The Chicago Cubs certainly went about improving their baseball chances in 2015 by making themselves very busy during the recent baseball meetings. They have acquired 3 top producers for the upcoming season. They include Jon Lester, Jason Hammell, and Miguel Montero already. They are reportedly interested in Cole Hamels of the Phillies.Jon Lester is arguably one of the top 3 left-handers in major league baseball and is a proven winner. He was the most sought after free agent at the winter meetings. Miguel Montero was an All-Star catcher last year with Arizona and should add a lot of leadership both on and off the field for the young Cub players. Jason Hammell, also a pitcher, comes back to the Cubs after a stint in Oakland. While with the Cubs last year, Jason had a 2.86 ERA.They have certainly gotten the attention of the other members of the Central Division and many are predicting that they will be a contender in the division in 2015. Is the long drought over in Chicago?
By Ben DeatherageLEBANON, Ore. – After a wild and crazy winter, racing is ready to begin a brand-new campaign on Saturday, April 15 at Willamette Speedway for the annual Cabin Fever Season Opener.Despite having all scheduled practices rained out the 1/3-mile clay oval will host the Super Late Model, IMCA Modified, Super Sport, Sportsman, Street Stock and Hornet divisions in round one of the new year.With the new season expect to see the return of some familiar faces as well as some new drivers in new divisions. Having all six staple classes on the card expect to see a very good car count for the first leg of 2017. The road to the championship begins this Saturday night in gorgeous and scenic Lebanon, Ore., and you definitely don’t want to miss it.Pit gates open at 1 p.m., the pit meeting is at 2:30 p.m., front gates open at 3:30 p.m. and racing starts at approximately 6 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors, juniors ages 13-17 and military, $5 for youth ages 6-12 and free for five and under. A family pass (two adults and up to four youth) is $35 while pit passes are $30.For more information log on to www.trophymotorsports.com.Also, to note is that Willamette Speedway has discounted season passes and VIP Suites available. For further information contact Michelle Preston at 360-903-5785 or [email protected]
Australia got off the mark at the second attempt with victory in the Darley EBF Maiden at the Curragh. Asked to quicken over two furlongs out, the 3-10 favourite looked like going easily clear but in the end was driven out to beat Dermot Weld’s newcomer Carla Bianca by three-quarters of a length. The winning trainer said: “He is still very babyish. He was slow away again and he seems to go asleep in the stalls. We will take our time with him. He could be anything as the penny hasn’t really dropped with him yet. He has a lot of talent.” Second first time out after missing the break and losing lengths at the start, Aidan O’Brien’s beautifully bred Galileo son of the brilliant Ouija Board had flown home and was in the end only just touched off. Again a little tardy from the gates, he was quickly moved up by Joseph O’Brien to track the front-running Billboard. Press Association
The struggling USC men’s basketball team (10-15, 1-11 Pac-12) will take to the hardwood again tonight, this time as visitor in Palo Alto as they square off against the Stanford Cardinal (16-8, 7-5).Serbian sensation · Freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic has been a steady contributor for USC this season, averaging 20.7 minutes of playing time per game. He is one of four Trojans to have played in every game this year. – Tucker McWhirter | Daily TrojanThe two squads met earlier in conference play in a very competitive game that needed an extra period to determine a winner. In overtime the Trojans were eventually outpaced and fell by a score of 79-71. Stanford guard Chasson Randle proved to be the difference maker, scoring seven of his 17 points for the Cardinal in overtime. The Rock Island, Ill. native is one of the best scorers in the Pac-12 this year, averaging more than 18 points per contest.The Trojans will be looking for their elusive second conference win following yet another loss over the weekend to Colorado. In that matchup, the Trojans were abysmal from the offensive end of the floor, shooting less than 38 percent from the field en route to a 83-74 defeat at the hands of the Buffaloes.Senior guard Pe’Shon Howard was suspended for the Colorado contest for an unspecified violation of team rules, and sophomore back-up guard Chass Bryan started in place for him.While the team results have been disappointing of late, Trojan faithful can take solace in junior guard Byron Wesley’s dominant play. Over his last five games, Wesley is averaging 22.0 points. This season he is the only player in the Pac-12 leading his team in both points and rebounds per game.For USC to defeat the Cardinal, Wesley will need to have another strong performance. Additionally, freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic will be asked to have one of his better games. Jovanovic has been a pleasant surprise for the Trojans this year, averaging 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.The Trojans are 8-1 in contests in which the Belgrade, Serbia native has scored in double figures. In their lone conference victory, on Jan. 22 against Cal, Jovanovic had the best game of his young USC career, scoring 23 points and proving to be an immovable force down low.Jovanovic will get his chance to repeat his dominance over the Golden Bears this weekend; following the Stanford contest USC will make the short trip to Berkeley, Calif. to battle a 17-8 Cal squad riding the momentum of two straight wins.Justin Cobbs is averaging 16.0 points per game for the Golden Bears and dropped 22 in last month’s game against the Trojans.With USC’s current record, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament in March is out of the question, so the Trojans will have to hope for a dream run through the Pac-12 tournament if they are to take part in any postseason play.The Trojans have not made the NCAA tournament since 2011, when they went 19-14 in former head coach Kevin O’Neill’s third year at the helm.With only a handful of regular season games left, the Trojans will have to find some of their old magic to avoid a quick exit from the conference tournament.
