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Great Harbor Shootout to Showcase 70 Teams

first_imgSOUTHWEST HARBOR — The season between winter and spring is known as the unlocking and the thaw will continue as basketball action heats up on Mount Desert Island with the 16th Annual Great Harbor Shootout (GHSO) this weekend.Once again the event has a record number of entrants with 70 teams slated to pound the boards at five venues across the island. The tournament will feature two divisions of high school boys, one playing at the Mount Desert Elementary School and the other at the MDI YMCA in Bar Harbor. There also will be two divisions of high school girls, one playing at Trenton Elementary School and the other at the Pemetic School in Southwest Harbor. The junior high boys’ and girls’ divisions both will play their games on two courts at MDI High School. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPlay will begin at 4 p.m. tomorrow for the junior high boys and an hour later for all other divisions. Championship games, all at the Mount Desert Elementary School, will be played on Sunday afternoon and evening. The junior high girls will kick things off at 3 p.m. Follwoing will be the junior high boys at 4:10 p.m., the high school girls at 5:20 p.m. and the high school boys at 6:30 p.m. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by admin (see all)center_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Syracuse dominates possession in 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh

first_img Published on October 5, 2012 at 1:55 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Head coach Phil Wheddon shook his head and gritted his teeth. He asked the official how he could have missed an obvious foul. He told his Syracuse players they were “unlucky” for the through balls that went a bit too far.Jackie Firenze shook her head, showing her disappointment after a few misplaced passes. Jenna Rickan hit the crossbar. Firenze hit a post as well.A frustrating night ended in relief for the Orange (8-4-2, 5-1-1 Big East) as the team defeated Pittsburgh 2-0 in front of 338 at SU Soccer Stadium. Freshmen Erin Simon and Firenze scored for the Orange in support of goalkeeper Brittany Anghel’s fourth shutout of the season. SU’s offense outshot the Panthers 22-5 and won the possession battle but looked tired and irritated during the game.“I actually said to the fourth official, ‘this is one of those games where you outshoot the opponent and they come away with a one-nil victory because you mess up at the back,’” Wheddon said.Syracuse earned its eighth victory of the season with three games to play, surpassing its total of seven in 2011.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s massive,” Wheddon said. “…We haven’t been able to put together three or four consistent performances at home and I think we’ve done that and I’m really pleased.”But Thursday night’s victory wasn’t flawless.Rickan’s shot off the crossbar came twenty minutes into the match, as the SU team peppered Panthers goalkeeper Nicole D’agostino with shots from beyond the 18-yard box. Wheddon and the team noticed the Panthers defense dropping its back four every time the Orange gained possession.Syracuse had time to create and shoot. Rosina Callisto took several shot attempts from far out, but they all sailed either wide or high above the cage.“I thought our shooting was actually pretty poor,” Wheddon said. “We had what, 20 shots? Very few were on target. You wouldn’t think that we worked on finishing all week. I’m glad we put two away in the second half, but honestly it could have been more.”Callisto agreed.“There was a lot of space, so we tried to take the shots that we saw,” she said. “Unfortunately we were forcing it a little bit too much. So as the course of the game went on we started to connect more up top and it ended up resulting in two goals.”Going into halftime, SU had 14 shots compared to just three for Pitt.It wasn’t until the 77th minute that Simon finally broke through. After a controversial no-call on Pitt, Callisto fired another long-distance shot. A rebound bounced to Simon, whose shot edged the crossbar and bounced downwards into the net.“Erin is one of those players that’s a nightmare to play against,” Wheddon said. “She’s just like one of those energizer bunnies that doesn’t stop running, doesn’t stop moving and hustling.”Wheddon stuck with Firenze even though, as he said, she struggled with connecting passes. The move paid off as the midfielder scored on a chip shot with just over five minutes remaining, sealing the victory for the Orange.“Performance wasn’t so great from me tonight, but I am happy that I finished with a goal and that’s a good thing for the team,” Firenze said.Though Firenze and SU certainly didn’t play their best soccer, the final result is all that matters for a program on the rise.“I know that this is a team that’s going to work through no matter what, and that’s shown,” Firenze said. “Once we start winning we don’t give up, and I think that quality of our team is going to help us really go far.” Commentslast_img read more

