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Marshalltown Speedway banquet is Nov. 21

first_imgBy Jeremy Fox MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – The annual awards banquet honoring the top drivers this season at Marshalltown Speedway is set for Friday, Nov. 21 at the Marshall County Fairgrounds.The evening will begin with the social hour at 6:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $20 per person. Once again, the banquet is open to all drivers, crew members and fans as we wind the up the celebration of 50 years at the Marshalltown Speedway.The top ten in points in each division will receive trophies and point fund money for those in attendance. Guests are asked to RSVP by e-mailing marshalltownspeedway@hotmail.com or by calling the office at 515 231-5444. Plans are already underway for the annual Frostbuster special on Friday, April 3, 2015 at the famed high banked 1/4 mile.last_img read more

Mikel opens Stoke City goal account

first_imgRelatedPosts Stoke City manager salutes Mikel Tony Pulis: I recommended Mikel for Stoke Mikel: I want to instil winning mentality at Stoke Newly acquired Stoke City midfielder, John Obi Mikel, on Tuesday opened his goal account for the Potters in their 5-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town.Mikel, 33, netted the second goal of the duel, which was played behind close door at the bet365 stadium. Mikel, who was handed the club number 13 jersey, lifted his side above the 1-1 scoreline to see his team walk away with a 2-1 victory before half time.The warm-up encounter, which was monitored on the official Twitter handle of the club, recorded three more goals from Tom Ince, Tyrese Campbell and Benik Afobe to give the former Chelsea midfielder a pleasant debut.It was also gathered the erstwhile Super Eagles captain was substituted for Fletcher shortly after the break.In a similar vein, Potters via social media applauded the impact of the Nigeria soccer star as he was seen shouldering the team on the field of play.“We lead at the break, thanks for Obi Mikel late first half strike,” the club tweeted. Few minutes after the final whistle, the championship side wrote: “Good run out in today’s behind closed doors training game against @Shrewsbury Town. Goals from the boys secured a 5-1 win.”Tags: Benik Afobebet365 StadiumMikelStoke CityTom InceTyrese Campbelllast_img read more

