A-Rod, Yanks Slam Twins, 8-4

first_imgNEW YORK — Before the season began, beleaguered slugger Alex Rodriguez thought the days of being adored by Yankees fans were over.Returning to New York’s lineup after sitting out a yearlong suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal, Rodriguez has restored his star status with a big bat.Having already surpassed the milestones of his 660th home run and 3,000th hit this year, Rodriguez connected for a slump-busting grand slam in the seventh inning Aug. 18 as the Yankees rallied from a three-run deficit against a depleted Minnesota bullpen to beat the Twins 8-4.“I thought those days were long gone,” Rodriguez said. “A grand slam feels pretty awesome and especially to do it late and to help us win a game.”A-Rod extended his major league record for grand slams, hitting the 25th of his career into the Yankees bullpen off J.R. Graham (0-1) to put New York up 5-4.With a 1-0 count, Rodriguez connected on a 95 mph fastball, snapping an 0-for-18 slump and earning a curtain call from the crowd of 38,007.Rookie Miguel Sano homered for the second consecutive game, a two-run shot off CC Sabathia, and Shane Robinson had an RBI single against Nick Rumbelow (1-0) in the seventh to give Minnesota a 4-1 lead.The win was Rumbelow’s first major league decision. “It’s always the way you want it when your team ends up winning,” Rumbelow said with a smile.Andrew Miller got four outs for his 27th save.Pinch-hitter Chase Headley singled off left-hander Ryan O’Rourke to begin New York’s rally leading off the bottom of the seventh. Brendan Ryan walked and, after Jacoby Ellsbury flew out to right, Brett Gardner walked to load the bases.Without relievers Casey Fien, Kevin Jepsen and closer Glenn Perkins, who had all pitched on three consecutive days, Twins manager Paul Molitor turned to Graham, a Rule 5 draft pick.“I had who I had,” Molitor said. “It’s not easy. Sometimes, the guys got to get out of their roles. You hope they can step up, and tonight, they just weren’t able to do it.”Rookie Greg Bird added his first major league RBI for New York.Pitching on an extra day of rest, Sabathia retired the first 13 batters before walking Trevor Plouffe in the fifth. Eduardo Escobar singled two batters later to end the no-hit bid.“I thought he threw a good game,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It seemed like the sixth and seventh, the innings started to get a little harder for him as his pitch count started to mount but I thought he pitched a really good game.”“If you look at the first four innings, I thought it was vintage, old CC,” Rodriguez added.Plouffe scored on Kurt Suzuki’s RBI double, but Escobar was thrown out at home on a perfect relay by shortstop Didi Gregorius.The Twins chased Sabathia with three runs in the top of the seventh.Sabathia pitched 6 2-3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits, striking out five and walking three.Mike Pelfrey worked into the sixth inning for the Twins, allowing five hits and one run. He walked one and struck out four. Headley had a two-run double and Ellsbury had an RBI single in the eighth.(CHARLES O’BRIEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

How Batman & Spongebob influenced Batshuayi

first_imgMichy Batshuayi Batshuayi: SpongeBob and Batman helped me sign for Dortmund Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:50 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Batshuayi SpongeBob Batman Getty/Goal Michy Batshuayi Borussia Dortmund Köln v Borussia Dortmund Köln Chelsea Bundesliga Premier League The Belgium international left Chelsea for Germany on deadline day in an initial loan agreement, with yellow and black influencing that decision Michy Batshuayi has revealed how Batman and Spongebob influenced his decision to swap Chelsea for Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day.The Belgian international striker was among those forced to wait until the final hours of the January window before seeing their future resolved.With regular game time denied him in England, a winter move was always on the cards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Eventually, all of the pieces fell into place as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s £55 million switch from Dortmund to Arsenal allowed Olivier Giroud to head for Stamford Bridge and Batshuayi to pack his bags for Germany .The 24-year-old is delighted to have got his move and joked with reporters that the opportunity to don his favourite colours was too good to turn down, saying: “I love black and yellow.”Black and yellow is Batman, black and yellow is Spongebob!”Batshuayi, who regularly refers to himself as “Batsman” on social media, has made an instant impression at his new club, having joined Dortmund on an initial loan agreement.That deal includes the option for a permanent transfer to be pushed through, and two goals on his debut against Cologne on Friday suggests such talks will be held.He has been taken to Signal Iduna Park to fill the boots of the departed Aubameyang, but comparisons with a prolific Gabonese frontman mean little to Batshuayi at this stage.“I’m a striker too, we both want to score goals,” he added.Batshuayi’s efforts against Cologne helped Dortmund to a hard-fought 3-2 win, with Peter Stoger expressing his delight afterwards at seeing a new recruit make a “dream” start to life in new surroundings.90mns, two goals, an assist & a great victory dream debut with @BVB #BatsmanBack pic.twitter.com/8qHKvlvSYa — Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) February 2, 2018 He said: “We lost an extraordinary forward. And what I already said was that on the last day we got a new player who has goalscoring skills.”He has not been getting much playing time lately and that is why he wanted to move and he wants to have more time on the pitch with us.”We needed such a player for our squad. That the game went like this is like a dream for him and for everyone involved.”It feels very good for him and to everyone so he can feel comfortable here very fast.”But I think we all saw that, independent from the goals, he will be an important player for us.”last_img read more