USC opens up new office in New York City

first_imgUSC recently opened its first office in New York City, hoping to enhance the university’s presence on the East Coast and attract more donations.“The New York office is responsible for creating a more visible presence for USC in New York and throughout the northeast region, and establishing support, including philanthropic support, for the university’s strategic goals and objectives,” Albert Checcio, senior vice president of university advancement, and Courtney Surls, vice president for development of university advancement wrote in an email.The office will handle general issues regarding USC and its East Coast presence, spanning from alumni relations to student affairs.Receiving philanthropic support from USC alumni has become a priority for the university, and this office was created largely to help achieve their fundraising goals, Checcio and Surls wrote.“We have two primary responsibilities in the New York office. One is to assess the broader regional needs to build the visibility of the university and make recommendations to that end,” said Maria Watson, the new executive director of the New York office. “The second is to leverage significant philanthropic support from individuals for the future initiatives of USC.”The university hopes these donations will assist students in the long-run.“The new resources will positively impact and improve almost every aspect of campus life — from more scholarships for students, to new buildings and facilities, and to recruitment of leading faculty and researchers,” Checcio and Surls wrote.Currently, the office is fairly small, with a staff of three.As USC’s first office in New York City, the new regional office has been charged with making USC’s presence prominent in the northeast.“The Trojan Family is quite strong in New York City,” Watson said. “There are 4,000 alumni and potential donors that live or work in New York City alone, and there are approximately 16,000 alumni who live in the northeast. This office will be working to engage that group of people,” Watson said.Students are generally excited by the opportunities presented by the new office.“I will most likely go to New York after college to work, so it’s good that they’ve opened this office [so I can] maintain this connection to the school,” said Adam Nusbaum, a freshman majoring in business administration.USC has comparable offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, as well as around the globe, in countries including China, Japan, India and Mexico. The university is also planning to open a San Francisco office later this year, according to Checcio and Surls.Since its opening, the office has invited the USC Alumni Club of New York’s board to its office for a gathering. Additionally, a series of events to commemorate the opening is planned for the coming months, according to Watson.Checcio and Surls were not willing to comment about the cost of the new office.last_img read more

England’s Three Lions Face Tunisia Test

first_imgEngland’s search for a first World Cup crown since 1966 kicks off this evening with a Group G encounter with Tunisia at Volgograd, the same venue Nigeria will play Iceland on Friday.With expectations dampened down for this tournament England head to Russia with a youthful side, lacking experience but possessing a clear identity shaped by Southgate. England will line up with a back five with an emphasis on passing out from defence while utilising the speed of their attacking players and finishing prowess of Harry Kane.Southgate said: “You learn lessons from the past, but this team shouldn’t be burdened with it because they’re a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps. The future is all ahead of them, so they have to be thinking about what’s possible. “The players of the past and opportunities of the past are gone. This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way.“They have a hunger, a desire, we have better technical players than we’ve had in the past coming through our academies, so there’s a real enthusiasm.”Southgate broke from his own tradition in revealing his starting line-up to his players on Saturday – and revealed the reasoning behind his decision when meeting the media in Volgograd.“I think the players pretty much knew the team anyway from the way we work in training,” Southgate said. “I just felt it gives some clarity.“It’s something that, in the couple of tournaments I played in, the managers did in the week leading up to the first game and I felt it did give everybody the opportunity just to really focus.”Tunisia and England’s last encounter was in the group stages of the 1998 World Cup. England won 2-0 in Marseille thanks to goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes.The North Africans are back at a World Cup for the first time since 2006 after qualifying automatically from their section that included DR Congo, Libya and Guinea. However, Tunisia have never progressed through a group stage at a World Cup in four previous appearances.Southgate will be lining up against Tunisian Nabil Maalou in the dugout, who was assistant to Roger Lemerre at the 2006 finals. The 55-year-old was appointed in March 2017 following the dismissal of Henryk Kasperczak after Tunisia’s dismal showing in the Africa Cup of Nations.Maaloul believes England’s team spirit under Southgate makes them a superior proposition to the star-studded sides of years gone by.“It is true that Tunisia played against England in 1998, when they had great players like Beckham and Owen, but there was not the same great collective spirit,” he said.“I think that this team has progressed enormously. They have young players, the third youngest they’ve sent to a World Cup. Maybe they’ve changed a bit in terms of their mentality, their attitude.”The weight of pressure on England is often cited as a reason for their underwhelming performances in major tournaments – but they will not be alone in feeling that expectation on Monday night, according to Maaloul.“There is enormous pressure on our shoulders – we represent Africa and the Arabic world and 12 million Tunisians who are behind us,” he said.England’s only injury concern in the build-up to the game, Marcus Rashford, has been back in training since Friday, meaning Gareth Southgate has a full-strength squad to choose from – although he has already picked his starting line-up.Sunderland midfielder Wahbi Khazri, on loan at Rennes and one of Tunisia’s key men, is likely to be ready to start, albeit perhaps rusty, having not played since suffering a thigh injury two months ago. England have never lost against an African team at the World Cup (W3 D3), keeping five clean sheets in six games.Since winning their only World Cup in 1966, England haveprogressed past the quarter-finals only once, doing so in 1990 (fourth place). England have also topped their group only once in their last five appearances (2006).England have won only one of their last eight games at the World Cup (D4 L3), a 1-0 victory over Slovenia in June 2010. They have also never scored more than one goal in their last nine games at the tournament.England had the joint-best defensive record in the 2018 UEFA World Cup qualifiers alongside Spain, conceding three goals in 10 games. They were also one of four unbeaten teams, alongside Belgium, Germany and Spain.2018 FIFA World Cup TablePosTeam P W D L GF GA GD Pts Group A1 Russia 1 1 0 0 5 0 5 32 Uruguay 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 33 Egypt 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 04 Saudi 1 0 0 1 0 5 -5 0Group B1 Iran 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 32 Portugal1 0 1 0 3 3 0 13 Spain 1 0 1 0 3 3 0 14 Morocco 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0Group C1 France 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 32 Denmark 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 33 Aust 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 04 Peru 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0Group D1 Croatia 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 32 Arg 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 13 Iceland 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 14 Nigeria 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0Group E1 Serbia 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 32 Brazil 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 13 S’land 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 14 C’Rica 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0Group F1 Mexico 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 32 Korea Rep0 0 0 0 0 0 0 03 Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 04 Germany 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0 Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Mike Trout out of Angels lineup after getting hit by a pitch

