Press bitesize: Harlequins (h) – Gallagher Premiership

first_img Heenan extends stay Pat Lam praised Jake Heenan’s consistency and leadership after the back row signed a two-year extension to his Bristol Bears contract.“Jake is a versatile player and has made some important contributions in the past two seasons.“His value to the team is second to none – Jake is consistent, a leader, and has huge respect from the players and staff.“After recovering from injury at the beginning of his time here, Jake has gone from strength to strength and established himself as a key operator within the group.“The more he has played, the better he has got, so we’re excited to see how he continues to develop and add more value over the next two years.” Raising the bar Pat Lam says Bristol Bears are focused on improvement as they prepare to welcome an in-form Harlequins side to Ashton Gate on Sunday (1pm KO) in round 13 of the Gallagher Premiership.Bristol are on a run of four successive league wins following last weekend’s hard-fought derby victory over Bath at The Recreation Ground – and although acknowledging his side’s progress, Lam has called on his side to raise the bar once again.“We’ve now had four wins in a row, but we’ve learned our lesson a few times already since I’ve been here: if you get carried away, you come unstuck,” he said.“We celebrate the win – it’s been 14 years since we won down there and did the double over Bath – it’s a reason to celebrate and acknowledge that and the work that went into it, but we then acknowledge the things that we didn’t do quite as well.“We were disappointed, after going 19-6 up, to concede straight away and then lose the chance to get a bonus point. That’s probably four games now that we could have got bonus points in if we were more clinical.“That’s us looking at the things that we can do better, but we have certainly acknowledged all of the good stuff that we did.” Strong end to the block At the end of a five-game block, John Afoa wants Bristol to sign off in style ahead of a short break in the fixture list.”It’s important to finish this block off well – one game left before a break. I think it’s important that we seal our place at the top of the table, in that top half, so we can come back in two weeks’ time and just finish the season.”I don’t think there are any more breaks after that, it’s just a run of games and they will go really fast. So, it’s important that we stay nice and high, put the pressure on and points on the table, but it comes down to performance and we’ve got to make sure we do that on Sunday.”last_img read more

Hela Wigman chairman urged to step down

first_imgRugby League Kemele Hela Wigman chairman Andy Hetra has been asked to step down before the start of 2018 Digicel Cup competition. The call for his removal was made known in a press conference over the weekend in Port Moresby stating his futile leadership in the last five years of his tenure as board chairman of the franchise. Former Wigman players Alfie Johns, Obert Hondale, Joseph Omai and Hame Laki have all joined forces to call for Hetra to step down. Johns said: “We have all joined forces to remove Andy Hetra from his role as chairman of the team because we believe he lacks quality leadership that the role needs. “He has made numerous un-wise decisions that have contributed to the downfall of the team. “One area that is of major concern with his management is the selection of players in the team,” Johns said. He questioned why players in the team are being selected from outside the province when the franchise has three leagues in the province where players should be given some priority for selection. “These are sanctioned PNG Rugby Football League leagues, Tari, Komo Margarima and Koroba Kopiago rugby leagues. “On top of that there are no trial matches being held to select the players. “This has caused frustration amongst the leagues in the province and this does not allow for proper development of players in the province,” Johns said. He added that under Hetra’s leadership there was no proper strategic planning towards the funding the team received from the Hela provincial government, ExxonMobil and Kroton. “On that note we are questioning the use of the money since there have been no financial acquittals to date, Johns said. “We are now calling on the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League, local MPs and the community in the province to back our support about the issue.” Hetra could not be reached for comments. However, a close associate to Hetra, said the chairman will make a reply in due course.last_img read more