9 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: Chelsea quality was difference

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez: Chelsea quality was differenceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says Chelsea’s quality made the difference for Saturday’s defeat.Chelsea won 2-1 with Willian proving the matchwinner.Benitez said afterwards, “When you’re playing against a very good team, sometimes these things can happen. We made a mistake but to be fair, Willian was great and we had to make double effort. To be fair we cannot complain about what the players were doing on the pitch.”We made a couple of big mistakes with the first goal and the first goal after we scored but overall we were fine in a lot of parts of the game. Always I talk about the final third decisions. Willian or Hazard or Pedro can make the difference and they have.”It’s even more important now. We know that we have difficult games and we play against two or three of the top sides in a row. We have to get the points we want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photos: Braxton Miller Honored To Have Poster At Ohio Stadium

first_imgBraxton Miller running with the football for Ohio State.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Terry Richardson #13 of the Michigan Wolverines tackles Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Braxton Miller is a bona fide Ohio State great after his tenure as All-Big Ten quarterback and later a dynamic wide receiver.His status with the program wasn’t in question, but now he is officially in the ranks of the “greats” at Ohio Stadium, where his poster has been added.Miller and defensive end Joey Bosa are the two latest Buckeyes to receive the honor.Bosa and Braxton have been added into the Hall of Greats at Ohio Stadium. pic.twitter.com/7N9gVoNy3a— Not James Vogel (@Not_James_Vogel) August 31, 2016Miller is incredibly grateful to have his posted hanging at “The Horseshoe.”Miller proved to be a threat at every level of offense during his time at Ohio State. As quarterback from 2011-2013, he threw for 5,295 yards, 52 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. He rushed for 3,315 yards and 33 touchdowns, including 1,000 yard seasons on the ground in 2012 and 2013. As a receiver in 2015, Miller caught 25 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns.While his numbers at receiver won’t blow anyone away, it was his first year playing the position, and the team dealt with issues at quarterback, as J.T. Barrett did not win the job back from the up-and-down Cardale Jones until midway through the year. Even so, Miller showed enough to be a third round pick by the Houston Texans, where he now plays alongside superstar DeAndre Hopkins and promising receivers like Jaelen Strong and Will Fuller.last_img read more

Sibling love Hill joins brother in Columbus

Ohio State basketball is betting on the fact spectators will be seeing a lot of the Hills this season.  No, not the brain-numbing, MTV reality show featuring Lauren Conrad and her catty band, but rather the sibling duo of P.J. Hill, a guard on the men’s basketball team, and his sister Tayler, a newcomer to the OSU women’s basketball team.There are undeniable similarities between the two. Both play guard and took the number four for their jerseys.P.J. Hill has long been a favorite of Buckeye fans. The 6-feet 1 inches guard has made a name for himself by coming off the bench and instantly raising the team’s intensity level with a key steal or assist. This year, Hill is being counted on this season to expand his role.“Last year, a lot of teams got away with not guarding me,” he said. “I took that personally, like ‘you can’t shoot, you’re not effective on offense, you’re not a threat.’ So I took that stuff personally. When I get in the games, I’m going to step up and knock those shots down with confidence. I’m going to be an impact player. I’m going to be a threat on both ends of the court.”While senior Hill enters the final act of his career with the OSU men’s basketball team, freshman Tayler Hill begins hers with the women’s team.Tayler Hill comes to the Buckeyes as one of the most decorated players in Minnesota basketball history. She is Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer in high school basketball, boys and girls, and was selected as a 2009 McDonald’s All American. While leading her team to a state high school championship, she averaged 31.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.7 steals per game. She finished her high school playing career with 3,894 points. She joins a deep, veteran women’s basketball team that has already established leadership. “If Coach [Jim] Foster wants me on the floor, that’s where I’m going to be at,” Hill said. “If he needs me on the bench cheering my team on, then that’s what I’m going to do.”Rather than be daunted by the prospect of becoming another cog in the machine, as opposed to its centerpiece, she is embracing the positives that come with it.“I’m excited,” she said. “There were times when games got tough in high school when I had to have the ball in my hands at all times. I can rely on other players on this team, I can pass and screen away.”The pride Tayler has for her older brother shines through when she speaks of him. His non-traditional path to the OSU basketball team, which saw him transfer before his sophomore year from tiny Midland College, is a lesson to her in persistence.“My brother is my role model,” she said. “Seeing him work every day and keeping the faith that he has, I know that if he can do it, than I can too. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.”There’s a double meaning in that statement. Although the particulars of P.J.’s role in helping bring Tayler to OSU are unclear, his influence is not.“He was a big factor in this because my brother and I are best friends,” Tayler said. “Knowing I can count on him when things get hard was a really big deal for me.”Foster was guarded in his praise of Tayler Hill.  “She’s talented and she can go up and down the floor,” Foster said. “When you’ve scored 4,000 points in your high school career, how many times have you been on the floor with players better than you?”But her freshman status does not necessarily exclude her from cracking the starting lineup in her first year, as evidenced by the playing time given to Jantel Lavender and Sammy Prahalis in their freshmen campaigns.“If you’re a great player or have the potential to be a great player, room is made for them because they earn it,” Foster said. “We’ll find out.”When asked about P.J.’s role in recruiting Tayler to OSU, Foster was glib.“I would say that he’s not disappointed that his sister’s here,” he said.Junior center Jantel Lavender, the team’s leader on the floor, likes what she sees in Tayler.“She’s a great shooter, she’s a great passer, she’s a great leader and she works extremely hard all the time,” Lavender said of Hill. “Those are the attributes that you need.” read more

