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Rodgers ready for Sterling finish

first_img Sunderland boss Gus Poyet insisted he is “not concerned” by his side’s appalling home form, which has yielded a single victory in the top flight so far this season – but is frustrated by his inability to get his best out of his players. Poyet said: “I am disappointed because I thought by now I would have a better impact on how the team plays but unfortunately I was wrong. “It is getting more difficult than what I thought. Some players are taking longer to do the basics and we need to do more work. It is too easy to blame somebody else – it is about selecting better and making sure most are back (from injury).” Spanish attacking midfielder Suso appears set to leave Liverpool at the end of his contract in the summer, having had an offer from AC Milan. The 21-year-old was filmed by Sky Sports Italia in Milan, and quoted by news agency ANSA as saying: “I’m happy to come to Milan. I haven’t yet spoken to (coach Filippo) Inzaghi. I’m here for the medical and I hope it’s going to go well.” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is convinced the return of Raheem Sterling will give his side lift-off as they look to push for a European place in the second half of the Barclays Premier League season. Sterling missed Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday after being rewarded for his tireless contribution over the Christmas period with a two-week break in the Caribbean. But Rodgers believes the 20-year-old’s scheduled comeback against Aston Villa next weekend will coincide with the start of a run-in which will end frustration over the Reds’ relatively inconsistent start to the campaign. Rodgers said: “I felt if we are going to get the best out of Raheem he is going to need a little bit of a rest and he will come back next week. “The exciting thing is we have always been better in the second half of the season and that is the business end. “We will get Raheem back fresh and (Daniel) Sturridge back fresh and we also have Adam Lallana to come back – so it is going the way I hoped it would.” A ninth minute goal from Lazar Markovic proved enough for Rodgers’ men to win a largely forgettable encounter with the ailing Black Cats, whose woe was heightened by the 49th minute sending-off of Liam Bridcutt for two bookable offences. Markovic almost added to his clinical opener when he fired another first half effort against the crossbar from long range, but Sunderland briefly rallied after the red card and Adam Johnson’s rising 25-yard effort also struck the bar. Markovic’s impressive performance was another tonic for Rodgers who can see the return of his big names being backed up by the increasing confident performances of his new squad members. “Lazar has been very, very good for us in the last six or seven weeks so it is just taking time,” added Rodgers. “Emre Can and Alberto Moreno have also taken time coming to a new country with a big spotlight on them because of what we did last year, but now they are starting to settle into the philosophy of how we play.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli sounds warning to Australia – ‘Not going to stop with win in Melbourne’

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s India cricket team created history by winning the Boxing Day Test for the first time as they defeated Australia by 137 runs to take a historic 2-1 series lead in the four-match series. Kohli’s side won two Tests in a series Down Under for the first time since 1977/78 and they now have the chance to win a Test series Down Under for the first time ever. Jasprit Bumrah was the star with nine wickets, including his career-best haul of 6/33 as India dominated the hosts on a difficult wicket. Speaking in the post-match presentation and in the press conference, Kohli reiterated the fact that India cannot afford to be complacent heading into the Test in Sydney.“We are not going to stop here. This (win) will give us more confidence and we will play more positively in Sydney. Nothing is to going to distract us from wanting us to winning that last Test match. We have never been in this position and now is the time to express ourselves even more. We have at least retained the trophy but the job is not done yet. It’s not finished at all. We don’t want to be complacent,” Kohli said.  Read More | ‘Cheteshwar Jadeja’, ‘Railways waiters’ – Another ‘racist’ controversyThe Indian skipper raised a few eyebrows when he did not declare with India 292 runs ahead but Kohli insisted that the decision to bat again was made up before. “We were pretty clear that we wanted to bat third on this pitch and wanted to get more runs as the pitch was only getting worse. I always felt the pitch had enough for the bowlers and a score around 400 will be extremely tough,” Kohli said.Read More | India erase 37 years of pain, secure historic win in Boxing Day TestGreat first-class structureIn both the Tests in which India have won, there have been contributions from everyone. Cheteshwar Pujara’s centuries in Adelaide and Perth were vital while the bowling attack has taken all 60 wickets to fall in the series. There have been key contributions from everyone. In an apparent jibe at Kerry O’Keefe, who termed Mayank Agarwal’s triple century in the Ranji Trophy as scoring against a ‘Railways canteen staff’ attack, he praised India’s domestic structure.Read More | Bumrah, Kohli and India shatter plenty of records in Melbourne win“Our first class cricket structure is amazing. The tough conditions with the new ball makes bowlers hard and bowling with the old ball proved to be a difference in this match. Mayank Agarwal was amazing, he showed great character. His composure was excellent. Pujara was brilliant too,” Kohli said.Bumrah’s work ethic brilliantThe Gujarat pacer has been India’s gun pacer in this series, taking 20 wickets, including nine in the Melbourne Test. Bumrah has been the shining star in all of India’s overseas wins in 2018, be it Johannesburg, Trent Bridge and Adelaide. On a green wicket in Perth, Bumrah surprisingly did not pick up many wickets but Kohli said he was just unlucky in one game and praised the youngster’s work ethic.“If there was a pitch like Perth, I wouldn’t want to face Jasprit Bumrah to be honest because if he gets on a roll, he can really crank it up. The way he bowls is so much more different to anyone and I think he realizes that more than the batsmen. That’s why he is so confident about his skills. The mindset he (Bumrah) has is what separates him from anyone else in the world right now. He looks at the pitch and he doesn’t think it’s a hard toil on these wickets. He thinks how can I take make a breakthrough for the team and your mindset separates you from the rest. He is as strong headed as I have seen anyone in the past and that’s the key to his success, and that’s what I have seen in the past 12 months. The way he has matured and the areas he has bowled so quickly in his Test career I think it’s a scary sign for the batsmen around the world,” Kohli said. last_img read more

