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What Should The Reds Do?

first_imgWe are in the middle of August and I think it is obvious that the Reds are going to finish 5th in the National Central Division.  What should they do?For the final six weeks of the season their regular lineup is set except for a couple of nagging injuries.  Winker and Peraza can ably fill in for Cozart and Schebler so that lineup is set.That leaves the pitching staff.  Here is my proposal.  Start Louis Costello, Brandon Finnegan, Scott Feldman, Homer Bailey, Asher Wojciechowski and Sal Romano for the rest of this season and see how they do.  The bullpen is basically set.  During the winter evaluate and make changes.last_img read more

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Jordan Ayew admits interest in Dortmund move

first_imgLorient forward Jordan Ayew has revealed he has dreams of playing in the German Bundesliga before bringing his career to an end. The 22 year old has been the subject of much transfer speculation with top European clubs vying for his signature including German giants Dortmund.The striker has been linked to reunite with coach Herve Renard at Lille this summer, with the ex-Ivory Coast coach admitting that he is a keen admirer of the Ghana international.Jordan, however, hints that he might prefer to try another league, with Dortmund proving to be an attractive side.”I can very well imagine playing in Germany.The Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues in the world,” Jordan told the Sports Bild.”Negotiations are still ongoing with several top European clubs. However,my dream is to play in the Bundesliga.” Dortmund will be ready to snap up Jordan, who they see as an ideal replacement for Ciro Immobile. The Italian striker joined Europa League Champions Sevilla this summer.  Jordan signed for Lorient on a permanent deal from Olympique Marseille in July 2014. He had an impressive season bagging 12 goals for Les Merlus.Jordan Ayew has three years remaining on his contract with Lorient.–last_img read more

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Luis Severino injury update: Yankees ace (shoulder) out until at least May

first_imgYankees ace Luis Severino, dealing with what was described 10 days ago as inflammation in his rotator cuff, isn’t expected back until at least May, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Friday morning. Yankees-Red Sox games in London are MLB’s hottest ticket It was unclear from Cashman’s comments whether the Yankees will extend the amount of time Severino won’t be throwing or if the team was just being cautious with the right-hander and will slowly ramp up his workload in the coming weeks.Severino, 25, was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 2018, leading the Yankees to sign him last month to a four-year, $40 million contract.  Related News Luis Severino will be out until at least May according to Cashman. No change yet, just based on 2-week shutdown followed by rebuilding program.Cashman expects Sabathia to be ready some point in April. When to serve his suspension will play some part in when he’s activated.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) March 15, 2019Initially expected to be shut down two weeks, Severino — a two-time All-Star who would’ve been expected to be the Yankees’ opening day starter — is now on a much longer timeline for his projected return.center_img The Yankees named Masahiro Tanaka their opening day starter against the Orioles on March 28 at Yankee Stadium. James Paxton and J.A. Happ also are expected to be in the team’s rotation.Given Friday’s news, New York could opt now to consider an unsigned free-agent starter, such as Dallas Keuchel or Gio Gonzalez, or turn to Domingo German and/or Luis Cessa to fill spots in the rotation in place of Severino and CC Sabathia, who Cashman said on Friday isn’t expected back until sometime in mid- to late April. (He also must serve a five-game suspension for throwing at the Rays’ Jesus Sucre near the end of last season.) Sabathia began throwing to live hitters only this week as the team treats him delicately following an offseason heart procedure as well as a cleanup surgery on his arthritic right knee. Cashman also said that center fielder Aaron Hicks (back pain) is expected to begin the season on the injured list. Out since March 2, Hicks on Monday received a cortisone shot but remains unable to fully swing a bat.last_img read more

