Shaneshill stars in victory romp

first_imgCheltenham Festival runner-up Shaneshill emphatically went one better in the Coolmore NH Sires Leading Light & Ocovango Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse. The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old was the 4-9 favourite, having chased home stable companion Douvan in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last month, and travelled powerfully throughout in the hands of Ruby Walsh. Having initially been dropped out, Walsh moved his mount closer to the speed with a circuit to run and it was clear from the home bend he had far more in the tank than his opponents. The other Mullins runner, Outlander, emerged as a threat heading to the second flight from the finish, but an untidy leap saw Shaneshill open up a clear advantage and he never looked like being caught, coming home with 13 lengths in hand. Mullins said: “I didn’t think he’d go in the conditions as it’s very tacky and soft, but he handled it very well. He’ll go to Punchestown and, on that run, it looks like he’ll stay at that trip. He’ll go chasing next year.” The valuable Tattersalls Ireland George Mernagh Memorial Sales Bumper also went to the Mullins operation as Castello Sforza (9-2), partnered by the trainer’s son Patrick, made a winning debut in the colours of Pearl Bloodstock. Mullins said: “I’ve no intention of going to Punchestown with him. Maybe he could go for the bumper at the Curragh, but we’ll probably put him away. “This man (Sheikh Fahad) has got into the game to go jumping and the aim is Cheltenham next year. Whether that’s for the bumper or over hurdles, we’ll see.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Wrestler eyes Big Ten, Nationals in final season

first_imgZach Tanelli, the No. 1 ranked senior wrestler, is putting his season and his career in perspective as he strives to become both the Big Ten and National champion.The Badgers only have five meets remaining in their schedule, and he is taking every one of them in, enjoying every little detail — even the grueling training. As the top wrestler at 141 pounds, Tanelli must contend with the fact that every wrestler he faces is at his best, trying to tarnish Tanelli’s prominent and promising season. He doesn’t mind, though, and he says he couldn’t be happier.“It’s great. I love it. I enjoy that type of atmosphere,” Tanelli said. “It’s a perspective thing. All the tough workouts where it crosses your mind, ‘Is this ever going to end?’ The answer is ‘yes,’ and it’s coming a lot quicker than you think. I’m trying to enjoy this season and enjoy this experience for what it is and take it in.”Tanelli’s head coach, Barry Davis, is proud of how his star wrestler is handling himself and isn’t surprised with Tanelli’s maturity or results.“He has a goal for himself,” Davis said. “When you focus on the goal, on what you want to achieve, it’s not pressure. It’s something he wants. I knew before he got here he could win, no doubt about it. He had the work ethic; he had the mindset.”Davis did mention Tanelli became a little overconfident at an invitational in Las Vegas last January and paid for that mistake, losing in the quarterfinals.“He learned from that,” Davis said. “He sees it now as, ‘If I want to achieve the goal I set out for myself, I have to take it one match at a time. I can’t overlook one guy.’”“I can’t afford to look past anybody,” Tanelli added. “The next guy isn’t going to be more scared because I tech falled a guy the week before. Everyone is really coming after me, trying to take me down a notch.”Davis knows how difficult it is for Tanelli to look forward to great things but also stay in the present.“He sees himself on the stand and those kinds of things,” Davis said. “As an athlete, you have to see that, and that motivates you.”Tanelli has been wrestling since he was 12 years old, was All-State in high school, and he is now in position to reach the summit of his sport.“It’s my last year of wrestling, and I don’t have too many opportunities to go out there in front of people and really showcase what I’ve been working on and all the hard work I’ve put in over the years,” Tanelli said. “I really pride myself on how hard I work and how I don’t take shortcuts. That confidence sets me at ease and puts me in a great state to wrestle.”Tanelli has put in a particularly large amount of training, especially this season, as he had to bulk up and move up a 133 weight class to 141. According to Tanelli, that change defined his career.“The best thing that I did in my career was to move up a weight class,” Tanelli said. “It enabled me to wrestle in the way and a style that I like to wrestle. And because of that, alone, it has made this year a success.”Tanelli also cites his work outside of practice and sheer competitive instinct for the success he has found.“I’m as competitive as they get,” Tanelli said. “Whether it’s wrestling or any type of stupid example you could think of, I want to win. If I’m playing it I want to win. I don’t let anything overshadow the fact that when I step on that mat I mean business, and I want to go and I want to go hard.”“He’s always been aggressive, which is good,” Davis added.Tanelli also understands he hasn’t yet reached his goals, and there is plenty of work ahead as he will face competitors who have previously been national champions.“They’ve proven things that I haven’t proven yet, and I can’t allow myself to believe that I deserve anything,” Tanelli said. “I compete best when I have to prove something to people.”Tanelli awaits his competition with open, grappling arms as he comes closer and closer to accomplishing the goals he set out for himself at the beginning of this season.“Everything is leading up to being a Big Ten and National champion,” Tanelli said. “Those are the two goals I have left, and I don’t want to go on without saying that I am those things.”last_img read more