MDI football team looks to build on solid finish to 2018 season

first_img Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) BAR HARBOR — A new era of Mount Desert Island football last season saw some early growing pains. The way the Trojans ended the year, though, is still energizing them more than 10 months later.One year removed from their second consecutive No. 1 playoff seed and Northern Maine title game, the Trojans had their hands full entering 2018 as they had to replace one of their largest and most accomplished senior classes along with a legendary head coach. With a tough schedule that included four straight contests against the top-four teams in the conference, MDI lost five of its first six games.Then, in MDI’s Week 7 game against John Bapst, things clicked for the Trojans with the offense bulldozing the Crusaders on the ground and the defense recording three interceptions in a 52-8 win. MDI was just as dominant the following week, holding Belfast to negative rushing yards and using a balanced effort on offense to win 56-14.The Belfast game proved to be MDI’s last of the season as the Trojans finished mere percentage points short of the last Class C North playoff spot in the Heals. Yet after enduring a series of tough early losses, the players haven’t forgotten the feeling of finishing the year with a pair of blowout victories.MDI’s Aiden Grant carries the ball during a controlled high school football scrimmage against Belfast on Aug. 26 in Bar Harbor. The Trojans have 37 players on this year’s roster. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“That energy [from those games] has carried over to this season,” junior Baylor Landsman said. “Those of us who came back, we know what we can do when we come together as a team because of what we dug deep and did at the end of last year.”MDI began last season with a new head coach, Mark Arnold, following Mark Shields’ decision to step down from the post in January. Shields’ retirement coincided with the departure of the 2018 graduating class, whose 18-4 record over its final two seasons included a Northern Maine championship win in 2016 and a regional runner-up finish the following year.Last season’s Trojans did have several seniors to whom they could turn, including Gilbert Isaacs, who would be named Big 11 Conference Lineman of the Year, and Elijah Joyce, who led the conference in rushing. Yet with freshmen and sophomores comprising 20 of the 33 players on MDI’s roster, the Trojans were still a relatively young squad that had to adapt quickly to the varsity environment.“A lot of us sophomores last year didn’t have that confidence at the start because we weren’t used to going out there, getting hit and having to get back up,” Landsman said. “Later on last year and now coming in this year, that confidence is there for us because we know how to deal with that.”Despite the 1-5 start, MDI showed flashes of potential all season; the offense scored 30 points in the team’s Week 1 loss to Oceanside, and the defense shut out Hampden Academy a week later before holding its own against powerhouses Maine Central Institute and Winslow. Even after defeats to Hermon in Week 5 and Nokomis in Week 6, the Trojans felt close to a breakthrough.“We were working hard and really wanting to win, and we knew we were getting better even though we were losing to good teams,” junior Hunter Gray said. “At the end of the season, we found where we were supposed to be, and I think that’s stayed with us.”MDI’s Baylor Landsman drops back to pass during a controlled high school football scrimmage against Belfast on Aug. 26 in Bar Harbor. The Trojans hosted a Belfast, Orono and Washington Academy in Monday’s preseason jamboree. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGray, an honorable mention All-Big 11 selection who averaged 5.5 yards per carry last year, is one of MDI’s top choices to take over the top spot at running back, though Aiden Grant, Ethan Harkins and Sam Mitchell will also contribute at the position. Landsman, who shined against Oceanside and Belfast, is back at quarterback, and Porter Isaacs, another All-Big 11 honorable mention recipient, will anchor the offensive line.Given the loss of Joyce at running back and linebacker and the standout play of Gilbert Isaacs, Adam Burdzel and Sam Hoff in the trenches, MDI will still have work to do to replicate some of last year’s production. Fortunately, with a roster of 37 healthy players and record turnouts at summer practices and workouts, the team has taken significant steps in finding athletes who can do so.“This is a lot more [players] than we usually have,” Gray said. “Usually, we have about 20 guys at the beginning of the season, but we have a lot of kids who have stayed all summer, and it’s really good to see that.”Those numbers bode well for football’s future at MDI, which has been able to split into varsity and junior varsity units in practices. The program contemplated a move to the new eight-man class in the offseason, but with a freshman class of 14 players and solid numbers at the sophomore and junior levels, Arnold is feeling comfortable with the Trojans’ decision to stay in Class C.“We’ve gotten a couple of new upperclassmen who can make an impact in terms of our varsity team, but it’s really our incoming freshman class and a couple of kids in our sophomore class that’s given us a nice influx in numbers,” Arnold said. “Not only are we going to play 11-man varsity this year, but we’re hoping we’ve got enough kids to keep that going in the future.”MDI’s first game will be at home against Stearns/Schenck at 7 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 6. Ahead of that contest, the Trojans held a jamboree play day against Belfast, Orono and Washington Academy on Monday and will host Hampden Academy in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. tonight, Aug. 30.So far, Arnold has liked what he’s seen on the field.MDI’s Sam Keblinsky powers through the Belfast defense during a controlled high school football scrimmage Aug. 26 in Bar Harbor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“I’m really happy with where we’re at right now,” Arnold said. “The kids have been learning a lot, and even though we lost some guys, I’m hoping that the way we ended last year is going to give them a boost.”Orono cancels varsity football seasonMDI and Bucksport had their 2019 football schedules thrown for a loop Wednesday as Orono elected to forego its entire varsity season.Orono, which has battled low numbers in recent years, has 18 players on its roster and dressed just 15 for Saturday’s scrimmage against Washington Academy, according to the Bangor Daily News. The school will play a JV schedule this year in lieu of its previous slate of opponents.“We apologize for the inconvenience that this creates for our 2019 opponents,” Orono Athletic Director Mike Archer said in a press release. “I will work with Big East Commissioner Bunky Dow to assist in filling the void with other opponents due to the void we have created in their schedules.”Following the announcement, MDI filled its newly vacant Sept. 20 slot by moving its originally scheduled opener at Old Town to 7 p.m. that evening. The Trojans will now open the season next Friday against their former Week 4 opponent, Stearns/Schenck, and host a new opponent, Dexter, on Sept. 27.As of Friday afternoon, Bucksport had not specified whether it would attempt to find a new opponent or reduce its schedule to seven games. The Golden Bucks were scheduled to travel to Orono on Oct. 18. Biocenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