Published on September 16, 2015 at 11:20 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer In the middle of a difficult 2014 season, head coach Leonid Yelin admitted that one of his team’s many issues was the lack of a high-caliber libero.The Orange (6-2) lacked stability at the position with three different players — Dana Crispi, Melina Violas, and Belle Sand — all getting looks at the spot.Now, that problem has disappeared. With Violas graduated and Crispi having transferred, Sand has increased her level of play and developed a stronghold on the position. She’s played all 30 sets through eight games so far this season and has everybody recognizing her advances.“It feels good that, you know, Coach has seen my improvements from last year,” Sand said. “And also my teammates, you can tell they feel more comfortable with me on the court.”Sand has increased her digs per set from 2.68 last year to 3.57 this year, which puts her right outside the Top 10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in that statistic.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRedshirt senior outside hitter Nicolette Serratore has enjoyed having a reliable presence in the back row.“She’s just a lot more stable this year with everything she’s doing, and it’s really great to be able to trust her as a libero and kind of let her take balls from us so that we can focus on hitting,” Serratore said.At Mabel-Canton (Minnesota) High School, Sand, who stands at 5-foot-6, was an outside hitter. She recognized that she was too short to continue playing the position and decided to become a libero, a position that she had always wanted to play anyway.After walking on to the team, Sand had to learn an entirely new position at a much higher level of play.“Going from high school to this level is a huge leap. I mean, balls are hit harder and they’re coming faster at you,” Sand said.There was a big learning curve for Sand, and she started slowly at the beginning of last season. She eventually received more playing time toward the end of the year. She credits last year’s opportunities, as well as a spring training session that focused heavily on defense, as key reasons for her improvements this season.“At any position you’ll play, if you play it enough during practice and stuff, you’ll become a lot more comfortable with it,” Sand said. “And like last year, last year I was getting used to the position and just this year, it feels way more comfortable then it did last year.”Sand was also quick to heap praise on the rest of her teammates, noting that strong chemistry between the entire back row has helped her — and the team — improve the level of play.Senior setter Gosia Wlaszczuk has also noticed Sand’s improvements from last season.“She’s way better than last season. I think she’s way more confident, which she needed, because in the beginning, you know, she was a freshman, and she was competing for her spot with a senior, which might be overwhelming,” said Wlaszczuk.The Orange will play three games at home this upcoming weekend — its first home matches of the season — before starting ACC play next Friday, Sept. 25th.Sand knows that in order to maintain her role as the lead libero — and help the team maintain its strong start to the season — she’s going to have to continue to improve.“As a defensive specialist you just want to be the loudest on the court. You control the back row, you control the defense, like that is your job to do that,” Sand said.“I just gotta improve on that that and keep getting better everyday.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 24, 2017 at 7:19 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Syracuse (6-5) couldn’t produce on Friday as it lost back-to-back games to No. 3 Florida and Liberty in the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida.The Orange faced No. 3 Florida (12-1) in the first game, losing 2-0. The Gators previously ranked No. 1 in the country before suffering a 4-2 loss against Maryland. UofF pitchers Aleshia Ocasio (2-0) and Kelly Barnhill shut out the Orange. Barnhill struck out seven in two and two-thirds innings. Alexa Romero (3-2) was in the circle for Syracuse, allowing only five hits in five innings. But she gave up seven walks to Florida.The Orange struggled to get anyone on base, for no one on the team drew a walk and Rachel Burkhardt, who pinch hit, was the only Syracuse player to not strike out.The offense continued to struggle against Liberty (6-4) in a 3-1 loss. Julia DiMartino shut down the Orange for four innings of relief, allowing only three hits. The Orange wound up with eight hits and drew four walks, but they left 12 runners on base.SU junior right-hander AnnaMarie Gatti had little defensive support, as the Orange committed three errors, resulting in two unearned runs. Faith Cain and Hannah Dossett were the only Orange players to consistently reach base, as they both had two hits and drew a walk.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange plays an exhibition against the Czech Republic National Team on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. Then SU faces Lehigh at 5:45 p.m. Comments
Trainer Colm Murphy has announced he is to retire.The Wexford based trainer who worked with many grade one winners including Big Zeb and Brave Inca told the Press Association it’s something he’d been thinking about for a while.Murphy added after a few difficult years, his accountancy background told him they just can’t make it pay any more.
