Wild Card

first_imgHooray for the Cubs!  I have been a Cub fan since 1948 when my brother and I used to listen to them after we finished our chores on the farm.  They were the only team still playing day baseball at that time.  There haven’t been too many good years in that 67-year span.They may still be a year ahead of schedule, but in a one-game playoff anything can happen.  It is unfortunate that all the good teams in the National League this year are in the Central Division.  St. Louis, Pittsburgh, or the Cubs all are good enough to win a World Series, but only one of them will even get an opportunity to be there.Good luck, Cubs!last_img

Video of moment Nigeria’s Adesanya emerged boxing world champion

first_imgRelatedPosts UFC: Israel Adesanya plans 42-year-old man fight Israel Adesanya wins interim middleweight title Kiwi Israel Adesanya has claimed a slice of New Zealand combat sports history, prevailing over Kelvin Gastelum in a captivating co-main event clash at UFC 236 in Atlanta on Sunday.In a back and forth contest for the ages, a battered and bruised Adesanya came through in the decisive fifth round to earn the nod on all three judges’ scorecards and have the interim middleweight belt wrapped around his waist by UFC president Dana White.The victory makes Adesanya New Zealand’s first-ever UFC champion, although he’ll still need to beat the recovering Robert Whittaker later this year to become the division’s outright king.Visibly emotional as he spoke to UFC commentator Joe Rogan immediately post-fight, Adesanya dedicated the win to his coach and long-time mentor Eugene Bareman. He laid the belt on the mat and the two embraced as they kneeled on the canvas. The 29-year-old moves his undefeated record to 17-0 – including a staggering six consecutive UFC wins in just 14 months – and further legitimises his mantle as one of the sport’s brightest stars.Relatively untested in his UFC tenure to this point, Adesanya was forced to reach deep against Gastelum, displaying an exceptional level of fortitude in overcoming some early adversity to produce a stellar performance in the pivotal final round.The hard-nosed Mexican fighter was aggressive from the outset as he looked to counter his significant height and reach disadvantage with a gameplan built on pressure and an effective jab. The approach paid dividends for Gastelum. He caught Adesanya with a glancing right hand early that staggered the Kiwi and won him the opening round.Adesanya then found his rhythm on the feet and the momentum swung back his way. He landed consistently with counter shots as Gastelum chased the killer blow, using his head movement to evade danger – at times, by mere millimetres.That trend continued into the third, when the variation and unpredictability of Adesanya’s striking looked to be taking its toll on Gastelum.But Gastelum recaptured control in the fourth round behind courtesy of his trademark left hook, catching Adesanya clean and sending him stumbling to the fence, where he chose to shoot for a takedown rather than chase a fight-ending blow.The enthralled State Farm Arena crowd rose as the final round began, well aware what was on the line, and Adesanya and Gastelum did the moment justice.Ultimately the Kiwi came out on top – twice sending Gastelum to the canvas courtesy of a pair of searing right-hands, then threatening with a triangle choke that almost found its mark. Referee Marc Goddard hovered, but Adesanya couldn’t quite force the referee to step in and bring the fight to a halt.Regardless, as the final hooter sounded there was little doubt which fighter would have his hand raised in an early contender for the UFC’s Fight of the Year.White later awarded both Adesanya and Gastelum a $50,000 ($NZ73,940) performance bonus for “Fight of the Night”.Tags: Kelvin Gastelumlast_img read more

Bayern sacks manager Kovac

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up Bayern Munich have relieved head coach Niko Kovac of his duties in the wake of Matchday 10’s 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.Bayern have confirmed that Hansi Flick will coach the club’s UEFA Champions League group stage game against Olympiacos on Wednesday and the upcoming Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 11 in the Bundesliga.Kovac, who took over from Jupp Heynckes at the start of the 2018/19 season and took the club to a domestic double in his only full season in charge, departed the club on Sunday evening.Bayern currently sit fourth in the Bundesliga table, four points off leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach. The defending champions have won just one of their last four league games under Kovac, suffering defeats against Hoffenheim and Frankfurt.Kovac was able to turn the 2018/19 season around for Bayern, helping them win the Bundesliga title for a 26th time having once sat nine points adrift of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.“I think this is the right decision for the club at the moment,” Kovac explained in a statement. “The results, and also the way we last played, made me come to that decision. My brother Robert and I thank Bayern for the last one and a half years. During this time, our team has won the championship, the DFB Cup and the Supercup. It was a good time. I wish the club and the team all the best.”“The performance of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was need for action,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement. “Uli Hoeneß, Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and serious conversation with Niko on this basis on Sunday with the consensual result that Niko is no longer coach of FC Bayern. We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, especially for winning the double last season.” Tags: UEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Volleyball takes new mind set on road trip