The Latest: Iowa to drop 4 sports due to pandemic

first_imgDaryn Pittman, Tori Knutson and Paul McMahan all confirmed they had tested positive for the coronavirus. Kraig Kinser Racing and Roth Motorsports said team members had tested positive and Knoxville Raceway said one of its employees had tested positive.Series officials urged anyone at the track who had come into contact with those infected to get tested. Several other participants and family members tested positive following that notification.Fans were allowed at the races last weekend and also took part in autograph sessions. WoO says it will be reverting to the initial protocols in place when the series resumed racing earlier in the pandemic. Among the tightened restrictions will be closing the pit area to fans until further notice.The World of Outlaws says all affected parties must quarantine until medically cleared to return to the track. Drivers racing for season-long points now unable to race because of the positive test will receive points based on their average finish for the season until they are able to return.___ ___The University of Louisiana-Monroe has paused football practices because of nine new positive COVID-19 tests earlier this week, athletic director Scott McDonald said Friday.McDonald says ULM hopes to resume practice by early next week as soon as ongoing testing indicates it is safe to do so.“We fully anticipated an increased exposure to COVID-19 with the reopening of campus, the beginning of the fall semester as well as uptick in related off-campus activities,” McDonald said. “We also knew that we would have to work to create a modified student-athlete bubble once classes and on-campus activities resumed this month. “We’ll await the latest round of test results while continuing to monitor our quarantined and isolated student-athletes.” SEC schools started practice Monday with the league set to start a 10-game, league-only season Sept. 26.___French league clubs Monaco and Lens both say one of their players has tested positive for the coronavirus.Monaco did not name the player but says he is recovering and that the club has informed league officials.Monaco is scheduled to play at home against Reims on Sunday in the opening weekend of the season. School President Bruce Harreld and athletic director Gary Barta said in a joint statement that a projected revenue loss of $100 million forced the university to discontinue men’s gymnastics, men’s tennis and men’s and women’s swimming and diving.The athletic department deficit is projected at $60 million to $75 million this year.The four sports programs will compete in 2020-21 if circumstances surrounding COVID-19 permit. Existing scholarships will be honored through graduation for athletes who remain at Iowa. The contracts of affected coaches will be honored.Among factors considered for which sports to cut were number of schools sponsoring teams at the Division I level; impact on gender equity and Title IX compliance; expense savings; history of the sport at Iowa; and engagement level.Iowa is the second school from a Power Five conference to drop sports programs. Stanford announced last month it would cut 11 sports. Associated Press Nearly 200 sports programs across three NCAA divisions and the NAIA have been eliminated since the coronavirus pandemic began in the United States in March.___ The Southeastern Conference has modified its previously announced requirements for COVID-19 testing.The league has outlined specific cardiac evaluation requirements from its initial report and will have a third, rapid test close to competition for sports with a high risk of close contact.The SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force has now specified the cardiac evaluation would mandate a troponin level, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and a medical evaluation by a physician. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Iowa will drop four sports programs at the end of the 2020-21 academic year in response to the financial hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Lens defender Jonathan Clauss has also tested positive for the virus. Lens coach Franck Haise says Clauss is showing no symptoms and is in isolation from the rest of the squad.Newly-promoted Lens is also in action on Sunday. The club will travel south to play Nice.___The World of Outlaws is “ramping up” its COVID-19 protocols following an outbreak after last weekend’s event at Knoxville, Iowa.The sprint car series confirmed “several drivers and crew members have tested positive for COVID-19” following the Saturday night main event won by suspended NASCAR driver Kyle Larson.center_img August 21, 2020 But the team said having an empty stadium for the opener was the “responsible thing to do right now for our community.”___Vanderbilt has canceled Friday’s practice after some positive COVID-19 test results.The private Southeastern Conference university is not sharing the number of positive results. But Vanderbilt issued a statement noting the university’s ongoing testing procedures has “positive COVID-19 test results.”Vanderbilt says it is working closely with its Public Health Command Center and other health officials assessing potential close contacts and advising on additional steps. But Vanderbilt cites federal student privacy law in not disclosing information that could identify any student who has tested positive. The Lions may allow spectators to watch their game at Ford Field on Nov. 1 against the Indianapolis Colts.___There will be no fans for the Denver Broncos’ season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Monday night Sept. 14 because of the COVID-19 crisis.The Broncos said Friday they hope to have fans at subsequent games. The team has sold out every home game since the 1960s.The Broncos have been working with the Colorado governor’s office, using computer-generated plans that include up to 20,000 fans at Empower Field at Mile High. ULM officials say the school has administered 1,404 virus and antibody tests combined to athletes and staff across all sports since mid-June. So far, 34 total tests have been positive. The Warhawks football team is slated to open its season Sept. 5 at Troy.“We’re fully aware that we’re managing a fluid situation,” ULM coach Matt Viator said. “While disappointed, we realized that the suspension of practice was a real possibility sometime this preseason. … Our team remains optimistic that we’ll be able to safely compete this fall.”___The Detroit Lions say they will not have fans at their first two home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The team also announced Friday that parking lots near the stadium and businesses within the indoor facility will be closed when Detroit hosts the Chicago Bears on Sept. 13 and the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 4. The Latest: Iowa to drop 4 sports due to pandemic More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Injuries will help USC prep for future