Aggies get offensive

first_imgCOLLEGE STATION, Texas — Does quitting a job midseason count as welching on a bet?Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Josh Reynolds (11) makes a reception during the second quarter against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Kyle Field.Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Josh Reynolds (11) makes a reception during the second quarter against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Kyle Field.Steve Spurrier bet Kevin Sumlin $10 during SEC Media Days that South Carolina would have a better defense than Texas A&M this year. Each team had historic awfulness trying to stop offense last season.The Gamecocks came into the game 13th in the SEC in total defense. The Aggies were 10th. A&M rolled up 544 yards, while USC had 445.Perhaps Spurrier’s cell number didn’t change.No. 1: Elliott Fry didn’t get to kick a field goal in his home state, but did take over the Gamecocks’ career lead in PATs made and attempted. He topped Scott Hagler (117-for-118, 1983-86) with four PATs, improving his career mark to 121-for-122.First try, first win: It’s either something about Texas A&M quarterbacks making their first starts against USC, or just SEC quarterbacks shredding the Gamecocks’ defense.Kyler Murray started his first game Saturday and completed 20-of-28 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 20 times for 156 yards and a score.Murray did it a year after Kenny Hill led A&M to 680 yards of offense in the worst defensive day in USC history. He joined Georgia’s Greyson Lambert and Missouri’s Drew Lock as QBs who have looked NFL-ready when playing USC this year.Where is he runnin’: Perry Orth’s 66-yard run was the longest by a true Gamecock quarterback since Steve Satterfield in 1959. Satterfield dashed for 73 yards against Virginia.The numbers do not account for “Wildcat” QBs.Legal: The Gamecocks scored their most points (21) in the first half this season, and did not trail at the half for the first time this season.Still in touch: Texas A&M athletics director Eric Hyman, a seven-year AD at USC, wrote a thank-you note to Tami Springs Brooks when he saw the completed plaza around Williams-Brice Stadium. Springs Brooks donated the money to USC, and when Hyman saw the finished product (through pictures), he was impressed.“On behalf of South Carolina, everybody thanks you,” Hyman said he wrote in the note.Young Stad: Clayton Stadnik did not travel. With Alan Knott healthy and Zack Bailey having played, the Gamecocks had two healthy centers.Dozen watch: The Gamecocks have been bowl-eligible for 11 straight seasons. With their fifth loss of the season, the streak is being threatened.Red cross report: As expected, WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) did not dress. QB Connor Mitch (shoulder, hip) and QB Lorenzo Nunez (shoulder) dressed, with Nunez playing.DT Taylor Stallworth was rung up in the second quarter and did not return.last_img read more

One person dies. Another injured in a motorcycle wreck.

first_imgA Michigan man is dead following a fatal motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon along I-75 in Caryville.    Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Steven Ward outlines in his report that a 2017 Honda Gold Wing Motorcycle operated by 67-year old Patrick G. Romancheck, Sr. veered right off the interstate and hit a guard rail.  The report details that the impact on the northbound side of the roadway at Mile Marker 131 (near the train trestle)  threw Romancheck and his passenger off the bike.  Romancheck and 62-year old Patty Rees were taken to a Knoxville hospital.  Romancheck died soon after the crash while Rees remains hospitalized.Both are from Bridgeman, Michigan.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/04/2018-8AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Easy wins for Paradise Invaders, Rosignol United

first_imgParadise Invaders and Rosignol United clinched easy wins, when the 2nd Annual GT-Beer 8-Aside Football Championship, continued on Sunday at the All-Saints ground New Amsterdam [NA].  Paradise Invaders pillaged Hopetown-B by a 4-0 scoreline in a thoroughly lopsided contest. Olvis Mitchell opened the scoring compliments of a 19th minute strike. The lanky Mitchell, uncorked a well-placed strike into the back of the net, after collecting the ball inside the penalty area. Gavell Fraser then increased their lead via a 23rd minute conversion. The speedy Fraser raced away from the rear guard to latch onto a through pass, before finishing past the advancing custodian from inside the 18-yard box.  Not content with their dominant position, Paradise found the back of the net two more times in the form of Colius Saul. Saul opened his account in the 38th minute, rifling his effort into the back of the net, following a passing combination between several team-mates. His second conversion occurred in the 46th minute and mirrored his first goal, with Saul finishing off a wonderful build-up passing play with a superb strike past the hapless custodian.    On the other hand, Rosignol United secured the pivotal three points without breaking a sweat, defeating Mahaica Determinators via walkover. The event resumes on Friday at the same venue with another doubleheader. At 19:00hrs, No.#5 will lock horns with Cougars XX in the opening clash. In the feature affair, defending champion Georgetown Police will take aim at Hopetown-A from 20:30hrs. Complete Results Game-1Rosignol United vs Mahaica     Rosignol won via walkover Game-2Paradise-4 vs Hopetown-B-0Colius Saul-38th and 46th     Olvis Mitchell-19thGavell Fraser-23rdlast_img read more