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “I’m just moving around and doing normal stuff,” Upton said. “The last few days I just sat around and did nothing. I’m starting to function like a normal person again.”Upton said he’s hoping he’ll be able to return to the lineup on Friday.ALSOThe Angels recalled Deck McGuire, bringing their active roster to 33 players. They are expected to recall at least two more, left-hander Williams Jerez and right-hander Luke Farrell. …The Angels’ Double-A affiliate, which has played in Mobile, Ala., is moving to Madison, Ala., and changing its name to the Rocket City Trash Pandas in 2020.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Felix Peña, 1-4, 4.19) at White Sox (LHP Carlos Rodon, 6-4, 2.89), Friday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) ARLINGTON, Texas — Mike Trout was out of the Angels lineup on Wednesday, a day after he was hit in the leg by a pitch.Manager Mike Scioscia said Trout’s calf was still “tight.” He hoped that after the team’s scheduled day off on Thursday, Trout could return to the lineup on Friday in Chicago.Trout was hit by a Mike Minor pitch in the first inning on Tuesday, but he remained in the game.UPTON UPDATEJustin Upton played some catch on Wednesday, as he slowly resumes activity following a few days off in the wake of the concussion he suffered on Saturday. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

‘Excitement, nervousness, anxious’ – Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin readies for MLB debut