first_img“Laying Down the Laws” runs Mondays. To comment on this story, email Will at wlaws@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.Follow Will on Twitter @WillLaws It’s a well-known fact by now that the scholarship restrictions placed on USC in wake of the Reggie Bush scandal have severely handicapped the Trojans this season.According to the participation chart released to the media by USC’s athletics department, the Trojans used 41 scholarship players and 10 walk-ons during Saturday’s game against Utah.Now, it goes without saying that a fan would never root for players on his or her favorite team — and hopefully, any other team — to get injured.But as the number of inactive Trojans has piled up to ridiculous proportions over the past few weeks, I’ve started to think that this seemingly nightmarish scenario might not be such a bad situation for USC after all.The depth of this squad has been tested since before the season even started. Junior George Farmer and freshman Steven Mitchell both suffered torn knee ligaments before fall camp, initially depleting the wide receiver corps and setting the stage for one of the most discouraging string of injuries I can recall in my time as a sports fan.Junior wideout Marqise Lee, who came into the season as a legitimate Heisman contender, suffered a severe knee sprain against Arizona State. Senior linebacker Morgan Breslin has missed three games after leading USC with 13 sacks last year. Senior tailback Silas Redd took longer than expected to return from knee surgery and didn’t play in USC’s first five games. Last week, the athletic department announced junior linebacker Lamar Dawson and freshman tailback Justin Davis would miss the rest of the season.But in these players’ absences, USC has discovered young, capable backups who have been able to prevent disastrous results while gaining valuable experience for the future.While Lee has been nursing his knee, sophomore Nelson Agholor and freshman Darreus Rogers have filled in admirably. Agholor has performed so impressively that it’s not crazy to think he could push Lee as the team’s leading receiver when the reigning Biletnikoff Award recipient returns to the field.Redshirt sophomore running back Tre Madden has turned out to be an absolute workhorse and has made his convincing case as the full-time starter — while Redd netted zero yards on 10 carries against Utah, Madden gained 60 yards on 12 carries.Junior linebacker J.R. Tavai led USC with 11 tackles and two sacks against the Utes in his second start of the season in place of Breslin. In the first, he racked up 3.5 tackles for loss.Redshirt sophomore linebacker Anthony Sarao, who often spelled Dawson with the first-team defense during fall camp, was USC’s second leading tackler with nine tackles on Saturday in his first career start.The list goes on and on.But perhaps what’s most important is that with so many backups getting the chance to take the field, the team’s morale seems to be at an all-time high despite the disturbing number of seemingly debilitating injuries.When redshirt sophomore tailback Javorious “Buck” Allen scored the first touchdown of his career against Arizona by diving over the pile into the end zone, he was immediately mobbed by his teammates. After the game, multiple players described it as a high point of the season — Allen had just 20 career carries before his breakout game against the Wildcats.“Everybody said we don’t have depth,” redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey said after the victory. “That’s just a complete lie.”USC was forced to use former offensive tackles (redshirt junior Nathan Guertler) and defensive ends (senior Kevin Greene) as tight ends against the Utes — and it was entertaining to watch and speculate about who would take the field next.From here on out, USC fans really won’t know who will line up where on offense. But as long as the Trojans can continue to eke out victories as they did against Utah, I don’t think they’ll care.last_img read more

