SAN JOSE — This was the moment that had everyone inside SAP Center holding their breath.The Sharks, holding a two-goal lead in the third period of Game 5 against the Vegas Golden Knights, just saw Jon Marchessault score a power play goal to cut the difference to one. The Golden Knights are a team that knows how to capitalize on opportunities, and the Sharks knew their opponents would work to create more.Less than a minute later, William Karlsson picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and …
After scripting India’s success story in the international cricket, its former South African coach Gary Kirsten has been busy repeating the show for his home team. Even as Team India continue to miss Guru Gary post their ICC World Cup 2011 feat, the wily coach has now scripted unprecedented success by guiding the South Africans to the summit in all three formats of the game.South Africa’s crushing 80-run win over England on Tuesday’s ODI helped the team stamp their supremacy by becoming the first to hold the No 1 ranking in all 3 formats.South Africa’s historic triumph is a testament to the magic of the man who first steered the Indians to the summit in Tests and One Day Internationals (ODIs) before returning to his home team to guide his very own to unparalleled history.Under the able guidance of Kirsten, the South Africans have clearly looked a class apart — solid and clinical — raising the bar in all formats. His crystal clear mantra and behind the scenes approach has powered the Proteas to some fantastic wins in Tests, ODIs and Twenty-20s in the last 12 months. Their performances highlight South Africa’s dominance.Understandably, South Africa’s skipper in the shorter formats A.B. De Villers was delighted at his team’s remarkable achievement. He, however, insisted that the ranking game was a mere bonus for the side and not their primary goal.In the past, the South Africans have had the infamous tag of chokers. However, Kirsten as their coach has managed to instil in his boys some much-needed self-belief and intent to be all-conquering. These proved to be the factors that helped South Africa scale the summit of Test cricket, ODIs and T20s.Packed with an array of match winners and a quality support staff, the Proteas have truly emerged as the team to beat.South African Test captain Graeme Smith said earlier this month: “I am proud of each guy (in the team). I think there was contribution across the board. There wasn’t just one or two individuals that carried us. Everyone stepped up when they needed to.”From following tried and tested methods to adopting the extreme, Kirsten has shown willingness to go beyond the obvious to guide his team to the peak. While the potent Proteas unit might have scripted history in England, their coach can certainly be trusted that he would not rest until he guides his men to World Cup glory come 2015 down under.advertisement
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico expressed his happiness with Marinerang Pilipina’s commitment to the league with the club also fielding a sister team in the PBA D-League.“It relay feels good to know that the PSL continues to grow,” said Juico, who is also a former chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission and the president of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association.“From only having six teams in 2013, we now have nine teams who are all committed to win and be competitive,” added Juico. “This growth shows the level of confidence team owners are putting on us.”Montero said that Marinerang Pilipina’s inclusion in the PSL isn’t a one-time thing.“Just like other teams, our goal is also to win a championship,” said Montero. “We will be very patient because we know that winning in a competitive league such as the PSL is not an overnight process.”ADVERTISEMENT “Just like any new team, our goal is to be competitive right away,” said Montero who once played for University of the Philippines in the UAAP before transitioning to RC Cola-Air Force in the early years of the PSL.Heading the team from the sidelines is coach Vilet Ponce-de Leon, who once steered Foton to the 2016 Grand Prix title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Coach Vilet is a champion coach here in the PSL, we believe that she will hit the ground running and assemble a very competitive team,” said Montero.University of the East’s Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez with San Beda’s Cesca Racraquin are the first commits to the team with Ponce-de Leon set to begin her recruitment at the end of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MANILA, Philippines—A new team is set to join the Philippine Super Liga after Marinerang Pilipina joined the cadre for the All-Filipino Conference.Team manager Jed Montero said that even though her team may be new, the club is adamant that they will try level with the league’s contenders like Petron and F2 Logistics.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Charles Rhodes rejoins San Miguel for 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ View comments
