Australia allay Boxing Day pitch fears at ‘dangerous’ MCG

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Cricket Australia (CA) sought to allay pitch concerns for the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand after the surface at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was deemed unsafe to continue a Sheffield Shield match yesterday.Western Australia batsmen Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis sustained several blows to the body struggling to adjust to the unpredictable bounce of the surface in the contest against Victoria.Umpires Phillip Gillespie and Geoff Joshua initially asked the ground staff to roll the pitch but eventually abandoned the opening day’s play after consulting with players and head groundsman Matt Page.CA subsequently issued a statement, saying it would work with ground staff to ensure the best possible wicket at the MCG for their trans-Tasman rivals.Its Head of Cricket Operations, Peter Roach, said he was disappointed at the suspension of play at a venue where two other Sheffield Shield matches went without any incident.“Matt Page and the MCG ground staff have more than two weeks to ensure the Test surface, which is a different pitch strip to the one being used in this match,” Roach said.“We will seek to better understand the issues that resulted in variable bounce at the MCG yesterday. We will also work closely with MCG ground staff in the lead up to the Test match.”The MCG pitch, which produced a dull draw in the 2017 Boxing Day Ashes Test against England, received a ‘poor’ rating from the governing International Cricket Council (ICC).Last year’s pitch against India earned an ‘average’ rating even though the tourists took 20 wickets to comprehensively win the match.Umpires will inspect the pitch this morning with play scheduled to begin 30 minutes early, CA added.last_img read more

No. 1 USC to clash with Arizona schools

first_imgHitting a milestone · During her career, senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio has been a part of 93 of head coach Mick Haley’s 899 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball victories. He seeks to become just the third to reach 900. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe undefeated women’s volleyball team returns home on Friday looking to notch the 900th win of the Mick Haley era. Both Arizona programs in the Pac-12 will visit the Galen Center this weekend: the No. 10 Arizona State Sun Devils come first on Friday night and the No. 14 Wildcats will look to knock off the No. 1 Women of Troy on Sunday.In his 15th year in charge, head coach Mick Haley is aware of his upcoming milestone, but he said he is not interested in dwelling on it.“I honestly don’t keep track of this stuff, and I think it’s useless to think about what you’ve done,” Haley said. “We start every week 0-0.”For the second week in a row, Haley’s undefeated squad finds itself atop the national rankings. With an 18-0 record, the Women of Troy are one of just two unbeaten teams remaining in the nation, the other being No. 9 Kansas, but they are coming off a tough road trip to Colorado and Utah, where the Buffaloes pushed them to five sets in Boulder.“The road trip was four long days,” Haley said, “[But] if you get wins … on the road in this conference, you’ve done something really special.”After such a demanding travel schedule last week, the team was excited to be back playing at the Galen Center.“We play here, we practice here, we basically spend all of our time here,” senior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms said. “We know how the ball moves, and we’re definitely really comfortable at home.”The Women of Troy will first take on Arizona State. The Sun Devils got off to a flying start to the season, but they lost their first two games last week during their visits to Washington and Washington State. Despite the losses, ASU remained in the top 10 this week with a 15-2 record.USC last faced off against Arizona State early last season, when the Sun Devils came to the Galen Center and beat the Women of Troy, 1-3. The loss dropped USC out of the top 10, and the team finished the season unranked. This year, the much-improved Women of Troy are determined to grab a win.“The biggest thing for us is to stay in rhythm and run our system,” Ogoms said. “It’s harder to run your system when you’re on the road, so now we want to get back to doing what made us successful at home.”Arizona State comes to the Galen Center reeling. During the first of their back-to-back losses in Washington, the Sun Devils lost senior outside hitter Macey Gardner for the rest of the season to a torn ACL, and ASU will undoubtedly miss the program’s all-time kills leader on Friday.Pac-12 volleyball analyst Holly McPeak shared her thoughts about filling the void for the Sun Devils, who have dropped consecutive sets since Gardner’s injury.“[ASU will] have to figure out how to put the pieces of the puzzle together without Macey,” McPeak said.Haley passed along his best wishes to Gardner, having coached her during a trip to China, but he emphasized that ASU is still a formidable opponent.“I’ve ranked them top two in the country all year,” he said. “They have a good coach in Jason Watson, and he knows how to rally his team, so I’m sure they’ll be ready come Friday.”After what will undoubtedly be a stiff test against the Sun Devils, USC will take on Arizona. The Wildcats began their season with eight wins on the trot, but they have gone 5-5 since. Their last match was a 3-2 win versus Washington State, but Arizona will have to face off against UCLA in Westwood before taking on the Women of Troy.Last season, USC traveled to Tucson and clinched NCAA tournament eligibility with a 3-1 victory over the Wildcats.Arizona leads the conference in defense, but McPeak pointed out that the Wildcats’ main goal will not be to stop senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio, but to try and slow her down.“No one will ever shut her down,” McPeak said.As each game goes by, Haley says the team is also preparing and practicing for the long haul.“It sounds funny, but you play September, October and November to get ready for December,” he said. “We want to be 6-0 in December [at the NCAA tournament]. That’s the name of the game.”Friday’s match against Arizona State kicks off at 8:00 p.m., and Arizona will play in the Galen Center at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Both games will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Network.Jodee Sullivan contributed to this report.last_img read more