COVID-19 advancing gaming industry, but SU’s esports club faces challenges

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 20, 2020 at 11:14 pm gfpagano@syr.edu Commentscenter_img It’s always been difficult to convince people that esports should be treated like traditional sports, said Alvin Chow, captain of Syracuse’s League of Legends team. But now more than ever, the industry has a chance to change that.With the absence of traditional sports, esports is thriving, said Trent Pitoniak, vice president of ESSU, Syracuse’s esports club. Amid the pandemic, the streaming platform Twitch saw a 17% increase in hours watched compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, and the 121 million hours streamed this quarter is an all-time high. But for Syracuse esports, and many other collegiate teams, things have been at a standstill.The four remaining in-person tournaments for Syracuse’s Overwatch team were canceled. Time zone differences between players make synchronous practices difficult to schedule. And the East Coast Athletic Conference, which SU’s esports teams compete in, has suspended the rest of the competitive season.“On the collegiate level, things are kind of put on hold,” said Parker Klebahn, ESSU’s community coordinator.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn campus, Syracuse students — particularly ESSU members — use the esports room at the Barnes Center at The Arch. But at home, many of Syracuse’s esports players don’t have the same equipment. The time away from campus has been a reminder of the luxury the esports room provides, Klebahn said. Both competitive and casual members of Syracuse’s esports community depend on the room to gain access to the computing hardware necessary to play games at the highest level, he said.Competing at the same level isn’t possible on personal laptops. Plus, many students who use their own high-quality computers left them in Syracuse and have returned home.The Overwatch team used to practice regularly for two semester-long tournaments and then smaller, one-day tournaments every Sunday and Wednesday.Continuing that rigorous practice schedule has been a challenge because team captain Evan Ridge’s roster includes players from the U.S., China and South Korea, spanning various time zones. They still have virtual tournaments to prepare for, and while some players continue to play casually, it’s not the same, Ridge said.Despite these struggles, the club continues to do what it can to emulate the on-campus experience virtually, Klebahn said. Last weekend, it held its first organized event since students left campus, a Super Smash Bros. tournament called “WiFi Warriors.” Members have organized numerous League of Legends game nights.The goal is to expose more people to esports, Klebahn said. It’s up to this generation to grow the industry and it’s acceptance, he said.“It is my hope that we, as a club, can prosper coming out of this,” Pitoniak said. “For the grand scheme of things, I’m hoping that this shows people that esports can be taken seriously.”Because of social distancing, games are uniting people by encouraging collaboration with friends at a time when physical interaction isn’t acceptable. Esports fanatics are having birthday parties and weddings through video games, Klebahn said. They’re even hanging out with friends, the same way you “watch a traditional sporting event on your couch with your friends.”As a whole, the industry is showing the world that competitive esports are as intense as any athletic event, Chow said. ESPN has been airing League of Legends events and iRacing, where professional drivers use racing simulators to race from home. Basketball and soccer players are turning to NBA 2K and FIFA, respectively. People are noticing esports more than ever, Chow said.“This is a good time for esports,” Pitoniak said. “Games, as a whole, will hopefully grow to be a more dominant force for people and may get the next generation of players started.”last_img read more

Arravale Rovers crowned West Senior Football Champions

first_imgArravale Rovers have been crowned West senior football champions for 2017.They beat Galtee Rovers on a scoreline of 4-10 to 2-10Arravale got an early penalty in the game – scored by goalkeeper Timmy Dalton – which put them on the front foot. However, it took only a couple of minutes for Galtee’s to come back with a goal of their own from Tony Egan.It went level after 13 minutes at 1-1 a piece.Galtee pulled ahead, but Arravale pulled back another goal after 21 minutes – this time through Brian Lowry.The Tipp town side led at the break 2-3 to 1-4.It was Galtee’s who started the better in the second half, pulling the game back level, and going ahead for a period only to see Arravale pull back the lead again – aided by a goal from capitain Shane Leahy, and another from substitute Stephen Quinn.25 minutes into the secomd half Galtee Rovers scored a penalty through Tony Egan, which saw them back within 4 points of the Tipp town side.But Arravale Rovers stuck it out, and it finished up Arravale Rvs: 4-10 to Galtee Rvs: 2-10.This decade they’ve won the final four times, in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.last_img read more

