Genk hit back to deny Chelsea

first_imgGenk 1 Chelsea 1Chelsea’s troubles continued with an unconvincing display in their Champions League clash.Ramires gave them the lead with a tidy close-range finish under goalkeeper Laszlo Koteles after a glorious one-two with the otherwise disappointing Fernando Torres.AdChoices广告David Luiz should have made it 2-0 from the penalty spot soon afterwards but his effort was as unconvincing as Chelsea’s performance, and was saved by keeper Laszlo Koteles.And Jelle Vossen calmly converted a Fabien Camus cross to level for Genk, who were much improved after the break.Chelsea’s place in the next stage of the competition is not yet assured. But of greater concern to the club will be the behaviour of some of their fans, who repeatedly chanted about Anton Ferdinand in response to the recent incident involving the QPR defender and Chelsea captain John Terry.Terry was left on the bench and his omission was expected and unrelated to the furore currently surrounding him.As Chelsea prepared to kick off in Belgium it was announced that, after assessing a complaint from a member of the public, the Metropolitan Police are now formally investigating allegations that Terry racially abused Ferdinand during the recent west London derby at Loftus Road. Terry strongly denies doing so.Valencia’s 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the other game in Group E means the Blues would have had to wait to secure qualification to the knockout phase even if they had won.But manager Andre Villas-Boas would dearly have loved to get back to winning ways after two successive Premier League defeats.His team started slightly nervously against a Genk side who bore no comparison to the second-rate opposition so easily thrashed 5-0 at Stamford Bridge last month.The Belgian champions looked solid in defence and lively in attack, with reported Blues target Kevin de Bruyne and Kennedy Kwanganga particularly threatening.Torres was involved in Chelsea’s goalBut Chelsea, no doubt still slightly shell-shocked from the catastrophic second-half capitulation in the home humiliation against Arsenal on Saturday, soon settled.And an uneventful first 20 minutes, in which neither side could fashion any noteworthy chances, gave way to an impressive spell in which the visitors could, and should, have had the game wrapped up by the interval.Torres fizzed a shot wide and Florent Malouda’s run down the left flank almost forced former Portsmouth midfielder Anthony Vanden Borre to put through his own net.The pressure was rewarded when Ramires coolly fired Chelsea ahead when he exchanged passes with Torres and expertly controlled the Spaniard’s clipped pass before slotting the ball beneath Koteles.The Brazilian midfielder then had a great opportunity to make it 2-0 but headed narrowly wide from six yards and Raul Meireles went even closer with a stunning 25-yard strike that smashed off the angle of post and bar.Luiz then wasted a great chance to put Chelsea further ahead when he missed from the spot after Malouda’s cross had been handled by Thomas Buffel.Chelsea were made to pay for their sloppiness in front of goal as the hosts got on top in the second half.Keeper Petr Cech had to be at his best to rush from his goal and divert Kwanganga’s shot away for a corner after a fine run from Vanden Borre.Lampard missed a late chanceAnd Genk deservedly equalised when a fine team move freed Camus on the left and his pull-back was carefully swept home by Vossen.Chelsea regained their composure in the final 20 minutes and should have scored again, with substitutes Daniel Sturridge and Frank Lampard squandering two glorious opportunities to take all three points.Strurridge missed the first, heading Malouda’s inviting cross wastefully at the keeper from six yards.And Lampard somehow failed to properly connect from a yard out after a fabulous run from Sturridge.Malouda almost won the match in injury time but although his shot beat Koteles, the home defence just about managed to scramble the ball to safety.last_img read more

Ballon d’Or will not be awarded in 2020 because of COVID-19

first_imgTHE Ballon d’Or for the world’s best players will not be awarded in 2020 because of  a “lack of sufficient fair conditions” created by the coronavirus  pandemic.The prize has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won the men’s prize last year, with USA forward Megan Rapinoe claiming the women’s trophy.France Football said awarding a prize in a “crippled” year would “not be worthy” of their history.“We did not want to put an indelible asterisk on the prize list like ‘trophy won in exceptional circumstances due to the Covid-19 health crisis’,” it added.“Protecting the credibility and legitimacy of such an award also means ensuring its flawlessness over time.”England’s Stanley Matthews was the first winner of the award when it was the European Footballer of the Year.It was only awarded to European players until 1995, when it expanded to become open for any player at a European club. From 2007 it opened up to the rest of the world.The 30-player list of nominees is compiled by the editorial staff of the French magazine, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation.Argentina international Messi won the prize for a record sixth time last year.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Wisconsin volleyball welcomes 8 new athletes