Dana White pens ode to Khabib’s father after death due to COVID-19 complications

first_imgLast Updated: 4th July, 2020 11:37 IST Dana White Pens Ode To Khabib’s Father After Death Due To COVID-19 Complications A couple of hours ago, UFC chief Dana White took to Instagram and paid tribute to Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. “You will be missed Mr Nurmagomedov,” wrote White. LIVE TV COMMENT Written By UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, passed away due to COVID-19 complications on July 3. According to reports, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov suffered a heart attack in May after being diagnosed with coronavirus. Because of these complications, he had to undergo an emergency bypass surgery, after which he was twice placed in a medically-induced coma. His condition appeared to be improving in recent weeks. However, he passed away in a Moscow hospital at the age of 57 this week.Also Read l Khabib father death: Nurmagomedov’s relationship with father Abdulmanap and childhood memories: UFC NewsAbdulmanap Nurmagomedov was his son’s MMA coach and played a huge part in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s impressive rise to stardom in UFC. Not just Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s family and his loved ones, but major personalities in the MMA world were also in shock after the news of his death broke. A couple of hours ago, UFC chief Dana White took to Instagram and paid tribute to Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. “You will be missed Mr Nurmagomedov,” wrote Dana White. With the message, Dana White also shared a small clip from Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC 242 octagon interview where ‘The Eagle’ can be seen praising his father. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 4th July, 2020 11:37 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read l Khabib father death, Khabib father name: Khabib’s father breathes his last after COVID-19 complicationsKhabib father death: MMA world mourns Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s deathApart from Dana White, several MMA fighters and officials also paid tribute to Nurmagomedov Sr. “Just heard news about Khabib’s father. My team is gutted. We admire and respect both of them so much. Peace be with you my brother,” wrote Max Holloway. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s long-time rivals Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson also remembered Abdulmanap and showed their support to Khabib Nurmagomedov and his family.Also Read l Khabib father death: McGregor claims Khabib’s father’s illness is a ‘cover-up’: UFC News“The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated supporter of the sport. Condolences and rest in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov,” wrote Conor McGregor on Twitter. “My sincerest condolences to you & your family Khabib. Keep your spirits up buddy. Respect to your father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He will be front row when we hopefully compete someday,” Tony Ferguson added as the MMA world mourned the death of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.Image Courtesy: Dana White Instagram, UFC.comAlso Read l Khabib father death, Khabib father name: Nurmagomedov’s father in ‘serious condition’ despite beating coronavirus Adil Khan “Honestly, I don’t know why I have so much in my life. I want to say thank you so much, god, then wanna say thank you to my father. I also want to thank my team and brothers,” said Khabib Nurmagomedov after defeating Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Bundesliga Review: 10-Man Schalke Lose At Wolfsburg

first_imgTitle hopefuls Schalke 04 started the new German Bundesliga season on a losing note after they were beaten 2-1 by their hosts VFL Wolfsburg in a week 1 clash on Saturday.American defender John Brooks gave the home side a first half lead and that was how it stayed until Schalke 04 centre back Matija Nastatic was sent off on 65 minutes with the aid of the Video Assistant Referees (VARs).Goalscorer Brooks turned from hero to villain when he was penalised in the box thus paving the way for Algerian international midfielder Nabil Bentaleb to equalise for 10-man Schalke from the spot after 86 minutes.Last season’s runners-up were, however, not level for long after German striker Daniel Ginczek scored the winner for the hosts in added time.In the pick of the other league games, Jonas Hofmann (penalty) and Fabian Johnson scored within three second half minutes to give Borussia Moenchengladbach a 2-0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen.Week 1 Results:Hertha Berlin 1-0 NurnbergFortuna Dusseldorf 1-2 AugsburgWerder Bremen 2-1 Hannover 96Freiburg 0-2 Eintracht FrankfurtBorussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 Bayer LeverkusenVFL Wolfsburg 2-1 Schalke 04RelatedGerman Cup Recap: Schalke 04, Frankfurt Through To SemisFebruary 8, 2018In “Europe”Bundesliga Review: Bayern Edge Closer To Title With Dortmund ThrashingApril 1, 2018In “Europe”Bundesliga Review: Bayern Show Power Of Recovery Again To Stretch Lead To 21 PointsFebruary 18, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

