MLAX : Syracuse defense expects challenge against explosive Villanova attack in Big East semifinals

first_img Published on May 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ John Desko doesn’t see this as a matter of life and death, but as an opportunity. Syracuse starts a new season Thursday with the chance to put its disappointing regular season in the rearview mirror.The Orange fell to Villanova 11-10 on March 25 in its first-ever conference loss. Now, Syracuse has a chance to earn revenge and extend its season.‘I think we can do better this time and it gives us an opportunity to get to the Big East championships,’ Desko said, ‘and if we win the Big East championships, we’re in the NCAA (tournament).’To do that, Syracuse’s defense must be ready for an experienced Villanova lineup dotted with aggressive shooters. The Wildcats’ offensive firepower beat Syracuse (7-7, 3-3 Big East) once already, and the Orange’s defense is focusing on correcting its mistakes to ensure the Villanova (8-6, 4-2) attack doesn’t repeat that performance Thursday at 7 p.m. at Villanova Stadium in the Big East tournament semifinals. If Syracuse wins, it’ll face the winner of the game between Notre Dame and St. John’s. The Orange likely has to win the Big East tournament to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament to avoid missing the postseason for the first time in five years.The No. 3 seed SU is looking to take two of No. 2 seed Villanova’s most formidable scorers, Kevin Cunningham and Jack Rice, out of the game by sliding early, increasing communication between defenders and keeping them from getting any easy looks at the goal. Back on March 25, Rice had two goals and Cunningham had three assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s defense has been in flux since the start of the season. Three goaltenders have rotated in and out of the net, the close defense line has two new starters in sophomore Matt Harris and redshirt-junior David Hamlin, and Steve Ianzito is in his first season as a defensive midfielder.All of that has led to a slow-to-develop cohesiveness for the unit. Without sufficient communication, opposing scorers have exploited the Orange’s defenders’ inability to sufficiently slide. ‘We need to be a lot more talkative, we need to communicate a lot better, and I think we need to slide a lot more,’ Hamlin said. ‘We need to have our two slides, and know we’re out there playing team defense, that we’re not out there by ourselves.’Freshman goaltender Bobby Wardwell, who has started the last six games, will likely get the nod in net. Dominic Lamolinara started in goal against Villanova the last time the two teams played, and the Wildcats took 11 shots in the first quarter, the most it took in any period in the game. Villanova will almost certainly do that again Thursday to throw Wardwell of his game and unnerve him early on.It’s a strategy Desko stresses to his offense before each game.Hamlin said Desko routinely tells his attack to take the first couple of shots, and make sure they’re well placed, and if it works the way he wants, the goaltender’s confidence will be shaken at the start.With SU’s season on the line, Wardwell will have little time to overcome early nerves. Villanova has 50 first-quarter goals this season, which is the most it has in any quarter by 13.‘I’d say I’m starting to feel a little bit more comfortable,’ Wardwell said. ‘The first couple of games I was pretty nervous, and then I kind of relaxed a little bit more.’Still, Wardwell is going to need help.Syracuse’s defense is responsible for slowing the Wildcats down. The unit has to communicate and slide to those shooters when they’re about to get an open look. Hamlin said it might even require falling into a zone defense, not only to force long shots, but also to confuse Villanova on the fly.Though the Orange typically employs a man-to-man defense, Syracuse fell into a zone at Notre Dame and stifled the Fighting Irish’s offense in the second half after some slow rotations in the first half.For a unit that’s still looking for consistency – much like the Orange as a team – the defenders need to reverse the mistakes they made in the first matchup with Villanova. That could begin and end with communication among the defenders.Keeping Rice and Cunningham, who have 29 and 20 goals this season respectively, from hitting the back of the net could be the difference between Syracuse going home for good or playing in the championship round.Said Hamlin: ‘The communication on the field is going to be the biggest help.’cjiseman@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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On 3-game skid, Eaves hoping for growth