first_imgEight new players on the volleyball team will play a big role for the Badgers, who have one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten conference.[/media-credit]Coming off one of its most disappointing seasons in recent memory, the Wisconsin volleyball team may be facing an even more challenging year in 2009.Last fall, with nine returning players on the roster, experience defined the Badgers, but did not provide them with enough to make the NCAA Tournament, let alone compete in the Big Ten.One year later, these Badgers look quite a bit different, and it’s not just Brittney Dolgner’s new haircut.Five freshmen, two transfers and one walk-on sum up an eventful offseason for the volleyball team, which lost its core of upperclassmen from last year. The eight newcomers make up half of the team, but while they might lack experience, Dolgner believes the team’s mix of new arrivals and upperclassmen leadership will make for an exciting season.“It’s really nice because they all bring something different to the table,” said Dolgner, a senior and the team’s captain. “All the players that came in were ready to get started and they improved so quickly.”Nevertheless, while all the new players bring certain skill sets to the team, several admitted that adjusting to the college game will be a challenge in itself. Junior Jessa Benson, who joined the team last spring, has taken it upon herself to help the freshmen adapt to college volleyball and life as a student.“I think it’s a challenge because the freshmen have so many challenges other than volleyball,” Benson said. “But I think the upperclassmen have really taken a leadership role and everyone’s doing an awesome job to help the freshmen adjust.”Even with the parade of newcomers, the Badgers are still receiving some respect from the media. Even after their disappointing 2008 season when the Badgers went 17-15, the media picked Wisconsin to finish fifth in the Big Ten and were also given votes to be among the nation’s top 25 teams.“I think people are seeing our potential,” Benson said. “They aren’t just looking at our upperclassmen like Brittney and Caity (DuPont), but they’re looking at the potential of the new players. There’s a sense of respect for our program because of our history.”Head coach Pete Waite echoed Benson’s notion, saying the team’s history over the past several years has shaped its reputation. But he also noted while the team has a different look from years past, it won’t hinder its ability to perform well during the season.“It happens in every program, in any sport,” Waite said. “Teams go in swings of younger and older groups and, a lot of the time, the younger teams are the ones that do well because they just don’t know any better. They go out, play hard and bring a lot of energy to the court, and sometimes that’s hard to find.”But just as Waite foresees a successful year from his core of young players, this season will also challenge the coach, as he has never dealt with such a team dynamic before.“In my 20 years of coaching, I don’t think I’ve ever had a team that had eight new members,” he said. “It’s taken some adjustment, but they’ve really done a nice job listening and in our scrimmages.“We’ve had to change some things up in practice a little bit,” he continued. “You know we always have girls who need to learn new drills, but having eight of them is a bit more challenging.”To ease that challenge a bit, the newly-named captains –Dolgner and senior Caity DuPont — are looking to be more vocal leaders and help their new team members on and off the court. However, Waite believes while Dolgner and DuPont are essential to the team’s success, Benson has made an immediate impact both on the returning players and incoming freshmen.“We were lucky to get Jessa in the spring, and she helps our newcomers because she played at a different school,” Waite said. “She’s been the glue that’s connected the two groups — the upperclassmen and the freshmen — and her positive attitude and energy have just been a huge help on and off the court.”After hosting the InnTower Invitational at the Field House this past weekend, the squad is focused on taking care of business in the Oregon State Invitational, which starts Sept. 5. For Dolgner and the rest of the Badgers, meeting the new players has been a team-building experience, but she knows the only way for them to improve further is to play against other opponents.“It’s really excited to play against someone who’s not on your team,” Dolgner said. “They [the freshmen] are going to be a little nervous at first, but they’ll adjust after the first few points.”last_img read more