first_imgKRIS UGARRIZA/Herald photoThe key to winning for the Wisconsin volleyball hangs from a new banner in the Field House. “Play with heart,” it reads.“It stands for hunger, execution, accountability, respect and teamwork,” senior captain Audra Jeffers said. “That is what we try to play with every day. We need to play like this every practice and in games.”Cutting down the unforced errors will help, too.“That is something we have been working on in practice,” Jeffers said. “The coaches are really good at designing drills to help with that. … It all comes in with practice and being mentally tough. I think a lot of the errors have come from not being aggressive. If you go up there tentatively and don’t take an aggressive swing at the ball, then that is when you hit it out of bounds or off the block.”The Badgers (15-9, 5-7 Big Ten) are on the road this weekend, traveling to Ohio State and No. 20 Michigan for a pair of Big Ten matches.UW beat both the Buckeyes (10-14, 1-11 Big Ten) and the Wolverines (18-6, 6-6 Big Ten) earlier this year, and a weekend sweep would help get the team back on track toward their postseason goals.“It definitely helps knowing that we won the first time around,” setter Nikki Klingsporn said. “But Michigan has improved a lot, and so has Ohio State with a new coach coming in, so we are obviously not going to take them lightly. We have been working hard all week in practice, and we are going to bring that with us this weekend.”“I think it is a boost of confidence for our players,” head coach Pete Waite added. “Especially against Michigan, our team was able to come back after bringing down two sets and rally for the win.”Ohio State and Michigan each present a different challenge, and the Badgers will have to adjust to their respective styles of play.“For Michigan it is a little more of a veteran group,” Waite said. “They have some nice athletes out of the middle, and Zimmerman is a nice setter. She controls the game pretty well. I think with Ohio State what they have actually done is they have moved one of their top middles to the outside positions, and she is getting a lot of good swings.”After starting the season with high expectations, UW has dropped five of their last six matches, including a tough five-set loss to Michigan State last Friday. To overcome this rough streak, both the coaches and the players have increased the intensity of practice.“Practice has been very intense and very competitive,” Klingsporn said. “We have done a lot of really competitive drills, and we have done drills that have us always moving around. We have focused on defense this week, trying to get the team to be more consistent.”Despite the inconsistencies the Badgers have had to battle, the team remains upbeat about the rest of the season.“We need to look forward and say tomorrow is a new day,” Jeffers said. “We still have a lot of games left, we are trying to get into the tournament, and there are still a lot of positive things that could come out of this season. What already happened is just behind us. We are moving forward.”last_img read more

