10 months agoEverton plan bids for Bournemouth striker Wilson, Batshuayi

first_imgEverton plan bids for Bournemouth striker Wilson, Batshuayiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are aiming for a busy January market.The Daily Express says manager Marco Silva has been forced to utilise Richarlison up front, with Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse not trusted to lead the line.And director of football Marcel Brands wants to secure another goal-getter’s signature in the new year.Callum Wilson has been lined up after impressing at Bournemouth.While Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is on Everton’s radar too with his loan spell at Valencia potentially set to be cancelled. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: An Alabama Fan Got An Auburn Recruit’s Phone Number, Is Harassing Him About Flipping To The Crimson Tide

first_imgAlabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)If you’re a college football fan – or, really, anyone who is not a coach – and you’re thinking about contacting a recruit, just stop. Don’t do it. Whether you’re simply trying to encourage a recruit to come to your school or berating a prospect for committing elsewhere, you’re 99 percent of the time going to come off in ill form to the 17-or-18-year-old high schooler. The following Alabama fan is someone who, unfortunately, does not follow the advice previously stated. This person somehow got the phone number of four-star linebacker Darrell Williams, an Auburn commit, and proceeded to text him about the Crimson Tide. AuburnRecruitScreenShotWe realize you’re passionate about your college football teams, people, and that’s why we love you, but please, don’t ever text a recruit.last_img read more

Texas Coach Vance Bedford Goes On Rant About Tradition When Asked About Alternate Uniforms

first_imgThe Texas Longhorns football team running onto the field.STILLWATER, OK – OCTOBER 29: The Texas Longhorns run onto the field before a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys October 29, 2005 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Last weekend against Kansas, Texas honored safety Freddie Steinmark, subject of the upcoming film My All-American, by wearing 1969 throwback uniforms.Texas wearing throwback uniforms as tribute to Freddie Steinmark. (via @Uniformswag) pic.twitter.com/YVnQnacZN0— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 8, 2015Texas is a program with a classic look that rarely veers from what works, but most were probably okay with these clean-looking throwbacks. When asked about other alternate uniforms that some teams go to, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford went on a long rant about traditional powers in college football, that many fans who don’t like wild uniforms will appreciate.Asked Texas DC Vance Bedford about alternate unis today. His 600-word answer addressed a whole lot more. pic.twitter.com/q2mdv5UVkp— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 11, 2015We don’t think Bedford will be looking for a job at Oregon any time soon.last_img read more

Court martial for racial slur striking superior begins at NS base

first_imgKENTVILLE, N.S. – A Nova Scotia court martial heard contrasting views from witnesses Monday on whether a white reservist’s use of the word “nappy” to describe a black co-worker’s hair was intended as a racial slur.Cpl. Garett Rollman pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of striking his superior officer on the hand and two charges of “conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.”Prosecutors said Rollman made an inappropriate comment to civilian worker Cheryl Richard about black hair styles in a kitchen at the military base in Aldershot, N.S., in late February 2016.Richard said Monday her co-worker told her about a video that he’d viewed where a black woman was sponging her hair due to it being “nappy.”“I said, ‘Excuse me,’ and he said, ‘Nappy hair, you know like yours,’” she said, adding she immediately left the area, upset by the comment.Richard testified the term is “a racial slur they used a long time ago saying that black people have knotty hair because they didn’t have the means of working with their hair. It’s a racial slur that white people use.”However, Sgt. Christopher Jones, the senior non-commissioned officer in the unit, testified that as a black man and a supervisor of the two workers, he didn’t believe that Rollman was using the term as a slur.Jones said he believed Rollman had been explaining in a pleasant way that he and his black girlfriend had been watching a program about hair styles, and Rollman may not have understood Richard was offended by his description of what he saw.“He was trying to explain something nice … because nappy hair means style,” Jones testified, adding the term can have various meanings in different contexts.He said that Richard had a long-standing conflict with Rollman, to the point where the two were assigned to work on separate shifts for several years, and he testified Richard had taken the opportunity to “go after him (Rollman).”The prosecution alleged that the following day Rollman was standing near Richard when he pushed a garbage container across the kitchen and shouted insults and profanities at her.Richard testified she went from the kitchen area to a room where Sgt. Earl Smith — the second in command of the area — was sitting and told him about the incident.The prosecution alleges that Smith stood up, and “Cpl. Rollman hit the sergeant’s hand out of the way and took up a boxer’s stance,” before more yelling ensued and Rollman left Smith’s office.Sharon Angel, another civilian employee, testified Monday she witnessed Rollman and Smith yelling, and she saw Rollman raise his hand.She said she heard Smith yell, “Don’t you hit me!” but she couldn’t see if Rollman actually struck his superior.Capt. Greg Moorehead, the military prosecutor, told the court during his opening statement that Rollman’s behaviour breached military law.“None of this behaviour is acceptable, your honour, particularly in a disciplined and professional military,” he said.During defence cross examination, Richard told the court that she had “sometimes” complained about Rollman’s behaviour in the past, and confirmed he had launched a workplace harassment complaint against her prior to the incident.During opening statements, military defence lawyer Lt.-Cmdr. Brent Walden had asked for the case to be adjourned. He said the court needed time to find Smith, who has left the military and hasn’t responded to emails from the prosecution requesting his presence.The presiding military judge ruled that the case could proceed, noting a week has been set aside for the case.However, she also took note of the defence’s concerns over the absence of a key witness in the case.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