World Series 2018: 18 questions after the Dodgers’ epic 18-inning Game 3 victory

first_imgAnd then Game 5 happened. In this one, the Dodgers forced extra innings with three runs in the ninth to tie the game, 12-12. With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Brian McCann was hit by a pitch and George Springer walked (and McCann was replaced by pinch-runner Derek Fisher). Alex Bregman delivered the game-winning single. That contest featured seven home runs — five by the Astros — six half-innings with at least three runs scored and only three full innings without any runs scored. Crazy.So don’t Sharpie Game 3 quite yet.18. Is October baseball just the best? Yes. Yes it is. Now, let’s look forward. Here are 18 questions we have after that 18-inning journey.MORE: Austin Barnes, Julio Urias becoming key cogs for Dodgers1. OK, so let’s start here: What’s next?Both pitching staffs should actually be OK for Game 4, believe it or not, as long as it doesn’t go another 18 innings. Porcello and Eovaldi are out of the mix for the Red Sox, obviously, but none of their other hurlers threw more than 28 pitches. Closer Craig Kimbrel is likely limited to an inning (he threw the 28), but everyone else should be ready to go. Drew Pomeranz will certainly have to make his postseason debut, which will make Boston fans nervous. “We’ll map it out tomorrow,” manager Alex Cora said. “There are a few guys that are lining up in my office to start the game tomorrow. We’ll decide what we’ll do and we’ll be fine.”And the Dodgers, despite their cryptic late-night tweet about the identity of their Game 4 starter — it was slated to be Rich Hill — are just fine, too, unless Hill is completely out of the mix. He seemed just fine in the clubhouse after the game, and manager Dave Roberts even talked about him in his postgame presser: “We expect Richie to come out with some fire like he always has. Like I said, counting outs, looking at the pen, we’re in good shape.”We’ll find out in a few hours.2. How important, really, was the outcome of that game?It meant everything. It’s a completely new series, with Boston leading 2-1.“If we don’t pull this out we might just be playing for fun,” Dodgers veteran David Freese said. “Down 3-0, that’s really tough. Holy cow. Just incredible. I’m really happy for these guys.”Think about it this way: No team has EVER come back from being down 3-0 in the World Series. Ever. But three teams in the past five years have come back from a 2-1 deficit: the Cubs in 2016, the Giants in 2014 and the Red Sox in 2013.Yep. Doesn’t matter how the Dodgers got to 2-1, it only matters that they’re there now. And this is a completely new series. MORE: 13 insane facts from the longest game in postseason history3. OK, so it’s a new series. Gotcha. What does that mean?Maybe not much, honestly. Just like being down 2-0 didn’t keep the Dodgers from climbing back into the series, winning Game 3 doesn’t mean they’ll win Game 4. You’ll read a lot about the Dodgers having “momentum” and things of that nature, and maybe they do have a pitching advantage in Game 4 if Drew Pomeranz is asked to throw multiple innings for the first time this month. But the Dodgers have actually been in a similar situation in the World Series. On the other side. Remember the 1988 Fall Classic? Of course you do. The mighty Oakland A’s were heavily favored in that one, but the scrappy Dodgers won Games 1 and 2 (thanks to a Kirk Gibson home run you might remember).Game 3 was tied, 1-1, entering the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Mark McGwire hit a walk-off home run off Jay Howell, giving the A’s their first W of the series. Finally, lots of folks figured, order had been restored. Win a game in that dramatic fashion and momentum will surely carry on into the next couple of contests, right?Nope. The Dodgers won Games 4 and 5 in Oakland and claimed the World Series. 4. Has Nathan Eovaldi thrown his last World Series pitch?The Red Sox sure hope so. After his Herculean 97-pitch effort in Game 3 — and relief appearances in Games 1 and 2, too — he won’t be available to pitch again in Los Angeles. Boston would love to win Games 4 and 5 at Dodger Stadium to wrap up the series and make Eovaldi’s next task hoisting the World Series trophy. If the series does shift back to the East Coast, the right-hander would be on three days rest for Game 6 and four for Game 7.MORE: Nathan Eovaldi has a game for the ages, even as losing pitcher5. Can we finally drop pitcher wins/losses as a statistic?Seriously. Eovaldi was saddled with the loss. Alex Wood, who pitched the 18th for the Dodgers, was given the win because he was the pitcher of record when Muncy hit his home run. That’s, well, stupid.6. Will Dave Roberts finally let his best