UW faces Illinois in quarterfinals

first_imgSenior Trevon Hughes and the fourth-seeded Badgers will face No. 5-seed Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.[/media-credit]Five days ago, Wisconsin dominated Illinois en route to a 72-57 victory in Champaign. As a result, the line between the two teams is clear as they meet for a third time this afternoon.The 13th-ranked Badgers have secured their spot in next week’s NCAA Tournament. Conversely, the Illini could have their bubble burst with a loss. Still, it’s not like fourth seeded Wisconsin has nothing to play for.Illinois did, after all, beat the Badgers 63-56 at the Kohl Center just over a month ago. To borrow a term from the national pastime, Friday’s matinee is the rubber match between the two squads, and UW is not going to go down lightly.“They came in here, they stole something from us; we did the same to them,” senior guard Trevon Hughes said. “We want to find out who’s the better team. It’s kind of like the NBA playoffs — that’s how it feels.”It’s not often in college basketball that two teams play consecutive games against each other, but it’s not entirely without precedent either. In 2007, after beating Michigan State 52-50 at home on March 3, Wisconsin beat the Spartans again six days later, 70-57.According to sophomore guard Jordan Taylor, the quick rematch against the Illini is something he’s looking forward to. He does not, however, expect the game to be too similar to the teams’ regular season finale.“I think that brings out rivalry aspects between two different teams, when you see them so close to each other,” Taylor said. “Either way, it’s going to be a whole different game this time around and we’ve got to come out and try to duplicate what we did on Sunday.”A repeat of the Badgers’ domination would be especially surprising considering the way they shut down Demetri McCamey, a first team all-Big Ten selection. McCamey, who scored 27 points in Illinois’ victory at the Kohl Center, managed just 11 points Sunday in the loss.Avenging that poor performance, coupled with the need for a win should give Illinois plenty to play for. Wisconsin, on the other hand, seems poised to be no higher than a No. 3 seed and no lower than a No. 5 seed, regardless of its performance on the weekend.Especially when considering the Big Ten tournament championship game has proven over the years to have little impact on the NCAA Tournament seeding, due to its late nature as the last game before the field is announced.Still, don’t think the Badgers don’t have anything to play for. Head coach Bo Ryan’s squad missed a share of the Big Ten regular season title by just one game. Now, they’ve got a chance to win a different title.“We felt like we didn’t have nothing to play for at the end of our regular season because we [were] out of the title race,” Hughes said. “At the same time, we could also win a trophy and a ring, and that’s the beauty of the thing. Now we’ve got something to play for.”To win the Big Ten tournament title, the Badgers will have the toughest road of the top four seeds in the conference. First, they’ll play Illinois, which has the most to play for of the teams seeded fifth or lower.If Wisconsin wins its tournament opener, the next opponent on the list would be top-seeded Ohio State, barring any unforeseen upset in the Buckeyes’ opener.Yet, considering neither losing team was at full strength as the teams’ split the two matchups, it’s unclear how a game between the two would play out with both Jon Leuer and Evan Turner in their respective lineups.A win over the Buckeyes would likely pit the Badgers against either the third seeded Michigan State Spartans or second seeded Purdue Boilermakers. During the regular season, UW split with both teams, as the host squad won each of the four contests.Regardless of the opponents they draw, the Badgers will look to win the Big Ten tournament title for the third time in the event’s 13-year history. It would be the first for Wisconsin since 2008.Additionally, with a conference tournament title on its r?sum?, Wisconsin may have an opportunity to play in Milwaukee for the early rounds and would certainly be in position to make a deeper run in the Tournament.And that is something the Badgers have been looking to do since losing to Xavier nearly a year ago on March 22, 2009. But first, they’ll have to take care of business against Illinois.“It’s very key for us not to look ahead at all,” senior guard Jason Bohannon said. “Any time you look ahead or take some team for granted, they’re going to jump up and get you. … That’s going to be our focus right now … to take Illinois and not worry about what happens in the other games.”last_img read more