Improvement areas arise for women’s hoops

first_imgRebounding and boxing out will be the main focus for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team following a disappointing 70-62 loss to Alabama last Thursday.After holding a 13-point lead in the first half and taking a 38-33 lead into halftime, the Badgers (3-1) did not come out strong in the second half.“We just went cold in that game,” head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “We couldn’t really hit a basket, and we gave up (offensive) boards. So that hurts you, that’s a double-whammy right there.”Alabama took the lead with about 16 minutes left in the game and never really looked back from there.In that loss, the Badgers gave up 19 offensive rebounds, which turned into just a few too many extra possessions as the differential in the second half as Alabama got their first win of the season against Wisconsin.“They saw the ball and went and got it,” Kelsey said. “We didn’t keep them from getting it. That was kind of our Achilles’ heel in that game.”Kelsey believes that the team has it in them to rebound and box out better if they just showed a little more aggression during the games. Rebounding and attacking the rim are the two main points where she would like to see improvements as the season moves on.“We felt like we could have played a lot better, and we could have boxed out,” Kelsey said. “The game changed on the second-chance points that Alabama was able to get and going to the free-throw line.”Kelsey had nothing but positive things to say about senior Morgan Paige, who had an overall productive game. Although Wisconsin was perfect from the free throw line, Paige shot all 13 of them while Alabama went 18 of 22 from the line.“She’s a great free-throw shooter. But other people need to create offense by going to the basket and getting fouls,” Kelsey said. “We need to cause them to foul us a little bit and get more people to the free throw line.”She also praised Paige’s play during the game as one of the only bright spots for the team in the loss. Paige was able to mix up shooting and driving perfectly to be successful against Alabama.“She’s really crafty getting around the basket,” Kelsey said. “She did a nice job of shooting her three and then creating stuff off the dribble. You have to be able to do both. You can’t just do one thing and be one-dimensional.”Thursday’s game was the first time so far this season that Paige has played extremely well. Kelsey hopes Paige will continue this attacking style of play in which she was so successful.Another factor in how the team will play once conference play begins is getting their other key players back on track to score.“Hopefully, we can keep Morgan going, get (Michala Johnson) back on track, get Taylor (Wurtz) — you know, you’ve got to have two or three scorers out there that make it hard for the defense,” Kelsey said.Wisconsin has until just after New Year’s to figure out their scoring and defense before B1G play opens.Morgan was not the only Paige family member with a big game this weekend. Her younger brother Marcus played a crucial role in helping North Carolina knock off No. 3 Louisville on the men’s side of the ball.“I said, ‘must be something in the Paige water they’re drinking at home,’” Kelsey said.The Badgers are looking forward to heading down to Nashville to play in Vanderbilt’s Thanksgiving Tournament. Their first game Friday will be against Mercer (3-2), and then they will either play Elon or Vanderbilt Saturday.The tournament will also be a time for all the players to sit down and bond with the other players and their families.“A lot of families are going to be there, and they’re going to celebrate with us,” Kelsey said. “So it’s just a time to bond and be together as a group. We’re excited about the opportunity to just go to Vandy and play two worthy opponents.”Nashville is going to be a little escape from the cold weather of Wisconsin, but Kelsey said she can’t help but be a little bit jealous of the men’s team being down in Cancun.“It will be a fun trip for us,” Kelsey said. “I’m jealous, the men are in Cancun. Nashville’s not quite Cancun.”last_img read more