players play?Max Muncy, who led the Dodgers with 35 home runs, hit the Game 3-winning home run (and drew the walk in the 13th that led to the game-tying run). Joc Peterson, who tied for second on the team with 25 home runs and hit three in the 2017 World Series, hit the solo home run that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the third inning.Neither of those guys started Games 1 or 2 in Boston, because they’re left-handed hitters and the Red Sox went with lefty starting pitchers. Peterson, at least, has traditionally struggled against lefties, so maybe his benching made sense. But Muncy? He had an .891 OPS against southpaws this season, and yet he still couldn’t crack the starting lineup.At some point, your best players have to play. Muncy definitely should start every game going forward, and Peterson should be in the Game 4 lineup, regardless whether Boston starts lefty Drew Pomeranz or lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. MORE: 10 of the most unlikely heroes in World Series history7. Where have we seen this Buehler/Muncy combo before?Well, not many of us saw this (I didn’t), but that pitching/hitting combo did team up for a win earlier this year, too. In Triple-A.Walker Buehler’s 2018 season began with a start on April 5 in an Oklahoma City at Iowa Triple-A game.The Dodgers’ farm team won 2-1. The deciding run? A 5th-inning Max Muncy solo HR.— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 27, 20188. Seriously, how amazing is this Max Muncy story?It’s pretty damn incredible. Let go by the A’s after failing in extended big-league tryouts, back to the minors for the 2017 season and then 35 homers and a walk-off shot in the 18th inning of a World Series game? “This whole year has been a surreal experience that it’s hard to put into words. But just getting a chance to play in the World Series has kind of capped it off,” Muncy said. “And then getting a chance to hit a walk-off home run, obviously there’s not many words I can use to describe that. The feeling was just pure joy and incredible excitement. That’s about all I can think of because it’s hard to describe how good a feeling it is.”MORE: Dodgers’ Max Muncy revels in ‘pure joy’ of walk-off homer9. Can we talk about Eovaldi again?Yes. Yes we can. Even the Dodgers knew something special was happening. “Just an insane outing by him,” David Freese said. “You start thinking about Bumgarner. I know I did toward the back half of his outing. Just crazy. There are very few guys who can pull that off.”Madison Bumgarner, of course, basically willed the Giants to the 2014 World Series all by himself. After his complete-game shutout in Game 5, the lefty came on in relief in Game 7 and threw five more shutout innings in a game San Francisco won, 3-2. Aside from one pitch to Muncy, Eovaldi was every bit as good.“Once Eovaldi came in there, if kinda felt just like another game with another starter going,” Kershaw said. “He did an amazing job.”His final line: 6+ innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts.“He’s putting everything together. The pitch mix, good breaking balls, good cutters, good fastballs, you almost have to be perfect in that situation,” Cora said. “And actually he was perfect. We just didn’t make one play and they put a good swing on it. But effort-wise, I don’t know, World Series, that was one of the best performances probably in the history of the World Series.”MORE: Ian Kinsler explains critical error that cost Red Sox Game 310. Is Walker Buehler now L.A.’s best pitcher?Probably, yeah. And that’s not just about the seven shutout innings he turned in, though those were impressive. It’s about HOW he turned in those seven shutout innings.Buehler, the 24-year-old rookie, was painting the corners with his 99-mph fastball. He was dropping nasty breaking pitches all over the edges of the zone. He had Boston hitters — remember, the Red Sox led the majors in runs scored — looking like Pawtucket hitters. “You can’t say enough about Walker. Just a flat-out stud,” Freese said. “He’s had the ball in some very meaningful games this October, and we’re very happy about that.”Some players embrace the stage more than others.  “I think that certain people can handle a moment like this and understand what was at stake tonight. And we needed his best effort,” Roberts said. “And we needed him to go deeper than their starter, log some innings. And some guys run from it. Some guys can’t answer the bell. But this guy, he’s got an overt confidence, a quiet confidence, a little combo. But he’s got tremendous stuff. And he lives for moments like this. So it’s good to have obviously him on our side. And the age is really something we don’t concern ourselves about. It’s kind of what’s in between the head and the heart. He’s got what it takes to be that top-of-the-rotation guy.”He is that top-of-the-rotation guy. Right now. 11. Is Eduardo Nunez alive?Nunez didn’t start Game 3, but he was beaten up by the end of it. Three times last night he wound up sprawled out on the field and needed a moment to compose himself.I asked him after the game how he felt. “Sore. Sore,” he said with a grin. “But we’re fine. Don’t have a choice. We have two more games to go, and then we have three more months to recover.”He entered the game in the 10th. “After the dirt ball, when the catcher ran over him, he felt he was in bad shape,” Cora said. “But like I told him, he’s like, ‘I’m not coming out.’ I said, ‘Well, you can’t come out. We have no more players.’”12. Is Jackie Bradley Jr. the best two-out hitter ever?Only seems like that. The defensive whiz tied the game with two outs in the eighth inning, with his long home run off L.A. closer Kenley Jansen. It was his 10th two-out RBI of the postseason, with at least two games remaining. Sandy Alomar Jr. holds the record, with 14 in the 1997 postseason.13. What numbers from Game 3 will stand out, historically?Take your pick, really. The game lasted 7 hours and 20 minutes, almost a full hour longer than any other postseason game. It went 18 innings, four innings longer than any other World Series game.But here’s the one that stands out to me: The teams combined to throw 561 pitches in Game 3 (283 for Boston, 278 for L.A.), smashing the previous World Series record. The old record was 482, set by the White Sox and Astros in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series, a 14-inning contest won by Chicago.14. Does Ian Kinsler have a second career as a pinch-runner ahead of him?Uh, no. The 36-year-old’s trip around the bases was, well, embarrassing. Immediately after he entered the game as a pinch runner for J.D. Martinez in the 10th, he was almost picked off at first base before a pitch was even thrown. Then, he slid past third base and was almost tagged out. And then, he was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a would-be sacrifice fly.That last part wasn’t his fault, though. The ball wasn’t hit very deep and Cody Bellinger made a strong throw from center field and Kinsler didn’t have much of a chance. But maybe the Red Sox save Brock Holt for pinch-running duties going forward. 15. Speaking of Kinsler, if things go south for Boston is he the new Buckner?It’s possible. Boston fans can hold onto grievances, y’know? And Kinsler had a nightmarish game. We mentioned the base running, but that’s not the worst part. With two outs in the 13th inning, Kinsler fielded a ball hit sharply by Yasiel Puig. If he makes the throw to first base for the last hour, the Red Sox win and go up, 3-0, in the series. But Kinsler stumbled and rushed the throw, missing first base by 20-something feet. That awful throw allowed Muncy to score all the way from second base, tying the game and sending us to the 14th inning. “I lost my footing a little bit,” Kinsler said, via Yahoo Sports. “I was trying to keep the ball in with a guy on second base, try not to let that ball go up the middle. I overran it a little bit, and then when I planted to turn to throw, the turf kind of gave way in the act of throwing and I just sailed it wide. I just had the last out in my glove and couldn’t get it over there. It was tough to swallow.”ARE. YOU. SERIOUS.Puig puts the ball in play, Kinsler misses the throw to 1st and Max Muncy scores to tie the game in the bottom of the 13th!!!— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 27, 201816. Did Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts get any sleep?Doubtful, unless they were somehow able to block out the memory of combining to go 0-for-15 as the Nos. 1 and 2 hitters in the Boston lineup. 17. Will this be the signature game of the 2018 World Series?Well, that’s impossible to know. Last year, we all figured — myself included — that there was no way we’d see anything more crazy than Houston’s win in Game 2. As you’ll recall, the Astros scored single runs in the eighth and ninth to send the game to extra innings, and then scored twice in the 10th to seemingly put the game away. Nah. The Dodgers scored two of their own to force an 11th inning. The Astros responded with two more in the 11th, and just barely held on for the win despite a Charlie Culberson solo home run with two outs that trimmed Houston’s lead to a single run.  LOS ANGELES — Hopefully you’ve had a chance to digest what happened during the Dodgers’ win in a marathon Game 3 on Friday night (and Saturday’s wee hours).And hopefully you’ve had a chance to read some of the great stories describing an unforgettable contest in World Series history.last_img read more