first_img“Sure. Why not?” he said of Roberts’ estimate. “Mentally, I don’t like to pin it down on anything because then it’s ‘40, okay.’ I know you need some reps. I just strap it in and I feel like I’m ready to go. To me, I think it’s way less than probably most think.“How do you say ‘I’m ready?’ It’s a feeling. It’s an opinion. … I don’t panic and start thinking, ‘I didn’t have X amount of at-bats.’ But I always respect them feeling comfortable that I’ve had enough at-bats.”ALSOWhen the Dodgers head to Colorado following Wednesday’s game, left-hander Scott Alexander will remain in Arizona and start throwing to hitters at Camelback Ranch later this week in preparation for a minor-league rehab assignment. Alexander has been out since June 5 with a forearm injury. …Roberts said David Freese’s injured hamstring is “not responding like we’d hoped” but he is still optimistic Freese could return before the All-Star break.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Tony Gonsolin, MLB debut) at Diamondbacks (LHP Taylor Clarke, 1-3, 6.48 ERA), Wednesday, 12:40 p.m. SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM “My heart started racing. I started sweating immediately,” he said. “Excitement, nervousness, anxious – all the emotions just kind of flooded me at once. It was nice to have yesterday as a full day to kind of soak it in and be ready to go tomorrow.”The Dodgers’ ninth-round pick out of St. Mary’s College in 2016 (where he played the outfield and pitched), Gonsolin was the Dodgers’ Minor-League Pitcher of the Year last season and got his first look at big-league hitters this spring. He came away confident he could get them out.“Definitely,” he said. “With my stuff, I feel I can compete with anybody. So I think I’ve just got to go out there and trust that my stuff is going to work. See what happens. Control what I can control.”Both Gonsolin and the Dodgers’ other top pitching prospect, Dustin May, are dark-horse candidates to pitch out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season, particularly if that bullpen continues to perform unevenly. Gonsolin is likely to head back to Triple-A after his start Wednesday but he has no problem looking at the opportunity as an audition for a future role.“Yeah, absolutely. I think every chance I get is a chance to prove myself, show myself and everybody here what I can do,” he said. “But that’s out of my control. I’ve still got to go out and pitch tomorrow and take it one at-bat at a time, one pitch at a time and see what happens.” POLLOCK PROGRESSInjured outfielder A.J. Pollock took batting practice on the field with the team Tuesday, the first time since he injured his right elbow in late April. Pollock said he is “doing pretty much everything” in workouts and his recovery from surgery to remove the hardware inserted in the joint after a fracture in 2016 has “been really smooth.”Pollock will take his rehab to Camelback Ranch this week and “after that I should be playing some rehab games soon” with a minor-league team.“It’s coming pretty soon. We’ve talked about it,” he said of the rehab assignment.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has estimated Pollock will need 40 to 50 at-bats on a rehab assignment after such an extended absence. Pollock wouldn’t sign on to a specific number but admitting he is “pushing for” the Dodgers’ road trip to Boston and Philadelphia after the All-Star break for his return.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies PHOENIX — When Oklahoma City manager Travis Barbary called him into his office following the Triple-A team’s game Sunday, Tony Gonsolin knew there were probably only three possibilities. And two of them were bad.“He called me into his office and then left the office,” Gonsolin said Tuesday in the visitor’s clubhouse at Chase Field. “He had to double-check whether it was Wednesday and not today.“As soon as he said, ‘Come to my office,’ I knew it was one of two things – either I’m going up or I’m going down. Or I’m getting traded – so I guess it was three things. I was hoping for the best and when he said, ‘Congratulations’ I knew it was the good one.”Barbary gave Gonsolin the news that he would be making his major-league debut on Wednesday. Gonsolin will start for the Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the Dodgers a six-man rotation for a second week to keep the primary starters fresh. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Kobe Bryant’s fall just latest calamity for Lakers