EURO2016: Hero’s Welcome for Portugal in Lisbon

first_img“I have to praise everyone. I will commemorate them with the Order of Merit of Commanders – that is a decree that has never been given to the national team,” he told the broadcaster RTP.The former Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who lost to Greece in the 2004 final hosted by Portugal, showered praise on the players.“Portugal had deserved this European champion title since 2004. Sunday night,Portugal was able to get back the title that we lost in 2004,” he told Sport TV.Meanwhile, UEFA yesterday named French forward and tournament top scorer, Antoine Griezmann, as the Best Player of Euro 2016, a day after the hosts’ 1-0 final defeat to Portugal.“Antoine Griezmann was a threat in every game he played. He works hard for his team and possesses technique, vision and quality finishing,” said UEFA Chief Technical Officer Ioan Lupescu, who led the panel that picked the striker.Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager, was among UEFA’s 13-strong panel of technical observers.Atletico Madrid man Griezmann, 25, for whom Sunday’s defeat was a second major final loss in a month after the loss to arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League, also won the Golden Boot award for his six goals.He also had two assists in France’s run to the final, but had a rare off-night in front of goal on Sunday and was unable to haul the hosts to victory.Griezmann and midfield schemer Dimitri Payet were included in the UEFA team of the tournament named Monday, as was Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo, who was stretchered off injured and in tears after a crunching tackle by Payet.Portugal defensive lynchpin Pepe was also included, along with fellow Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio and Raphael Guerreiro.There was no place for Gareth Bale, but Wales teammates Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen, both midfielders, were named in the team of the tournament.UEFA team of the tournament: Rui Patricio (POR); Joshua Kimmich (GER), Jerome Boateng (GER), Pepe (POR), Raphael Guerreiro (POR); Toni Kroos (GER), Joe Allen (WAL), Aaron Ramsey (WAL); Antoine Griezmann (FRA), Dimitri Payet (FRA); Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Four Selecao in tournament’s XI as Griezmann emerges Best PlayerPortugal flew home to Lisbon yesterday to be greeted by thousands of fans chanting the name of their goal hero Éder, whose extra-time strike sealed their 1-0 victory over France in the final of the 2016 European Championship.After travelling in a plane named after the late striker Eusébio, the coach Fernando Santos and captain Cristiano Ronaldo were greeted by rapturous applause from the 5,000-strong crowd as they lifted the country’s first major trophy aloft.An open-top bus ride followed as the players met the President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who said he would honour them with an award for distinguished acts of public service.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Justin Turner not thinking beyond this year – the final year of his contract

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Justin Turner has been unemployed before. So he doesn’t seem too concerned about entering the final year of his contract with the Dodgers this season.“Is this my last year?” the Dodgers third baseman said when asked how much his contract status occupies his thoughts. “That’s my answer. No.“I’m not worried about that. I’m here to win a championship and whatever happens after that we’ll see.”Non-tendered by the New York Mets in December of 2013, Turner still didn’t have a team when he ran into fellow Titan Tim Wallach (then a Dodgers coach on Don Mattingly’s staff) at the Cal State Fullerton alumni game later that winter. Just days before opening camp, the Dodgers signed Turner to a minor-league contract with a non-roster invite to spring training. It turned out to be possibly the best $1 million investment the franchise has made. KANGAROO COURTMookie Betts (outfielders) and Turner (infielders) have established a ‘kangaroo court’ fine system for mistakes made during drills or in games this spring. Each player is keeping a tally on a sheet of paper at his locker and collecting money from violators.“It’s great,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just that incentive to pay attention to detail – whether it’s hit a cutoff man, catch a grounder, get the signs. So now we have a kitty that’s a small kitty that is going to continue to grow throughout the season. I just liked that accountability part of it.“When one of your star players speaks out, it’s a lot easier for those guys to kind of follow along and have fun with it but also understanding the message behind it.”MAY STATUSRight-hander Dustin May threw a bullpen session on the first day of camp, felt tightness in his left side the next day and has yet to get back on a mound.May had re-started a throwing program and stretched out to playing catch from 120 feet but “didn’t feel great so we’re going to take a step back,” Roberts said.CLOSING TIMEDodgers closer Kenley Jansen made his second appearance of the spring Wednesday and struck out the side in order. He has faced six hitters in Cactus League action, striking out five. Jansen’s fastball has touched 94 mph. According to Roberts, Jansen was sitting at 85 to 87 mph at this time a year ago.“Eighty-seven to 89,” Jansen corrected. “Eighty-five? I don’t know about that. I love you Doc but I don’t know about that.”The early results in Cactus League games seem to be reinforcing the positive feelings Jansen had after working on his mechanics during the offseason.“It’s good to have results,” Jansen said. “But sometimes you’re gonna have bad results and you have to know – ‘are you throwing the ball well?’ To me, it’s more right now a consistency thing. Can I repeat that pitch over and over and over? That’s what spring training is for. So I want to make sure that I can repeat that pitch over and over and over again.”ALSOWalker Buehler will make his first start of the Cactus League schedule on Saturday against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields. The Dodgers play split-squad games that day. Ross Stripling will start for the team against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch. … Outfielder Joc Pederson still has not been cleared to swing a bat and Roberts admitted the hip injury has proven to be more troublesome than it appeared at first. Not only did Turner become one of the best third basemen in the National League (an All-Star in 2017) but he emerged as a team leader, a cohesive force in the clubhouse. In addition, he has embraced community service, establishing the Justin Turner Foundation with his wife, Kourtney, to work with veterans causes, hosting an annual golf tournament, serving as a Race Ambassador for the L.A. Marathon.Last January, the Los Angeles City Council honored him for his efforts by designating a Justin Turner Day.That’s a lot at stake when Turner’s four-year, $64 million contract runs out at the end of this season.“Obviously it’s reality. It’s a possibility,” the 35-year-old Turner acknowledged. “But this is something I try not to focus on or think about. I have to worry about what’s in front of me today and we’ll worry about tomorrow tomorrow.”In six seasons with the Dodgers, Turner has hit .302 with 112 home runs and an .887 OPS. In parts of five seasons with the Orioles and Mets before joining the Dodgers, Turner was a .260 hitter as a part-time player with eight home runs and a .684 OPS.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington Heat go 3-2 over week; embark on important 3-game home stand, 3 WHS softball players attend showcase camp