My fellow Jamaicans,Each year, the Emancipation celebrations give us an opportunity to reflect on the struggle of our ancestors for freedom, against a system that denied them their dignity and humanity, often through brutally oppressive and violent means. It must have been a euphoric day, today the first of August, 180 years ago, when our forebear gathered in their village, and churches to rejoice and give thanks.Free! free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty we are free at last! I can only imagine the tears of joy that would have rolled down the cheeks of our oppressed forefathers, replacing the tears that came from the whip on their backs. They must have celebrated this day as the beginning of a new life for them and for us, their generations to come. It must have been a time of great hope and optimism. A wide embrace of freedom and a determined rejection of the system of violence used to oppress to them.Freedom was a gradual process of securing rights. On that fateful Friday morning, the first day in August 1838, our forebears assumed the full right to work for their own account and enjoy the benefits therefrom, their children could no longer be taken at the master’s pleasure, they no longer faced the threat of the pain of the whip, or the ultimate enforcement, death. They could settle lands and live in peace in their villages. The system, that classified them as property and denied them personhood and agency came to an end. The immoral system that gave legal authority to enslavers to use violence including the deprivation of life to force and subjugate our ancestors to submit came to an end.In setting aside today, we stand, as our ancestors stood, looking back at the brutality and violence meted out to us, and rejecting it, and looking forward at the boundless opportunities of our freedom, determined to realize them. The passage of time can erase the profundity of our historic experience, leading us to take for granted or even forget our connections to the past. The danger of forgetfulness is to repeat the danger we forgot. Isn’t it ironic that we as a people who suffered under systematic violence and brutality inflicted by enslavers, we are now inflicting violence on ourselves and depriving our own people of freedom. I am certain that Sam Sharpe would be very disappointed at how pervasive and acceptable violence has become in society and culture. Indeed, violence is systematic in our social transactions:in how we discipline our children, we beat them to teach right from wrong, but in doing so we teach them that the only way to correct a wrong is through the application of pain – violence,in our intimate partner relations, violence, spousal battering often by men and often leading to the murder of entire families,in domestic matters, family members escalating simple disputes to loss of life,in our community interactions, the proverbial stepping on the toe in the dance leading to harm, and even death, creating an unending cycle of retaliation.in our music and cultural expressions that claim only to reflect but end up projecting and promoting violence,However, what would be incomprehensible to Sam Sharpe, would be the organized violence of gangs and dons against their own people. Yes…the new oppressors, denying our people their freedom, the new slavery masters who use the gun instead of the whip, to extort hardworking Jamaicans of their earnings, to demand daughters as tribute from their mothers, and recruit our sons into the murderous gangs, to drive fear into entire communities through threat of pain and the enforcement of death.Today, in as much as we celebrate the beginning of our freedom from enslavement, we are also celebrating the end of the violent system that oppressed our forefathers. We must never forget that, not as motivation to hate, but as a reminder to love and respect ourselves. The enslavers dehumanized our forefathers, as chattel, property, not entitled to love, or dignity, or the inviolability of their physical being, in order to justify the use of violence on them. Unfortunately, we are seeing an emerging culture that dehumanize and objectify our people and devalue their life. There is a growing lack of respect of the inviolability and sanctity of the physical human form and the right to life. This creates a permissible attitude to wantonly use violence against each other in our society.The violence inflicted on us as a people in our history should not be allowed to imprint itself in a patterned behavior of self-hate. It was the recognition of our humanity, our equality, our dignity and love for our people that lead forefathers like Sam Sharpe to resist the system of enslavement. The emancipation that resulted was not merely that we are free to do as we wish, our freedom must evolve to a deeper understanding and respect for rights and responsibility, both for ourselves and others.Today as we examine our past, let us take lessons from it to address the epidemic of violence that face us.Today, lets us commit to emancipate our communities from the criminal gangs and dons that take away the freedom of our people cowering under their beds in fear. Free yourself of the notion that the violent criminal gangs cannot be brought to end. Resist them by using the trustworthy channels to provide information to the authorities. Your government is working assiduously to erode the criminal gangs and dons and with your help we will bring their tyranny to an end.Today, we must commit to teaching our children to respect life and the inviolability of the person. Physical pain doesn’t have to be inflicted to get compliance and brutality never rights a wrong.Today, let us dismiss this foolish notion that violence is a demonstration of loveToday, let us commit to being kinder, gentler, more patient, and more civil with each other.Today, let us emancipate ourselves from violence.