first_imgThat means play the kids, build for the future or, in other words, tank — at last! — as rookie Jordan Clarkson gets a look as the starting point and Ryan Kelly as a stretch four.Now if they can only finish low enough to draw a top-five pick so they don’t have to give it to Phoenix.Of course, that would mean giving their 2016 No. 1 to the Suns, wherever it is.Nostalgia being preferable to the present these days, everyone did the obligatory retrospective last week on Pau Gasol, returning as a Chicago Bull … having taken less than the Lakers offered to leave.Lots of insiders still blame Mike D’Antoni for running Pau off, but I’d look higher up the team directory. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error D’Antoni was hired (by Jerry Buss, the way I heard it from the inside) to bring back Showtime, with all aboard OK with it (except, of course, Jeanie Buss).As close as Bryant was to Phil Jackson, he enthusiastically endorsed D’Antoni (“an offensive genius.”)Unfortunately, D’Antoni was a genius who spread the floor, as opposed to pounding the ball inside.When it did go inside, it had to go to Dwight Howard, their upcoming free agent.Oops!In Jackson’s triangle, they could have played a high-low post with Gasol at the free-throw line.Under D’Antoni, Pau had to go to the corner, where he was lost, straining their relationship.Last season was worse spiritually, if not in fact, with the team going 27-55, an overachievement with Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, et al. as D’Antoni drove them to the end, trying to save his job.Lakers Don’t Tank, so they didn’t. (Not that I can claim to have been in favor; I was thinking the way management was, or in other words, fuzzily).With Howard gone, Gasol should have been ideal for D’Antoni, but their relationship only got worse, undermined by the wailing and gnashing of teeth around them.Any grief not directed at D’Antoni went to Gasol, averaging 17-10 in the 60 games he played. (To date, he has played in 45 of the Bulls’ 48).Pau then shocked the Lakers (and Bryant, his foremost admirer), turning down $23 million for one season for $22.5 million over three in Chicago.“When things were going well here, it was exceptional,” said Gasol last week.“They say L.A. and New York are two of the top cities, the best cities to win at, but they’re probably two of the tougher cities to lose and struggle, because you get so much coverage that media have to create stories and sometimes the bad or negative stories are more attractive.“So I felt like there was always a search for something bad or negative to talk about, some drama that was created whether there was some truth to it or not.“Chicago so far has been great. Very positive. Even when we had that skid where we lost six out of eight, people were still positive, media were still positive. …“We’re all — especially within the same city — we’re a family.”Unfortunately, the Laker family wasn’t very happy. It’s more miserable now as hope continues to fade into an ever more distant future.Bryant’s fall is only the latest calamity to befall the Lakers, in an unbroken string of them.Whatever factor in recruiting Kobe might have been, it’s less now.And heaven help the Lakers if they commit major money to a problematic, big-name stop-gap like Rajon Rondo at the behest of Kobe, desperate to enlist more help than he got this season.If good times come and go, the Lakers were ahead of the game from the day Jerry Buss bought them in 1979, building Showtime around Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, needing just five years between superstars to get Shaquille O’Neal and Bryant, and three after Shaq left to get Pau.Unfortunately for the Lakers, nothing is forever, including them.It almost couldn’t have been different with everyone they placed their trust in, or hoped to, going down.Bryant hasn’t finished his last three seasons.Dwight Howard is declining physically in his 11th season, to say nothing of the problem between his ears. He has just been sidelined again in Houston with sore knees.Carmelo Anthony is declining physically in his 12th season. The Knicks are expected to shut him down after he limps gallantly out for the All-Star Game.The exception, of course, is Chris Paul, whom the Lakers acquired fair and square, only to see David Stern nix the trade in his role as temporary operator of the New Orleans franchise, a classic conflict of interest.On the other hand, the Lakers don’t have stars like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan or front-line role players like Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick. With them, CP3 still has his work cut out with the Clippers.Some decades, it goes like this. Welcome to the longest one the Lakers have known in many, or most, of their fans’ lifetimes.center_img The splash finally heard ‘round Lakerdom …So much for all the Laker story lines, which revolved around Kobe Bryant.Here’s this season’s last one: If the Lakers thought things couldn’t get any worse, Kobe’s departure proved they were wrong.If there’s a silver lining, Kobe’s departure left the organization with no choice but to concede the obvious after years of hoping against hope.last_img read more