first_imgWith his young Wisconsin Badgers squad struggling, head coach Mike Eaves is eyeing a turnaround this weekend.[/media-credit]Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves is looking for a transformation or “evolution” similar to what most kitchen tables probably go through over the Thanksgiving holiday.Eaves said is looking for his extremely young group of Badgers (5-8-1, 4-7-1) to progress from a team that is playing sub-.500 hockey to a team that can play at a national championship level.“Now we’re not [a national championship-caliber team] yet, but we’re moving toward that, and that’s where we evolve every day, every week because today’s efforts are going to determine tomorrow’s results, so we’re going to control what we can,” Eaves said at his weekly Monday press conference.It will not be easy for the Badgers, but Eaves said he is seeing some encouraging signs from his team despite the two most recent losses Wisconsin picked up at Colorado College over the weekend. The two losses extended the Badgers’ losing streak to a season-high three games.Wisconsin dropped the opener on Friday 4-2, although it managed to keep it a one-goal game into the third period. Saturday, the Badgers fell 4-1 after digging themselves a 3-0 deficit just 10 minutes into the game but played a 1-1 game over the final 50 minutes.“Looking at the video, we weren’t as bad as I thought we were,” Eaves said. “We had some major breakdowns that they capitalized on, but after the 10-minute mark of the first period, the rest of the game was even, and we actually had some excellent scoring chances and didn’t finish.”Eaves referenced Joseph LaBate, Brad Navin, Matt Paape and Brendan Woods as specific individuals who demonstrated an elevated level of play; he said having some of the youth on the team stepping up is exactly what the Badgers need right now.There is one Badger in particular, however, who is playing at an extremely high level as the season heads into December. Sophomore forward Mark Zengerle extended his career-high point streak of 13 games against Colorado College and has the longest such streak since Chris Tancill scored a point in 15 consecutive games in 1990. Eaves himself holds the school record at 21 games during the 1977-78 season when he suited up for the Cardinal and White.“The one thing we talked about with the team the other day is when you are playing well, looking back in time, the one thing you don’t want to do is take what you’re doing for granted when you are on an offensive streak,” Eaves said. “When you’re playing well, don’t take it for granted. When you’re practicing well, don’t take it for granted. Bring that every day because it’s a precious commodity, this offensive momentum that you have. Mark is on a great streak, and you want to ride that wave for as long as you can.”Zengerle and Eaves will be looking for the next man to step up in the coming weekend. Friday and Saturday will present multiple opportunities for Wisconsin to evolve as it welcomes Mercyhurst (6-5-1, 5-1-1 Atlantic Hockey) to Madison for a non-conference holiday series battle.Wisconsin swept the only series in which the Badgers and Lakers faced off in October 2004, but that hardly offers any insight into this weekend’s series. Wisconsin typically plays a “Big Ten” series against Michigan or Michigan State over Thanksgiving weekend, but as both those teams are ranked in various college hockey polls, a relatively lighter opponent may prove beneficial in getting the Badgers back to their winning ways.“Our scheduling is tough enough as it is,” Eaves said. “[But] the fact is we still have to win these games. It doesn’t matter if it’s Michigan or Michigan State; it’s a matter of going out and winning, and that’s our task this weekend.”The Wisconsin coaching staff began watching Mercyhurst on film Monday morning and planned on viewing more Monday night, but Eaves had little to comment on apart from brief general compliments.“They are well-coached, … and they play hard,” Eaves said. “That’s about what I know of them right now, … and any time a team plays hard, they give themselves a chance to win.”last_img read more

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Boxing: Manny Pacquiao’s 3 fights before Floyd Mayweather 2020 rematch

first_img 9 months ago Is Floyd Mayweather broke? Why is he coming out of retirement for a UFC fight? 9 months ago Katrina Kaif hinted at a collaboration with Floyd Mayweather? Read all details 10 months ago Mayweather replies to Pacquiao’s challenge, confident of victory Erol Spence and Terence Crawford’s names popped up too during the conversation. Spence has been out for a while due to an injury but Manny Pacquiao definitely has his sights on him. Speaking about Terrence Crawford, Gibbons said that Manny Pacquiao was never afraid of Crawford and the duo would have fought long back had Bob Arun offered them the fight. “Unfortunately Terrence Crawford fights for Bob Arum, we fight under the PCB banner, Al Haymon is doing amazing things for us. He basically brought the Senator back from the depths of almost retirement to where we are now”, said Sean Gibbons.Also Read- Is Floyd Mayweather Broke? Why Is He Coming Out Of Retirement For A UFC Fight?Boxing: Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao 2?Yes, the ‘Senator’ is definitely interested in fighting Floyd Mayweather again. The President of MP Promotions feels that the ‘real pot’ at the end of the day is Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao definitely wanting a piece of each other. Well if everything falls in place, Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is definitely happening. Raj Sarkar WE RECOMMEND 9 months ago UFC: Jorge Masvidal excites fans by challenging Floyd Mayweather for a 2020 fight First Published: 29th November, 2019 18:58 IST Last Updated: 29th November, 2019 18:58 IST Boxing: Manny Pacquiao’s 3 Fights Before Floyd Mayweather 2020 Rematch Floyd Mayweather is interested in a re-match with Manny Pacquiao but the ‘Pac Man’ wants to have three more fights before fighting Mayweather. Know more. WATCH US LIVE Also Read- Will Conor McGregor And Floyd Mayweather Fight Inside The Octagon?Also Read- Mayweather Replies To Pacquiao’s Challenge, Confident Of Victory COMMENT FOLLOW US Also Read | UFC: Jorge Masvidal Excites Fans By Challenging Floyd Mayweather For A 2020 FightBoxing: Who will Manny Pacquiao face in 2020?The Filippino is coming off straight with three big wins and he is aiming for something bigger in 2020. According to the President of MP Promotions Sean Gibbons, the ‘Pac Man’ is targeting Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter and Mickey Garcia as his next opponents. In an interview with Seconds Out, Gibbons clarified that Mikey Garcia’s defeat against Errol Spence was no shame. Even though fans claim that Errol Spence is the best, Gibbons believes that Mickey Garcia’s matchup with Pacquiao makes much more sense due to his size. LIVE TV 9 months ago Will Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fight inside the Octagon? SUBSCRIBE TO US Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is coming out of retirement in 2020 and the undefeated American agreed to fight his former rival Manny Pacquiao in a thrilling re-match. Well, Pacquiao is highly interested in the re-match but he has three more names on his mind before going up against Mayweather. The ‘Pac Man’ and Mayweather put up a great fight in 2015 and Mayweather was handed the victory by the judge’s scorecard. Pacquiao has been calling out for the re-match since then but now, he wants to have three more bouts before squaring off against Floyd Mayweather. Written Bylast_img read more