Football Keandre Jones to transfer from Ohio State

Ohio State junior linebacker Keandre Jones (16) tackles Tulane’s offense during the first half of the game against Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State won 49-6. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorFormer four-star linebacker Keandre Jones is transferring from Ohio State, the program confirmed Tuesday. Ohio State has not confirmed Jones’ destination, but reports say that the linebacker will transfer to Maryland. An Olney, Maryland native, Jones played in 32 games with Ohio State primarily on special teams and never started a game at linebacker. He recorded 29 total tackles with a tackle for loss: a sack against Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State will have sophomore Baron Browning, sophomore Pete Werner, junior Malik Harrison and redshirt sophomore Tuf Borland returning at linebacker. Freshmen linebackers K’Vaughan Pope, Dallas Gant and Teradja Mitchell will fight for playing time in the middle of the defense as well. read more

Opinion Barcelona needs to sell Ivan Rakitic next summer

first_imgWe will tell you the reasons Ivan Rakitic needs to be sold by FC Barcelona next summer, it appears that his time at the Catalan club has passed.Even though Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic is still one of FC Barcelona’s top players, we truly believe that the club needs to sell him next summer and we are going to discuss the reasons we think this is the best option for both parts.The Croatian midfielder is arguably one of his country’s most decorated players alongside Luka Modric, he was an essential part of the National Team that reached a historic World Cup final last summer that they lost against France in Russia.At club level, Ivan Rakitic has practically never stopped winning and growing as a football professional. After starting with Swiss club FC Basel, a young Rakitic was scouted by German side Schalke 04 and they could buy him for €5 million back in 2007.During his time in the Bundesliga, the Croatian midfielder quickly started developing the skills that eventually took him to the Spanish La Liga after Sevilla decided to pay a low €2.5 million to the German club and that’s when his career really started to take off.Ivan Rakitic came to Spain for a long time, and it’s been 9 years already since the first time he arrived.”Sería un gran sueño para mí poder volver a jugar con la camiseta del #SevillaFC”, dijo hace menos de un año un Ivan Rakitic al que ahora, tras llegar Frenkie de Jong, empiezan a ver en la Ciudad Condal fuera del Barça https://t.co/vNu2MesTBi— Carlos Pérez (@carlosperezED) January 25, 2019With the Andalusian club, Ivan Rakitic’s football really started to flourish and his last year with them was the perfect season that called the attention of major clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, and FC Barcelona.With Cesc Fabregas leaving the Catalan club after a failed attempt to succeed there, Barcelona’s number ‘4’ jersey was suddenly open and the Spanish giants were the ones who made the biggest offer for the player.They paid a reported €21 million in 2014, he came alongside Luis Suarez on the same season and he made an immediate impact. Since then, Ivan Rakitic has completely taken charge of the position as one of the most creative midfielders in the club.Since he came to the Catalan club, Rakitic has contributed to the club’s success and won a total of 12 trophies which include three La Liga titles, one Champions League, four Copa del Rey titles, two Spanish Supercups, one UEFA Supercup, and one FIFA Club World Cup.But the new generations are coming and Ivan Rakitic has already won everything at Barcelona, it is time for him to leave room for other great players and also attempt to leave a good amount of money for his transfer to the club that gave him everything.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Con la llegada de nuevos fichajes, canteras y malos partidos de Rakitic. ¿Debería el Barça venderlo y confiar en los jóvenes? pic.twitter.com/LDxEAT3CAP— Soydelbarca_ (@Soydelbarca2) January 25, 2019Even though he is already considered a veteran, Ivan Rakitic still has several good years of great football on his boots and the Catalan club should get a good deal for a World Cup runner-up who has won everything at Barcelona.Frenkie de Jong’s arrival is another reason why he needs to leave, his presence could easily prevent the Dutch young player to grow to become the player that everybody imagines he will transform into someday.The number ‘4’ that Ivan Rakitic wears right now is one that fits Frenkie perfectly, a mythical number at FC Barcelona that not any player can wear and seems destined to belong to De Jong once he comes to the club next summer.All the signs point to Ivan Rakitic leaving FC Barcelona, the only problem here is that manager Ernesto Valverde would oppose his arrival but the club already thinks that even the manager could leave soon if the results don’t come his way throughout the current season.We all know that the main target this season is the Champions League, Valverde will surely resign if he doesn’t win the title and this will leave the open door for players like Rakitic next summer.The player already told Estadio Deportivo that his dream is to return to Sevilla.We keep going 💪⚽️! ➕3️⃣✅ #ForçaBarça 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/xXXS8S84wY— Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) January 20, 2019Which club do you think could be better for Ivan Rakitic after FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Marijuana Control Board Shuts Down Frozen Buds