How one Canadian investment company is chasing Oscars with top Hollywood stars

first_imgTORONTO — Jason Cloth still remembers the night his biggest shot at Oscar glory slipped out of his hands.The Toronto-based financier had just finished celebrating his 2016 film “The Birth of a Nation” at a dinner party with director Nate Parker. The slave uprising drama was receiving warm reviews, secured a major distribution deal with Fox Searchlight and seemed positioned to collect armfuls of trophies during awards season.Heading back to his hotel room, Cloth was feeling optimistic — until Aaron Gilbert, his partner at Creative Wealth Media called him to break the news.Industry trade Variety was set to publish a story that dove into the details of a 1999 rape case, in which Parker was acquitted, that also involved the film’s co-writer Jean Celestin. They were students at Penn State University at the time, and while Celestin was initially found guilty of sexual assault, his conviction was overturned when the accuser declined to testify for a retrial. The woman committed suicide in 2012.Even before the #MeToo movement put sexual assault under the microscope in Hollywood, Parker’s involvement wasn’t a good look for the film. He didn’t just direct the movie, he played the main character, who leads an uprising motivated by the rape of his wife. Any prospects for “The Birth of a Nation” were quashed before it hit theatres that October.“That was our lightning in a bottle,” Cloth says while sipping water at his downtown Toronto office, where he brokers Hollywood deals using Canadian funds.“It killed us. I’ve never seen a film go from what should’ve been a best picture winner to not even an Indie Spirit Award nomination.”While Creative Wealth Media and its partner Bron Studios didn’t lose money on the production, since Fox bought the film’s rights, Cloth says it was a crash course in Hollywood business. Sometimes a film’s best ingredients can become a significant risk somewhere between the script stage and final cut.But that doesn’t mean he regrets the investment.“If the same parameters came up, I would still take that film,” Cloth insists.He says the experience taught him it’s crucial to perform a thorough background check on talent involved in each project.“If there’s ghosts in the closet, we want to know about it,” he says. “If there’s rumours, we’d rather walk.”The dust kicked up by “The Birth of a Nation” helped Cloth establish his company as a calculated risk taker interested in making prestige films.What makes Creative Wealth Media unique is that it’s backing Hollywood productions largely with Canadian money. Pension plans, mutual fund operators and the country’s highest net worth families are some of the key investors getting behind indie films with trusted stars attached.Denzel Washington brought two of his movies — “Fences” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” — to the Canadian financier and wound up picking up several Oscar nods, including two for himself and a best supporting actress win for Viola Davis.This year, Cloth hopes he’s sitting on another Oscar winner with “The Front Runner,” a biopic about American senator Gary Hart and a presidential campaign that was derailed by his extra-marital affair. Hugh Jackman is gathering buzz for his role as the senator in the Jason Reitman film, which opens Friday in Toronto and Vancouver.“If ‘Front Runner’ works we will be a three-year in a row Oscar-nominated production company,” Cloth boasts.But if it doesn’t work, Creative Wealth Management will move onto the next project. They’ve invested nearly US$200 million in production this year on movies like “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, and the ultra-violent feminist action flick “Assassination Nation.”Next year, they’ve lined up US$500 million in film and TV financing that includes an untitled morning show drama produced and starring Reese Witherspoon for Apple’s streaming service, and “Fonzo,” an Oscar bait drama with Tom Hardy as Al Capone.Cloth says his company enticed Hardy to work on “Fonzo” with the same strategy that worked for Jackman on “Front Runner.” His business partner Gilbert promised both actors they were playing roles of a lifetime — the kind of parts that win Oscars.Those assurances got Jackman and Hardy so excited they agreed to scale back their usual pay grade to “nowhere near what their normal rate is,” he says. The cheaper movies lowered the risk and boosted the upside for everyone involved.It helps that Cloth has a proven track record for spotting potential.Nearly a decade ago, he met two Ottawa-raised entertainment managers seeking a loan to get their silky-voiced singer the Weeknd started. Nobody knew the artist, born Abel Tesfaye, but the managers were certain they represented a future superstar.A few years later, a lawyer friend suggested Cloth wade into the film industry by supporting an independent movie that saw its key investor pull out at the 11th hour before production. The experience opened Cloth’s eyes to a new world of growth.“It’s an industry that has almost no volatility,” he says.“What other industry (exists where) a drop in economic activity has almost no bearing on your business? Nothing touches film and television.”But not every movie delivers on its promise.Creative Wealth Media’s first few projects were Canadian films “Into the Forest” and “Hyena Road.” While they didn’t lose money, he says he didn’t consider either “financially successful.”Cloth says he’s become more attuned to audience tastes — a mystery that most film executives constantly struggle to understand.“(We) are really careful to ensure we have within our slate a female-centric film and actors with ethnic diversity,” Cloth says as an example.But he acknowledges that his company is still tied to projects with uncertain futures.Luc Besson’s upcoming film “Anna” is one of them, he says. Creative Wealth Media signed on as a co-finance partner before Besson was accused of rape by an actress earlier this year.And while the case is being investigated by French authorities — and the director denies any wrongdoing — the uncertainty throws the film’s prospects into question.“That one worries me,” Cloth says of the film, set for release next year.“There’s very little we can do to protect against that, other than try and work with established filmmakers that have this open history that we can check.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Federal Court of Appeal to release decision on Trans Mountain next week