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Burnes strong, Hiura drives in 3 as Brewers down Indians 7-1

first_img Corbin Burnes pitched six strong innings, Keston Hiura hit an RBI double in Milwaukee’s four-run seventh inning and the Brewers scored three times on two weak infield grounders in a 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.Burnes (2-0) didn’t allow an earned run and only three hits to the offensively inconsistent Indians, who got just four hits. He recently returned to the rotation after a three-game relief stint and had his second straight solid outing.Hiura added a two-run homer in the seventh as the Brewers won the opener of a five-game trip and broke the tie in the all-time series between the clubs.Milwaukee is 208-207 against Cleveland.With the score tied 1-1, Hiura doubled home Luis Urías off reliever Phil Maton (2-1) to trigger the seventh, and the Brewers scored two more when Indians first baseman Carlos Santana didn’t stop Christian Yelich’s bases-loaded chopper and the ball rolled into the outfield.Milwaukee’s outburst came after hitting coach Andy Haines was ejected by plate umpire Jerry Meals for a profane rant. With Jacob Nottingham batting, Haines screamed toward Meals with a series of expletives that could be heard in every corner of the empty ballpark.Perhaps fired up by their coach’s fervor, the Brewers followed with a single and double before Santana’s costly misplay. Ryan Braun also delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the inning.The Indians, who came into the series leading the AL Central, played their 24th game without manager Terry Francona. He’s feeling better following surgery and a hospital stay, but the 61-year-old isn’t ready to rejoin the club.Cleveland’s offense remains hit or mostly miss. The Indians have scored two runs or less in 18 of 38 games.Daniel Voglebach got two hits in his debut with the Brewers, who claimed the slugger off waivers on Thursday.SOMBER SALUTEThe Indians flew the flags at Progressive Field at half-staff and a moment of silence was held before the game to honor Cleveland Det. James Skernivitz, who was shot and killed Thursday night while on duty. Skernivitz worked in the past on security detail at the ballpark.PAINFUL MEMORYIndians interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. can’t help but recall a tough career moment when he looks across the diamond at Brewers manager Craig Counsell.“Every time I see him, I remember him scoring,” Alomar said.In Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, Counsell scored the title-winning run as the then-Florida Marlins beat the Indians. Counsell hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and scored in the 11th as Alomar, the Indians’ six-time All-Star catcher, helplessly watched.“It’s a tough one, but I kind of turned that page,” Alomar said. “I’m still scarred forever because you went to seven games and you had the lead but at the end of the day, we have to move on.”TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: Starting C Roberto Pérez’s shoulder is improving. He missed time earlier this season with soreness, but team president Chris Antonetti said the issue is more fatigue this time and Pérez should be back behind the plate in a few days.UP NEXTAaron Civale (3-4) starts for the Indians against Brewers RHP Brandon Woodruff (2-3), who became a dad for the first time earlier this week.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 5th September, 2020 07:49 IST Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 07:49 IST Burnes Strong, Hiura Drives In 3 As Brewers Down Indians 7-1 Corbin Burnes pitched six strong innings, Keston Hiura hit an RBI double in Milwaukee’s four-run seventh inning and the Brewers scored three times on two weak infield grounders in a 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday nightcenter_img Written By WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV COMMENTlast_img read more

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Ladbrokes named as sponsor for Down Royal’s Grade 1 Jumps

first_img Submit Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Related Articles Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Down Royal racecourse has named Ladbrokes as the new sponsor for its first Grade 1 of this year’s jumps season, with the deal estimated to be the largest in Down Royal’s history.The race, which will now be called the Ladbrokes Champion Chase, comes as part of a six-figure deal between the racecourse and operator, with prize-money tipped at €140,000.Down Royal chief executive Emma Meehan commented on the new partnership: “We are delighted to welcome Ladbrokes to our growing family of key sponsors and partners and look forward to working with them over the next three years.“The most prestigious of our race meetings, the November festival, is set to be the biggest yet and, with attendance up 12 per cent year-on-year, we are anticipating a crowd of over 10,000 over the two days.”The long-established two-day Festival – staged on 1st and 2nd November – is the highlight of the racing calendar at Down Royal, and will feature the WKD Hurdle, which is said to be ‘the richest hurdle race run in Northern Ireland’.Nicola McGeady, Ladbrokes Head of PR, said: “Ladbrokes has a long and proud association with top-class horseracing and we are thrilled to be embarking on this exciting new sponsorship of the November festival of racing at Down Royal.”last_img read more

