Hubert Lawrence: Rally around the West Indies

first_imgThe victory by the young West Indians in last week’s Under-19 World Cup is brilliant news. It offers hope that the West Indies has the gumption to organise to win important tournaments in world cricket. It could be a launching pad to a new era of success. However you view the stumping controversy that arose early in the tournament, it must have loaded pressure on the West Indies team and its management. It’s even more reason to tap them all on the back. With Shivnarine Chanderpaul gone and the likelihood of other veterans going in the next few years, the young West Indies could be playing senior international cricket in the near future. Their watchwords must be patience and practise. Both will be needed to hurdle the challenges ahead. The sobering truth is that some young prospects never blossom. In 1995, Obea Moore ran 45.14 seconds for 400 metres to win the Pan-Am Junior title. His form then, at age 16, boosted his Muir High School team to a Penn Relays 4x400m record and vaulted him into the imagination of American track fans. A decade earlier, Richard Bucknor of Calabar held off another US sensation, William Reed of Central High, to secure 4x400m honours at the 1986 Penn Relays. Reed had already run the 400 metres in 45.17 seconds though just 15. Bucknor went on to a noteworthy career as a 110-metre hurdler for Texas A&M University and reached the semi-finals at the 1988 Olympics. By contrast, Reed and Moore faded as they grew older. Neither ever qualified for the US Olympic team. The young West Indians need to work diligently to avoid a similar fate. More than that, those who helped to mastermind their wonderful victory must keep working to groom them. With the cricket classroom of English county cricket long gone, the development of alternative methods of nurturing the region’s young crickets must continue. In this age when the Internet has brought copious knowledge to our fingertips, while also shortening attention spans, this effort must be extended. With a smaller talent pool than Australia, England, India and South Africa, success depends on keeping the champion team and other young West Indies prospects in the game. Late bloomers can jump into the pool of possible selection when the time is right. When the celebrations end, and no one should begrudge the team if it carries them on a bit, we can look to the future with optimism. All stakeholders will have to rally around the West Indies with the needed goodwill, ingenuity, and resources to make Test cricket success a reality again. If the story of these world champion West Indians is to have a happy ending, it’s the only way. – Hubert Lawrence has watched Champs, international cricket, and schoolboy football at Sabina Park.last_img read more

A’s Khris Davis headed to injured list with hip injury

first_imgCLEVELAND — Khris Davis is going on the 10-day disabled list, he and manager Bob Melvin confirmed after the A’s 5-3 win over the Indians on Tuesday.“It hasn’t been getting better, so the right move is to hit the DL,” the right-handed slugger said of his sore left hip. “I don’t think it’s gotten worse, but it hasn’t gotten better.”Mark Canha pinch-hit for Davis in the top of the third inning, and hit an opposite field home run to right off Trevor Bauer. The homer, Canha’s sixth, scored Matt …last_img

Aguilar says he stuck to Ginebra’s defensive plan

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire During those moments, however, Aguilar was always late to contest Semerad’s big shots down the stretch, including the game-winner from the right corner with 52.7 seconds left.READ: Semerad’s late 3-point barrage product of hardworkFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut according to Aguilar, he was just following the team’s defensive game plan which is to play the role of a secondary defender every time TNT star Jayson Castro drives.“Actually, it’s been our defense. That’s our system on defense. So if I didn’t help on Jayson Castro’s drive, it might lead into an easy layup, so I have to be there,” Aguilar told reporters. MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage NBA commissioner urges rest of league to focus on developing more great players Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “Those are the chances, we played the ratio because it was easier to make a layup than a 3-pointer,” he added.READ: Semerad’s hot shooting lifts TNT past Ginebra for 2-0 lead Unfortunately for Aguilar, Castro knew he’d draw the Gin Kings forward’s defense to him and Semerad would be left open in the right corner.Aguilar tried to close out on Semerad but couldn’t despite his size and length.Semerad put TNT ahead for good, 105-103, with under a minute left and Castro picked up his eighth and last assist.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Aguilar, though, thinks it’s on the offensive end of things where Ginebra needs to work on heading into a do-or-die Game 3 on Thursday with TNT going for a sweep.“We weren’t able to execute our offense. They made a big shot. We kind of steered away from our offense, we played one-on-one and coach also pointed that out,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the naked eye, it was easy to pinpoint Japeth Aguilar as the scapegoat in Barangay Ginebra’s loss to TNT in Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.Aguilar was supposed to cover TNT forward Anthony Semerad, who torched Ginebra with four 3-pointers inside the last six minutes of the KaTropa’s 107-103 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View commentslast_img read more