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MLB trade news: Brewers acquire Jordan Lyles for second straight season

first_imgHe will be familiar with Milwaukee after spending time with the Brewers last season, where they acquired him from the Padres. Yankees trade rumors: Gleyber Torres ‘off limits’ in discussions for starter MLB trade news: Blue Jays send Marcus Stroman to Mets The Brewers see something they like in Jordan Lyles. Milwaukee likes the righty so much they brought him back for the second consecutive year. This time in exchange for Cody Ponce. MLB trade news: Twins acquire reliever Sergio Romo from Marlins The Brewers announced the trade Monday. RHP Jordan Lyles has been acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for RHP Cody Ponce. pic.twitter.com/wG7EMy9MuF— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 29, 2019Lyles has made 17 starts with the Pirates this season and put together a 5-7 record with a 5.26 ERA. Related News Milwaukee is currently fighting for a playoff spot in a tight National League race.The Brewers enter play Monday just one game back of the Cubs and Cardinals for first place in the NL Central.last_img read more

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Dayton’s ‘magical’ season ends as NCAA tournament’s biggest ‘what if’

first_imgThat is how this Dayton team will be remembered once the threat of the coronavirus has passed and sporting events in the U.S. resume. That might be weeks or months from now, and the NCAA made the right call by canceling the three-week tournament.It took the magic away from the moment, but Boeheim’s point about the Flyers will stand the test of time.It truly was a magical team. “This is a magical Dayton team — probably the best Dayton team I can remember in modern basketball,” Boeheim said. “They have a legitimate shot to go the Final Four, even win.”MORE: Canceling March Madness is for the best — but oh, what might have beenDayton, which had a 29-2 record heading into the Atlantic 10 Tournament, will be stuck with that unique place in NCAA basketball history. After all, it was the three confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Ohio on Monday that in part began the chain reaction of college cancellations knowing that the First Four was supposed to be played in Dayton on March 17-18.It was the right call to cancel the tournament. We cannot over-emphasize that enough. Yet it will leave that “what if” question for teams that believed they could win it all.With all due respect to the other six teams that had championship odds of 12-1 or better, the Flyers had the most compelling story. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3a/40/obi-toppin-031320-getty-ftrjpg_1xqnd9b04cfww12d7w8xvkbkcl.jpg?t=-730924496&w=500&quality=80 Kansas (9/2), Michigan State (8/1), Duke (10/1) and Kentucky (12/1) are all Final Four regulars. It would have been awesome to see any of these teams do it again — especially the Spartans knowing guard Cassius Winston lost his brother Zachary on Nov. 10, 2019.Gonzaga (8/1) could have made that elusive championship run under coach Mark Few. Baylor (12/1) could have made that Texas Tech-like breakthrough with Scott Drew. We are not devaluing any of those programs or what it would have meant for those schools to win it all.Dayton, however, fit the Cinderella profile a little more than everybody else.MORE: Tracking positive COVID-19 tests in sportsThe Flyers have not been to the Final Four since 1967, when they ran into the first of UCLA’s seven straight national championship teams under John Wooden in the title game. Before he was known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lew Alcinfdor had 20 points and 18 rebounds in a 79-64 victory.The Flyers have been waiting to get back ever since. Elite Eight runs in 1984 and 2014 were thrilling, but this year’s team was the first one that fit the national championship mold.After all, Dayton had the perfect player to lead that run. First-team All-American Obi Toppin averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and would have captivated those who had not seen him, much like Davidson’s Stephen Curry did in 2008.Curry led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight before NBA stardom. How far would Toppin have taken the Flyers with each high-flying dunk? Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8d/15/obi-toppin-018188-getty-ftrjpg_cnlpp5jeaw2412vrm5i1jfw1i.jpg?t=-732936560&w=500&quality=80 Toppin had help, too. Guards Jalen Crutcher (15.1 points per game), Trey Landers (10.5 points per game) and Ibi Watson (10.1 points per game) all averaged double figures, and Anthony Grant was Sporting News’ Coach of the Year. It’s one of those teams that had all the right pieces.For the Atlantic 10, a conference that has not had a Final Four team since Marcus Camby led John Calipari-coached Massachusetts to that round in 1996, it would have been huge. This was the conference’s best shot since Jameer Nelson and Delonte West led St. Joe’s to the Elite Eight in 2004. That was a fun team with the same profile.Instead, we are left to wonder how the Flyers would have reacted to that spotlight. It’s going to wind up being a hypothetical much like neighboring Cincinnati in 2000, which still laments losing Kenyon Martin to a broken leg before the 2000 NCAA Tournament.MORE: What if Cincinnati didn’t lose Martin in 2000? The 2020 NCAA men’s basketball tournament was canceled Thursday because of the threat of coronavirus in the United States, and a national champion will not be crowned for the first time since 1939.Every one of those 68 teams will make their own unique national title case, but Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim in an interview with ESPN was quick to single out one.last_img read more