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Clippers pull out narrow win against Dallas

first_imgThe Clippers took a 100-98 lead into the fourth quarter but they couldn’t shake the Mavericks, who turned Nowitzki loose and took advantage each time the Clippers turned inattentive.Nowitzki scored 27 points and the Mavericks used a 32-8 run to steamroll the Clippers, who stormed back and got a 3-pointer from J.J. Redick with 34 seconds left to pull within a point.Redick scored 23 of his career-high 33 points in the first half.Matt Barnes had 25 points and hit five 3-pointers and Blake Griffin had 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Clippers, who halted the Mavericks’ three-game win streak.Samuel Dalambert added 20 points for Dallas, which had six players reach double figures. Dallas worked the Clippers early for 16 second-chance points in the first quarter, though the Clippers shored it up in the second quarter, pitched a shutout in that category and took a 72-62 halftime lead.Along the way, Redick hit 6 of 8 3-point tries and scored 23 points in the first two quarters. Griffin then began to take over after taking only four shots in the first half. He scored nine of his 20 points in the third quarter.It was a game the Clippers wanted maybe a bit more than most, because it would serve as the launching pad into a seven-game, 11-day road trip to the East that begins Friday in New York.“I think we lost to Indiana before we went on our last East Coast trip and we ended up 4-3,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You clearly like winning going out on the road. It’s a 6-hour flight of misery when you don’t win a game and you have to go out on the road. At least for the people around me, it is.”It’s the second seven-game trip of the season for the Clippers, who are 9-10 on the road this season. And they’ll make the trip without Chris Paul, who is still recovering from his shoulder separation.That puts the point guard onus on Darren Collison, who guided the Clippers to a 4-1 record in the first five games without Paul. Prior to this season, the Clippers had been only 10-10 without Paul.Collison is more aggressive offensively than Paul, but the Clippers have tailored their attack to fit Collison’s game rather than force the former Maverick to change his game too much. Collison entered the game averaging 18 points in the games Paul has missed.“We don’t want to take him out of his game,” Rivers said. “He’s more of a scoring guard. But what he’s doing, he’s playing with a great pace because that’s his advantage for us, his speed. “His defensive pressure has been absolutely wonderful for us so that’s a little different.. He’s shooting the ball well and we’re using him as a spot-up shooter at times even though he’s at the point because we have Jamal (Crawford) and J.J. and Blake that can handle the ball. He’s doing everything we’ve asked him to do.”Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle didn’t like losing Collison.“He had a good year with us,” Carlisle said. “He’s in a great situation here as a guy coming off the bench when Paul is healthy, he’s probably the best (backup) guy in the league. Gives great defensive energy, he’s a pest guarding the ball, he gets steals, really good rim attacker and his shooting and playmaking have gotten better and better each year.“I really enjoyed having him with us. I would have loved to have him back, it just didn’t work out that way.” When the Clippers hit the 70-point mark in the first half Friday against the Lakers, it was a runaway.When they did it Wednesday against Dallas at Staples Center, they almost had company.Then the runaway happened, and the Clippers were on the wrong end of it but somehow escaped with a 129-127 win.Jamal Crawford hit two free throws with 11.2 seconds left to give the Clippers a 128-127 lead, then Dirk Nowitzki inexplicably passed up a shot at the end and the Clippers captured their fourth straight victory and will take that on their seven-game road trip. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Dodgers’ SportsNet launch reinforces lack of MLB TV access in L.A.