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Trojans look to win second-straight contest

first_imgFor nine straight games, the USC men’s basketball team failed to produce a single win. Then, on Jan. 28, they put an end to what had been a long losing streak while simultaneously picking up their first Pac-12 victory by defeating the Utah Utes, 62-45.Momentum swing · Coming off their first conference victory, the Trojans look to finish the season strong against Washington State. – Luciano Nunez | Daily Trojan“It was nice getting the monkey off of our back,” junior center James Blasczyk said. “It shows us that we can win if we play hard.”Now the Trojans will have a chance to do something they haven’t accomplished since Nov. 30: win back-to-back games.On Thursday night, USC will take on the Washington State Cougars at the Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum in Pullman, Wash. The Cougars (11-10, 3-6) have been nearly unbeatable at home, touting an 8-1 record.They’re averaging 71 points per contest while sporting a 47.2 field goal percentage, ranked No. 48 in the country. USC coach Kevin O’Neill knows his team faces an uphill battle as it travels to the Pacific Northwest.“What we have to do is play our best game on the defensive end and give ourselves a chance to score offensively by not turning the ball over,” O’Neill said.The Trojans will try to slow down center Washington State Brock Motum, who is averaging 16.4 points and 6.5 rebounds and most recently put up a career-high 34 points in a 71-67 loss against Arizona State.“We’re going to have to front his post-ups,” O’Neill said. “He’s also a good outside player and he shoots the ball well. He’s a guy who has developed into a real pro in the last year. Last year he wasn’t a guy that was even a big part of their offense but he’s very talented.”One of the players who will be responsible for guarding Motum, Blasczyk, is the only true center remaining in the rotation. Blasczyk has been slowed down by a ligament injury in his foot.“Basketball-wise, it’s pretty difficult, but I always feel like my motor is going,” Blasczyk said. “I have a lot more responsibility but I don’t really feel it. I just feel like going out there and playing basketball.”Against the Utes, USC benefited from sophomore guard Maurice Jones and sophomore forward Garrett Jackson’s combined 32 points. The Trojans will need more of the same against the Cougars, especially with a depleted roster lacking depth due to injuries.“With what we’re down to on our roster, with six scholarship players and four of our starters from the beginning of the [season] out for the year, it’s going to be a challenge,” O’Neill said.Following Thursday’s game, which is set to tip-off at 7:05 P.M. and can be heard on 710 AM ESPN Radio, the Trojans will finish up a two-game set in Washington by taking on the Huskies (14-7, 7-2) on Saturday. For now, O’Neill is satisfied with his team’s preparations leading up to their next few contests.“I thought the guys have been good,” O’Neill said. “They’ve been good coming off losses, coming off the win on Saturday. They’ve practiced hard, they’ve done their job, and I can’t ask much more of them than that.”last_img read more

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Yankees’ Don Larsen, the only pitcher to throw a perfect game in World Series, dies at 90