Clippers and Warriors, headed in opposite directions, set for showdown Friday

first_imgMeanwhile, in the Clippers’ past four games – all losses – they’ve been allowing an average of 120 points per game, 5.3 points more than their season average, while getting outscored by 12.5 points.“You catch teams at different times of the year,” said Rivers, in his 20th season as a head coach. “You catch them at one point when they’re playing poorly or when they’re playing well, (and) when you play a team that’s playing well, you have to play great to beat them.“And right now, (the Warriors) are playing really well, so we’re going to have to play well to beat them.“But we can.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.That will require better ball movement and efficiency on offense and improved trust and execution on defense, Rivers said, adding he envisions fewer staggered minutes for defensive-minded guards Avery Bradley and Patrick Beverley, the latter of whom has been coming off the bench for most the season.“We’ve proven we can score on most nights,” Rivers said. “Although I don’t think the last three or four games we’ve been good offensively either. We’re scoring points, but not the way we should score, not efficiently.“But what we’re not doing is defense. You have to do both to win, you really do. And if you don’t do both, you better be really good offensively, and we’re not that good.”It’s all fixable with the right kind of effort, guard Lou Williams said after Wednesday’s defeat.“We’ve had some slippage, it happens over the course of a season,” said Williams, the league’s leading bench scorer at 18.7 points per game.“And now senses are going to be heightened because it’s Golden State on Friday. But to us, it’s just another basketball team. We gotta go out there and be prepared to compete.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters LOS ANGELES — The Clippers are ebbing, the Golden State Warriors are flowing, and that’s just the nature of life in the NBA, Coach Doc Rivers said.His team has split a pair of high-drama games this season with the team that has won three of the past four NBA titles, winning in overtime at home and losing on a last-second layup by Steph Curry in Oakland. Recent history won’t be relevant when the teams meet again Friday night at Staples Center in a game ESPN recently added to its broadcast schedule.“We’ve played ’em well,” Rivers acknowledged. “But they’re playing probably the best they’ve played all year, just like Utah’s playing the best it’s played.”Indeed, Utah chalked up its fifth consecutive win when it walloped the Clippers 129-109 Wednesday to nudge them downward into seventh place in the Western Conference standings. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img BOBAN THE MOVIE STARDid you catch a glimpse of the 7-foot-3 “assassin” in the new “John Wick 3: Parabellum” trailer released Thursday?Clippers center Boban Marjanovic has a part in the forthcoming action film, which is set for a May 17 release. The movie’s trailer features a peek at a battle between the title character – a notorious hitman played by Keanu Reeves – and a familiar, sizable adversary.The scene appears to take place in a library, which explains Marjanovic’s tweet Thursday: “Joining the John Wick book club is harder than most people think!!” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum And now the Clippers (24-20) have a high-profile showdown with the West-leading Warriors (31-14), for whom center DeMarcus Cousins will be making his much-anticipated debut following his year-long recovery from a torn Achilles tendon.Golden State has been on a more favorable tear, winning six in a row, and finding another gear in the past four. The Warriors have averaged 138.5 points on 52.6 percent shooting from the field and 47.7 from 3-point range in those past four victories, three of which were against Western Conference opponents. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

first_imgWellington police notes for Wednesday April 17, 2013•3:56 a.m. Michael Kill, 28, Burden was issued a notice to appear charged with no proof     of insurance, Expired Registration and Defective Taillight.•6:37 a.m. Joshua Short, 25, Arkansas City was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 49 mph in a 35 mph zone.•3:35 p.m. Officers investigated burglary of a unknown suspect(s) in the 1200 block N. B,  Wellington.•3:45 p.m. Officers investigated burglary of a known suspect in the 500 block. S. Blaine,  Wellington.•3:45 p.m. Officers investigated burglary of a known suspect in the 500 block of S. Blaine,  Wellington.•5:45 p.m. Thomas Wells, 35,  Wellington, was issued a notice to appear and charged with disobeyed stop sign.•8:21 p.m. Officers investigated violation of a protective order of a known suspect in the 1100 block. N. Olive,  Wellington.•10:14 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic dispute between known suspects in the 1000 block. E. Lincoln,  Wellington.last_img read more

Lane Kiffin is still mad about USC firing: ‘I wasn’t graded on a fair scale’

first_imgKiffin went 28-15 with USC but fell apart late in his tenure, his team going from preseason No. 1 in 2012 to losers of the Sun Bowl. He was famously fired at 3:14 a.m. on the LAX tarmac the next year.”The thing that bothered me the most is that I wasn’t graded on a fair scale,” Kiffin said. We weren’t 1-10. We had 30 less scholarships and when (sanctions from the last regime) hit, all your juniors and seniors can leave then you have to sign a No. 1 recruiting class in the country with kids knowing they can’t play in a bowl game for two years. Everyone said I couldn’t coach … but everyone forgot about that.” Lane Kiffin is now seven years removed from being fired from his dream college football job as the head coach of USC, but he’s still mad about the way things ended.The newly appointed Ole Miss coach complained about the way the Trojans treated him in a recent episode of “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd. MORE: How much should Chris Mack pay for Rick Pitino’s missteps?Kiffin has resurrected his career since being canned by USC. He returned to a head coach role with FIU and went 27-13 with a pair of 11-3 campaigns. His work there convinced Ole Miss to give him a high-profile job and a third chance at power conference success.He knows what he’s getting into this time with a sanction-impacted roster, though, so there can’t be excuses about that hardship.last_img read more