first_imgIf there was a prefab flow chart to graphically represent all the blowback expected from the launch of the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. channel, connecting the dots on the rising anxiety levels are probably right on schedule.The caustic arrival of the Dodgers-owned channel some 11 days ago, still unavailable to any TV home outside of Time Warner Cable’s two-million Southern California subscriber base, may have been only temporarily sidestepped Thursday. Dodgers fans were able to execute an end around with access to a televised exhibition appearance courtesy of their opponent, the Angels, and ironically had it shown on the Dodgers’ former Prime Ticket home channel.(And enough cameras were apparently handy for the umpires to nullify Mike Scioscia’s replay challenge of Mike Trout being called out trying to stretch a Yasiel Puig misplay in center field into an inside-the-park homer).Two weeks remain before the Dodgers’ first regular-season telecasts, and grass-roots social media campaigns have surfaced as probably anticipated to counteract any of the #INeedMyDodgers marketing slogans. Roger Arrieta, a graphic designer from West Covina, launched one on his DodgersBeat.com blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts, punctuated by a design he created showing a fan with an L.A. cap covered in a blindfold under the heading: “Dodger Fans Held Hostage.”“It’s like we’re all being held hostage by billion-dollar companies, and as fans, we know it is what it is, we’re going to see our bills go higher, but why can’t they just get it done?” said Arrieta, a 41-year-old who saw what he could accomplish with his “Save the Dodgers” social media movement several years ago, when former owner Frank McCourt went into bankruptcy.Meanwhile, the emails from readers show confusion, consternation and concern.“As a senior citizen who can no longer afford to attend the games, I have avidly followed the Dodgers on television, and have been a loyal fan since their arrival in 1958,” writes Bill Waxman of Simi Valley. “I am not a Time Warner Cable subscriber, and I have found that, unless things change, I am going to be shut out from watching the games.“To the Dodgers owners who put this agreement into place, you should be ashamed of yourselves for marginalizing a significant fan base already shut out by exorbitant parking, ticket, and concession prices. You should be embarrassed for yielding to the clarion call of profit margin over accessibility. You should be disconcerted by not only the number of current fans, but future fans who will not grow up with the Dodgers as their primary team because your deal won’t let them come into the homes and hearts of non-Time Warner subscribers.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Janet Kirkman, a 77-year-old Charter Cable customer from Glendale, adds: “I cannot believe that I’ve already missed exhibition games. I have attempted to get ahold of Charter several times. One time, I thought I had someone who could help but, get this, she didn’t even know who the Dodgers were and didn’t know anything about baseball — only football and soccer. My hopes sunk.”And this, from people who have decided to take on a monthly cable or dish bill that’s comparable to a regular car loan repayment.Los Angeles may be the No. 2 TV market in the country with 5.7 million homes, but almost 750,000 of that (13 percent) continue to use antennas on their roofs or rabbit ears on their sets for signal reception. That is the greatest number of antenna homes in the country, almost 300,000 more than runner-up Chicago, and it doesn’t come close to the 270,000 that exist in the No. 1 TV market of New York, which has 7.5 million homes.Make your own educated guesses as to what areas of Southern California these antenna families live, and how many of them make up a loyal part of the Dodgers’ fan base from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.After 50-plus years of having a decent number of games available on over-the-air TV — 50 of them, plus three exhibition games, were on KCAL-Channel 9 last season, purchased from Prime Ticket’s inventory — there will be none this year under the Dodgers’ game plan.L.A. has become the only major market to not have over-the-air games accessible from its local teams.In New York, the Yankees may co-own their YES Network, but they also sell off 21 games on WWOR. The Mets, with their SNY channel, have 29 games on WPIX.In No. 3 market Chicago, the Cubs have 80 over-the-air games and the White Sox put 55 more on WGN and WCIU, in addition to their cable packages. In No. 4 market Philadelphia, the Phillies’ Comcast cable deal allows for 12 games on WCAU. In No. 5 market Dallas, the Rangers have 21 games on KTXA. In No. 6 market San Francisco, the Giants have 15 games on KNTV.The reason teams do it should be obvious — teams should not want to cut off fans who can only access TV games through the most primitive of means. These are loyal supporters who wear the gear and may actually attend a game as a family once in a while.Why alienate that contingency? If the response is that there will be enough Dodgers games carried on Fox’s national package, think again. Fox announced last week that as it tries to funnel more viewers to its Fox Sports 1 cable channel, it is moving more games it used to have on KTTV-Channel 11. The first Dodgers national over-the-air telecast isn’t until May 31. The Dodgers-Giants game on April 5 is on FS1.The same kind of roadblocks are forced when any Dodger game makes it to ESPN, including the re-boot of the regular season on Sunday, March 30 in San Diego.The notion of a “free” Dodgers game on TV any longer is a complete misnomer.True enough, the Angels have no more over-the-air games on their Fox Sports West package either. Nor do the Lakers go free any longer during their second year of buying into Time Warner Cable SportsNet. You can say it’s just the way of doing business these days.For the Dodgers, however, who are in the process of asking the L.A. City Council about stadium improvements or land development, how will that fly in the coming years? Will constituents in the council districts who don’t see the Dodgers any longer be muffled in the process?Arrieta, who says he remembers growing up as a kid in Southern California appreciating the fact he could watch Dodger games on KTTV, KCOP, KTLA and KCAL, is among the million-plus in Southern California who are currently out of luck with DirecTV. He doesn’t plan to switch to the Dish network, which has no plans of picking up SportsNet L.A.Arrieta lives in Time Warner Cable territory if he decided to switch, right across the street that marks a borderline from the have-nots of the Charter Cable region.“They’re telling us to go to INeedMyDodgers.com and demand it, but who knows what actually happens there,” said Arrieta, who said he watched Thursday’s Dodgers-Angels exhibition game on his smartphone via a Slingbox app while he was a work. “If I tweet something to the CEO of Dish or DirecTV, how do I know they’ll see it?“People on the blog and Facebook and Twitter are trying to put the blame on someone. To me, the blame is shared. But at this point, I don’t care. Just get the damn games on.” thomas.hoffarth@langnews.com@tomhoffarth on TwitterRECORD, PAUSE, DELETE Gauging the media’s high- and low-level marks of the week, and what’s ahead: THE FIVE-YEAR MARKKTLA-Channel 5’s run as the TV home for the Los Angeles Marathon enters year five with coverage of Sunday’s event (6-to-11 a.m. with pre- and post-race shows), and if station manager and VP John Moczulski has any input, the relationship will be a long one. “We were fortunate to get this race and we have no intention of giving it up,” Moczulski said Thursday. “We feel we’ve been part of the fabric of L.A. local sports for a long time, the ratings have been great and our sponsors love being part of it. It’s a little wackiness and a slice of life in L.A., and that’s what this is all about.” Derrin Horton acts as the studio anchor with Toni Reavis and Deena Kastor. Pac-Cam reporters include Andy Potts, Juli Benson and Ed Eyestone, and the course reporters include Gayle Anderson, Chris Schauble, Megan Henderson, Lu Parker, Eric Spillman, Mark Kriski and Chris Burrous. Some 130 production people and nearly two dozen cameras, several of which will hopscotch along the marathon path to pick up and continue coverage, are involved in the telecast, said Moczulski. “As long as there isn’t three inches of rain, which we had three years ago, and may provide good ratings for people who stay at home and watch, but it sure does make for difficult coverage,” he said.WINTER GAMES, TAKE TWONBC Spots Net’s live coverage of the inspirational 2014 Paralympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, go straight from the opening ceremony on Friday at 8 a.m. to the alpine skiing downhill at 10 a.m. The NBCSN studio show from Stamford, Conn., hosted Carolyn Manno, has a recap of the day’s events in a three-hour window starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. A highlight during the first week of coverage is the defending gold-medal U.S. sled hockey team facing Russia in the final qualifying game (Tuesday, noon). NBC will take the sled hockey gold-medal game to KNBC-Channel 4 on Saturday, March 15 at 3 p.m. Jim Watson will be part of the play-by-play team calling games involving the U.S., led by goaltender Steve Cash. The St. Louis native, who did not allow a goal in five sled hockey games during the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic tournament, was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right knee and had amputation surgery at age 3. The American roster includes two Purple Heart recipients: Marine Corps veteran Josh Sweeney from San Antonio, a bilateral amputee after being injured by an explosive in 2009 while in Afghanistan, serves as an alternate captain. Army veteran Rico Roman had his left leg amputated above the knee when injured by an explosive in Iraq in 2007.A TWO-FOR-ONE SWAPNot many Fox insiders would expand on who else was in the running for the lead MLB analyst role after Tim McCarver retired, but the announcement this week that Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci would be brought in starting on the Dodgers-Giants April 5 coverage on FS1 from Dodger Stadium didn’t seem to surprise play-by-play man Joe Buck. It only took one practice broadcast together in St. Louis late last year for Buck to say that “I can tell you literally, within five minutes, this was going to be the combination if my opinion had anything to do with it.” Fox Sports boss Eric Shanks said his choice of Reynolds and Verducci was “probably, at least in my time here, the biggest decision I have been a part of at Fox.” Reynolds said he will continue doing studio work at the MLB Network on weekdays, while Verducci stays at the MLB Network as well as writing for Sports Illustrated. Fox will have an assortment of backup teams with Kenny Albert and Thom Brennaman on play-by-play and Eric Karros as an analyst, with the possibility of John Smoltz joining them as well. A new studio team of Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas, Gabe Kapler, Karros and C.J. Nitkowski will also be included on the Fox coverage.ONLINE: More media notes on Tom Hoffarth’s blog: www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarthlast_img read more