first_imgaw, RIP Don Larsen. At least he & Yogi can hug together again. pic.twitter.com/Qv8e2TI7ZF— Andrew Mearns (@MearnsPSA) January 2, 2020 WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020 22:31 IST Yankees’ Don Larsen, The Only Pitcher To Throw A Perfect Game In World Series, Dies At 90 New York Yankees’ legend Don Larsen passed away at the age of 90 on January 1, 2020. Larsen was the only player to pitch a perfect game in the World Series. Abhishek Shetty We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Don Larsen, who remained a welcome & familiar face at our annual Old-Timers’ Day celebrations. The Yankees organization extends its deepest condolences to Don’s family and friends during this difficult time. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/OgOdofzSTS— New York Yankees (@Yankees) January 2, 2020 FOLLOW US New York Yankees’ legend and former pitcher Don Larsen passed away at the age of 90 on January 1, 2020. Larsen was the only player to pitch a perfect game in the World Series. The record came against Brooklyn Dodgers in match 5 of the World Series on October 8, 1956.Andrew Levy, who is Don Larsen’s representative, confirmed the news of the legend’s death via a tweet. Don Larsen retired in 1968 after an illustrious 15-year career which started in 1953  During his Major League Baseball career, Larsen pitched for Yankees, St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Athletics, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Houston Colt .45s, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs. Also Read | Marshawn Lynch Should’ve Joined Raiders Instead Of Seahawks According To Derek Carr Written By COMMENT Also Read | Marshawn Lynch Went ‘Beast Mode’ For His Seattle Seahawks Comeback, Secret Training RegimeNew York Yankees paid their tribute to Don LarsenDon Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series against Brooklyn Dodgers is a record which is yet to be broken. Larsen (while talking about his performance) said, “I never had that kind of control in my life.” The New York Yankees released a statement post the legend’s death. It called Don Larsen’s perfect game as a defining moment for their franchise. The statement also read, “The unmitigated joy reflected in his embrace with Yogi Berra after the game’s final out will forever hold a secure place in Yankees lore. It was the pinnacle of baseball success and a reminder of the incredible, unforgettable things that can take place on a baseball field.”Also Read | Antonio Brown Impresses New Orleans Saints With Workout But No Deal Imminent The world is less “perfect” today. Don Larsen, the only man to pitch a perfect game in World Series history, is gone. Goodbye, my friend. We will miss you! @dcone36 @BoomerWells33 @Yankees @MLB @YESNetwork @WFAN660 @MLBNetwork @espn pic.twitter.com/X9X9y3gbSM— Andrew Levy (@ALevyNYC) January 2, 2020 Also Read | Yankees Star James Paxton Welcomes New $324 Million Superstar Gerrit Cole First Published: 2nd January, 2020 22:31 ISTlast_img read more

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Yggdrasil expands Danish market reach

first_imgShare Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Danish FA backs Danske Spil’s Safe Play campaign August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Yggdrasil Gaming has announced the extension of its Danish reach, following a deal to go live with Danske Spil, via the GVC platform.Titles from the online and casino games provider are set to be available during the first quarter of 2018, with GVC brand bwin.dk also set to benefit as part of the agreement, and will go live at the same time.Fredrik Elmqvist, Yggdrasil CEO, said: “Our entry into Denmark has been marked with significant interest in Yggdrasil content from operators looking to improve their gaming portfolios.“This latest deal to go live on Danske Spil and bwin.dk via GVC brings our games to players with two of Denmark’s most popular brands.”The operators are due to due have access to a host of Yggdrasil titles, including recent release Vikings Go Berzerk, in addition to its collection of in game promotional tools, Boost, and social sharing tool, Brag.GVC Chief Product Officer Liron Snir commented: “Yggdrasil games are already enjoyed by players across the Nordics and beyond, so it is fantastic to bring them to our customer’s in Denmark’s regulated market.“Denmark is an extremely competitive market, so Yggdrasil’s high-quality titles and industry-first promotional tools will give both our brands and our B2B partners a powerful edge.”Søren Schneider, Danske Licens Spil’s Head of Product, added: “Danske Spil is always looking to better serve our player base, and we are certain that Yggdrasil games will prove extremely popular.“Yggdrasil is a well-respected name within gaming, and it is a pleasure to work alongside them to strengthen the Danske Spil offering.”Yggdrasil announced its first foray into the Danish market last month, following a deal with Jackpotjoy Group.As part of the agreement the Vera&John and InterCasino brands were to be complimented by the full suite of Yggdrasil titles and promotional tools. Share StumbleUpon Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020last_img read more