With two outs and a man on base in the ninth inning Sunday, Alex Bregman grimaced after connecting on a Craig Kimbrel offering. He had just missed a game-tying homer, instead hitting a fly ball that fell into Andrew Benintendi’s glove on the warning track in front of the Green Monster for the final out. Game 2 of the American League Championship Series was over. The series was tied, and Fenway Park collectively breathed a huge sigh of relief.Even Bregman’s outs are increasing the heart rates of the opposition this October. Bregman became one of the best players in baseball during the season, and he’s elevated his game even further this postseason. Though in a small sample of just five postseason games, the 24-year-old has a .417/.708/1.000 slash line fueled by 10 walks (against one strikeout). He’s reached base in 18 of his 24 plate appearances this October.Bregman’s batting eye — along with opponents’ unwillingness to give him much to hit — is making some history. According to Major League Baseball research, Bregman is just the first player to draw 10 walks through five games of a postseason since Dodgers outfielder Jim Wynn did it in 1974. The only player before Bregman to draw at least three walks in back-to-back postseason games was Cubs outfielder Jimmy Sheckard — in 1910.Bregman, a spoil of tanking for the Houston Astros as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, is getting something akin to the Barry Bonds treatment. Over his past three postseason games, the LSU product has drawn eight walks, matching Bonds in 2002 for the most by any hitter over a three-game span in postseason play.Consider the pitches Bregman has seen this postseason and the restraint he has shown: Bregman entered play Tuesday having been thrown 103 pitches this postseason (20.6 per game). Of those pitches, only 40 have been in the strike zone. Only J.D. Martinez, Yasiel Puig, Gleyber Torres and Christian Yelich have seen a smaller share of pitches in the strike zone than Bregman has.1Of batters with a minimum of 50 pitches seen.Of the 63 pitches thrown to him outside the strike zone, Bregman has swung at just six, the lowest chase rate among any postseason batter to have seen 50 pitches. Consider his take on this full-count pitch Sunday night, in the charged Fenway environment against hard-throwing Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier:Bregman’s improved discipline is not just an October development: It’s what fueled his 2018 breakout.Only Joey Votto and Andrew McCutchen chased pitches out of the strike zone less often this season than did Bregman, who swung on just 18.1 percent of those pitches. Mookie Betts and Aaron Hicks ranked fourth and fifth.Bregman has improved his batting eye since reaching the majors in 2016. He dropped his out-of-zone swing rate by 5.8 percentage points from last season. Yasmani Grandal, Ian Happ and Gregory Polanco were the only players to make greater year-to-year improvements in laying off of balls out of the strike zone. “He’s having quite a season because of the preparation he’s doing, the lessons he’s learning, and the application in the game has been unreal,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the Houston Chronicle in September.While strikeouts continue to set record levels each year in the majors — from 21.6 percent of place appearances in 2017 to 22.3 percent in 2018 — the Astros posted the game’s lowest strikeout rate last season (17.3 percent) and the game’s highest slugging mark en route to a World Series title. This season, only the Cleveland Indians (18.9 percent) struck out less often than the Astros (19.5 percent).Bregman embodies this teamwide trend. The infielder is not just more selective in terms of swinging at pitches in the zone; he’s also finding pitches he can pull and drive for power. In 2018, he recorded just the sixth season this century of at least 30 home runs and 50 doubles with fewer strikeouts than walks.The Astros teach that a hitter should swing at a pitch only if he can conceivably drive it for an extra-base hit. Astros hitting coach Dave Hudgens told The New York Times last summer: “I don’t want guys swinging at a pitch unless they can hit a homer. I don’t want guys swinging at a pitch unless they can do damage. If you go in with that mindset, you’re not going to miss your pitch as often.”Bregman has always hit more balls in the air than on the ground. He ranked fifth this season in total volume of line drives and fly balls with 334. But he also increased his pull rate, perhaps encouraged by the inviting proximity of the Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park to the right-handed batter’s box. His quick hands and short arms allow for a short bat path. And by crowding the plate, he’s able to cover the entire zone and pull outside pitches. His 24 home runs hit to the pull side (left field for Bregman) tie for sixth in the majors. This is all before getting to other aspects of his game like his defense at third base, which has looked exemplary so far this postseason, giving the Astros two shortstop-quality defenders on the left side of the infield.The Astros didn’t know they needed another superstar, but they have one in Bregman, who is challenging Mike Trout and Mookie Betts for status as the best player in the American League. As the Astros battle for a World Series berth, Bregman might be the best player in baseball when it matters most.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