Calif. court overturns Proposition 8

first_imgMany students involved with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community had mixed reactions to news on Tuesday that a federal court ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 2008 ballot initiative violated the 14th Amendment’s promise to give all citizens equal legal status.“Proposition 8 serves no purpose and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples,” the court said. “The Constitution simply does not allow for ‘laws of this sort.’”The court upheld a 2010 ruling by U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker. Some news sources have reported that the Supreme Court could see the case as early as next year while others have said the case might only apply to California.Genevieve Flores, 22, a graduate student studying public administration, said she and her girlfriend of four years felt reserved about the ruling.“I’m not planning any weddings and we’re not buying rings, but we’re optimistic,” Flores said. “We’re still cautious.”Flores and her girlfriend were a year into their relationship during the five-month window in which same-sex marriage was legal.“Now we’re living together,” Flores said. “If we were a straight couple, the path would be marriage.”Norman Chootong, a freshman majoring in computer science, had the same hesitant optimism about getting the legal right to marry in the future.“The day that the Supreme Court decides we can marry, because I know it will happen and I hope it will be in my lifetime, I’m going to get really emotional,” Chootong said. “Now I’m just waiting for the next step to happen.”Director of the LGBT Center Vincent Vigil said legalizing same-sex marriage would also affect students who are not in a same-sex relationship.“We may have students here who are children of same-sex parents,” Vigil said. “We might have students who have an uncle or aunt who’s gay. This decision trickles down and affects everyone in USC in some way — whether it’s a loved one, a family member or their parents.”Glenn Andrew, a sophomore majoring in theatre, said he wanted the issue to go to the Supreme Court so he could still be married if he visited his home state of Louisiana.“I believe this country is in a place where, if it does go to the Supreme Court, it’s going to pass,” Andrew said.Elizabeth Soriano, a sophomore majoring in communication, said she was elated when a friend texted her about the news Tuesday.“I can get married and be not seen as a second-class citizen,” Soriano said. “I’m like everybody else. Why should the government decide who I can marry?”Vigil also said that, in 2008, a student group called Trojans for Equality organized phone banks to encourage people to vote against Proposition 8.“This is a great victory but now, moving forward, we can’t be apathetic,” Vigil said. “We have to think, ‘What is the next thing we have to do to make sure gay marriage is legal in California?’”last_img read more