Batters Are Getting Plunked At Historic Rates But Why

It’s never been more dangerous to be a major league hitter. Through Thursday’s games, batters had been plunked by pitchers 457 times, struck with a fast-moving projectile made of cowhide and densely wound yarn. Considering that MLB pitchers are throwing harder than at any time in recorded history, it’s safe to assume that getting hit by a baseball has never stung worse.The current rate of 0.41 batters hit by a pitch per team game is the highest since 1900, the same year that the Brooklyn Superbas led by Wee Willie Keeler won the Chronicle-Telegraph Cup. (There was no American League yet and thus no World Series.) This level of plunkings has given us some interesting results — and inevitable dust-ups. On Monday, four Reds were hit by pitches — in one inning, tying a record set in 1893. Mets batters were hit seven times on the hands just through April. Presumably in retaliation, reliever Jacob Rhame threw at the head of Rhys Hoskins, who retaliated himself with the slowest home-run trot since 2015. Rhame was suspended two games.While the rate of HBPs has fluctuated across the game’s history, it was just 0.34 per team game three seasons ago, which is more in line with where it was for most of the 1990s and 2000s. So what is causing the recent spike? It’s a bit of a mystery.There’s one simple explanation: There are more opportunities to hit someone now because hitters are extending counts and pitchers are throwing more pitches. The past two full seasons saw the highest number of total pitches (721,282 in 2018 and 721,279 in 2017, according to Baseball-Reference.com) on record.1Pitch count data goes back to 1988. But even though the raw counts are higher, the share of total pitches that hit a batter last season is also going up: 0.266 percent of all pitches in 2018 hit a batter, the second-highest share on record. Through Thursday, this season has seen a share of 0.274 percent — which would be the highest that we’ve seen.Some speculate that pitchers are just wilder than ever because of a focus on throwing hard in lieu of command. Walks per game (3.44) are well above the average since 1900 (3.19), but pitchers are throwing only fractionally more balls as a percentage of pitches this year (36.7) than the 2009-to-2018 average (36.6).Of course, one specific reason for an HBP is that the pitcher meant to do it. Retaliation is as old as the game itself. And nothing gets a pitcher more snippy than giving up a homer. Balls are flying out of ballparks more than ever before, giving pitchers more opportunities to throw at the offending players. But it’s not just the act of hitting a home run, it’s what can come next: Don’t flip your bat or stand too long watching it or lollygag around the bases or trash talk the opposition in mid-trot. This year, Tim Anderson was beaned for flipping the bat too aggressively at his own dugout.Furthermore, with home runs all the rage, pitchers may seek to expand the strike zone by moving batters farther away from home plate, effectively making the outside part of the plate more out of reach. Miss just a little in to a hitter in midlean over the plate and … kerplunk.While we can’t measure the pitchers’ intent, we can measure where pitches are being located. According to data from Baseball Savant, more pitches than ever before are being thrown on the inside third of the plate and off the plate to the inside. Through Tuesday’s games, more than 32 percent of pitches were inside, which is the highest rate since pitch location was first tracked in 2008. This rate is up more than 3 percentage points from 2008, which may not seem like much on first blush but would equate roughly to an increase of more than 30,000 inside pitches.With more pitches directed inside, more batters are bound to get hit. But how much of that is on the batters themselves? Even as far back as 1997, players were bemoaning how hitters could treat the batter’s box like they owned it.”Today’s game, you see guys digging a little trench in there,” Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn told The New York Times. “I just get flashbacks and wonder if they would do that if [Bob] Gibson or [Steve] Carlton or [Nolan] Ryan or [Tom] Seaver were out there. You can’t let a hitter go up there and think he controls both halves of the plate. If you bust a guy in, keep him honest, get him off the plate, you might be able to get him out away.”Gibson, a Hall of Famer and the man largely responsible for the lowering of the mound, was viewed as a tiger on the field. He once dusted Reggie Jackson at an old-timer’s game. (Jackson had homered off of Gibson in a similar game the previous year.) After his close friend and teammate Bill White was traded, “Hoot” immediately plastered him on the elbow. And slugger Dick Allen said, “Gibson would knock you down and then meet you at the plate to see if you wanted to make something out of it.”But Gibson hit “just” 102 batters in 3,884.3 career innings, or 0.24 per nine frames. That ranks 359th out of the 471 pitchers who threw at least 1,000 innings and hit at least 50 batters, according to Baseball-Reference.com. So the guy whose Hall of Fame bio says he “may well have been the most intimidating pitcher in MLB history” hit batters at a rate well below the hurlers of today’s game.The pitcher today placing opposing trainers on the highest alert is Charlie Morton of the Tampa Bay Rays, who has led his league in hit batsmen four times in the past six years — despite never pitching more than 170 innings in any of those years. Morton nails 0.78 batters per nine innings, a career rate last exceeded by Ed Doheny (0.90), who retired in 1903. Morton’s ERA this year currently stands at a career-best 2.64. And in 2018, with the Astros, his .833 winning percentage led all of baseball: His 15 wins were one fewer than the number of batters he tattooed.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Football Defensive lineman Nick Bosa will not participate in drills at Ohio