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LA Lakers draw boos against Hornets after tying franchise record for most consecutive losses

first_imgThe Lakers sure looked that way when they experienced a scoreless stretch in the final 3:50 of the third quarter. Lou Williams missed two shots. Ryan Kelly missed three field-goal attempts and two free throws while also committing a turnover. D’Angelo Russell also recorded three of his five turnovers during that time. Meanwhile, Charlotte scored 12 unanswered points. Throughout that ordeal, the fans at Staples Center showered the Lakers with boos. Meanwhile, Bryant shook his head in disgust as he sat on the bench, something he also did for the entire fourth quarter. Why couldn’t the Lakers make shots or hold on to the ball?“That’s a crazy question,” Russell said. “When you shoot the ball and it doesn’t go in, you can’t control what happens after you shoot it. Turnovers, I guess they played good defense.”The boos did not stop until Russell ended the drought with a jumper at the 10:21 mark of the fourth quarter. But the boos did not turn into cheers until Julius Randle subbed for Kelly as the Lakers trailed 84-60 with 9:48 remaining. “I missed a few in a row,” Kelly said. “It happens sometimes. I have to make them.”And, to think, the Lakers have other concerns besides allowing double-digit efforts to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (19 points), Marvin Williams (19), Kemba Walker (12) and Frank Kaminsky (11). Scott and Bryant suggested the Lakers (9-41) are wilting under a young roster losing its swagger.Said Bryant: “I talked to them a little bit about the chippiness and the meanness. I can only lead them so far. I’m not going to be here next year. Pulling that out of them is a waste if they’re not growing. Then it’s just me talking. They have to pull it out of themselves.”Said Scott: “We have a lot of guys in there right now that has a lack of confidence. We have to get that back.”But Russell suggested the Lakers have failed to make adjustments.“I can only speak for myself,” said Russell, who had 10 points on a 3-of-5 clip, six rebounds and three assists. “I hope the team is the same. I’m still confident. We just got to do something different. When something is not working, we have to do something different as a team. You cant keep doing the same thing if it’s not working.”So what should the Lakers change?“I don’t know,” Russell said.Bryant had other ideas, arguing the 18-year-old version of himself would have scored an 80-point game through this stretch because “I just know my personality.”“I had the same mentality I have now,” Bryant said. “I didn’t understand I was 17. I thought I was good just as anybody else.”So how do the Lakers adopt that mentality?“The Navy Seals have a way of taking guys to the bottom of the pool,” Bryant said. “Sometimes you have to go to the bottom of the pool. We’re almost there, gasping for air.”And they’re doing so while nurturing health concerns. Before Bryant appeared in his first game after missing two of the previous three because of soreness in his right shoulder, Scott sensed those issues are “going to be ongoing for the next 2 1/2 months.” In other words, Bryant’s playing status will likely stay uncertain for all of the Lakers’ remaining 33 regular-season games before Bryant retires from a 20-year NBA career. “Some days his shoulder is going to be feeling great and some days it’s going to be sore,” Scott said. “At his age and all the games that he played, I’m sure there are mornings he wakes up and he’s just sore with the way he slept.”Bryant initially looked sluggish after missing his first five shots. But Bryant soon went on a tear where he scored 11 consecutive points during the second quarter. Bryant then insisted he “felt good” and believes he can play all the way through NBA All-Star weekend.“I’ve conserved enough already,” Bryant said. “Just continue to stay with what I’m doing and make sure I’m nursing nagging injuries and make sure they don’t get worse. I’ll continue to stick with it.”Meanwhile, Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. sat because of reoccurring soreness in his right knee, an injury that sidelined him last week for four games. That left Scott considering to shut him down for the next five games heading into NBA All-Star weekend, mindful his injury partly stemmed from an ACL injury in his right knee that he suffered during his junior season at University of Wyoming. “He’s been rushing back and not getting fully recovered,” Scott said of Nance Jr. “We know this kid has a bright bright future. So the one thing we want to do is take our time and get him as healthy as possible. Even if it means sitting after All-Star break, I’m good with that as well.”That leaves Randle with a chance to reclaim his starting spot. But after posting four double doubles in his previous seven starts, Randle posted eight points and nine rebounds while committing four fouls. Though Scott gushed about Randle’s aggressiveness and mid-range jumper, he called for Randle to reduce his turnovers and improve his weakside defense. But as the Lakers showed on Sunday, their issues go beyond just one player. “The challenge for our young guys is to stay the course and continue to think positive and continue to work their butts off,” Scott said. “Good things will happen.” For once, the loudest moment of the night did not coincide with Kobe Bryant’s starting lineup introduction. Nor did it happen when Bryant shed off rustiness with each basket he made.Instead, the noise erupted amid the Lakers’ sluggish end to their third quarter that cemented something more than just another forgettable loss, a 101-82 defeat to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at Staples Center. It also secured the Lakers’ 10th consecutive loss, which tied a team record set in the 1993-94 season. Usually the names Magic Johnson and Byron Scott spark nostalgia about the Showtime Lakers and their many championships. But Johnson (1993-94), who was in attendance Sunday, and Scott (present) have also coached the Lakers during their worst losing streaks in franchise history. “Honestly it doesn’t really matter,” said Bryant, who posted 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting, 4 of 8 from 3-point range, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 23 minutes. “What, it makes a (expletive) season less (expletive)?”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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NBA trade rumors: Thon Maker wants Bucks to deal him