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Mourinho baffled by United’s slow starts

first_imgBournemouth, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho is struggling to understand why Manchester United have developed a habit of starting games slowly after they hit back to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win against Bournemouth.Mourinho acknowledged United could have been three or four goals behind by half-time at Dean Court on Saturday.Instead, they went into the break on level terms after Anthony Martial’s 35th minute strike cancelled out an early opener from Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson.United improved after the restart, eventually claiming a third win in four league games through Marcus Rashford’s stoppage-time goal.The come-from-behind success left United manager Mourinho at a loss to explain his team’s poor start.“I would like to answer that but it is hard for me to answer,” he said.“When we make a defensive mistake, instead of forgetting and keeping playing, it is something that triggers instability.“In that situation, after almost going 1-0 down after a couple of minutes, that triggered instability in the team.“It looked like we don’t work tactically during the week, which obviously is the worst feeling for me as we work so much that I expect my team to be really good. And I feel really frustrated with that.“The good thing is that the team has this face of fantastic character and has heart that the game is never over and they go until the end.”Mourinho highlighted the contribution of his second half substitute Ander Herrera as the key to United’s revival.“I think the (biggest) impact was Ander Herrera,” he said.“He was the one that changed the game by giving the team balance, high-pressure, intensity and organisation that the team didn’t have until then. He was fundamental for us.”United have kept just one clean sheet in 11 Premier League games this season. – Work in progress –Mourinho puts that record down to his attempt to strike a balance between the defensive strengths demonstrated more frequently last season and develop his team as an attacking force.But while he admitted that task remains a work in progress, he believes United are showing the powers of recovery required to overcome setbacks and turn games around.“When the team is really defensive and you are more defensive-minded and you base your work on that, then the team doesn’t develop enough in other areas but manages to get some results based on that,” he said.“I am trying to find a balance where we develop the team and the talented players we have in the second and third phase of attack without losing the balance.“But it is fantastic to have this feeling that it doesn’t matter what the score is – it is not over. No matter how many minutes to the end of the game, we have the feeling that anything can happen.“Even when we miss chance after chance after chance like we did in the second half they kept going until the end. That is a fantastic quality for a team.”Romelu Lukaku missed the trip after picking up an injury in training on Friday and is now battling to be fit for United’s Champions League trip to face Juventus next week.“We will wait for Monday. He needs these two days to see. It was something in training, a muscle or tendon,” Mourinho added.Meanwhile, Wilson has scored four goals in his last four league games and has been touted as a contender for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe insists that is a matter for Southgate but praised his player’s contribution.“All I can say is Callum has been unbelievable to work with since he came to this football club,” Howe said.“He continues to score goals and again today he was a real, real threat.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Cool Smashers streak to 6th straight triumph, solo lead

first_imgBanKo Perlas held a 19-17 lead in the fourth set and was bent on taking the win in four frames until Pablo and the underrated Palomata decided to take matters in their own hands, igniting a 8-4 binge to extend the match.It could have been a lot easier for the Lady Warriors in the fifth but they gave up five consecutive points to the Perlas Spikers on service and attack errors.BanKo Perlas failed to take advantage of the opponent’s miscues as its gunners struggled, except for Joy Dacoron who nailed three points in the fifth.ADVERTISEMENT Del Palomata drilled in back-to-back points in the endgame as Pocari-Air Force stunned BanKo Perlas, 16-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13.Palomata finished with 10 points for the Lady Warriors, who recovered from a two-game slump and vaulted back into contention with a 4-3 record.They are now tied with the idle PetroGazz Angels in fourth and fifth places.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIn pulling down BanKo, which suffered its second consecutive defeat, Pocari also boosted its morale having been in the lower rung of the standings all conference.Myla Pablo unloaded 23 points for the Lady Warriors who still packed enough spunk despite committing eight unforced errors in the fifth set.Jeannete Panaga also shone for the Lady Warriors with 13 points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UP, NU stay in hunt Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Creamline notched its sixth consecutive victory with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-14 triumph over Motolite-Ateneo Sunday night to occupy solo leadership in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference at Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan.The Cool Smashers, now with a 6-1 slate, snapped the Lady Eagles’ three-game win streak that dragged Ateneo to 5-2 and a tie with first-game loser BanKo-Perlas for second place.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