NEW YORK – Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American/Jamaican actress Kerry Washington will be honored with an ‘Artistic Achievement Award’ at Jamaica’s 57th Independence Black Tie Gala, slated for the Hilton Westchester Hotel, Rye, New York on August 10, 2019.Daughter of Jamaican motherBorn in New York City to parents Valerie (Moss) from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica and Earl Washington, from South Carolina.Kerry’s career took flight in 2004 when she appeared as Della Bea Robinson, the wife of musician Ray Charles, in the biopic Ray. She won “Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture” for Ray at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005.Washington is best known for her portrayal of Olivia Pope in the ABC TV drama ‘Scandal’ – that has earned her several Emmy, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe nominations – and for her portrayal of lawyer/academic Anita Hill in the 2016 HBO film ‘Confirmation,’ which she executive produced under the banner of her production company Simpson Street.In 2018, Washington starred on Broadway in ‘American Son,’ which has since been shot as a movie and will premiere on Netflix in Fall of 2019. Washington serves as executive producer.She also recently appeared in ABC’s live presentation of ‘The Jeffersons’ as Helen Willis alongside Wanda Sykes, Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx and is currently in production on ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ for Hulu, which she and Reese Witherspoon both executive produce and star in.“We are extremely proud to honor the talented Kerry Washington at our Jamaica Independence Gala” said event Chairman/Producer Sephron Mair.“Kerry is an outstanding actress and movie director and is the first woman of color to headline a network TV drama since 1974, when she starred in Scandal. In 2013 she was ranked #2 on the 100 Most Beautiful People list by People Magazine” he added.The Black Tie Gala – Jamaica’s marquee Independence celebration in New York – is being held under the distinguish patronage of the Minister of Tourism, the Hon Edmund Bartlett, who will bring greeting on behalf of Jamaica.Also in attendance and acting as ‘Brand Ambassador’ will be the Hon Lisa Hanna, MP and 1993 Miss World winner.The Keynote Address will be delivered by United States Federal Judge, the Hon. Norman Hemming. The event will be attended by over 1,000 celebrants under the theme ‘Celebrating Brand Jamaica.’Part proceeds from the Gala will be donated to Food for the Poor, Jamaica (FFP), the largest charity organization in Jamaica and Food For The Poor Inc., located in Florida, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States.
Major League Soccer side, New York Red Bulls are interested in signing Ghana forward Samuel Tetteh.Tetteh has spent the last three seasons on loan at Austrian outfit LASK Linz but returned to his parent club Red Bull Salzburg following the expiration of his loan deal at the end of the season.New York Red Bull, a subsidiary of the Red Bull football clubs around the world, are keen on taking the Ghana international to the US where several Ghanaian internationals are already enjoying significant success.He scored 7 goals in 29 appearances for LASK Linz last season.Citi Sports understands New York will make an offer to Salzburg in the coming weeks.
No longer considered an afterthought, the U.S. is now an established power on the World Juniors circuit and are once again medal contenders, opening the tournament behind only Canada’s gold-medal odds. Here’s everything to know about the tournament, including how to watch live games in the United States and a complete schedule with updated scores and standings.Team USA’s schedule and results at World JuniorsThe format for the 2020 World Junior Championship consists of two groups of five teams playing a preliminary round-robin to determine seeding followed by a single-elimination tournament. The United States drew Group B, which also includes Canada, Germany, Russia and the host country, the Czech Republic. DateOpponentResultTV infoDec. 