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Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman creating a bottleneck for Dodgers, MLB

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Another big name had gone off the free-agent board earlier this week, when the San Francisco Giants agreed to terms with Mark Melancon. Wade Davis then went in a trade to the Chicago Cubs.With the Yankees having filled their closer job, that leaves the Dodgers and Miami Marlins as the two teams most obviously in the market for a closer.The Dodgers have an advantage over the Marlins in signing Jansen, who was their player, because they don’t have to give up a draft pick to get him. The Marlins would surrender the 13th pick in the draft to sign him.Whichever team missed out on Jansen could try to trade for Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson or Tampa Bay’s Alex Colome.Although the Chapman deal could accelerate some of the Dodgers’ business, there was still a decent chance the Dodgers contingent would leave the winter meetings without another significant move. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. >> The Dodgers offseason may be accelerating shortly.Hours before reports surfaced of free agent Aroldis Chapman’s deal with the New York Yankees on Wednesday night, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said the team was in a sort of limbo.“We’re involved in a few markets where some dominos need to start falling, and frankly I think other people are in the same position where they’re waiting to see what we do and that might guide them in other directions,” Zaidi said.One of those dominos was Chapman, whose signing left Kenley Jansen as the only unsigned prominent free-agent closer.center_img Which, Zaidi said, is OK.“There is plenty of time left in the offseason and plenty of free agent and trade options still out there,” he said. “You want to feel that we all traveled out here for four days for a reason. That’s why you hope there’s a free agent signing or a trade that makes all the travel worth the travel, but these things are unpredictable.”Balancing act Zaidi said a desire to improve the performance against left-handed pitchers has figured “pretty significantly” in the Dodgers’ plans to fill their voids at second and third base.The Dodgers had a major league worst .622 OPS against lefties last year.The good news is several of the players available as trade possibilities for the Dodgers should help with that issue.Second basemen Ian Kinsler (career .879 OPS against lefties) and Brian Dozier (.854) are both better against lefties, as is third baseman Todd Frazier (.828).Zaidi said the Dodgers preference is to fill those holes with right-handed hitters, which would seemingly make third baseman Mike Moustakas (.671 vs. lefties) less likely as a trade target.The Dodgers top choice is to re-sign Justin Turner, a right-handed hitter who was uncharacteristically poor against lefties last season. Turner had a .640 OPS against lefties in 2016, but he had a .911 OPS in 2014 and a .745 mark in 2015, his other two seasons with the Dodgers.“He’s hit lefties fine in the past,” Zaidi said. “Last year I think was a little bit of a blip.”Quick hits Former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, now managing the Marlins, has recently talked to Jansen and former Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, who signed with the Marlins on Wednesday. Mattingly said he didn’t try to recruit either, but to gauge their interest: “These guys know we’ve got a good young club. They know we have a good club and we’re close with that core group of players and have a chance to be a really good club, so you don’t have to sell them on that.”…The final playoff shares were announced, and each Dodgers postseason share was worth $123,741.24. The Dodgers awarded 65 full shares, 8.285 partial shares and 20 cash awards.last_img read more