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Federal Court of Appeal is scheduled to release its decision next week in a case that combined nearly two dozen lawsuits calling for the National Energy Board’s review of the Trans Mountain pipeline to be overturned.The board, Trans Mountain and the federal government defended the project as viable during two weeks of hearings in Vancouver last fall.First Nations, including the Tsleil-Waututh, argued the federal government did not adequately consult them, although federal lawyers told the hearings extensive consultations were conducted. Environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby also challenged the project and were supported by the province of British Columbia, which was an intervener in the case.Alberta was also an intervener and a lawyer for the province said Ottawa’s decision to approve the expansion of the pipeline between Edmonton and Metro Vancouver was based on a broad base of evidence that considered environmental, economic and Indigenous interests.The federal government announced in May that it was buying the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion to ensure what it calls a vital piece of infrastructure is built.The Federal Court of Appeal tweeted Friday that the decision would be released next Thursday on its website.(The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Bouaida meets with delegation of German Marshall Fund of the United

first_imgRabat – Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida met, on Tuesday in Rabat, with a delegation of top officials from the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).Bouaida stressed the importance of regular visits to Morocco by GMF officials, which reinforce the orientations of the Kingdom based on dialogue , openness and the promoting of exchanges with international organizations.She called on the GMF to support Morocco’s initiatives at the regional and transatlantic levels, and which are part of the vision of the Kingdom regarding the consolidation of cooperation, security and prosperity of countries bordering the Atlantic, particularly the southern basin. The minister also underlined Morocco’s commitment to contribute to efforts to better manage risks threatening peace and stability, recalling the “Initiative of African countries bordering the Atlantic”, proposed by Morocco in August 2009.last_img read more