Dodgers’ magic number remains 8 as Padres slow their roll

first_imgPreviousSan Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates, right, celebrates with Franmil Reyes after the Padres defeated the Dodgers 5-3 in a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers robs Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres of a hit with a diving catch to end the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers Ross Stripling throws to home plate against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez hits a solo home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, left, is congratulated by Yasiel Puig after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling grimaces after giving up a two-run home run in the fourth inning to the San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe, left, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe, right, celebrates with Austin Hedges after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling hangs his head as he is pulled in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe, right, celebrates with Austin Hedges after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Eric Lauer #46 of the San Diego Padres pitches in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Francisco Mejia #27 of the San Diego Padres looks on as Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers crosses the plate after hitting a one run home run the third inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Enrique Hernandez #14 is greeted by Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting a one run home run the third inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Enrique Hernandez #14 is greeted by Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting a one run home run the third inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Hunter Renfroe #10 of the San Diego Padres hits a two run home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Hunter Renfroe #10 gets a chest bump from Franmil Reyes #32 of the San Diego Padres after crossing the plate after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Manager Dave Roberts #30 waits on the mound with Justin Turner #10 Yasmani Grandal #9 and David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a pitching change in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he flips his bat after flying out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Fans look on as Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reaches into foul territory to catch a ball hit by Wil Myers #4 of the San Diego Padres for an out in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Lauer reaches to attempt to backhand a line drive hit for a double by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling delivers to a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Lauer works to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres third baseman Wil Myers throws out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado after fielding a ground ball during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado, left, catches San Diego Padres Wil Myers in a rundown between first and second on a steal-attempt during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling, left, talks to himself while San Diego Padres’ Franmil Reyes rounds third base after Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, removes starting pitcher Ross Stripling, with catcher Yasmani Grandal, second from left, watching during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, front, steps on home plate next to San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, left, celebrates with Justin Turner after hitting a solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres’ Wil Myers watches his two-run double, which scored Freddy Galvis and Manuel Margot during the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres’ Freddy Galvis, makes a gesture upon touching home plate after hitting a solo home run, next to Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates can’t field a ground ball hit for a single by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates, right, is congratulated by catcher Austin Hedges after the Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 in a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates, right, celebrates with Franmil Reyes after the Padres defeated the Dodgers 5-3 in a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers robs Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres of a hit with a diving catch to end the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 33LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers robs Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres of a hit with a diving catch to end the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Maybe it’s just a pause to take a deep breath – you know, like right before you jump in a pool.The Dodgers’ march to clinch their sixth consecutive division title developed a familiar hitch in it Friday night as the San Diego Padres handed them a 5-3 defeat.Over the past three weeks, the Dodgers have gone 11-3 against fellow playoff contenders in the Rockies, Cardinals and Diamondbacks – but 2-5 in what Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called “trap series” against the Mets, Reds and Padres.“That’s a tough one to figure out,” Roberts said Friday. “Coming off this last series (a three-game sweep of the Rockies), I thought we were playing well, having good at-bats. Coming into tonight’s game, I thought we were ready to go. It just didn’t work out where we scored more runs than they did. But I don’t think it was a letdown situation.” The loss was definitely a slowdown situation. It was only the Dodgers’ second in their past nine games but it allowed the Colorado Rockies to move back within 1½ games of the National League West lead by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks (the Dodgers’ next opponent) and stalled the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch at eight.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.At the same time, the Atlanta Braves won, moving closer to clinching the NL East – and moving a game ahead of the Dodgers for home-field advantage in a potential best-of-5 NL Division Series matchup.“It’s baseball,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “They’re over there trying to win games too.”Only one team in the National League (the Miami Marlins) has managed to do that less often than the 62-92 Padres this season.“Can’t take anyone for granted. Those are big leaguers over there. They’re here for a reason,” Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling said. “Obviously coming off a huge sweep of the Rockies, we used a lot of energy, that kind of stuff. But I feel like we showed up ready to play. They just beat us today. “Just can’t get too high or too low. Just go out and play Dodger baseball every day, no matter who the opponent is.”The playoff-level energy that characterized Dodger Stadium during the heroics-heavy sweep of the Rockies was tamped down Friday night as the Dodgers managed only four hits through the first seven innings.Their only run off Padres starter Eric Lauer came in the third inning when Kike’ Hernandez hit a liner into the left-field pavilion. It was the Dodgers’ 219th home run of the season (two short of matching the franchise record set last season).There wasn’t much else to work with against Lauer who is 6-7 in his rookie season – but 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers.“He’s brought his best against us,” Roberts said. “Fastball, cutter in and stealing strikes with the curveball. A couple guys had some good swings off him but collectively we just can’t figure him out.”The Dodgers put two runners on with two outs in the fifth against Lauer but Manny Machado struck out. They did it again in the seventh against the Padres bullpen and a wild pitch even moved them up. But Turner flew out to left.Finally, in the eighth inning, Joc Pederson doubled with one out and scored on a two-out single by Yasiel Puig.That inning ended with the Dodgers again stranding two runners when Cody Bellinger struck out. After going 25 for 78 (.321) with runners in scoring position over their previous 10 games, the Dodgers were 2 for 9 against the Padres and stranded 10 runners.The Padres didn’t manage many base runners at all through the first seven innings. But two of their four hits in that time were home runs by Hunter Renfroe and Freddy Galvis. A two-run double by Wil Myers in the ninth put the game away for the Padres.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img If Stripling’s move back into the rotation (bumping Alex Wood to the bullpen) is an audition for a role in a potential playoff series, it has not gone well. An All-Star based on the way he rescued the Dodgers’ rotation in the first half, Stripling has yet to recapture that form.The right-hander has made three starts now since returning from a lower back injury and rejoining the Dodgers’ rotation. He has been done after 3-1/3 innings each time. Friday night, he allowed five of the last six batters he faced to reach base – a single by Wil Myers in the third (he was picked off first) and another by Franmil Reyes to start the fourth, Renfroe’s homer two batters later and back-to-back 10-pitch at-bats that ended in walks.Over 10 innings in these three starts, Stripling has allowed six runs on 10 hits, walked three and struck out 13.“The stuff is good when he comes out,” Roberts said. “I think he’s built up. It’s just making a couple pitches that he needs to make to wipe guys out. But to come in and expect after three starts or two starts that he’s going to be locked in, that’s probably a little unfair.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MLB hot stove: Top five remaining free agents who aren’t Harper or Machado

