schedule can be found below. Home games are in BOLD.Game 1: Mon. Feb 27th Huskies at Navigators 8:00 p.m.Game 2: Wed. Mar. 1st Navigators at Huskies 8:00 p.m.Game 3: Fri. Mar 3rd Huskies at Navigators 8:00 p.m.Game 4: Sat. Mar 4th Navigators at Huskies 8:00 p.m.Game 5: Mon. Mar 6th Huskies at Navigators 8:00 p.m.*Game 6: Thur. Mar 9th Navigators at Huskies 8:00 p.m.*Game 7: Sat. Mar 11th Huskies at Navigators 8:30 p.m.** if necessarylast_img read more

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