first_img NBA trade rumors: Wizards have ‘zero interest’ in dealing Bradley Beal Milwaukee is riding a six-game winning streak and will take on the Thunder on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. Thon Maker isn’t happy in Milwaukee.The 7-1 center has told Bucks management he would like a larger role with a new team, according to an ESPN report, which cites unidentified league sources. Related Newscenter_img Milwaukee selected Maker with the 10th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He is averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 2018-19. His minutes per game have dropped from 16.7 to 11.7 since last season, and his numbers have suffered.The Bucks are 35-12 and hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but it seems clear Maker wants to have more impact on an NBA franchise. NBA trade rumors: Knicks trying to deal Tim Hardaway Jr. to shed salarylast_img read more

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MLB Futures Game 2019: Five stud prospects you need to watch this year

first_imgIf you don’t keep up with the next wave of MLB stars on a regular basis — and that’s OK, we all have a lot going on in life — but want a quick glimpse into the near future, then the annual Futures Game is just, well, perfect. Consider that . . .  Why he’s special: A teenage star in his native Cuba, Robert signed with the White Sox in March 2017 as the top-ranked international prospect, landing a deal that included a $26 million signing bonus. There have been a few hurdles along the way, but in his age 21 season, Robert is showing why the White Sox — and everyone else — thought so highly of him. Those 15 homers (eight in high Single-A and seven at Double-A) came on the heels of a 2018 season that included zero home runs in 50 games. Ask Jim: After his blistering start to the season, the hype for Robert is reaching a level we haven’t seen for a White Sox prospect since … Eloy Jimenez last year. Stacked organization, eh? My question is this: In what ways is Robert similar to Jimenez and in what way is he different? Callis says: “Though they’re both outfielders, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert are quite different. Jimenez is a better hitter and will probably get to more of his raw power than Robert will. Robert will still be a good offensive player, however, and he’s a much better runner and defender than Jimenez.” Fernando Tatis, Jr., the electrifying Padres rookie shortstop who owns a .328 batting average and 162 OPS+, had a pair of hits in last year’s Futures Game. Pete Alonso, the slugging Mets rookie first baseman who already has 29 homers, hit a home run in last year’s showcase contest. Danny Jansen, the rookie Blue Jays catcher who just finished a stretch of six homers in seven games, popped a home run in last year’s Futures Game, too.FUTURES GAME: Rosters, start time, TV channelYou get the point. The best and the brightest prospects in the sport assemble each summer as part of the midseason All-Star break celebration, and this year is no different. Today, we’re giving you five names you need to know, and you don’t just have to take our word for it. We’ve brought in an expert on these things, MLB.com draft/prospects guru Jim Callis, who has been working in this field since 1988. We solicited his input for each of these five soon-to-be-superstars. Let’s jump in.Wander Franco, SS, Rays2019 numbers of note: .332/.403/.534, eight homers, 38 RBIs, 19 doubles, five triples, 17 stolen bases (low and high Single-A combined)Why he’s special: With the graduation of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from the top spot of most top prospect lists (he has exceeded MLB rookie limits), Franco has ascended to the summit for most publications, including the two heaviest hitters, Baseball America and MLB.com. Franco signed with the Rays at 16 for $3.825 million, a total that seems like a bargain at this point. He turned 18 on March 1, but the things he’s doing would be amazing at any age. So far in his career, Franco has 40 combined home runs (19) and stolen bases (21) and only 39 strikeouts. He has almost as many doubles (19) this season as strikeouts (20). Ask Jim: At the moment, Franco has a combined career total of 38 homers/stolen bases (19 homers, 19 stolen bases) and only 39 career strikeouts. He’s 18 years old, playing against guys three and four years older. That’s incredible. Can you think of a prospect you’ve covered who had that combination of power/speed/plate discipline/contact rate? Heck, do you know of a major league