Claire Cooke a fixture in SU’s lineup almost 2 years after ACL surgery

first_img Published on September 26, 2018 at 10:45 pm One month into Claire Cooke’s senior season at W.T. Woodson (Virginia) High School in October 2016, the Syracuse commit heard a pop in her knee, and she fell to the ground after an illegal pick.“I thought it was her stick hitting my stick when she fell on me,” Cooke said. “But it hurt really badly, and I knew something was wrong.”She had torn her ACL, meniscus and PCL.Cooke had never broken a bone or torn anything in her body. She had never experienced an injury more significant than a sprained ankle from playing soccer.Cooke spiraled into self-doubt and frustration, but she still ended up at Syracuse (6-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast). After redshirting her freshman season due to the injury, Cooke has started seven of SU’s nine games and registered three shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She needed to learn to play the game with speed,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “And once she settled down and stopped trying so hard, she was able to be a really good player. She makes good reads, and she’s really aggressive in her defensive pressure.”Cooke originally began field hockey to stay in shape for soccer and lacrosse.But then she quit soccer to focus on lacrosse and field hockey. She made the varsity field hockey team as a sophomore, and then joined a club team, Rampage, to gain exposure. Although Cooke showed potential in field hockey after her freshman season, her initial experience on the club team — or lack thereof — made it seem like she wasn’t even close.Cooke felt behind. She found it hard to fit in not only because of the gap in skill level, but also because a majority of the players on the Rampage had been playing together since they were eight years old.“Her skills were pretty far from all the other girls who had played together,” Rampage assistant coach April Moshos said. “I remember her many times coming up to me and saying ‘What can I work on, what can I work on?’ Because she was so athletic and so fast, she wanted to run everywhere. So we worked on her really learning to be disciplined in her position and her really paying attention to her skill.”Cooke was behind in recruiting, too. Massachusetts and American University had showed interest, but it all waned after she had the worst tournament of her life, according to her mother, Jennifer. She was recovering from the stomach bug, but upon returning home from that tournament, she received an email from both colleges saying they were no longer interested.A month later, while watching the 2015 field hockey national championship game between SU and North Carolina, Jennifer planned how to further her daughter’s recruitment. She suggested Cooke email Syracuse.“There’s no way that they are going to email me back,” Jennifer remembered her daughter saying. “There’s no way they are going to recruit someone who just started playing, like, two years ago.”She reached out to the Orange because at that point, in November of her junior season, Cooke’s destination was shaping up to be a lower Division I or Division III school. She hadn’t played well enough in tournaments.In February of 2016, that changed. The Rampage were traveling to Florida for the Presidents’ Day Tournament. Originally, there wasn’t a spot for Cooke, but one of her teammates broke their thumb. Following the injury, Rampage head coach Starr Karl asked Cooke to fill the void. Cooke would go on to play the best field hockey Karl had ever seen her play, and to Cooke’s surprise it was in front of Bradley.“Holy sh*t,” Cooke remembered saying after the tournament. “The reigning national championship coach just emailed me.”Bradley asked Cooke to visit SU, which Cooke eventually did. It was on that trip that Bradley offered the 2016 All-State midfielder a scholarship. She accepted.But months later, in the fall of her senior season, Cooke blew out her knee, and she struggled to recover before her first season with Syracuse.Doctors cleared Cooke six months after surgery, but her full strength wasn’t back until three months into the season at SU, she said. When Cooke arrived on campus in July, about eight months after the injury, she wasn’t fully healthy. And she couldn’t do many of things that both she and Bradley expected.Once at SU, Bradley asked Cooke about her goals. The freshman didn’t have any. Bradley questioned her progress. Cooke hadn’t done anything.Bradley challenged Cooke to set small goals for herself like getting full rotation on the bike and meeting certain “marks” while running. Cooke did everything she could but decided that redshirting was in her best interest.“By the time I got to play college field hockey, the transition from playing high school to not playing, because I was out for my injury, to playing at the speed of the way that we do now, it was just too much for me,” Cooke said.Transitioning from senior captain on her high school team to a redshirt freshman on a college team filled with All-Americans and national champions was a difficult process, Cooke said.Two years removed from her injury, Cooke is now a regular fixture in the SU lineup.“I’m very, very lucky to be here,” Cooke said. “That’s for sure.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lagos Farewell Testimonial for Amodu, Keshi Holds July 23

first_imgEnakeno EdhowoThe Lagos State Government in conjunction with the Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, have set up a committee to oversee the Lagos Farewell Testimonial Match for the two departed former Super Eagles chief coaches, Amodu Shaibu and Stephen Keshi, which has been scheduled for the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on July 23, 2016.The Chairman of the committee who is also the President-General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, said the event which is meant to raise money for the families of the departed coaches, would also celebrate the two illustrious sons of Nigeria. The money raised would be added to whatever the two families get from other donations across the country.“The Farewell Testimonial match would see the Super Eagles players battle against Lagos All Stars team in the main match of the day, while the curtain raiser would be a game between the Lagos SWAN team and the Supporters Club. This would be followed by Musical Concert where prominent Nigerian musicians and comedians would perform in the entertainment aspect of the programme. This aspect of the event is coordinated by veteran music act, Chris Mba.”Ladipo noted that, the involvement of the Lagos State Sports Commission and the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, will help boost the goal of the event which is basically fund raising.The Coordinator of the event, Mr. Effiong Nyong, said yesterday at a media parley organised to announce the plans of the committee that: “Amodu and Keshi must be celebrated with a fanfare as they left solid footprints on the sands of time. It is sad that we won’t see the two indigenous coaches that qualified Nigeria for three editions of the World Cup out of the five the country competed in, again.“We intend to celebrate Lagos as the state where these coaches were made. Keshi started from St. Finbarr’s College in Lagos and also played top international matches as a junior and senior at the National Stadium in Lagos, while for Amodu, as he achieved all the feats at the club and national team levels chose Lagos as his home.“He left his family in Lagos to go to Abuja and Benin City to pursue owed monies before he met his death.”Nyong hinted that the focus of the committee may extend to make the event annual, as the success of the July 23 event will go a long way in determining what happens next.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