MLB 2019 preview: NL West position battles to watch

first_imgDoesn’t make sense now? Don’t worry, it will.Padres — ShortstopThe unfortunate thing about this situation is the best player will not win. That is because of the infamous Super 2 status which teams use to gain one more year of control before free agency.Fernando Tatis Jr. is arguably the best prospect in MLB and he is in a position “battle” with Luis Urias. He is better than Urias and a very comparable player to Astros shortstop Carlos Correa when he was coming up.Ladies and gentlemen: Fernando Tatis Jr. can HIT 🚀🚀🚀 #PadresST | @tatis_jr pic.twitter.com/eRnetgKyaK— FOX Sports San Diego (@FOXSportsSD) February 26, 2019But he will not win the job because the Padres will find a way to manipulate his service time so he doesn’t come up for a couple of weeks. So what we’re saying is find a way to watch this guy in spring training because there’s a good chance you won’t see him for at least the first couple of weeks of the regular season.Rockies — Second baseThe Rockies’ likely future at second base (or even shortstop, but that is down the road) is Brendan Rodgers. The 22-year-old player was the third-overall pick in the 2015 draft and has shown he can hold his own at every level he has played.However, Ryan McMahon is a good prospect as is Garrett Hampson, and Daniel Murphy could see time at second base as well here and there. But Rodgers is the guy the Rockies want to win the spot. Fortunately they don’t have to rush him as they have options and Colorado can’t really be called out for manipulating his service time as they don’t really need him.#Rockies Chad Bettis vs. Michael Saunders and Brendan Rodgers. pic.twitter.com/274z7oqW1e— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) February 20, 2019Still though, whether McMahon or Hampson wins, the Rockies will have good options at second base. But, those two guys know Rodgers is coming and he will get a good chance to show who he is in spring training.Dodgers — Fifth starterLos Angeles is pretty set barring a late free-agent signing, but the fifth-starter spot raises some questions. And it’s not because they don’t have a proven man there, it’s that they have several proven players.The guys battling it out for the spot include Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling and Julio Urias. Maeda has been good in both the pen and the rotation and Stripling was an All-Star last year. Even with that though, L.A. may want Urias to win the job as he used to be the team’s prized pitching prospect.All of these men will likely be on the MLB roster, but where they will be remains to be seen.Diamondbacks — Fifth starterIt’s a little bit surprising to see, but Arizona is actually pretty set in the field even after losing Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock. The rotation could be another story and the bottom of the rotation really could see some battles.But as of right now, Merrill Kelly is listed as the team’s fifth starter on the depth chart. Kelly, 30, is a career minor leaguer with some good numbers, but no track record to speak of. And Arizona has Jon Duplantier in the minors just waiting for his opportunity at the MLB level.Duplantier dealt with some injuries last year and has never pitched above the Double-A level, but he has the stuff to succeed with the Diamondbacks so he could earn the spot with a great spring. That remains to be seen though, and it’s unlikely considering his lack of innings at the upper levels of the minors.Jon Duplantier strikes out Peter Alonso for the second time tonight pic.twitter.com/h3NvtOkVhV— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) November 7, 2018Giants — Left fieldWhen looking at the Giants’ depth chart it’s easy to see why they would be interested in Bryce Harper. The team’s outfielders include Chris Shaw, Drew Ferguson, Steven Duggar, Austin Slater and Mac Williamson. No offense to those guys, but they don’t exactly have proven track records. MLB 2019 preview: 5 prospect storylines to watch in spring training MLB 2019 preview: AL West position battles to watch With notable offseason additions this division has gotten a lot more interesting.The Dodgers are still the team to beat, but the Rockies are still very good and the Padres got a whole lot better as well.center_img And while the Diamondbacks let one piece go and traded another big one, they still have a lot of talent as well.But possibly the two most interesting battles come from guys who have virtually no chance of winning their competitions out of spring training. Related News In left field that couldn’t be more true as Shaw and Ferguson may battle it out for the spot. Ferguson is an interesting case here. The 26-year-old player was a Rule 5 draft pick out of the Astros system and has always been a bit behind the 8-ball.He was drafted as a senior out of Belmont University, he’s only 5-foot-11 and he’s never shown a ton of power or speed. But, he has hit everywhere he has been never posting at batting average lower than .275 in three MILB seasons and he gets on base at a shocking rate with a career-.393 OBP. The question here is whether he is a career minor leaguer or an analytical find who excels despite the lack of typical measurables.We’ll see what he is as he will get a shot to win an outfield spot in San Francisco.last_img read more