Brazil legend Rivaldo dresses up as old man to teach players footballing lesson [VIDEO]

first_imgSome amateur footballers were given the surprise of their lives when they discovered that the old man who was giving them a football lesson on the pitch was actually Brazil legend, Rivaldo.Rivaldo had dressed up as an elderly man and took to the pitch against a group of unaware Sunday league footballers in a match at Barcelona’s Cuitat Esportiva FC training pitch.Roberto Da Silva, as he is officially known, took part in the match with the amateur players who probably felt that it was only polite to let such an old man play with them.However, they were shocked when ‘grandad’ ended up picking up the Man of the Match award.That shock turned to understanding once Rivaldo revealed himself after the game.Top make-up artist Sarita Allison, who has worked on Harry Potter, X-Men and Star Wars movies was flown over to take part in the stunt and reportedly took two hours to complete the disguise.“We didn’t have that long to prepare so we had to work very quickly, but Rivaldo was the perfect model – very patient and very professional. It was such a fun project to be involved in, and it was great to see the other players reactions when they realised who they had been playing with,” she said.“It was an honour to work with such a sporting legend.”The 1999 Ballon d’Or and World Cup winner is infamously known for his acting skills following his dramatic fall at the 2002 World Cup which got his opponent sent off.However, he is even better known for his fantastic technical skills with a football which, it appears, he has lost none of.Take a look at the video below:last_img read more

Ghanaian sports journalist Gary Al-Smith receiving treatment after contracting COVID-19

first_imgHealing streams flowing to you sir— Nii Okai #iManifest #RUTour2020 (@AtaaNiiOkai) June 18, 2020 Speedy recovery bro— SAMMY FORSON (@sammyforson) June 18, 2020 The Lord keep you and your loved ones safe in Jesus name. It is well.— Joe Jackson (@Joe_Jackson_GH) June 19, 2020 Get well soon, Gary. ✊— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) June 18, 2020 Ghanaian sports journalist, Gary Al Smith has confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.In a series of tweets, Mr Al-Smith said he was “doing very well, and being well taken care of.”He said his decision to speak out about his positive test was his way of helping fight the stigma associated with contracting the disease.“After consultation with family, we’ve decided that from I speaking about my experience,” he said in his tweet.“We believe this can be my small way of battling the stigmatization problem being faced by COVID-19 patients.”Some personal news:As per statement below, the Multimedia Group, where I work, has recorded five COVID-19 cases.I’m one of the five.After consultation with family, we’ve decided that from I speaking about my experience. (1/2)https://t.co/87pNcxORiZ— Gary #StaySafe (@garyalsmith) June 18, 2020He is one of 12, 929 people confirmed by the Ghana Health Service to have contracted the disease since the first positive test was reported in March.4,468 people have however since recovered while 66 people have died.Gary Al-Smith is one of five people to have contracted the disease at the Multimedia Group following recent tests.2/2We believe this can be my small way of battling the stigmatization problem being faced by COVID-19 patients.I’m doing very well, and being well taken care of. Expect more updates from now on.Gazza.https://t.co/87pNcxORiZ— Gary #StaySafe (@garyalsmith) June 18, 2020The company said it had “ramped up internal contact tracing, in liaison with the Ghana Health Service.”“Together, we have ensured that team members who may have come into contact with the five (5) team members who tested positive have been tested and have gone into self-isolation for 14 days as required,” the company added.Globally, over 8 million people have tested positive for the disease with just under half a million deaths.A number of people have offered messages of support to Gary Al-Smith on social media, including gospel musician, Nii Okai, UK High Commissioner to Ghana Iain Walker and fellow sports journalist, Saddick Adams.Wishing you a swift and full recovery to get well soon.— Iain Walker 🚲 (@walkeriain) June 18, 2020 Feel better soon, Gary!— Nana Ama Agyemang Asante (@JustNanaAma) June 18, 2020 Thank you for being a champ and sharing this news @garyalsmith! Wishing you speedy recovery – you’ll overcome inshAllah. 💛— Jemila #ThriveWithDigital 💫 (@jabdulai) June 18, 2020 thinking of you and your family Gary – get well soon ✊🏾🙏🏾— Vera Kwakofi (@verakwakofi) June 18, 2020 Get well soon my brother. You shall overcome— Ameyaw Debrah (@ameyaw112) June 18, 2020last_img read more