GVC suggests 900 of its betting shops will close

first_img Share Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share GVC Holdings has responded to the news of William Hill’s shop closures by outlining that 900 of its own Ladbrokes and Coral shops could face closure, which is ten per cent lower than its previous estimates made in April. Similar to William Hill, GVC has attributed the potential closures to the FOBT stake cut brought in on 1 April of this year. In a statement from GVC, it explained: “We now expect up to 900 shops to be at risk of closure, affecting up to 5,000 roles, over the next two years as a result of the reduction in maximum stakes on FOBTs to £2 that came into force on 1st April, and there are a number of shops that have been identified for closure as part of this process.“This is not a decision we are taking lightly and we will be working hard to minimise the number of redundancies through redeployment within the business, whilst offering redundancy terms enhanced beyond the statutory requirement.”GVC has previously stated that the initial impact of the FOBT legislation had not been as severe as first predicted. The group first predicted that it would take a £145m hit to revenues in 2020, and £120m in 2021, however it is now thought that the impact would instead be £120m and £105m respectively.As it stands, Ladbrokes currently owns 1,849 retail premises, while Coral holds a further 1,540. GVC has stated that it ‘will provide more detail when we announce our H1 results in August’.The announcement comes at a time when the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has stressed that the gambling industry has had ‘ample’ time to prepare for the impact that the FOBT legislation would have. A DCMS spokesperson said: “The gambling industry has had over a year to make preparations for this change, including to mitigate job losses. We now expect them to provide the right support to any staff affected by planned shop closures.“By cutting the maximum FOBT stake from £100 a spin to £2, we are helping to stop extreme losses by those who can least afford them.”Sharing his views on his personal Twitter account, Chief Communications for William Hill Ciaran O’Brien expressed that the announcement of closures was ‘one of the saddest in my career.’He anticipates that the gambling industry will ‘move on’ from the closures, however recognises that the industry has come under heavy criticism.7. The benefits of gambling in terms of social interaction, mental stimulation, fun, controlled risk etc. are undervalued / appreciated and the politics is focussed on emotion and extreme cases. That said we should, can and will evolve safer gambling.— Ciaran O’Brien (@ciarano2) July 5, 2019 StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020last_img read more

Jets’ Kelvin Beachum is doing his part to end world hunger

first_img“I used to be one of them,” Beachum recently told Sporting News. “I was one of those kids that was on fee reduced lunch, and I’ve experienced some of the issues that kids are facing right now. I knew from personal experience how that was and have been able to join the fight for it.”MORE: NFL players doing goodIn an article posted last month on the Jets’ team site titled, “In My Own Words: Kelvin Beachum on His Fight to End World Hunger,” he reflects upon what his family went through and what he’s doing to give back. He writes about how his parents always found a way to make sure he and his siblings had enough to eat, and often times, that meant help from various programs. While he and his siblings were able to focus on just being kids, Beachum knows many children are far too aware of the poverty they face.My JetLife https://t.co/9mXWJAXv1x— Kelvin Beachum (@KelvinBeachumJr) October 27, 2018In addition to changing how society views families who struggle to put food on the table, Beachum wants to break stereotypes about what it means to be a football player. He combines both goals into one cause: feeding the hungry. It shows people how there are more to athletes than the games they play, and those who struggle often have no choice.“Struggling with poverty and food insecurity is too often viewed as a choice or consequence rather than an unfortunate circumstance,” Beachum writes. “That’s a stigma I hope to break.”Beachum works with World Vision, an Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development and advocacy organization. He also has an annual youth football camp at Mexia High School in Mexia, Texas, the small town in which he grew up..@KelvinBeachumJr is fighting hunger with @WorldVisionUSA. #No1Hungry #MyCauseMyCleats | #GivingTuesday pic.twitter.com/vbIBDCN4oI— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 27, 2018″It’s extremely important,” Beachum told SN. “When you are blessed enough to be in this game you have to find a way to be a blessing to others.”In his article, Beachum notes he was inspired by his parents, who went from needing assistance to being able to welcome families into their home and give back to their community. He also learned from them the value of hard work; even when he goes back to Mexia today, he knows he has work to do on his farm.Celebrating #WorldFoodDay and a successful #BeachumMatch challenge by volunteering at the @FoodBank4NYC today! Love spending time with everyone here! #No1Hungry pic.twitter.com/xQgNCPQaDQ— Kelvin Beachum (@KelvinBeachumJr) October 16, 2018When Beachum is not focusing on his charities or playing football, he can often be found speaking at IT conferences or investing in start-up companies. He has interactive programs that focus on effective leadership, diversity and inclusion. NEW YORK — Jets left tackle Kelvin Beachum knows what it’s like to grow up as a child with parents who need help putting food on the table.Now the 29-year-old wants to do his part to ensure fewer families have to worry about their next meal. Beachum, who has been inspiring crowds since college (he was the commencement speaker for his graduation at Southern Methodist University), puts a heavy focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program because, as he says on his website, “Not everyone can go pro in football, but everyone can go pro in STEM.”He concludes his article for the Jets by calling for others to help: “From volunteering at a local pantry, to donating food or funds, to advocating for policy change, we can all do our part.”At the end of the day, it’s about being a good human. The world is going through a lot right now and anything you can do to bring light to it — that’s impactful.”last_img read more