first_imgThe calendar has turned to February, and real baseball will actually be played this month with teams reporting to spring training. As all eyes watch to see which teams Bryce Harper and Manny Machado ink behemoth contracts with, it seems not even MLB’s hot stove could evade the cooldown of the polar vortex, leaving some of the offseason’s most talented free agents without a deal.FAGAN: Ranking the top 79 MLB free agents Not every team can sign either Harper or Machado, and when that finally does happen, there will be a lot of money left for teams to spend. Here are the top five remaining free agents not named Harper or Machado and where their best fit may be.5. Gio GonzalezGonzalez has made at least 31 starts in seven of his past eight seasons with the Brewers and Nationals. Last season, the 33-year-old pitched to a 4.21 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 32 starts, and he finished sixth in NL Cy Young balloting as recently as 2017.Both New York teams have been tied to Gonzalez. The Mets are looking to upgrade from Jason Vargas’ 5.77 ERA at the back of their rotation, and Gonzalez has dominated at Citi Field with an 11-2 record and 1.75 ERA in 17 games.Mets have maintained dialogue with Gio Gonzalez’s camp. Question is whether Gonzalez is enough of a rotation upgrade to warrant expenditure, but the Mets’ starting pitching depth is also extremely thin. As noted previously, Gonzalez has a sub-2 ERA lifetime at Citi Field.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) February 1, 2019The Yankees were reportedly interested in Miley, but with his signing in Houston they now could turn their eyes to Gonzalez to provide a more reliable option than an aging CC Sabathia. Best fit: Mets4. Marwin GonzalezCalling Gonzalez a Swiss-Army knife is an understatement. The utility player has proven he can play any position on the field other than catcher. He had a breakout season in 2017, helping the Astros to the World Series by posting a .303 average with 23 home runs, 90 RBIs and a .907 OPS. He regressed last year, hitting 16 homers with 68 RBIs, but should remain an attractive option for any team looking for a player who can field multiple positions.The Astros may no longer have a need for Gonzalez after signing signing Michael Brantley and trading for Aledmys Diaz. The Brewers are in need of a second baseman still, but likely aren’t interested in giving Gonzalez the type of contract length he wants. The Dodgers could potentially be a landing spot if they are looking for a security blanket should another long-term injury in the infield present itself this season.Looks like the Brewers aren’t done. Marwin Gonzalez, Jed Lowrie, Wilmer Flores, Josh Harrison are among the FAs who have played second and third base. Mike Moustakas said he was open to trying 2B last year after the Brewers traded for him, but it never happened. https://t.co/EZIbugrSP3— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 10, 2019Best fit: Brewers3. 3B Mike MoustakasIt seems whatever team finishes second in the Manny Machado sweepstakes will likely land the former Milwaukee third baseman. Following a 2017 season in which he set a Royals record of 38 home runs in a season, “Moose” found little success in the free-agency waters, opting to sign a one-year, $6.5 million dollar deal before his eventual trade in July to the Brewers.A reunion with former Royals teammate Eric Hosmer in San Diego seems imminent and would provide a veteran presence for a team rich with talented infield prospects, such as Fernando Tatis Jr. The Royals remain without a solid option at third, and the right-handed heavy Phillies batting order would benefit from lefty Moustakas should Machado end up elsewhere.Best fit: Padres2. SP Dallas KeuchelKeuchel turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from Houston to test free-agency waters, and the Astros just signed Wade Miley to a one-year deal, but Houston and several other teams remain in the mix for the lefty.The #Astros, after signing Wade Miley to one year,$4.5 million deal, still hope to bring back former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel too— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 31, 2019The 31-year-old is coming off a season that saw him go 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 153 strikeouts in 204.2 innings. He’s spent his entire seven-year career in Houston, and given that the Astros have four starting pitchers entering a free-agent year (Miley, Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Collin McHugh), a long-term deal with Keuchel may be smart.The Phillies have been rumored to have serious interest in Keuchel but are preoccupied at the moment with Harper and Machado, and the Brewers have emerged as a possible dark-horse candidate looking to beef up their rotation.Best fit: Astros 1. RP Craig KimbrelThe gap between Kimbrel and the next best reliever is wide. His resume speaks for itself as one of baseball’s elite. He’s had at least 31 saves in each of his three seasons with the Red Sox, and has a seven-year career total of 333. But last season his ERA jumped more than a full run from 2017 and he had a laborious postseason performance with a 5.91 ERA despite converting all six of his save opportunities.His postseason performance paired with reports of his exorbitant contract demands of six years and $100 million seemingly has teams unwilling to pursue him. With Kimbrel turning 31 in May, something more in the neighborhood of $16 million a year in today’s reliever market seems closer to what he’ll get. Given his history with the Braves and Red Sox, they seem like the most serious contenders to sign Kimbrel even with both teams’ GMs playing down reports of interest.Best fit: Braveslast_img read more