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‘We Are Doomed for Failure, If…’

first_imgMontserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif is warning her colleague Legislators that unless they start to adequately capacitate their staffers through empowerment and build their human resource capacity, the Legislature is doomed to failure.Senator Doe-Sherif, who chairs the Senate’s Committee on Transport, was speaking Monday at program marking the launch of the Legislative Information Service (LIS) Electronic/E-Newsletter and official Facebook for the purpose of disseminating critical information to Members of the Legislature and the public on the work of LIS; as well capturing and lifting ‘cutting edge’ activities at the Legislature.The launch of the program according to LIS, spotlighted what it called “Effective Service Delivery in the Public Sector in General and the Legislature in Particular.”Senator Doe-Sherif emphasized the need for the LIS staff and others working for the Legislature to be capacitated and supported in the manner and form to be compared to none.“When we are elected as Senators or Representatives we do not have all the technical knowhow or the knowledge to run our offices effectively; that is why we hire people to form part of our staff to help us run our offices. But if we as Senators and Representatives do not capacitate these people; empower them, build their human resource capacity, I think we are doomed to failure.“It is incumbent upon all of us that we support you financially, morally and physically, through individual means and take it through the different Chambers and then the leaderships,” Sen. Doe Sherif said about LIS staff.She assured LIS of support from the Legislature and promised to champion their cause.“Maybe this initiative will help to reduce the amount of failure we have around here. And so I want to be the first person to give you a laptop to support the LIS and also a cash donation of US$500.”Speaking earlier, the Director of LIS McCarthy Weh asserted that Liberia as a country is undertaking its transformation program called “The Agenda for Transformation,” and that for that transformation to be very successful there is a need to embark on critical reforms.“We think individual institutions in Liberia must embark on critical reforms, and we think the Legislature must take the lead in this critical reform. Meaningful national transformation requires critical institutional reform,” Director Weh emphasized.“We are saying that the Legislature must make it mandatory for both Chambers to run an electronic voting system; we think by now there is no reason why constituents of lawmakers who are outside of Monrovia cannot know how a particular member votes on a particular issue.”Director Weh challenged the legislature on the need to do more: “There is something in strategic management called competitive advantage. If there is need for competitive advantage between and among the three branches of Government of the staffers let us do it. If the Executive thinks that their staffers can work, let the Legislators too show that their staffers can work; for you to do that, you have to support your department.”The LIS boss regretted the absence of House Speaker Alex Tyler and Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley, who according to the program sheet, were expected to make special remarks.“This is why I wanted the Speaker and the Pro Tempore to be present, your department needs your support; we are qualified, competent and have all the requisite qualifications that our colleagues at the executive branch of Government have; your Chief of Staff that run your offices are qualified people, so let us support them,” he asserted.Before the close of the program, Senator Doe-Sherif officially launched a newsletter titled “REFORM 2 TRANSFORM” with the click of a laptop “send” button.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Legislature to ‘Investigate Self’