Ohio State junior defensive end Nick Bosa (97) runs to tackle another member of Rutgers’ offensive team during the first half of the game on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorMany former Ohio State players will take the practice field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the final time Wednesday for their Pro Day: one of their last chances to participate in drills and talk to teams prior to the 2019 NFL Draft. However, according to reports, defensive end Nick Bosa will not participate in drills during Ohio State’s Pro Day. While at the NFL Combine, Bosa ran a 4.79 40-yard dash, third-best among defensive lineman. He also recorded 29 bench-press reps and 33.5-inch vertical. Bosa also had the third-fastest three-cone drill, completing it in 7.1 seconds. Expected by many to be one of the first few players taken in the draft, Bosa’s season was cut short due to an injury suffered against TCU on Sept. 15. Bosa decided to withdraw from Ohio State on Oct. 16, leaving with six tackles-for-loss and four sacks during the 2018 season. Bosa was one of 10 Ohio State players that participated in the NFL Combine, joining offensive linemen Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince, running back Mike Weber, wide receivers Terry McLaurin, Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon, quarterback Dwayne Haskins, defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones and cornerback Kendall Sheffield. All are expected to participate in Ohio State’s pro day.At the NFL Combine, Haskins recorded the slowest 40-yard dash of any quarterback, recording a 5.04 time. He also recorded a 28.5-inch vertical. According to reports, Haskins will throw again for scouts on Wednesday after doing so at the combine. In the 40-yard dash, McLaurin, Dixon and Campbell each finished in the top-8 times recorded, with Campbell recording a 4.31 40, tied for the fastest of any wide receiver. Offensive linemen Demetrius Knox, Malcolm Pridgeon and Brady Taylor, along with linebacker Dante Booker and kicker Sean Nuernberger, were not invited to the combine, but will likely participate in Pro Day drills Wednesday. In 2018, all 32 NFL teams were represented at Ohio State’s Pro Day, including five general managers and five head coaches. The 2019 NFL Draft will begin on April 25 in Nashville and will conclude on April 27. read more

Justin Bethel walks around during OTAs Photo by

first_imgJustin Bethel walks around during OTAs. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — Wearing an oversized white sun hat, cornerback Justin Bethel is easily spotted among Arizona Cardinals coaches and players during organized team activities.While his teammates participate in drills, including 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work, Bethel is watching intently, often times taking notes and shouting instructions.He stays active without being active while he recovers from offseason foot surgery. “(Rehab) is coming along good; excited about the progress,” he said, then added with a smile. “After awhile you just start getting tired of sitting on the sideline.”Bethel said he’d be back on the field “for sure by training camp,” where he once again intends to display his cornerback ability.Last season Bethel set career highs with 29 tackles and two interceptions — including a pick-6 against San Francisco in Week 3 — and nine passes defensed.“I’ve been making strides every year,” he said, “and so going out there knowing I’m 100 percent and knowing I don’t have anything to worry about (and) anything breaking while I’m out there, I’m just ready to go out there mentally, physically and be way better than I was the year before.” – / 16 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Bethel is keeping up with his fellow cornerbacks by taking mental reps.“Being able to just watch, you see a couple of things, things you might’ve had questions on, and you get to see it play out over and over again. You get to see every rep. I think that helps me with solidifying what I think I know on the plays. I usually go through the calls. I see motions and stuff. I’ll call out what I think; trying to help the other guys out,” he said.“I do the physical stuff I can, but right now it’s more mentally for me getting what I need to get out of these practices.”Bethel is four years into an NFL career that has seen him get selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons.The Cardinals now expect Bethel to become a starting cornerback.“I think I’m capable of being a great starting corner,” he said Tuesday.Bethel made five starts last season, three times filling in for Jerraud Powers and twice after Tyrann Mathieu went down with a season-ending ACL injury, which forced Powers to move inside.To say Bethel was picked on by opposing quarterbacks would be an understatement.For one, he lacked experience at the position and two, Patrick Peterson kept throws to his side of the field at a minimum with his play. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Last year was my first year of really going out there and playing. I think for me the biggest thing is just getting that feel of it and getting more comfortable in the position,” said Bethel, who was drafted as a safety. “Once I get enough time playing it, especially during training camp and getting those reps, I’ll be more comfortable at it and I’ll just keep getting better and better.”The Cardinals are banking on that.In December, they rewarded Bethel, 25, with a three-year, $15 million contract extension, including $9 million guaranteed; and then this offseason allowed Powers to depart for Baltimore via free agency.At some point last season Bethel suffered a left-foot fracture, yet he still played all 16 games plus two more in the playoffs.Bethel managed the pain — “usually before a game I would take some ibuprofen or something to try and calm it down,” he said — but certain plays, mainly on special teams, would cause the pain to flare up again.“It would come and go. I knew it was there, and certain things would bother it, but I tried to not let it affect me too much,” he said.The pain is now gone, as is the boot Bethel wore following surgery, which has allowed him to do some light work on the treadmill. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