Memorial Day at Wellington’s Prairie Lawn Cemetery

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington people may take for granted the 1,200 American Flags at Prairie Lawn Cemetery this year. But for visitors like Colonel Robert V. Hester of Wichita, who was the featured speaker at the Memorial Day Service, seeing the “Avenue of Flags” for the first time, is something to bestow.“I don’t remember visiting a cemetery that is this well decorated,” he told a large crowd this morning at the service. “This is an incredible sight.”Over 1,200 flags were placed this year at Prairie Lawn Cemetery. The Wellington VFW Post 881 hosted the annual Memorial Day Service this morning in what turned out to be a very nice morning despite the rainy weekend.The service this year was a little different. Instead of having each wreath individually placed, a wall of wreaths was presented. VFW Commander/Elect Charles Lawless then read off every American conflict individually while the Wellington Fire Department rang a bell after each mention.Manuel Soria and Ronald Hamlin put the wall of wreaths together.Manual Soria and Ronald Hamlin.In years’ past, Soria said the placing of the wreaths individually was nice, but many times the wreaths would fall over. Also, many organizations had trouble getting representatives to the service to place a wreath.The service included the playing of taps by Melanie Dawson Cox and Jeremy Burden. It was an anniversary of sorts for both. Dawson Cox has been doing taps for 35 consecutive years. Burden, who provides the “echo” – playing the taps unseen, has been doing taps for 15 consecutive years.Melanie Dawson Cox“Jerry Stone, the band instructor when I was a kid, asked me to do taps for the Memorial Day Service,” Dawson Cox said. “I’ve been doing it ever since.”There was also a display for the Prisoner of War – people missing in action.Prisoner of War memorial.As always, the service paid tribute to the fallen heroes, who laid their lives. The service included an invocation by Chaplain Lloyd Miller, an introduction by Jim Valentine, and the saluting of Comrades by members of the Firing Squad American Legion Post 90.Hester, a field artillery officer with more than 26 years of active military service, spoke about the importance of Memorial Day.Colonel Robert V. Hester presents the address of the day.“I have never understood why the flags were flown at half-staff on this day,” Hester said. “There are so many, so selflessly who gave their lives for this country with such valor and pride. We owe them our freedom and for that we should be celebrating.”And let’s not forget, that Memorial Day is not just for our those who died in war, but loved ones who have left us as this unidentified family did this morning at Prairie Lawn.A local family remembers a loved one.For more pictures of the Memorial Day Service click here.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Mason City man accused of Clear Lake storage unit break-ins receives deferred judgment, probation