Caps vs Lightning, the first of the reseeding games for the Caps.

first_imgToday, August 3rd, the Washington Capitals, play Tampa Bay in the first game of the reseeding for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The game is a big one for the Caps, as they need the two points to start off strong. Defenseman John Carlson, is a game time decision with an injury. The game will be broadcast on NBC sports Washington, and also played on the radio at 106.7 fm. With a lot of the previous playoff games from this past weekend, being very physical, look for Wilson, Dillon, and Hathaway to make their mark and be aggressive. According to Tampa coach Jon Cooper, Tampa captain Steven Stamkos is not expected to play today. center_img Rookie, Vitek Vanecek, who was recalled from Hershey for the playoffs, is backing up Braden Holtby. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

NFL Week 5 Weather Updates: Wind, rain for Vikings-Giants, Jaguars-Panthers could impact fantasy start ’em, sit ’em calls

first_imgWEEK 5 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPPCardinals @ Bengals. Overcast weather could lead to some scattered showers during the game.As always, all of this is subject to change as we get closer to Sunday. You can follow me on Twitter (@KevinRothWx), check out the hourly automated NFL weather forecasts on RotoGrinders, or take a look at  WeatherEdge for updates. We’ve also added automated College Football Weather for those NCAA football fans looking for a little weather insight. The Week 5 NFL weather forecast has us looking at some possible rain and wind in places like Seattle (Rams-Seahawks), New York (Vikings-Giants), Carolina (Jaguars-Panthers), and Pittsburgh (Ravens-Steelers). As of now, it doesn’t look like any spot will be affected enough to significantly alter any fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions or NFL bets, but things can always change closer to kickoff, so check back for updates.It’s important to remember that rain and wind impact the game in different ways. Rain is always more noticeable, as you can see it falling while watching the game, see the players slip, or see a dropped pass that a WR usually catches, but statistically it isn’t as important as it may appear. It’s also worth mentioning that the defense has to run and cut on that same slick field, so while it may occasionally cost the offense a play or two, it can also give the offense an advantage at times. Wind is the opposite. It’s harder to see the impact, yet it’s statistically more impactful. A 15-mph wind isn’t noticeable as you watch the broadcast, but it might be just enough to hang a deep ball in the air an extra half second so the defender can make a play. I bring all this up because we are going to see both rain and wind on Sunday, and it’s important to know the difference between “looks bad” and “is bad”. WEEK 5 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerBefore we get into the Week 5 forecast, remember that if you have any questions about sports weather or how weather could impact play (and, potentially, your fantasy, DFS, and gambling decisions), don’t hesitate to reach out on Twitter @KevinRothWx or check our hourly NFL weather forecasts on RotoGrinders. To take your game to the next level, subscribe to RotoGrinders’ exclusive WeatherEdge tool and see how different weather conditions have impacted historical scoring.NFL Week 5 weather updatesRams at Seahawks. Kicking it off on Thursday with a game that involves a bit of both our aforementioned weather variables but not enough of either to scare me. Off and on showers are possible during the game, but it’s not quite the driving, heavy rain that would be a big factor. Wind will come in between 10-15 mph, a bit on the breezy side, but again not enough to really consider a threat. In 12 games with similar weather at CenturyLink Field, the total scoring has dropped just four percent (stats courtesy of RotoGrinders WeatherEdge), but that’s not enough to consider this weather as a major factor. Vikings @ Giants. This is likely our windiest game of the week. We should see sustained winds come in right around 15-mph sustained with gusts of 20 mph. That’s enough to have a minor impact in the passing and kicking games, though I wouldn’t say it’s enough to consider it a “must-bench” scenario for anyone. Ravens @ Steelers. Scattered showers possible. We’ll need to revisit this on Sunday, but if we see rain before and during the game it could tilt gameplans slightly toward the run. I don’t think it’s enough rain to fully disrupt the passing game.  Jaguars @ Panthers. Our best chance of seeing heavy rain. I expect this game will play wet one way or another, with a chance that it’s a real soaker throughout the game. Last week we saw Minshew Magic in some very windy conditions in Denver. This week he’ll likely get his shot in the rain, and at this point, I’m not betting against him. The game script would set up well for a Leonard Fournette-vs.-Christian McCaffrey ground-and-pound game if we do indeed see heavy rain. Update: Forecasts have changed and there figures to be minimal, if any, rain during the game.last_img read more