player like that? Callis says: “I call him ‘Vladimir Guerrero III’ all the time because his offensive ability and career path thus far remind me so much of Vlad Jr., but Vlad Jr. doesn’t have that kind of speed or defensive ability. (Franco) hasn’t accomplished as much as Vlad Jr. yet, so I’m not saying he’ll be better, but he legitimately has a higher ceiling. If we’re talking shortstops, he’s probably the best prospect at that position since Alex Rodriguez, who had those kind of tools.”MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Padres2019 numbers of note: 15 starts, 1.05 ERA, 0.706 WHIP, 4.1 H/9, 12.5 K/9 (high Single-A)Why he’s special: Gore is unforgettable on the mound. The first thing you’ll notice is his leg kick, the one that seems to stretch over his head and toward the stadium lights. The next thing you’ll probably notice is that almost nobody actually gets on base against the Padres’ top pitching prospect, and even fewer people come around to score on him. Look at his numbers from this season: He has faced 288 batters; only 36 have hits, 20 have walked and nine have scored. That’s ridiculous. Ask Jim: The kid with the could-be-iconic high leg kick has been just ridiculous this season, missing bats at a jaw-dropping rate and lowering his H/9 from 9.0 last year to 4.1 this year. What is his best pitch, the offering that Padres fans will drool over when he eventually gets to the bigs, and why is that so hard to hit? Callis says: “I’ve said for a while that I would have taken him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, and I haven’t changed my mind. I don’t know if it’s any one pitch that makes him special. The fastball and the curveball are his two best offerings, but the slider and changeup also can be plus pitches and his command and other aspects of his pitchability are very advanced for his age.”Jo Adell, OF, Angels2019 numbers of note: 30 games, .342/.409/.596, six homers, 17 RBIs, four stolen bases (High-A and Double-A combined)Why he’s special: I got to learn a bit about Adell and his family while reporting a predraft story on the high school star from Louisville, Ky. (he went 10th overall in the 2017 MLB Draft). He’s an impressive person, and he has been pretty darn good as a pro ballplayer, too. Adell posted a .908 OPS in rookie ball as an 18-year-old in 2017; then he hit 20 homers, stole 15 bases and had an .897 OPS over three levels as a 19-year-old. This year? He missed time early with hamstring and ankle issues but picked up where he left off when he returned. Ask Jim: It’s easy to love Jo Adell, on and off the diamond. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when people ask you about him? Callis says: “This will sound funny, but the first thing that comes to mind is that there were questions about his hitting ability as an amateur, yet he has thrived in pro ball and raced through the minors since Day 1. Of all the players in the Futures Game, he might be the best all-around athlete.”Matt Manning, RHP, Tigers2019 numbers of note: 16 starts, 2.77 ERA, 1.044 WHIP, 6.3 H/9, 10.5 K/9Why he’s special: When Manning was being considered for the 2016 MLB Draft, the first note about him was often about his father. Rich Manning played college basketball at Syracuse and Washington, and then was drafted in the second round by the NBA’s Hawks in 1993. That has changed. The Tigers picked Matt Manning — at 6-6, an excellent hoopster himself — ninth overall, and he has spent the past couple of years marching through Detroit’s minor league system. This year, as a 21-year-old in Double-A, the younger Manning has been as good as ever. It’s just a matter of time before he gets his chance in the bigs. Ask Jim: Manning has been productive at every stop along the way since the Tigers picked him ninth overall in 2016, including a strong showing at Double-A this year as a 21-year-old. What are the Tigers having him work on this season, or is it just a matter of getting more reps in the minors before he’s ready to reach the bigs? Callis says: “Remember that Manning was also an accomplished basketball player before he signed, so he didn’t devote himself full time to baseball until the Tigers drafted him. With him, it’s been a matter of giving him innings and experience more than anything. He’s been able to miss bats with his fastball and curveball, and now he’s adding more polish and refining the finer points of pitching. He’s not too far off from the big leagues.”Luis Robert, OF, White Sox2019 numbers of note: .349/.399/.611, 15 homers, 51 RBIs, 29 stolen baseslast_img read more