first_imgMASON CITY — It’s a deferred judgment and probation for a Mason City man accused of breaking into storage units in Clear Lake back in September. 22-year-old Julian Washington and 21-year-old Ezra Marroquin were accused of breaking into seven storage units located in the 200 block of South 24th Street on September 7th. They allegedly used bolt cutters to cut a security fence, entering the units, where they took several items including a television, laptop computer and a tablet. The pair were charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Both entered into plea agreements with prosecutors. Washington this week was given a deferred judgment and was sentenced to three years probation on a third-degree burglary charge. Marroquin back in January pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary and was sentenced to two years probation.last_img read more

Fouled, shoved and pushed, Hazard has last laugh for Chelsea

first_imgRoberto Pereyra, with his third goal of the season, and Jose Holebas scored to put Watford two goals ahead. Wilfried Zaha pulled one back late for Palace.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Hazard converted a 77th-minute penalty to set Chelsea on its way to a 2-1 win at Newcastle in an embarrassingly one-sided game at St. James’ Park, and a third straight victory to open the season.The three points were only secured for Chelsea because of an 88th-minute own-goal by Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin, but few could begrudge Chelsea the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And Hazard, in particular.“I feel very tired,” Hazard said, with a wry smile, after being asked about his treatment by Newcastle’s players. “But at the end, we won the game.” LATEST STORIES Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had suggested Hazard might only play an hour, with the Belgium international working his way back to full fitness after a late return following his exertions at the World Cup in Russia.As it turned out, Hazard played the full 90 minutes against Newcastle and was like a magnet for the ball — and for tough tackles by Newcastle players. Mohamed Diame chopped him down twice in the first half, and one foul by Matt Ritchie bundled Hazard off the playing surface and toward the advertising hoardings.Hazard had the last laugh, though, and is set to thrive in the attacking, possession-based approach that Chelsea is adopting under Sarri.Chelsea enjoyed 79 percent possession in the first half. At one stage in the second half, the percentage soared to 90 with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez seemingly having told his players to retreat when Chelsea had possession.“I have never seen a Rafa Benitez side play with five defenders,” said Sarri, who replaced Benitez as coach of Italian side Napoli in 2015. “I think it is very difficult to play here for every team — not only us.”ADVERTISEMENT Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, centre, celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game against Newcastle, during their English Premier League soccer match at St James’ Park in Newcastle, England, Sunday Aug. 26, 2018. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)Eden Hazard was repeatedly fouled, shoved and hacked down on his first start of the season in the Premier League. On one occasion, he was even kicked off the field by a particularly crude challenge.So the Chelsea forward responded in the best way possible to being targeted with rough treatment: By scoring a goal.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins US Open ’18: On the clock! 25-second countdown’s Slam debut Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Still, it needed a stroke of fortune for Chelsea to come away with a third win, after previous victories against Huddersfield and Arsenal. Yedlin, who set up Joselu for the equalizer in the 83rd minute, stretched his leg out to block a shot from Marcos Alonso in the 88th and contrived to divert the ball into his own net.Newcastle has one point from three games.MITROVIC DOUBLEAs Newcastle stumbles early in the season, one question seems especially pertinent: Why did it let go of Aleksandar Mitrovic?The Serbia striker has been one of the most impressive strikers in the Premier League so far and moved onto three goals for the season with a double for Fulham in its 4-2 win over Burnley.He also struck the post with a fierce shot that rebounded to Andre Schuerrle, who tucked the ball home for the clinching fourth goal at Craven Cottage. Jean Michael Seri also scored for Fulham, with a rasping effort from outside the area.Mitrovic wasn’t trusted at Newcastle by Benitez, who was happy to see the striker leave for Fulham for a reported fee of $28.9 million.WATFORD’S STRONG STARTMany would have expected Liverpool and Chelsea to be on maximum points after three games. Few would have thought Watford would be there alongside them.With Watford beating Crystal Palace 2-1, it is only the fourth time in its 137-year history that the team has won its first three games of a league season, and the first time in the Premier League. View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