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Keith Thurman ‘is in the best shape’ entering Manny Pacquiao fight, says coach — and aunt — Kimberly Doehnert

first_imgGetting fueled up for workout 2 with @yo.murph🔥🔥🔥@kimberlydoehnert #4weeksout #pacquiaothurman #keiththurmanA post shared by Keith Thurman Jr. (@keithonetimethurman) on Jun 24, 2019 at 4:22pm PDTWhat has made this camp different than ones in the past is that Doehnert lived with Thurman in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla. for all eight weeks leading up to this mega fight.“Training is a lot different when you have your coach living with you,” she affirmed. “There is a different dynamic.”While things can sometimes get hairy when family works together in any capacity, Doehnert says both Thurman — and herself — being straight up with each other fuels their working relationship efficiently. And of course, having known him his entire life as his aunt helps in that regard as well.“I just think he trusts me that if I tell him something, it doesn’t come halfway,” Doehnert said. “I don’t half-step. I’m pretty direct. But there is an element of family. You never want to hurt anyone’s feelings, especially family, but sometimes we have to go there. I think he knows he can with me.“Working with someone who knows you,” she added, “I could tell if something needs to be addressed.”Doehnert is a key member of Thurman’s team, which also includes fellow strength and conditioning coach Yo Murphy, physical therapist and movement coach, Eric Wilson, and head trainer Dan Birmingham.Doehnert’s contributions immediately paid dividends, starting with Thurman’s July 2015 clash with Luis Collazo. Thurman reached out to his aunt to bolster his core entering that fight; his midsection was strong enough to sustain a punishing left hook to the body in the fifth round of that clash. Although he nearly went down due to the vicious shot, Thurman overcame that adversity and made the rugged Collazo quit on his stool before the eighth round.“He really needed something else to add to his core training,” Doehnert remembers about being tasked to help her nephew four years ago. “He needed training for having to be strong for those type of blows. He felt like he needed different angles of strength added to his training.”MORE: Pacquiao vs. Thurman fight date, time, PPV informationWhile Doehnert handles all of Thurman’s meal prep and says that she will have “special meals created at the MGM Grand for him” to immediately consume following Friday’s weigh-in, she does get an assist from her brother and Thurman’s dad, Keith Thurman Sr., in the form of a specially concocted green juice that the champ downs regularly — especially over the past few weeks.The green juice’s ingredients include everything from Spirulina to kale, celery, a green apple, one lemon and half of a Habanero pepper to kick that extra sweat and toxins out of the champ’s body.“My brother makes it and he either brings it to the gym, delivers it through me, or brings it directly over here,” Doehnert said of the family effort. “We’ve also made it here in the house. That green juice is one of the things that he relies on. It’s definitely powerful when it comes to hydration and also giving you the nutrition.“I do all the cooking based on his activity level because that’s my specialty —competitive weight loss.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThurman touched down in Las Vegas on Monday after closing out his training camp on Sunday. One of his two strength and conditioning coaches for this camp vows Thurman has channeled the “One Time” power of old. Whether that translates to a knockout — something Thurman hasn’t been able to accomplish since July 2015 — remains to be seen.“I will tell you right now, Keith is in the best shape that I’ve seen,” Kimberly Doehnert told Sporting News. “He’s shredded. His overall conditioning and the way he looks … Keith looks like his earlier years when he first started boxing. He’s bringing that power and youth to the ring.”Those are precisely the two areas where Doehnert — and many boxing pundits and fans — agree Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) has an edge over Pacquiao (61-7-2).“Power and the fact that he’s 30 years old, he’s at the height of the welterweight division, height of everything in his life,” Doehnert continued. “A lot of things have changed for Keith over the years — he got married, family changes — so, there’s a different perspective.”To the former, Thurman downplays any notion of an edge other than being the only “One Time” he knows how to be. He does admit, however, that his team accentuate his talent and skills.“There is no edge. It’s hard work and dedication,” Thurman told SN, borrowing a line from Floyd Mayweather Jr. “Just doing what you need to do being a champion. The edge is being Keith Thurman. There’s only one Keith Thurman on this planet.“My trainers will tell you that I push myself,” he added. “I know what work I need to do as a champion. The difference is that I surround myself with the best and people who let me be me. I know what I need to do, I have the top trainers who complement what I’m already doing and that’s why Kimberly is in my corner.”MORE: Amir Khan claims Pacquiao agreed to fight in Saudi ArabiaDoehnert has been in Thurman’s corner since he was born. She’s not only one of Thurman’s coaches; she’s also his aunt.“I’m Aunty Kim,” she said. “Everyone calls me Aunty Kim. I do have a government name (laughing).”That government name has plenty of credentials attached to it, as Doehnert is an International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness figure pro and a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)-certified personal trainer with 27 years in the fitness industry. She’s also a U.S. Army veteran.This marks the fourth training camp Doehnert has been on duty for her nephew, as she has been strengthening the WBA champion’s core and flexibility with everything from weighted planks to kettlebell swings and band work. She also handles Thurman’s nutrition, as he has showed off on his IG account. View this post on Instagram (Kimberly Doehnert) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f6/cc/kimberly-doehnert_93c6h1za0yi41c1iwxtusme6a.jpg?t=-77844589&w=500&quality=80 Manny Pacquiao took to his Instagram account last month and unveiled an absolutely shredded physique, with an eight pack to match his status as the only eight-division world champion in boxing history. It’s almost as if the 40-year-old boxing legend — with 70 pro fights to his legendary name — has discovered the fountain of youth.Well prior to seeing that image, Keith Thurman already knew his upcoming bout against Pacquiao would be the biggest fight of his career. If anything, seeing a chiseled “Pacman” probably motivated the WBA “super” welterweight champion to enter the ring Saturday night at the MGM Grand in the best shape of his life as well. Doehnert’s vast experience as a personal trainer and pro bodybuilder only enhances that, as she compared the latter experience with what Thurman has to endure in boxing, when it comes to placating to the judges.“You need to know what the judges are looking for,” she said. “If you are not trained for them, then you’re going to lose. I’m a strategist and Keith has me here for strategy.”Her experience in the military has also been infused into the fight preparation.“Being in the Army, you learn how to work as a team and get results,” she added. “That experience gave me the no-excuse mindset.”There are no excuses for Thurman. The WBA champion had plenty of ring rust and survived a seventh round from hell before defeating a game Josesito Lopez by majority decision in January. He’s looking to prove the performance was nothing more than an aberration as a result of a 22-month layoff caused by elbow surgery and a hand injury.And then there’s the fact Thurman has done a lot of trash talking heading into this fight, vowing to punch Paquiao into sleep mode and retire the icon — something that has fueled the legend’s motivation entering this fight.Following the New York City news conference to formally announce the fight this past May, Thurman told SN this Pacquiao fight serves as the Mayweather fight that eluded him years ago. “There is no more Floyd and soon there will be no more Pacquiao.”@keithfthurmanjr is ready to put Manny to bed. 😴 pic.twitter.com/mHSb6u3yni— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) May 21, 2019Now, it’s time to back up all that talk. An emphatic win over Pacquiao would help cement Thurman’s fighting legacy and launch his career to new heights.”We felt this all along since he signed that contract,” Doehnert said.”His life is never going to be the same.”last_img read more