Sadly Tragedy Intrudes On Pro Athletes Lives Too As

Wayne Ellington, a reserve guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, lost his father to street violence in Philadelphia, a reminder that the glitz and wealth of professional sports life can be intruded upon with tragedy, too.You see them on television. You read about their hefty contracts. They are living their dreams. But for all they seem to have, they are not invincible. And they hurt just as any of us hurt.Just ask Ellington, whose father of the same name was shot in his car by unknown assailants at an intersection in Philadelphia Sunday night. Senseless violence. Again.“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” Ellington said in a statement released by the Lakers. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”Michael Jordan’s father was killed in similar fashion in North Carolina. Brian Shaw, coach of the Denver Nuggets, lost his parents and a sister in a horrific car accident. Mike Tyson had a daughter die in a freak accident. And on and on.“This is our livelihood, but it’s still just a game,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “This thing that’s happening with Wayne is real life. It kind of puts everything in perspective, too.”Ellington is in his sixth season after a stellar career at North Carolina. Police say there was no motive for the murder and there are no suspects. There’s only a family left behind to grieve. Ellington is on an indefinite leave of absence from the Lakers.“As a team, we’ll obviously keep going on and trying to win games, but I think all of us, every now and then— during the game, after the game, before the game—will have Wayne on our mind,” Scott said.No one is insulated from the horrors of the world. Money and fame can provide most everything except that. We get reminders every so often. . . sadly. read more