As Tom Koehler nears return, Dodgers’ bullpen emergency passes

first_imgLOS ANGELES — When May began, any sign of progress from Tom Koehler couldn’t come fast enough for the Dodgers. Their bullpen was a rotating cast of newcomers and holdovers, strung together by the common thread of inconsistency. Koehler, one of two pitchers acquired over the winter to bolster the relief corps, hadn’t thrown an inning since suffering a mild sprain to his anterior shoulder capsule in spring training.Koehler’s first game is probably still a month away, but the right-hander threw a bullpen Monday afternoon for the first time since spring training. It lasted only 15 pitches but it was a tangible, long-awaited sign of progress.Ironically, the Dodgers’ bullpen emergency seems to have passed. On May 16, the team was 10 games below .500. Its bullpen was among the worst in the league, allowing a .766 on-base plus slugging percentage.Since then, the Dodgers have won eight of 10. The bullpen has limited opponents to a .487 OPS during the streak. Only the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen has been better during that time. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Some of the results haven’t been what we would’ve expected,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “To try to put guys in the best situations to have success and, sometimes, for it not to go well is tough for everyone. But you’ve got to believe in what you’re doing and trust the guys that you have. Fortunately, the last week has gone better.”Roberts cited his starters’ latent ability to pitch deeper into games as a boon to the bullpen. Walker Buehler, Ross Stripling and Kenta Maeda have pitched no fewer than six innings during the streak.A bullpen game May 19 in Washington D.C. threw the bullpen off its kilter. As a result, Dodger relievers have been asked to record only one fewer out per game on average during the streak compared to the 42 games that came before. More than the starters lasting longer, the bullpen has simply pitched better.Left-hander Scott Alexander, the Dodgers’ other offseason bullpen acquisition, hasn’t allowed a run since returning from Triple-A. Right-hander Erik Goeddel hasn’t allowed a run since he was claimed off waivers from Seattle. Kenley Jansen hasn’t allowed a run since May 2. The set-up roles have stabilized significantly since its rocky April start.Koehler hopes he can join this group around the All-Star break.center_img “I’m right where I want to be,” he said. “We’re on schedule if not a little ahead of where we originally planned.”WRITING ON THE WALLLeft-hander Edward Paredes was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City last Wednesday. He was with the club for five days but did not pitch.Prior to Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, a team with just two left-handed hitters, Paredes was optioned back to Triple-A. Right-hander Yimi Garcia was promoted to the majors for the third time this season.Garcia, 27, has a 7.71 earned-run average in 4-2/3 innings with the Dodgers this season, and a 3.55 ERA in 12-2/3 innings at Triple-A.ALSODodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu played long toss from more than 150 feet. The left-hander hasn’t thrown off a mound since suffering a groin strain on May 2. Ryu is on the 10-day disabled list. … The Dodgers and Phillies held a moment of silence at 3 p.m., in the middle of the Dodgers’ batting practice, in observance of the national moment of remembrance on Memorial Day. … Triple-A outfielder Alex Verdugo returned to the lineup following a five-game absence after he rolled his ankle. Verdugo collected two hits as Oklahoma City’s designated hitter in a loss to Nashville. … A team of medics attended to Mark Hammond, a photographer for Black News Service, after he was struck in the Dodgers’ dugout by a Chris Taylor foul ball in the third inning. The game paused briefly and Hammond was eventually assisted from the dugout.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Walker Buehler and Braves’ Dansby Swanson have been close friends since Vanderbilt