first_imgDestiny and Nick Neade, co-owners of Frozen Buds also had their marijuana handler permits revoked. They do have the option to appeal the board’s decision to the Office of Administrative Hearings. Peter Mlynarik, former chair of the Marijuana Control Board released the following statement in December: “The board found the acts of this licensee especially egregious. The licensee disregarded marijuana industry regulations and put the public at significant risk by selling products that were not safe, tested, or tracked.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has unanimously voted to close the doors of a cannabis retail shop in Fairbanks. In addition, the board imposed a $500,000 civil fine and ordered all the products made by Frozen Budz to be seized, both from their product manufacturing facility and from all retail stores that have their products. In 2016, Frozen Budz became the first marijuana shop in Alaska to be approved by the state marijuana board, and on Friday became the first to be shut down by the state. Story as aired: Audio PlayerFrozen-budz-shutdown.mp3VmFrozen-budz-shutdown.mp300:00RPd The board revoked Frozen Buds manufacturing license on December 15, amid allegations that the company falsified records, sold untested products to consumers and sold edibles that had no THC at all. On Friday, January 26, the board voted to shut down the establishment.last_img read more

Study to Resolve Potential Conflicts between MCAS Cherry Point Neighbors

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A joint land use study (JLUS) under way for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point on the coast of North Carolina will address a number of potential conflicts between the base’s mission and neighboring land uses, including the construction of tall structures such as windmills, the density of development surrounding the airfield, noise impacts from the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the use of surrounding waterways by boaters and commercial fishermen.“The JLUS process is fostering a good working relationship among the military installations and all neighboring communities to act as a team to prevent or curtail encroachment issues associated with the military mission,” Steve Player, project development manager for the Wooten Company, which is preparing the study, told the New Bern Sun Journal.The study is expected to recommend a uniform standard among surrounding counties governing tall structures that could present a danger to flight activities, as Craven, Pamlico and Carteret counties have differing rules.“We think that is probably a good step in the right direction as the Department of Defense looks at potential missions for Cherry Point down the road,” Player said.The study also will consider measures to limit development in accident potential zones near the installation’s runways, including recommendations discouraging mobile homes from being located there.“High density development is not a compatible use in association with the runways, the clearways and the accident potential zones that are immediately adjacent to the airfields, so we are looking at recommendations to reduce the density so that if an accident does occur, it would be less impactful,” said Player.The review will try to resolve conflicts between the installation’s bombing ranges and boaters in the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound, according to the story.“We are looking at suggestions and recommendations that would increase communication and decrease the conflict between the commercial and recreational fishermen and the mission that the Marine Corps has for those two air-to-ground bombing ranges,” Player said.The study also will address concerns about local infrastructure, such as the ability of area roads to handle increased military activity. Overall, the review is intended to preserve the ability of the installation to fulfill its military missions without affecting the quality of life for its neighboring communities.“We’ve been told that Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point has become a very desirable assignment for the Marines because of the quality of life in the surrounding communities,” Player said. “We want to continue to enhance those activities that make this a very attractive place for the Marines to come,” he said.last_img read more