Dodgers beat Orioles but Rich Hill leaves in first inning with injured knee

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PreviousBALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Russell Martin #55 after defeating the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager is congratulated after scoring from second base on a passed ball during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. The Dodgers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after throwing a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill looks down after walking in a run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. Hill left the game in the first inning.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is pulled by manager Dave Roberts #30 during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks off the field after being pulled during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammates after scoring during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Gavin Lux #48 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after swinging and missing during the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Umpire Sam Holbrook and Orioles head groundskeeper Nicole Sherry review a tablet with a weather radar as rain falls during the fifth inning of Thursday’s game between the Orioles and Dodgers in Baltimore. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Tony Gonsolin #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Baltimore Orioles’ Pedro Severino is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger follows through on an RBI-double against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock is congratulated after scoring on a double by Cody Bellinger against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Dylan Bundy #37 of the Baltimore Orioles walks off the field after being pulled during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Pedro Severino #28 of the Baltimore Orioles reacts to a pitch during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Russell Martin #55 after defeating the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager is congratulated after scoring from second base on a passed ball during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. The Dodgers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)NextShow Caption1 of 21The Dodgers’ Corey Seager is congratulated after scoring from second base on a passed ball during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. The Dodgers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)ExpandBALTIMORE — The best-laid plans in September don’t always make it to October.Rich Hill’s return from a flexor tendon injury lasted just 27 pitches in a wayward first inning Thursday night before he left with an injured knee.The preliminary diagnosis, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, is a strain of the medial collateral ligament – the same ligament Hill injured in spring training causing him to miss the first four weeks of this season.The Dodgers did go on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 with eight pitchers (including Hill) combining on a two-hitter, extending their lead for the best record in the National League to four games over the Atlanta Braves.center_img A walk and an error by third baseman Rio Ruiz loaded the bases with two outs. Russell Martin swung and missed at a full-count fastball but the ball got past Severino. Orioles starter Dylan Bundy made no attempt to cover home plate while Severino scrambled to retrieve the passed ball.Two runs scored, Corey Seager racing in from second base behind Bellinger, with Bundy meandering on the infield grass between the mound and the first-base line.“I just saw it go to the backstop,” Seager said. “Nobody was there (at home plate) so I just kept running. I didn’t know if it was a dead ball (on a foul tip).”The two unearned runs were the difference in the game.“The credit goes to Dino and Corey for being heads up,” Roberts said. “Obviously, Bundy threw the ball well, got frustrated and, to be quite honest, quit on the play. For us to take advantage of it was big.” “I worked hard to get back. I felt great, felt the ball coming out really, really well for the first two hitters. It was short-lived.”Roberts and trainer Yosuke Nakajima went out to the mound to check on Hill. Roberts said they “knew it was the knee and it wasn’t the elbow” and he gave Hill a chance to get out of the inning. He walked Austin Hays to force in a run and Roberts returned to the mound alone to pull Hill.After throwing eight pitches to the first two hitters, six for strikes, Hill threw 19 to the next four batters, only eight for strikes. Both of the hit batters came on errant curveballs.Hill said he will probably get an MRI when the team gets to New York to determine the severity of the injury. But his initial reaction was that the symptoms felt “maybe slightly less than they were in spring training. Hopefully, that’s a good sign.”Hill held out hope that he could get back on the mound soon wearing the knee brace that he discarded after the spring injury healed. He said he had no problems with the knee since this spring.“No, that’s what kind of caught everybody off guard – and myself. I didn’t have any issues with my knee at all,” Hill said. “Having that happen tonight is just really disappointing.”Seven Dodgers relievers followed Hill and allowed just two hits, one a solo home run by Pedro Severino off Tony Gonsolin that gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning.It took until the sixth inning for the Orioles’ 99-loss mettle to show itself.A.J. Pollock led off the inning with a double off the scoreboard in right field. He ran through a stop sign throw up by third-base coach Dino Ebel and scored the tying run when Cody Bellinger dropped a bloop single down the left-field line.Related Articles The 39-year-old Hill had not pitched since leaving his June 19 start after one inning due to the injured tendon in his left elbow. With only a two-inning simulated game as buildup, Hill was expected to pitch two innings Thursday in the first of four planned starts before the postseason – where he was penciled in as the Dodgers’ fourth starter.All of that seems unlikely now.“I think obviously the plan was for him to start on Wednesday,” Roberts said. “Now we’ve just got to see how it responds tomorrow with treatment, how he feels and then get to playing catch and flat ground … and just see where we are from there. Right now, I’m reluctant to make any decisions.”Hill struck out the first two batters he faced Thursday but said he felt his left knee “grab” on the third strike to Jonathan Villar. It was obvious something was wrong – he hit Trey Mancini with a 2-and-2 curveball then walked Anthony Santander on four pitches and hit Renato Nunez two pitches later to load the bases.“I felt really good the first two hitters,” Hill said wryly, aware how short that was. “After the last curveball to the second hitter there, I kind of felt my knee grab. I tried to, stupidly, pitch through it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dominic Smith makes like Luis Castillo, drops a popup, costs Mets a game