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — June 8, 2015 was not a day that began like any other, or ended like any other, for the Vanderbilt University baseball team. Game 2 of the Commodores’ Super Regional series against the University of Illinois had been postponed a day by rain. If they were going to clinch a spot in the College World Series, they would have to do so on the day of the Major League Baseball draft.The timing worked out perfectly. Vanderbilt won 4-2. After their exclamatory dogpile on the field, the players lingered, gathering around a single mobile phone to hear shortstop Dansby Swanson’s name called as the first overall pick. Two once-in-a-lifetime moments were still fresh in mind as Vanderbilt packed into the team bus, then caravaned back to the team hotel. The draft was not over.Back in the lobby of the Wyndham Garden Hotel, Walker Buehler blended in. The players were still in uniform – white tops, gold lettering, and black stripes running down the outside of both pant legs – filling the room with the aroma of dirt and sweat. The sun had set by the time the Dodgers picked Buehler 24th overall, making him the third Commodore to hear his name called in the first round. Pitcher Carson Fulmer was drafted eighth overall by the Chicago White Sox.“That was an incredible day when you look back at it,” Swanson said Friday. “What happened that day, for us as a team, being able to win a Super Regional to go to Omaha, then between myself getting drafted on the field, our other best friend Carson Fulmer getting drafted, then (Buehler) had to wait a little bit later, but he got drafted by the Dodgers … it was just a really special moment.” This week, Buehler and Swanson have been in opposite dugouts, Buehler for the Dodgers and Swanson for the Atlanta Braves. Buehler will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday in Atlanta. Win, and the Dodgers will eliminate the Braves and move on to the NLCS for the third consecutive year. Swanson’s season is likely already over; he has missed the entire series with a torn ligament in his left hand.There are close ties between the two teams. Matt Kemp played for Atlanta last year. He and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman have been playfully talking smack over FaceTime this week. Kyle Farmer, the Dodgers’ non-roster utilityman, is among the smack talkers invading Charlie Culberson’s phone. Culberson played for the Dodgers until he was traded for Kemp last December. Even the Braves’ general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, isn’t immune to digital jousting with his former colleagues in the Dodgers’ front office.The strongest bond is between Buehler and Swanson.“We all came into school together,” Swanson said, “and there’s just something different when you’re going to school there because you’re coming there for a greater purpose. You’re trying to win as a team, and as a program, but there’s a level of development that happens individually that you know will pay off in the end. Going through that whole process together has made our bond, I would say, inseparable.”Theirs is a remarkably relatable friendship. They met as 18-year-old freshmen and did the College Experience together. The part that played out publicly on baseball fields was enough to forge a lifetime’s worth of memories: One season ended in the NCAA Super Regionals, the next as College World Series champions, the last as national runners-up. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img The part that played out privately is what Swanson cherishes.“Our best memories are when we were just hanging out in our dorms together and being able to just be around each other away from the field,” he said. “We’ve been through so much – the highs, the lows, everything together, it’s a really cool thing to see now.”Since they both spent the offseason living in Nashville, Swanson and Buehler were able to hang out more than usual last winter. They were both in Fulmer’s wedding last November. Sometimes they golfed, Swanson said, but mostly they talked trash.While this week presented an occasion for some players on both teams to reach out to their friends on the other side, it was no different than any other for Buehler and Swanson.“We don’t ever say anything nice to each other,” Swanson said. “We’re just always on each other’s case about anything and everything, you know?”If anything, the occasion of Game 3 quieted the two friends.Swanson exited the Braves’ game against the New York Mets on Sept. 25 with soreness in his hand. A subsequent MRI revealed the torn ligament. He traveled with the team to Los Angeles but was left off the roster for the Division Series. Swanson can talk about Buehler all day, but his feelings about not being able to bat against him Sunday were succinct.“It sucks,” he said.Related Articles Two days before his postseason debut, Buehler guarded his thoughts about Swanson like a sentinel.“I just want to win games against that team,” he said after the Dodgers won Game 2 on Friday. “I don’t really care who’s on that team. He’s not wearing our jersey, so kind of the past doesn’t really matter too much.“If I hang out with him in the offseason, that’s fine, but we’re in the playoffs, so I don’t really care.”Maybe it was the playoffs. Maybe it was in keeping with the trash talk between two friends. Maybe it was simply an extension of Buehler’s intensity and command over seemingly every moment. Even while guarding his comments, Buehler might have revealed a deeper truth about his friendship with Swanson.“It’s obviously very competitive between the two of us,” Swanson said, “but at the same time there’s a lot of, like, love for one another.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Updated: Wellington boys start sub-state tonight; WHS girls vs. Mulvane Saturday; Sumner County hoops continue