first_imgThe National Legislature, comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives has expressed disappointment and detestation against President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and said it has observed that the Executive has failed to observe the principle of coordination consistent with the Constitution and the rules of the Legislature.In a joint statement by both Houses yesterday evening, President Pro Tempore Armah Z. Jallah said the Legislature has urged the President to instruct the Special Task Force, headed by Cllr. Fonati Koffa, to cease attacking the person and property of any present or former member of the Legislature.The statement was issued in the office of the President Pro Tempore with attendance of scores of Senators and Representatives.Pro Tempore Jallah said the Legislature has resolved to establish a joint committee of both the Honorable House and the Honorable Senate to thoroughly investigate this matter, commencing with a Public Hearing, and a subsequent public debate before an ultimate decision by theLegislature is made. The press statement, which was signed by Pro Tempore Jallah and House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Sr., said they “are aware that search and seizure writs were issued against the home of Senator Varney Sherman and it was widely reported that the Senator’s home was put under siege by security forces on May 23, 2016; and that there are further attempts to go after other Legislators in like manner.”“The Legislature has seized itself of this matter for several reasons and has appointed a joint committee of both the Honorable House and the Honorable Senate.“What prompted the Legislature to seize itself of this matter is that the Executive has failed to observe the principle of coordination consistent with the Constitution and the rules of both Houses of the Legislature,” the statement said. The statement added: “It has also come to the attention of the Legislature as alleged in the Global Witness report that laws were changed in 2010 to give Sable Mining favorable treatment to enable it secure Wologizi outside of competitive bidding. The joint committee of the legislature will investigate this allegation as the legislature is the branch of government constitutionally charged to make laws.” “There are several other issues which warrant the attention of the Legislature which will be exhaustively covered during the public hearing and the Legislative debate. The Legislature therefore calls on the President to instruct the Special Task Force to cease attacking the person and property of any present or former member of the Legislature while the Joint Committee carries out the investigation.”The President Pro Tempore has also said the names of the members of the Joint Committee of the Legislature to investigate the Global Witness report will be announced to the public not later than May 26, tomorrow. “The Joint Committee will also be charged with the responsibility to establish whether or not the Executive exceeded its constitutional mandate through its recent actions,” Sen. Jallah said.Senate’s DecisionMeanwhile, the Senate has summoned Cllr. Fonati Koffa, the head of the Special President Task Force, the Acting Justice Minister, Cllr. Frederick Cherue, as well as the Chairman of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James Verdier. The trio are expected to appear before the Senate’s Plenary today (Wednesday, May 25,) in a Special Session in their Chamber, at 11:00am.The invitees are expected to explain why was the residence of Grand Cape Mount County Sen. Varney Sherman besieged by officers of the Liberia National Police and staff of the LACC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fire destroys G Division Commander’s home, vehicles

first_imgCommander Crystal RobinsonThe burnt home of the Police CommanderAn early morning fire on Saturday destroyed the West Coast Demerara (WCD) home and vehicles of a newly-appointed Police Commander attached to G Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands), Crystal Robinson.Robinson, in an interview with this publication on Saturday morning, explained that she was at the Police Pageant at the National Cultural Centre when she received a call about 12:30h informing her of the fire.She explained that by the time she reached her two-storey Lot 154 Back Street, Stewartville, WCD, home, it was already completely engulfed in flames. Fire fighters, who arrived at the scene late, were also unable to save anything from the blaze.Robinson told this publication that she lived in that home for 51 years with her parents and other relatives. Luckily, none of the five occupants were at home at the time of the fire.According to her, a neighbour observed flames in the garage of the house and contacted the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) who took some time before showing up at the scene.“When I got here, then is when they start. They (firemen) said they had some problems. The first fire tender stick in some mud, the second came without water and when the third one came I don’t know what happened with them but when I came the building was flat. They were pumping water from the trench,” the Commander said.So far, the Commander said visits have been made to her by at least three different sets of investigators who told her “the experts” would have to be called in to conduct some tests to determine the cause of the fire, since this is yet to be confirmed.Robinson said that three vehicles including PMM 7862, PSS 1387 and PVV 2106 were destroyed by the fire.“My next move is I have to live and move forward. I asked them cause I need to get the rubbles off so that I can go back to the NDC to see to start building something to live but I was advised to wait,” she told this publicationThe female Commander was only recently appointed. She took over control of the Division from Commander Khali Pareshram.last_img read more

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