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Statistics does not lie: Pjanić better than Vidal and Pogba

first_imgSince his arrival to Juventus, Miralem Pjanic became the target of the fans, former football players and self-appointed experts who talk about his bad games in this club.However, when one looks at Pjanić’s a concrete impact on the game and looks to statistics, both lead to quite different conclusions.For instance, if one looks at 14 matches where Pjanić played, it can be concluded that he  scored five goals and assisted six times, making him more efficient and profitable than Vidal and Pogba with whom he is constantly compared with. Moreover, his movements during the game and the percentage of correct bands are at a high level as well.For all these reasons it is unlikely that Massimilliano Allegri will let Miralem to leave and sign for Arsenal.The only question is when the fans will understand this?(Source: fokus)last_img read more

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Three things we learned from Liverpool v Atletico Madrid

first_imgLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Champions League holders Liverpool crashed out in the last 16 on Wednesday after a stunning fightback from Atletico Madrid sealed a 3-2 win on the night and a 4-2 aggregate success.AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from Liverpool’s unexpected exit:Liverpool slump hits new lowFor much of this season, Liverpool had looked like an unstoppable juggernaut as they powered towards the Premier League title and a potentially successful defence of the Champions League.But in the space of just three weeks, Jurgen Klopp’s team have unexpectedly lost their way and the slump has shattered their bid for a seventh European Cup and an unbeaten Premier League campaign.When Liverpool arrived in Madrid for the first leg on February 18, they were on the crest of a wave.But a limp 1-0 defeat there was an unsettling glimpse of what was to come as the Reds’ run of 18 successive Premier League wins was ended by lowly Watford in a stunning 3-0 defeat.A 2-0 FA Cup fifth round defeat at Chelsea would be partially excused by Klopp sending out a slightly weakened team.Liverpool still looked shaky in a narrow 2-1 success against struggling Bournemouth on Saturday, yet they should have been out of sight before Atletico authored their incredible comeback.The hosts had 26 shots in the first 90 minutes but could only manage one goal from Georginio Wijnaldum thanks to their poor finishing and the inspired form of Atletico keeper Jan Oblak.That forced extra time and when Roberto Firmino scored his first Anfield goal of the season Liverpool were 2-1 up on aggregate.Yet Adrian’s mistake was punished by Marcos Llorente to give the Spaniards hope and Llorente netted again before Alvaro Morata capped the epic collapse.Liverpool will still win the title but the shock on Klopp’s face was clear to see.Adrian blunders again Just 167 seconds after Roberto Firmino appeared to have put Liverpool on course for the quarter-finals, Adrian’s howler gave Atletico a lifeline that turned the tie on its head.The Liverpool goalkeeper made a total hash of a routine kick downfield and booted the ball straight to Joao Felix.Atletico striker Felix picked out Llorente and he cut inside to fire back past Adrian.It was a hammer blow that Liverpool could not recover from, underlining just how much Klopp’s side missed the injured Alisson Becker.Adrian, 33, has been guilty of other errors this season when he has stood in for Alisson this term and once again he fluffed his lines.Alisson is sidelined with a hip injury suffered in training prior to Liverpool’s FA Cup defeat at Chelsea and former West Ham keeper Adrian was guilty of allowing Willian’s shot to slip through his grasp into the net in that clash.While Liverpool look certain to win the Premier League regardless of who is in goal, Alisson is not expected back in the short term, giving Klopp a headache as he considers whether to keep faith with Adrian.Anfield roars despite coronavirusWith sport across the world thrown into chaos by the coronavirus, Liverpool were bucking the current trend for playing behind closed doors, but their supporters might have wished the game had been part of the fan ban as the Reds crashed to a stunning exit.Fears about the growing spread of the deadly virus have prompted sports governing bodies to cancel matches and tournaments.Football matches in several European countries have been played in empty stadiums as authorities limit large public gatherings and Paris Saint-Germain beat Borussia Dortmund in a deserted Parc des Princes in their last 16 second leg on Wednesday.Many Europa League ties scheduled for Thursday are due to be played in closed grounds, but Liverpool were given the all-clear to open the gates for Atletico’s visit and 54,000 crammed into the famous old arena.Aside from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Atletico boss Diego Simeone exchanging a shoulder bump instead of a handshake before kick-off and players from both teams not shaking hands, as per the virus guidelines, the alarming outbreak was put to one side as fans focused on a classic European tie.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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