first_imgGirls:Monday (at home sites)Central-Burden 53 Udall 44 (OT)Friday#2 South Haven (12-8) vs. #3 Cedar Vale/Dexter (10-10), 6 p.m.#1 Caldwell (14-6)  vs. Central-Burden (7-14).Sub-state championship: 6 p.m. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Girls:ThursdayMulvane 52 Rose Hill 29.Wellington 53 Winfield 42.SaturdayMulvane vs. Wellington, 6 p.m. Class 3A – EurekaBoys:Monday (at home sites)Eureka 79 Belle Plaine 36Collegiate 71 Fredonia 40.Douglass 64 Bluestem 50.Conway Springs 74 Wichita Independent 66.Thursday (at Eureka)Collegiate 59 Eureka 58Douglass 58 Conway Springs 55.Saturday –Collegiate vs. Douglass – 7:30 p.m. Girls:Sedan 64 Oswego 25Uniontown 43 Oxford 42Pleasanton 48 Yates Center 40Pittsburg Colgan 46 West Elk 29. Class 2A – Yates CenterBoys:Tuesday (at home sites)West Elk 59 Yates Center 42Oxford 47 Uniontown 35Oswego 52 Sedan 22Pittsburg Colgan 70 Pleasanton 31Friday (at Yates Center)West Elk vs. Oxford, 6 p.m.Oswego vs. Pittsburg Colgan, 7:30 p.m.Saturday –Substate championship – 7:30 p.m. Girls:Thursday#1 Mulvane (12-7) vs. #4 Rose Hill (7-12), 7:30 p.m.#2 Wellington (11-8) vs. #3 Winfield (10-10), 6 p.m.SaturdayMulvane-Rose Hill winner vs. Wellington-Winfield winner, 6 p.m. The updated Sumner County sub-state schedule is as follows:Class 4A – Rose Hill Boys:Friday#1 Winfield (12-8) vs. #4 Rose Hill (3-16), 7:30 p.m.#2 Wellington (9-10) vs. #3 Mulvane (6-13), 6 p.m.SaturdayWinfield-Rose Hill winner vs. Wellington-Mulvane winner, 7:30 p.m. Class 1A Div. 1 – Central BurdenBoys:Monday (at home sites)Dexter/Cedar Vale 62 Central-Burden 53ThursdayCaldwell 57 South Haven 46.Cedar Vale-Dexter 58 Udall 53.SaturdayCaldwell vs. Cedar Vale-Dexter, 7:30 p.m. Class 4A – Rose Hill Boys:Friday#1 Winfield (12-8) vs. #4 Rose Hill (3-16), 7:30 p.m.#2 Wellington (9-10) vs. #3 Mulvane (6-13), 6 p.m.SaturdayWinfield-Rose Hill winner vs. Wellington-Mulvane winner, 7:30 p.m. Class 2A – Yates CenterBoys:Tuesday (at home sites)West Elk 59 Yates Center 42Oxford 47 Uniontown 35Oswego 52 Sedan 22Pittsburg Colgan 70 Pleasanton 31Friday at Yates CenterWest Elk vs. Oxford, 6 p.m.Oswego vs. Pittsburg Colgan, 7:30 p.m.Saturday –Substate championship – 7:30 p.m. Friday update: by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a busy Thursday night in sub-state tournaments across the state as basketball teams were faced with do-or-die situations. As reported, the Wellington girls eliminated Winfield 53-42 Thursday night. They will play Mulvane Saturday night at 6 p.m. for an opportunity to get to state.The Wellington boys will start their sub-state tournament tonight in Rose Hill when they face Mulvane. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. Sumner Newscow will be providing a live twitter feed for the game.In other Sumner County basketball news, Conway Springs boys were eliminated by Douglass 58-55. It was a good tournament for the Cardinals, who were a sixth seed going in before knocking off the third seed Wichita Independent in the first round and nearly toppling the No. 2 seed Bulldogs in the semifinals.  