Alliance of American Football: Full 2019 schedule, TV channels, live stream, rosters for every team

first_imgSporting News has assembled all the information you need to follow the Alliance of American Football in its first season, including a full weekly TV schedule, team-by-team rosters and a guide to explain the main rules difference from the NFL.MORE: Reasons to watch AAF’s first seasonAlliance of American Football 2019 scheduleCBS will carry opening weekend of the AAF for national audiences. One game per week in the following nine weeks of the regular season will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. NFL Network, meanwhile, will carry two games per week. TNT will show Salt Lake at Birmingham in Week 2. Games can also be live streamed on fuboTV (7-day free trial).Here is the full regular season schedule breakdown:Week 1San Diego at San AntonioSat, Feb 098 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV (regional)Atlanta at OrlandoSat, Feb 098 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV (regional)Memphis at BirminghamSun, Feb 104 p.m. ETCBSSN/ fuboTVSalt Lake at ArizonaSun, Feb 108 p.m. ETNFL Net/ fuboTVWeek 2Salt Lake at BirminghamSat, Feb 162 p.m. ETTNT/fuboTVArizona at MemphisSat, Feb 168 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVOrlando at San AntonioSun, Feb 174 p.m. ETCBSSN/fuboTVAtlanta at San DiegoSun, Feb 178 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVWeek 3Arizona at Salt LakeSat, Feb 233 p.m. ETB/R LiveMemphis at OrlandoSat, Feb 238 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVBirmingham at AtlantaSun, Feb 244 p.m. ETCBSSN/fuboTVSan Antonio at San DiegoSun, Feb 248 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVWeek 4Orlando at Salt LakeSat, Mar 024 p.m. ETB/R LiveSan Diego at MemphisSat, Mar 028 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVSan Antonio at BirminghamSun, Mar 034 p.m. ETCBSSN/fuboTVAtlanta at ArizonaSun, Mar 038 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVWeek 5Orlando at BirminghamSat, Mar 092 p.m. ETB/R LiveSalt Lake at San DiegoSat, Mar 098 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVMemphis at AtlantaSun, Mar 104 p.m. ETCBSSN/fuboTVSan Antonio at ArizonaSun, Mar 108 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVWeek 6Memphis at Salt LakeSat, Mar 164 p.m. ETB/R LiveArizona at OrlandoSat, Mar 168 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVSan Antonio at AtlantaSun, Mar 174 p.m. ETCBSSN/fuboTVBirmingham at San DiegoSun, Mar 178 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVWeek 7Orlando at AtlantaSat, Mar 233 p.m. ETB/R LiveSalt Lake at San AntonioSat, Mar 238 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVSan Diego at ArizonaSun, Mar 244 p.m. ETCBSSN/fuboTVBirmingham at MemphisSun, Mar 248 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVWeek 8Orlando at MemphisSat, Mar 302 p.m. ETB/R LiveSan Diego at Salt LakeSat, Mar 308 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVAtlanta at BirminghamSun, Mar 314 p.m. ETCBSSN/fuboTVArizona at San AntonioSun, Mar 318 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVWeek 9Memphis at San AntonioSat, Apr 064 p.m. ETB/R LiveSan Diego at OrlandoSat, Apr 068 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVSalt Lake at AtlantaSun, Apr 074 p.m. ETCBSSN/fuboTVBirmingham at ArizonaSun, Apr 078 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVWeek 10San Antonio at Salt LakeFri, Apr 128 p.m. ETB/R LiveAtlanta at MemphisSat, Apr 138 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVBirmingham at OrlandoSun, Apr 143 p.m. ETCBSSN/fuboTVArizona at San DiegoSun, Apr 148 p.m. ETNFL Net/fuboTVWhat is the Alliance of American Football?The AAF is a new league established as an offseason complement to the NFL rather than a direct competitor. It features a set of rules aimed at eliminating unnecessary breaks in the action — such as TV timeouts — to create a more fluid game. Rosters of the eight-team league feature former college stars and NFL blasts from the past, and front offices include familiar names to hardcore football fans.The league, founded by former Indianapolis Colts executive Bill Polian, pays every player the same three-year, non-guaranteed $250,000 contract with built-in bonuses for meeting performance goals.Its playoff format features Eastern and Western conference championship games before a league title game on Saturday, April 27. Alliance of American Football rules vs. NFLRather than kicking extra points, teams will be required to attempt two-point conversions.There are no kickoffs. Instead, teams will start with the ball at their own 25-yard line.Because the elimination of kickoffs takes away the potential for an onside kick, the AAF has created the “onside conversion,” which gives a team a fourth-and-12 situation on its own 28. If the try is successful, the team keeps the ball and continues its drive. Onside conversion attempts are only permitted if a team is trailing by 17 points or there’s five minutes or less left in the fourth quarter.Defenses are limited to five pass-rushers on any given play, and they are not allowed to blitz players from the secondary.There are no TV timeouts and fewer commercial breaks overall.Each team will have two challenges.Notable coaches, players in the Alliance of American FootballAtlanta LegendsMichael Vick is the offensive coordinator in the city he became arguably the most electric dual-threat quarterback in NFL history. Former college quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Denard Robinson headline the Legends offense, while a number of local favorites like T.J. Barnes, Brandon Watts, KeShun Freeman and Corey Griffin lead the defense.Birmingham IronFormer NFL first-round draft pick Trent Richardson is the most recognizable member of the Iron. The one-time Alabama running back averaged just 3.3 yards per carry in the NFL, though he did amass 19 all-purpose touchdowns in his four years in the league. At 28 years old, Richardson should still have plenty in the tank to provide to the Iron.Memphis ExpressHall of Fame linebacker and former NFL head coach Mike Singletary will coach the Express. He’ll have two quarterbacks who once seemed capable of NFL success in former Penn State signal-caller Christian Hackenberg and former LSU passer Zach Mettenberger. Zac Stacy, who found some success in 2013 with the St. Louis Rams, will anchor Memphis’ backfield.Orlando ApollosLegendary coach Steve Spurrier will lead the Apollos, who have a roster loaded with talent from the state of Florida. Former Gators quarterback Austin Appleby will get time under center for the Apollos, while former Seminoles defensive lineman Jacob Pugh is expected to contribute on the other side of the ball.Arizona HotshotsLed by former college football coach  Rick Neuheisel, the Hotshots will rely on recognizable NCAA standout Trevor Knight on offense. Defensive back  Rahim Moore, who was a second-round pick out of college and played for Neuheisel at UCLA, will be a key part a unit with a strong Pac-12 flavor. The uniforms and logos are sleek, and the pace of play of the new league should be efficient, too.The Alliance of American Football, a new professional football league, kicks off its inaugural season in 2019, with all eight teams debuting after months of assembling rosters filled with blast-from-the-past players and coaches. Purposefully scheduled during the NFL’s offseason, the league hopes to attract football fans eager to turn their obsession into a year-round activity. Salt Lake StallionsDennis Erickson , a football lifer who at some point probably coached a college or pro organization near you, is the head coach of the Stallions. Former Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata will be in Salt Lake’s backfield, while fellow Utah grad Kaelin Clay will play as a wide receiver. Adding to the local-themed roster, former BYU defenders Handsome Tanielu and Micah Hannemann will star on the other side of the ball.San Antonio CommandersThe most notable name San Antonio offers is Mike Riley, who coached Oregon State and Nebraska this past decade. There are also in-state grads like  Kenneth Farrow (Houston), Aaron Green (TCU) and  Trey Williams (Texas A&M). San Diego FleetMike Martz — the offensive guru before all offensive gurus — will head the Fleet. Martz might not have the weapons he once had as the coach of a St. Louis Rams team with Kurt Warner, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Marshall Faulk, but he should still have some interesting pieces to work with. Colorado’s Nelson Spruce posted two 1,000-yard seasons in college, and tight end Gavin Escobar played multiple seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Pittsburgh Steelers great  Troy Polamalu is the Fleet’s head of player relations.last_img read more

Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas: Fight date, price, how to watch, live stream full card

first_imgDillian Whyte record and bioName: Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ WhyteNationality: BritishBorn: 04-11-1988Height: 6’ 4”Reach: 78”Total fights: 26Record: 25-1 with 18 knockoutsOscar Rivas record and bioName: Oscar ‘Kaboom’ RivasNationality: ColombianBorn: 06-06-1987Height: 6’ ½”Reach: 76 ½”Total fights: 26Record: 26-0 with 18 knockouts Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas fight cardMain cardDillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas; WBC ‘interim’ titleDavid Allen vs. David Price; HeavyweightsLawrence Okolie vs. Mariano Angel Gudino; WBA Continental cruiserweight titleUndercardRichard Riakporhe vs. Chris Billam-Smith; WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight titleCharlie Duffield vs. Dan Azeez; Vacant BBBofC Southern Area light heavyweight titleDereck Chisora vs. Artur Szpilka; HeavyweightsFabio Wardley vs. Marinao Ruben Diaz Strunz; HeavyweightsDalton Smith vs. Reece Smith; Super lightweightsAlen Babic vs. Morgan Dessaux; Heavyweights Join DAZN to watch Whyte vs. Rivas and 100+ fight nights a year“I am very happy to be fighting again at The O2 in July,” Whyte said via press release. “Oscar Rivas is undefeated and ranked in the top 10 across the board of all the governing bodies. He has been one of the most avoided heavyweight fighters in the last few years. His KO victory over Bryant Jennings sent shockwaves through the division. He has a great amateur and professional record, including a win over Kubrat Pulev. I am more than happy to carry on fighting top 10 fighters like Rivas until I get my well-earned shot at Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua. I can’t wait until July 20 to fight again at The O2 which is one of the best venues in the world for boxing.”Rivas (26-0 18 KOs) is a dangerous opponent as the unbeaten Colombian heads into the bout coming off of the biggest win of his career when he stopped former title challenger Bryant Jennings back in January. That victory underlined his potential to be a future contender. ‘Kaboom’ is ranked at number ten with the WBC, seven in the IBF and a fifth with both the WBA and WBO. ‘‘I have waited for this opportunity for a very long time,” said Rivas. “Dillian Whyte is an excellent boxer, a world class fighter, and the number one contender. He deserves all my respect for his accomplishments, and I am grateful for the opportunity he is giving me.“This is exactly the kind of challenge I was hoping to get. I am undefeated, I am planning to keep my perfect record after July 20 in my quest to get the ultimate opportunity to become World champion.”“This is a great fight with both men coming off explosive late knockouts,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Rivas is undefeated and looking to take Dillian’s number one spot but as we know, The O2 has become a fortress for him of late and this is set to be another war. We are planning a huge night of boxing on July 20 with a monster card topped by the brilliant heavyweight headliner.”  When is the Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas fight?The Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas fight will take place on July 20 live an exclusively on DAZN Where is the Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas fight?The Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas fight will take place at the O2 Arena in London, England. The multi-purpose venue opened in 2007 and has a capacity of 20,000. What time does Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas fight start?The Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas fight undercard is set to begin at 2 p.m. ET, with the main card slated for a 4 p.m. start, both on DAZN. How to watch Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar RivasWhyte vs. Rivas is available on DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service.A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.  Dillian Whyte will clash Oscar Rivas in a heavyweight showdown that could determine the next title contender at The O2 in London on Saturday, July 20, live on DAZNWhyte (25-1 18 KOs) will be putting his number one spot with the WBC on the line when he faces the unbeaten Rivas for the WBC ‘interim’ title and the 31-year-old Brit will be looking for a tenth straight win against the Columbian. Whyte has become a must-watch fighter since going to war with Anthony Joshua back in December 2012, and is taking on a formidable opponent in Rivas.  The Canada-based 31-year-old carries an impressive amateur record into the professional ranks, beating Kubrat Pulev in the 2008 Olympic Games a year after landing silver in the Pan-American games. With 18 knockouts in 26 fights since turning pro, July 20 promises to be an explosive war between two big punchers.last_img read more