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Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here for this weekend:

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for June 13-15, 2014. If you still need garage sales advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck, bargain hunting! Follow us on Twitter. 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 (3) 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 322 weeks ago OK, gang, this is all you have to do. Write up your garage sale and submit it as a comment. Write as much as you like and you won’t pay one cent! Example: Joe Blow at 100 North New York Avenue is having a garage sale for the Wellington Citywide. We will start the sale at 6 a.m. and run through noon Saturday. We will be offering a variety of stuff including clothes, furniture and a beautiful hand-woven rug. We will also be giving out free lemonade. Call us at 888-888-8888 if your have any questions. Hope to see you there! Report Reply 0 replies · active 322 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mary · 321 weeks ago Sat. June 14th 8-12 @ 1111 South G St. Nice name brand clothing. Office type apparel for women S-XL and men L-XL (lots of dress shirts) Not sure if I will have a fall sale, so I have all seasons at this sale. Household items, lamps, chair, end table, snowmen decor, vacuum, TV’s, softball catcher’s gear with bag, batting helmet, bike, some baby items, books, magazines (Cosmo, Seventeen, Elle, etc) new hair flat irons, purses, bags, antique Ball and Mason jars, lots of other misc. Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Lori · 321 weeks ago Garage sale at 1812 Edgewood in Wellington. We will be open from 4-7 pm on Friday, June 13th and 8 am- noon on Saturday, June 14th. Lots of good stuff! Girls clothes size 4T-6 and little girls shoes, several toys (including a Disney princess castle, picnic table, Little Tykes car and dollhouse, misc. infant/toddler toys), kids books, miscellaneous household items, vacuum, boys clothes size 10-12 up to young men’s medium, teen/misses clothing, L-XXL men’s golf shirts and t-shirts, bunk beds, Samsung surround sound speaker set, 2 table and chair sets, and sporting equipment, as well as many other treasures you can’t live without. Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago 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 commentslast_img read more

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