In Central, Caldwell boys eliminated South Haven 57-46 in the Class 1A Division 1 sub-state. Argonia boys were eliminated by Colony-Crest 47-43 in Chetopa.Sumner County games tonight:Class 3A girls: Conway Springs vs. Collegiate, 6 p.m. at Eureka.Class 2A boys: Oxford vs. West Elk, 6 p.m. at Yates Center.Class 1A D-1 girls: South Haven vs. Cedar Vale/Dexter; Caldwell vs. Central Burden at Central.Class 1A D-2 girls: Argonia vs. Altoona-Midway, 7:30 p.m.Some notable games last night, Eureka, undefeated in Class 3A, was knocked off by Wichita Collegiate 59-58 in overtime. Talk about a tough sub-state draw for Eureka.In an upset that almost defies description, Cedar Vale/Dexter at 5-16 upset Udall at 17-3, 58-53. And that’s why they call this March Madness high school style.The updated Sumner County sub-state brackets are as follows:center_img Girls:Tuesday (at home sites)Douglass 50 Bluestem 13Fredonia 62 Eureka 29Conway Springs 47 Belle Plaine 16Wichita Collegiate 54 Wichita Independent 43.Friday (at Eureka)Douglass vs. Fredonia, 7:30 p.m.Conway Springs vs. Wichita Collegiate, 6 p.m.Saturday –Substate championship – 6 p.m. Class 1A Div. 1 – Central BurdenBoys:Monday (at home sites)Dexter/Cedar Vale 62 Central-Burden 53Thursday#2 Caldwell (14-7) vs. #3 South Haven (8-13), 6 p.m.#1 Udall (17-3) vs. Dexter/Cedar Vale, 7:30 p.m.SaturdaySub-state championship: 7:30 p.m. Girls:Tuesday (at home sites)Douglass 50 Bluestem 13Fredonia 62 Eureka 29Conway Springs 47 Belle Plaine 16Wichita Collegiate 54 Wichita Independent 43.Friday at EurekaDouglass vs. Fredonia, 7:30 p.m.Conway Springs vs. Wichita Collegiate, 6 p.m.Saturday –Substate championship – 6 p.m. Girls:Tuesday (at home sites)Buffalo-Altoona Midway 50 Elk Valley 48.Friday#1 Argonia (16-4) vs. BAM, 7:30 p.m.#2 Chetopa (7-12) vs. Colony-Crest (3-16), 6 p.m.SaturdaySub-state championship, 7:30 p.m.–––––Thursday update:By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls basketball team and many other Sumner County teams will be in sub-state action tonight. Sumner Newscow will be having a live twitter feed for the Wellington girls basketball team as it squares off against Winfield tonight at 6 p.m. at Rose Hill.Wellington (11-8) is the No. 2 seed in the four-team sub-state vs. Winfield (10-10), the No. 3 seed. This is a single elimination game. The winner will play the winner of the Mulvane-Rose Hill game at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at 6 p.m.The Wellington boys will be playing Mulvane Friday night at Rose Hill.In other Sumner County action tonight:Conway Springs boys will be playing Douglass at 6 p.m. in Eureka in the Class 3A sub-state semifinals.#2 Caldwell (14-7) vs. #3 South Haven (8-13), 6 p.m. in Central-Burden in Class 1A Div. 1 sub-state action.#2 Colony-Crest (8-11) vs. Argonia (7-13), 6 p.m. in Chetopa in Class 1A Div. 2 sub-state action. Girls:Tuesday (at home sites)Buffalo-Altoona Midway 50 Elk Valley 48.Friday#1 Argonia (16-4) vs. BAM, 7:30 p.m.#2 Chetopa (7-12) vs. Colony-Crest (3-16), 6 p.m.SaturdaySub-state championship, 7:30 p.m. Class 3A – EurekaBoys:Monday (at home sites)Eureka 79 Belle Plaine 36Collegiate 71 Fredonia 40.Douglass 64 Bluestem 50.Conway Springs 74 Wichita Independent 66.Thursday (at Eureka)Eureka vs. Collegiate, 7:30 p.m.Douglass vs. Conway Springs, 6 p.m.Saturday –Substate championship – 7:30 p.m. Class 1A Div. 2 – ChetopaBoys:Tuesday (at home sites)Elk Valley 53 Buffalo-Altoona-Midway 45Thursday#2 Colony-Crest (8-11) vs. Argonia (7-13), 6 p.m.#1 Chetopa (15-4) vs. Elk Valley, 7:30 p.m.SaturdaySub-state championship, 7:30 p.m. Class 1A Div. 2 – ChetopaBoys:Tuesday (at home sites)Elk Valley 53 Buffalo-Altoona-Midway 45ThursdayColony-Crest 47 Argonia 43.Chetopa 65 Elk Valley 31.SaturdayColony-Crest vs. Chetopa, 7:30 p.m. Girls:Monday (at home sites)Central-Burden 53 Udall 44 (OT)Friday#2 South Haven (12-8) vs. #3 Cedar Vale/Dexter (10-10), 6 p.m.#1 Caldwell (14-6)  vs. Central-Burden (7-14).Sub-state championship: 6 p.m. Girls:Sedan 64 Oswego 25Uniontown 43 Oxford 42Pleasanton 48 Yates Center 40Pittsburg Colgan 46 West Elk 29.last_img read more