Yorkshire and BB&O take first day honours

first_img29 Aug 2017 Yorkshire and BB&O take first day honours “Our middle order did very well today, they were very solid and I’m very happy with a win against Staffordshire. Now we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”  The northerners announced their intentions when they won all three morning foursomes before surging out with a confident singles performance.  Despite their youth however, they calculate they have the lowest handicap aggregate of all the teams at plus-1.8. “That’s testament to how good the boys are,” said Grimsey.  Yorkshire and BB&O – Berks, Bucks & Oxon – took the honours on the first day of the English Boys’ County Championship at Northamptonshire County Golf Club.  Yorkshire were on top form, beating Somerset 8-1, while BB&O had the upper hand all day as they played their way to a 5.5-3.5 win over Staffordshire.  But behind them the BB&O players were taking charge of their games, notably Harrison Arnold who romped to an 8/6 win. Fraser Bown (4/3) and Melan Dhaubhadel, pictured right, (5/4) secured the team’s win – but Staffordshire went on fighting in the other two games. Images copyright Leaderboard Photography Harry Fearn was two down after nine but went on to win his game 4/2, while James Wilkes staged a great fight back to take BB&O’s Taylor Paul to the 18th. Wilkes had been four down after seven but eventually stood on the 18th tee all square – however Paul refused to give way and they halved the last in par.   BB&O team manager Marc Grimsey had much praise for his young team, which includes a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds.  For the rest though, Yorkshire was definitely in charge. Michael Hay led the way in the top match, winning three holes in a row to finish 3/2. The others followed rapidly with big wins from George Heath (7/5) and Charlie Daughtry, pictured top (6/4) and solid results from Jack Leversidge and Callum Macfie (both 4/3).  BB&O will meet Somerset tomorrow.  Tomorrow they’ll play Staffordshire and Robinson went on: “No doubt they’ll come out with a point to prove and want to beat Yorkshire and we have to make sure we are up to that challenge.”  Their play pleased coach Steve Robinson but he quickly said: “We are aware that one win doesn’t win the tournament, so we’ve just got to keep everyone on task and make sure that our standards and behaviour are the same every day.” Click here for full scores In the day’s other match, BB&O gave themselves an all-important advantage with their 2-1 lead after the foursomes. They lost the top singles when Staffordshire’s Jack Smith struck a blow for his team’s morale with his 4/2 win over England U16 international Conor Gough.  Only Somerset’s Huxley Howell was able to defy them, breaking clear of James Swash by winning the 11th 12th, 14th and 16th to take his point 4/2.  Tags: BB&O, Boy’s County Finals, Yorkshirelast_img read more

Hierve Ibiza: a match for history

first_imgA gray Wednesday dawned in Ibiza, but calm. The stormy Gloria seems already far from the area of ​​the island (although at the time of the game there is a 55% chance of rain) and that allows the front pages of local newspapers to tip over at Ibiza-Barça this afternoon (7:00 p.m. DAZN) and coincide in the headline: “A date for history.” Diario de Ibiza dedicates nine pages to his party, from 29 to 32. “Without complexes against Barça”, he titled his sports cover. Detailed information of the match, interview with Amadeo Salvo included: “The most beautiful thing is the illusion, football is illusion. Miguel Núñez, midfielder of Ibiza, gives an interview to this medium in which he warns: “That we are going to bite and bother you, that’s for sure.” The institutions have also turned to a historic party. Ibiza Town Hall has installed seats and a giant screen five meters long and three meters high in the Es Pratet pavilion. About a thousand people will be able to follow the event at the venue. Barça clubs will also meet at the Sa Nansa restaurant after 2:30 pm, while the directors will eat at the Sa Calma restaurant.Newspaper of Ibiza gives opening news category to Ibiza-Barça and carries the information of the match between pages 4 and 17. Amadeo Salvo gives another interview in which he says that they could fill two stadiums and that it is “unlikely but possible” to beat Barça. Javi Pérez, midfielder of Ibiza, also gives an interview in which he is excited (“hopefully a magical night”) and does not expect “a team B at Barça”. Comprehensive analysis of the templates and preparations surrounding the meeting. Boil Ibiza and you can get excited Can Misses. Eye that the island believes in miracles.last_img read more