South Africa’s Laudable Example

first_imgThe South African Ambassador to Liberia, Masilo Mabeta, announced at the weekend that his government had decided to begin issuing visas to Liberians.  This is wonderful news because it will save our people the costly and embarrassing inconvenience of  traveling to neighboring countries to obtain S.A. visas.Ambassador Mabeta went to the Foreign Ministry last Friday to inform Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan about the S.A. government’s decision.  Mr. Ngafuan thanked the Ambassador profusely and under the same breath pleaded with the European Union to emulate South Africa’s example. It is hard to understand why the Europeans are continuing to punish Liberians with the humiliating, costly and time-consuming necessity to travel to neighboring countries for visas to enter Europe.If each European nation thinks it too costly to set up a consular section in its embassy in Monrovia, why can’t the whole of Europe mandate the European Union Delegation to Liberia to handle this aspect and save Liberians all the trouble, including time and  cost of traveling to Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Dakar, Freetown to get a European visa?In 2010 following a harrowing experience traveling from Monrovia to Accra and to Abuja in search for a Schengen for his scheduled travel to Austria and Germany, the publisher of the Daily Observer wrote an odyssey which was published in this newspaper.  It claimed the immediate attention of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bodo Schaff, who said he had immediately reported the matter to the Foreign Office in Berlin.  After reading Mr. Best’s odyssey, Ambassador Schaff did not only apologize to the Liberian people for all the inconveniences; he also pledged to work with his government toward redressing the situation.  Alas, the good, friendly and effective Ambassador most probably did what he could, and has since ended his tenure and returned to Germany.  But the problem remains.  If a Liberian or person or any other nationality residing in Liberia wishes to travel to Europe, he or she still has to go to one of those African capitals to apply for a visa.  In his September 28 and 29,  2010 odyssey, Mr. Best said he had first gone to Accra and the German embassy there told him to go to the Austrian embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.  He traveled to Abuja the next day and was told that he should rather go to Dakar.  He told them that that would make him late for the event in Vienna should he go to Dakar.  It was upon the kind intervention of the Liberian Ambassador in Abuja, Alhassan Conteh, that the Austrian embassy finally relented, and the Observer publisher was able to get the visa.Mr. Best, a born Liberian, could not understand why it caused him so much trouble getting German and Austrian visas when Liberia has been for nearly two centuries Germany’s closest African friend.  The Germanic states, Mr. Best said in his essay, became in 1848 among the first foreign powers to recognize Liberia’s independence.  “There have almost always been cordial diplomatic and sisterly relations between Germany and Liberia.  Indeed, before the Second World War, it was Germany that dominated the Liberian economy . . . it was German merchants that shipped Liberian produce, including coffee, cocoa, piassava, palm oil, palm kernels, pepper and other products to Europe and elsewhere.  Most of the medical doctors in Liberia were German . . . until World War II when Germans had to leave Liberia.  But following the War [long before most African states gained independence from their European colonizers] Liberia resumed very cordial diplomatic relations with Germany.  President W.V.S. Tubman and Conrad Adenauer, [Germany’s] first post-war Chancellor, were very good friends, and exchanged state visits in the 1950s and 1960s.  This friendship led to many, many Liberians pursuing professional studies in Germany in a wide range of fields, including Architecture, Engineering, Medicine, Natural Science, Philosophy, Social Science and Vocational and Technical training.  In the mid-1960s German industrialists, Eugene Plotzky, invested in the Bong Mining Company . . .  The German government built one of the biggest and most beautiful embassy compounds in Monrovia, which spanned Tubman Boulevard to the Atlantic Ocean.”We urge the EU and all European embassies in Monrovia to do their best to ease the pain of Liberians by pleading with their governments to mandate the EU Delegation in Liberia to start issuing Schengen visas in Monrovia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Memorial Service for Dr. Brisbane Today

first_imgMemorial service will be held today (July 29) for Dr. Samuel Brisbane, Sr., at the Geda A.M.E Church in Brewerville at 10a.m.Dr. Samuel Brisbane was head of the Emergency Department and Senior Consultant at the JFK Medical Center in Monrovia and the first Liberian doctor to die from the Ebola virus on July 26, 2014. He died at age 74.Dr. Brisbane was also employed with the Firestone Medical center in Duside, on the Firestone Rubber Plantation; where he spent a considerable length of his professional career, from 1974 until 2003. There, he served as an internist and later as the medical director until his retirement.The late Dr. Brisbane, was Liberia’s leading internist, headed the Emergency Unit at the JFK and saw most patients coming there for various treatments.He was buried at his home in Bomi County, less than 24 hours after he succumbed to the deadly Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more