26CanadaL, 6-41 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)Dec. 27GermanyW, 6-31 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)Dec. 29RussiaW, 3-11 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)Dec. 30Czech RepublicW, 4-3 (OT)1 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)Jan. 2QF: vs. FinlandL, 1-011:30 a.m. (NHLN, TSN)(All times Eastern)How to watch USA games live onlineIn the United States, World Junior Championship games are only available on NHL Network, which has plans to televise 20 live games. Stephen Nelson will provide the play-by-play for each Team USA game and will be joined by analyst Dave Starman and reporter Jill Savage.WORLD JUNIORS: Team-by-team guide | 20 players to watch | Five storylinesTeam USA’s 2020 World Juniors rosterThis year’s squad is built around goaltending and goal scoring. Florida Panthers 2019 draft pick Spencer Knight is expected to be between the pipes while the likes of Trevor Zegras (ANA), Cole Caufield (MTL) and Oliver Wahlstrom (NYI) will be relied on to put points on the board. Team USA’s defense isn’t too shabby either as team captain Mattias Samuelsson (BUF) and New York Rangers prospect, and assistant captain, K’Andre Miller will man the blue line.Name2019-20 teamNHL rightsJohn BeecherMichigan (Big Ten)BruinsBobby BrinkDenver (NCHC)FlyersCole CaufieldWisconsin (Big Ten)CanadiensJack DruryHarvard (ECAC)HurricanesParker FordProvidence (HEA)2020 draftCurtis HallYale (ECACBruinsArthur KaliyevHamilton (OHL)KingsShane PintoNorth Dakota (NCHC)SenatorsJacob PivonkaNotre Dame (Big Ten)IslandersNick RobertsonPeterborough PetesMaple LeafsAlex TurcotteWisconsin (Big Ten)KingsOliver WahlstromBridgeport (AHL)IslandersTrevor ZegrasBoston University (HEA)DucksDEFENSEMENName2019-20 teamNHL rightsTy EmbersonWisconsin (Big Ten)CoyotesJordan HarrisNortheastern (HEA)CanadiensZac JonesUMass-Amherst (HAE)RangersK’Andre MillerWisconsin (Big Ten)RangersMattias SamuelssonWestern Michigan (NCHC)SabresSpencer StastneyNotre Dame (Big Ten)PredatorsCam YorkMichiganFlyersGOALIESName2019-20 teamNHL rightsSpencer KnightBoston College (HEA)PanthersIsaiah SavilleNebraska Omaha (NCHC)Golden KnightsDustin WolfEverett Silvertips (WHL)FlamesWJC 2020: Dustin Wolf making a name for himselfWorld Junior Championship standingsGROUP A TeamWinsLossesOTLPoints1. Sweden400112. Switzerland31093. Finland21174. Slovakia13035. Kazakhstan0400GROUP BTeamWinsLossesOTLPoints1. Canada31092. USA31083. Russia22064. Czech Republic12145. Germany1303Wins in regulation = 3 pointsOvertime win = 2 pointsOvertime loss = 1 pointFull World Junior Championship scheduleTHURSDAY, DEC. 26Switzerland 5, Kazakhstan 3 9 a.m.TSN 1/3Czech Republic 4, Russia 39 a.m.TSN 4/5, NHLNSweden 3, Finland 2 (OT)1 p.m.TSN3Canada 6, United States 41 p.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNFRIDAY, DEC. 27Slovakia 3, Kazakhstan 19 a.m.TSN, NHLNGermany 3, United States 61 p.m.TSN 1/3/4, NHLNSATURDAY, DEC. 28Finland 8, Slovakia 19 a.m.TSN 1/3, NHLNCzech Republic 3, Germany 49 a.m.TSN 4/5Switzerland 2, Sweden 51 p.m.TSN3Russia 6, Canada 01 p.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNSUNDAY, DEC. 29Kazakhstan 1, Finland 79 a.m.TSN 3/4/5, NHLNUnited States 3, Russia 11 p.m.TSN 4/5, NHLNMONDAY, DEC. 30Kazakhstan 2, Sweden 69 a.m.TSN3Germany 1, Canada 49 a.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNSlovakia 2, Switzerland 71 p.m.TSN 1/3United States 4, Czech Republic 3 (OT)1 p.m.TSN 4/5, NHLNTUESDAY, DEC. 31Sweden 6, Slovakia 29 a.m.TSN 1/3, NHLNRussia 6, Germany 19 a.m.TSN 4/5Finland 2, Switzerland 51 p.m.TSN3Canada 7, Czech Republic 21 p.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNTHURSDAY, JAN. 2QF: Switzerland 1, Russia 36:30 a.m.TSN, NHLNQF: Canada 6, Slovakia 19 a.m.TSN, NHLNQF: USA 0, Finland 111:30 a.m.TSN, NHLNQF: Sweden 5, Czech Republic 02 p.m.TSN, NHLNSATURDAY, JAN. 4SF: Sweden 4, Russia 5 (OT)9 a.m.TSN, NHLNSF: Canada 5, Finland 01 p.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNSUNDAY, JAN. 5Relegation game: Germany 6, Kazakhstan 05 a.m. Bronze medal game: Sweden 3, Finland 29 a.m.TSN, NHLNGold-medal game: Russia vs. Canada1 p.m.TSN, NHLN(All times Eastern) The United States enters the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic having medalled in four consecutive tournaments for the first time in program history.Last year, Team USA lost in the gold medal game to Finland after mounting a comeback before allowing Kaapo Kakko to net the game-winner with under two minutes remaining. It marked the 12th medal for the Americans and the second silver medal in the country’s history at the tournament.