first_imgIt happened again, 10 years later. The Mets suffered another walkoff loss after a muffed popup.Dominic Smith joined Luis Castillo in the franchise’s Hall of Shame on Friday by allowing a routine ball to drop and a runner to score from first base with two outs. The Giants’ Alex Dickerson did the hustling this time, sliding home with the only run in a 1-0, 10-inning San Francisco victory. MORE: Watch live MLB games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial) Castillo is still an internet meme after dropping Alex Rodriguez’s popup to shallow right field at Yankee Stadium on June 12, 2009. Mark Teixeira, running all the way, followed Derek Jeter home and scored the winning run in a 9-8 Yankees victory.Smith committed his gaffe while charging in from left field on a ball hit by Pablo Sandoval. The converted first baseman pulled up as he saw Mets shortstop Amed Rosario approaching, and the ball fell in. Smith relayed the ball to third baseman Todd Frazier, who fired to the plate, only to see that Mets catcher Wilson Ramos was on the opposite side of the dish and not ready to receive the throw.MORE: Smith says he doesn’t want to be tradedSmith and Rosario had a similar mixup last season, also against the Giants, with similar results: The ball fell and the Mets lost in extras. That game was at Citi Field, however, so the Mets had a chance to rally. Smith said he was having flashbacks to that play on Friday.Here’s Dominic Smith on the final play of tonight’s game. He said last year’s collision with Amed Rosario on a similar ball was on his mind. pic.twitter.com/YO7Qm9gg46— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 20, 2019If you want to choose which error was worse, here are the videos: Castillo and then Smith. The good news (maybe) for Mets fans is that the team won the next day in 2009 and Castillo had two hits against the Yankees. We’ll see how Smith and the Mets respond Saturday in San Francisco.last_img read more

Fans of Everton praised Besic: He’s the Boss on the Field

first_imgFans of Everton are demanding that B&H national team player Muhamed Besic starts the match against Manchester City, which is played on Wednesday as part of the Capital One Cup.Everton played its last match in the framework of the Premier League with the score 1: 1 against Tottenham and Besic entered the match from the bench and played for 30 minutes.Besic introduced additional aggressiveness and extra energy in midfield of Everton, and delighted fans who praised him on Twitter. “Besic was outstanding because he had a lot of starts,” wrote one of the fans. Many fans praise his fighting spirit, adding that he protected the defense and passed the ball very well from one half of the field to another. They added that B&H striker is future of Everton.“Besic was the boss on the field, we need more of such fighting spirit,” wrote one of the loyal fans of Everton.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Roth of Conway Springs makes 2014 Shrine Bowl team

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Ethan Roth, a 6-0, 255, senior, from Conway Springs was named to the 2014 Shrine Bowl.The Shrine Bowl only takes seniors and the first 22 of each team are chosen by the media, the others by the coaches. Only one player can be taken from each school.The Shrine Bowl will be played July 26 at Pittsburg State University. Roth will play for the west squad. No other Sumner County player made the Shrine Bowl list. People of interest: Michael Mason of Mulvane and Logan Mays of Winfield were named to the team.last_img read more

AFCON: Benin win boosts 2017 qualifying hopes, Cranes in race

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |Benin made the most of their FIFA world ban being lifted to beat Equatorial Guinea 2-1 on Sunday and retain hopes of reaching the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.A Khaled Adenon goal put the Beninese Squirrels ahead, Ben Essono equalised and David Djigla scored the winner on 59 minutes at Stade de l’Amitie in Cotonou.Adenon and Essono scored with diving and looping headers respectively off free-kicks and Djigla slammed a cut-back into the net from close range.Scheduled for last Sunday, the fixture was delayed one week to allow Benin to hold national football federation elections, which they did two days ago.The FIFA ban stemmed from a court blocking the elections after a complaint by 20 clubs, who said federation statutes had been violated.Mali lead Group C with 13 points, Benin have 11, and South Sudan (three) and 2015 Cup of Nations hosts and semi-finalists Equatorial Guinea (one) are out of contention.The Malians are guaranteed a place at the 2017 tournament either as group winners or one of the best two runners-up. Benin visit Mali for a final-round qualifier and a victory would lift them to the top of the final standings.A draw would give the Squirrels a chance to fill one of the runners-up places.Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Morocco, Senegal and Zimbabwe have qualified for the biennial tournament.Hosts Gabon are automatic participants, leaving six places up for grabs during the September 2-4 final match day.RELATED STORYUganda favourite to grab one of two runners-up qualifying places (CLICK HERE)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more