first_imgComplete Standings through 6-23-13 Dodge City490.3087.09110.4507.0 Wellington780.4675.01280.6004.0 Derby780.4675.0980.5295.5 •••••The Heat recently held a two-day “All American Showcase Camp” at Worden Park on June 18-19. Three Wellington girls participated in the camp including Carlie McComb, Abby Goodrum and Bailey DeJarnett.There were 15 college coaches in attendance. According to the Heat website, the camp is unique in that it attracts college coaches, who are usually restricted because of NCAA rules and can only attend certain camps such as this one.The camp included on-field instruction and evaluation and three scrimmages amongst themselves.Carlie McComb (right) was one of three participants in the Heat Showcase event held at Worden Park last week. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Heat got an unexpected night off of baseball Monday night when the Owasso Angels could not make the trip because of bus problems.The Heat resume play tonight when the Derby Twins come to town. Game time is 7 p.m. at Sellers Park.Wellington is currently 12-8 overall and 7-8 in the Jayhawk League (see standings below).Over the past week, Wellington has gone 3-2. The Heat won a crucial three-game series in Liberal over the weekend, getting two of three games.The Heat lost the first game 10-8 to Liberal on Friday. But they came back to beat Liberal 12-2 an 6-2 on Saturday and Sunday.This leaves the Heat in a muddled pack of four teams vying for second place. El Dorado is 8-7 and has a one-game lead over Derby and Wellington at 7-8. Liberal is following at 6-9 and Dodge City is 4-9. Hays Larks have a four-game lead at 12-3.Wellington hosts an important three-game stretch this week with Derby coming in tonight, El Dorado on Wednesday and Derby again on Thursday. The Heat then head north to play the Hays Larks, hoping to get some revenge for the Larks three-game sweep at Sellers Park a couple weeks ago.••••The Heat scores and schedule of the next two weeks are as follows:Tuesday, June 18 – Derby 10 Wellington 9Wednesday, June 19 – Wellington 7 Owasso 3 – Wellington High School Graduate Ryan Jenkins started as pitcher for four innings.Friday, June 21 – Liberal 10 Wellington 5Saturday, June 22 – Wellington 12 Liberal 2Sunday, June 23 – Wellington 6 Liberal 2.Monday, June 24 – Cancelled because Owasso team bus broke down.Tuesday, June 25 – Derby at Wellington, 7 p.m. Chamber of Commerce night.Wednesday, June 26 – El Dorado at Wellington, 7 p.m., Sumner County Young Professionals will be giving out free tickets.Thursday, June 27 – Derby at Wellington, 7 p.m. Pick up a free ticket from one of the Heat players in the afternoon before the game and the morning of game day courtesy of Wal-Mart located at 2202 E. 16th Street, Wellington.Friday, June 28 – Wellington at Hays.Saturday, June 29 – Wellington at Hays.Sunday, June 30 – Wellington at Hays.••••• El Dorado870.5334.01170.6114.0center_img LeagueOverall Liberal690.4006.01090.5265.5 WLPCTGBWLPCTGB Hays1230.800—1530.833— 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 Comment (1) 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. 0 Vote up Vote down Jim · 372 weeks ago I think the game will be heat delayed and start at 8:05 PM Report Reply 0 replies · active 372 weeks ago 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 commentslast_img read more