The Ohio State men’s ice hockey team ended its double-digit winless streak at Western Michigan with a 3-0 win Nov. 24, 2007. This weekend, OSU will look to repeat the success it had in Kalamazoo, Mich., more than four years ago. The No. 15-ranked Buckeyes (14-10-5, 10-9-5-1 CCHA), winless in their past 10 games, take on No. 18 WMU (14-11-5, 11-8-3-3 CCHA) in a two-game series starting Friday in Kalamazoo, Mich. OSU’s 0-6-4 record in 2012 has them tied for fourth in the conference after leading the CCHA by seven points in early January. “We’re trying to build some momentum,” said OSU assistant coach Steve Rohlik. “We’re looking forward to getting up to (Western Michigan) to play a very good hockey team and see what we got in the tank this weekend.” OSU, which started the year 14-4-1 and ascended to a No. 2 ranking in the country, has only four games remaining in the regular season and is playing its worst hockey of the season during its double-digit winless streak. Rohlik points to a team in another sport as an example of what he hopes will happen with his Buckeyes. “You look at the New York Giants. They were 7-7. What happened to them? Why were they so different? They go on all of a sudden to win the Super Bowl. Everybody wrote them right off,” he said. “Well, we just had a great start, now we’re going through a struggle here, but we’re going to stick with it and stay positive.” A reason OSU has been struggling lately has been its lack of scoring on the power play. The Buckeyes were 0-for-14 with a man advantage in two games against Michigan State last weekend, 6-3 and 3-2 losses, respectively. Improving will be no easy task this weekend, as the Broncos post the CCHA’s second-best penalty-kill unit. Rohlik said the Buckeyes need to keep pushing and eventually, they will have success. “We can’t change the guys we got in the (locker) room. We’re going to continue to work with the guys,” he said. “We do have some good players. We think we’re going to score some goals (on the power play), it’s just a matter of sticking with it right now.” One of the lone bright spots for OSU during the winless streak has been its top front line of freshman forwards – Ryan Dzingel, Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick – which has accounted for seven of the Buckeyes’ last nine goals. Sophomore forward Chris Crane praised the play of the freshman trio. “Dzingel’s line, they’re great players together. They’ve been solid for us in the past couple weekends,” he said. Rohlik said in order for OSU to play well this weekend, other lines have to step up and produce. “For us, we don’t feel that we drop off (after their first line),” he said. “The other lines have to be at least even or chipping in a few (goals).” Success this weekend is vital, Crane said. “It’s playoff hockey right now. We’re battling for home ice, home advantage. With four games left in the season, that’s what we have to stay focused on,” he said. The Buckeyes and Broncos will drop the puck at 7:05 p.m. on Friday in Kalamazoo, Mich., and play again at the same time Saturday.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter slides into third base during a game against the Baltimore Orioles Oct. 10, 2012, at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won, 3-2.Courtesy of MCTArguably one of the greatest players to ever step on a baseball field, Derek Jeter, announced that the 2014 Major League Baseball season would be his last, via Facebook.Jeter spent all 19 years of his MLB career playing shortstop for the New York Yankees.The sixth overall pick in the 1992 MLB draft, Jeter has far from disappointed any critics by being American League Rookie Of the Year in 1996, being selected to 13 All-Star appearances along with more than 3,000-hits and becoming the Yankees all-time leader in stolen bases. And how could we forget his highest accomplishments: leading the Yankees to five World Series championships.Jeter is the poster-child of professional sports. You would think a guy with his status making millions of dollars would go buck wild, but he has always kept a cool demeanor and avoided been involved in any known scandals while under the bright lights of New York City.Jeter has had his fair share of critics, including myself.Top players like Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez were caught or confessed to using performance enhancing drugs. Since then, I have always been skeptical of players from that era of baseball.Whenever I would watch Jeter play or hear of the numbers he put up, thoughts like “oh, he’s really going to get caught with those steroids someday” kept running through my mind.It was like waiting to hear that bit of bad news that you knew was coming, but wanted to do all you could to deny it. But I’m thankful that new never broke, and I pray it never does.I really do think Jeter deserves a standing ovation for having been surrounded by players like Rodriguez and never sticking a needle up his arm to help him play better.After Jeter officially retires at the end of the 2014 season, a question will be circulating the sports world. Not if Jeter will be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame, but rather how long will it take.The Hall of Fame requires for the inductee to have played in the MLB a minimum of 10 years and be retired for five. The committee takes performance record in consideration, and I have no doubt in my mind that what Jeter has accomplished throughout his career he will some day join the elite in the prestigious honor.
Both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are not for sale in this summer’s transfer window, says Real Madrid manager Zinedine ZidaneThe duo are facing an uncertain future in the Spanish capital this summer with both players having been omitted from last week’s first leg against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League.Bale has struggled to establish himself under Zidane this season and has only made 21 starts for Real all season, while Benzema has had little success in front of goal this season with the striker having only scored five goals in 28 La Liga appearances.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We need them and I’ll do everything possible so that they’re not affected by what’s been said outside. They’ll stay with us,” said Zidane, according to SportsMole.“I know all our players want to play, but it isn’t possible. The message is for everyone, not just Bale and Benzema, that we’re sticking together because there’s a month left of the season and we have it all to do.“If any player isn’t 100%, he won’t be in the squad. Double or the Champions League? Everything has value, I can’t choose one or the other, but what we can win is the Champions League and we’re going to give everything for it.”