July 9 2007 Sunday evening July 8 2007 the

first_imgJuly 9, 2007 Sunday evening, July 8. 2007, the Colly Soleri Amphitheater welcomed Ruth, Lucy and Rowena performed part of the program on their own. The girls all sing and play a lot of instruments between them – fiddles, ukulele, bass, harmonica and various percussion instruments. [Photo & text: sa] This very talented family band delighted their audience with a wide repertoire which included fiddle tunes from Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, some Basque, French Canadian, Cajun, Blues, pre-Blues African-American folk songs, Scottish and Appalachian traditional songs, works of contemporary songwriters, and original songs reflecting their region of Australia. The family comes from Margaret River in Western Australia’s deep southwest, where the forest and ocean make a great atmosphere for music and instrument-making. All of their playing, rehearsing and recording happens at the kitchen table in their big green house beside the forest. The performance was preceeded by a delicious out-door barbeque dinner in the Vaults prepared by Arcosanti chef Carri Krueger. The menu: Beef Shishkabob / Barbeque Chicken, vegitarian Portabello Mushroom Shishkabob, Wild-Rice Salad, Pepper Salad, Spinach Salad with Feta Cheese and mixed Melon Salad. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

October 18 2013The Arcosanti 5K ZOMBIE Run took p

first_imgOctober 18, 2013The Arcosanti 5K ZOMBIE Run took place on October 5. 2013 on a very cold morning. 16 people ran and walked the 5 kilometer circle from the Visitors parking lot down the low road below the Arcosanti site, around the bend right before camp into the Agua Fria river valley road to the ranch, then the ranch road back to the Arcosanti road and to the Visitors parking lot.Michael Herrick just arrived to attend the October 6. workshop and took first place in the run.[Photos and text: Sue Kirsch]Arcosanti residents Isaac Meuske and Ering O’Laughlin ran with Zombie make-up.Here are Arcosanti residents Sasha and Nadia arriving at the finish line …… and accepting Sasha’s medal. Arcosanti resident Colleen Reckow.Here are the participants with their medals. Results can be seen on the AllDistanceRunning web-site.last_img read more

House passes bill allowing governmental entities businesses organizations to stock EpiPens

first_img The House today passed legislation to further protect individuals suffering from dangerous and life-threatening food allergies.Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons’ House Bill 4438 will allow businesses, recreation centers/camps, youth sports leagues, amusement parks and sports arenas to stock auto injector devices to protect patrons who come in contact with allergens that trigger anaphylactic shock. Last term, Rep. Lyons sponsored Public Acts 186 and 187 to require EpiPens be stocked in school buildings across the state.“When it comes to serious allergic reactions, minutes matter and simple treatments can save lives,” said Rep. Lyons, R-Alto.  “Last year, I was proud to work with parents, school nurses and physicians from across the state to place epinephrine in Michigan schools and we’ve already received feedback that an EpiPen played a critical role in saving the life of a student who suffered a reaction while at school.“Expanding the option for any business, organization or venue where there’s a risk of anaphylaxis to stock this simple, lifesaving treatment takes the next step towards saving lives and keeping people, especially children, safe.”The auto injectors are simple devices used to immediately get epinephrine into the allergy victim’s system, slowing down the allergic reaction to give emergency personnel time to treat and save lives.Food allergies have become a serious issue for children and families across the nation. More than 15 million Americans—including 6 million children—suffer from food allergies.A person experiencing anaphylaxis needs to receive an epinephrine injection immediately, as rapid decline and death can occur within 15 to 60 minutes, according to the National Institutes of Health.HB 4438 now goes to the Senate for further consideration. 16Sep House passes bill allowing governmental entities, businesses, organizations to stock EpiPens Categories: Newslast_img read more