The Strange Dynasty Of The San Francisco Giants Is Over Yes It

Seasons ✓✓ Made Playoffs?Won Division?Won Pennant?Won World Series?Losing record90+ Wins?100+ Wins?Dynasty points Angels200220091112825.0 In general, a season contributes nothing to the dynasty if the team fails to make the playoffs or win 90 games.Source: Baseball Databank Dodgers1946196642772133.3 -3 ✓✓+4 ✓ ✓ Yankees19201943106162425.0 Dodgers1973199121381942.1 +3 +2 The weirdest dynasties ever?Among MLB dynasties (as defined by Bill James’s point system), largest share of seasons during a run that contributed zero points to the dynasty +5 Source: billjamesonline.com ✗ Cardinals196319712104944.4% ✓✓✓✓✓+6 ✓✓+2 ✓✓ ✗-2 Phillies197619831142825.0 Giants201020163103742.9 ✗ Yankees1976198621931127.3 ✓✓ +1 But every dynasty also has to end. When a team has a zero-point season, its rolling tally drops at least 2 points (it falls by 3 if the team also has a losing record). When the rolling tally dips to zero again, or the team has three straight pointless seasons, the dynasty is definitively over.2And the dynasty’s final season is retroactively set to the last year in which the team picked up any dynasty points.This decade’s Giants officially qualified as a dynasty by hitting 10 points after the 2014 World Series victory, ultimately extending the span of their run from 2010 to 2016 with one additional playoff appearance.3Technically the Giants haven’t had three straight zero-point seasons or a running total of zero yet (their running total was 3 through 2018, which was their second-straight zero-point season), but our model gives them next to no chance of picking up any dynasty points — and thereby extending the run — in 2019. But of those seven seasons, three contributed nothing to (and therefore actively detracted from) San Francisco’s running dynasty total. Among the 38 distinct teams that James’s system considers dynasties, only one — the 1963-71 St. Louis Cardinals — had a higher share of their “dynasty years” contribute nothing to the dynasty itself. ✓✓+3 ✓+1 ✓✓✓ Red Sox2002201841851729.4 TeamStartEndTitlesMax Dynasty PtsZero-PtTotalZero-Pt Share Over the course of the past decade, the San Francisco Giants put together one of the strangest dynasties in baseball history. And now it is officially coming to an end.The Giants still have five players left over from their 2014 championship season, but the returns have diminished greatly since then. The team is in last place in the National League West; the FiveThirtyEight model currently predicts it to finish 70-92, which would be one of the worst records in franchise history.1Technically the 2017 version was even worse, although that team at least had injuries to blame (and a playoff appearance the year before to suggest a potential turnaround). And it could get worse by season’s end, with ace Madison Bumgarner (among others) on the trade block.The Giants got here in part by trying to extend the dynasty past its expiration date. But who can blame them? When a team’s initial successes defy the odds, it can be especially difficult to know when a downturn is permanent or just a detour along the road to another title. This is especially true of San Francisco, which sandwiched two mediocre nonplayoff seasons in between World Series titles. But we come here not to bury the Giants’ dynasty but to praise it — and imagine how Farhan Zaidi, the new president of baseball operations, might construct another one where the original once stood.So what makes the Giants’ dynasty of the 2010s — and yes, it was a bona fide dynasty — maybe the most interesting ever?Up and downThe simplest answer to that question lies with the team’s every-other-year pattern of success. In even-numbered years from 2010 through 2016, the Giants’ winning percentage was .557; in odd years, it was only .506. But plenty of teams have gone on wild championship roller-coaster rides. The Giants’ version was one of the most memorable because of how unexpectedly it materialized and how difficult it was to get a handle on, even while it was happening.Sabermetrics pioneer Bill James has a method of determining dynastic runs that involves giving out points for seasons of various accomplishments. He keeps a running tally of a team’s dynasty points after each season; whenever a team’s running total hits 10, it automatically becomes a dynasty — of which there have been only 38 in baseball history. Cardinals1926193531731030.0 ✓✓ Bill James’s dynasty accounting systemWhat an MLB team must do in a season to earn or lose dynasty points Keeping in mind that the majority of San Francisco’s dynasty took place in the double-wild-card era, where in theory it is easier to snag an occasional playoff berth to keep the run going, you could argue that a Giants-like run is even harder to pull off now than during the Cardinals’ era (most of which happened when the “playoffs” consisted only of the World Series).If all of this sounds like a knock on what San Francisco accomplished, it’s not. It actually just makes it more fascinating: Only nine teams in history ever won three World Series in a five-year period anyway, and none of those had anywhere near as many ups and downs — nor proved as many doubters wrong — as the 2010-16 Giants did.Growing a dynasty … on top of a dynasty?Surprisingly, that run actually began on the heels of another dynasty, at least according to James’s accounting system. The 2000-04 Giants hit a running total of 10 points as well, despite not winning any championships, because they won at least 90 games five years in a row with two division crowns, a pennant in 2002 and 100 victories in 2003. That team was powered by Barry Bonds at the peak of his historic hitting powers,4And with Bonds allegedly benefiting from performance-enhancing drugs. with help from second baseman Jeff Kent, pitcher Jason Schmidt and shortstop Rich Aurilia. But the club’s performance fell after much of Bonds’s supporting cast signed elsewhere (SB Nation recently made a great video about the bitter Bonds-Kent feud), and the Giants’ main attraction in the ensuing seasons was Bonds’s largely joyless pursuit of Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record.By 2008, Bonds was out of baseball and the Giants were terrible, winning just 72 games. They had just three players who had been ranked among Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects in the previous few seasons: pitchers Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez. Their farm system ranked just 23rd in baseball. Practically nothing about the Giants’ situation suggested that another dynasty was around the corner.But as bleak as San Francisco’s outlook appeared to be, the ingredients were largely in place for the run that was to come. To go with Cain and Lincecum, fellow dynasty cornerstones Bumgarner, Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt would all be drafted in 2007-09, while third baseman Pablo Sandoval and reliever Sergio Romo both made their MLB debuts in the summer of 2008. Nine players were on all three Giants championship squads — Posey, Bumgarner, Cain, Sandoval, Romo, Lincecum, Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez — and of those, six were either acquired by or made their MLB debuts for San Francisco in the 18-month span between May 2007 and November 2008. The team had also hired manager Bruce Bochy away from the division-rival San Diego Padres prior to the 2007 season.The Giants’ penchant for acquiring and developing homegrown talent helps explain a good amount of their success earlier this decade. From 2010 through 2016, only two teams (the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays) got more total wins above replacement5Averaging together the WAR versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. from players who initially debuted with the team than San Francisco did. That group was headlined by Posey and Bumgarner, both of whom were top-10 draft picks, but it also included a fourth-rounder (Crawford), fifth-rounder (Belt) and 18th-rounder (Matt Duffy) who each peaked as 4-win players or better despite their lack of pedigree.Spare parts to the rescueThose Giants were made all the more interesting by the odd veteran pieces that filled in the gaps around the homegrown talent, particularly in the postseason. Journeyman castoffs Andres Torres and Aubrey Huff led the 2010 Giants in regular-season WAR, while that year’s NLCS MVP was Cody Ross (who had been claimed off waivers from the Marlins in August), and the World Series MVP was veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria, who had missed more than half the regular season with injuries.The trend continued in subsequent title runs. Outfielder Angel Pagan rebounded from a disappointing 2011 season with the Mets to produce 4.4 WAR for the Giants in their 2012 championship campaign. Melky Cabrera, on his fourth team in four years, was the All-Star Game’s MVP and hit an NL-best .346 that year before being suspended for performance-enhancing drugs (and recusing himself from the batting crown). Second baseman Marco Scutaro, picked up via trade in July, claimed NLCS MVP honors. After Posey and Bumgarner, frenetic outfielder Hunter Pence, acquired four days after Scutaro, was the Giants’ best player by WAR in 2013 and 2014, posting an 1.167 on-base plus slugging in the 2014 World Series. Even in 2016, obscure third baseman Conor Gillaspie provided playoff heroics when his ninth-inning home run won the NL wild-card game over the Mets.This quirky combination of young draftees and veteran reclamation projects helped each Giants championship team forge a different identity. The 2010 team was widely identified with Lincecum, Cain and eccentric, heavily bearded closer Brian Wilson. The 2012 version had evolved to become Posey’s team (he was named NL MVP) with Sandoval, the “Kung Fu Panda,” inheriting the role of postseason talisman from Wilson. And the 2014 season was all about the dominance of Bumgarner, who became virtually unhittable in October, winning the NLCS and World Series MVPs. Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean continually found ways to retool the roster on the fly, returning it to a championship level even after a 76-win season in 2013 suggested to many that San Francisco’s days of winning it all were probably over.An extraordinary timeThe Giants’ dynasty was also lucky to come along during an era of comparative parity in Major League Baseball. In 2015, my colleague Rob Arthur and I noted that MLB was getting tougher and tougher to predict during the decade of the 2010s, which happened to overlap with the entirety of San Francisco’s run to that point. In particular, the share of variance in team records explained by luck — which tracks with how compressed team records are across the league — had spiked upward to 64 percent that season, the highest mark since right after the 1994 strike.The Giants weren’t particularly dominant on paper during their dynastic years, never finishing higher than sixth in baseball in Sports-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System during any of their championship seasons, but it was the perfect moment to be a good team that gets hot at exactly the right time. Although it is unlikely that San Francisco’s World Series runs were wholly (or even mostly) the product of making the playoffs and having the postseason crapshoot fall in their favor three times, there’s no denying that the Giants’ path was made easier by the lack of super-teams across the rest of MLB.And now, those days are gone. (Not that it would help the current Giants much if they weren’t.) Starting in 2016, the league became very much top-heavy and thus much easier to predict than it had been earlier in the decade. The simultaneous emergence of juggernauts in the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians over the past few seasons have left the next tier of teams feeling the squeeze. Yes, some of today’s reduced parity also owes to the surplus of tanking teams trying to emulate the championship runs of the Cubs and Astros, but the teams at the top are also just stacked with talent. That has made it much tougher to be a merely solid ballclub with World Series aspirations.The aftermathAfter falling short against the Cubs in the 2016 NL Division Series, the Giants hoped to return to contention with largely the same group plus ex-Nationals closer Mark Melancon (who’d been good the previous season). Instead, Bumgarner injured himself in an early season dirt bike accident, Melancon was terrible, and the team collapsed to 64 wins. Then San Francisco doubled down on reviving its even-year magic in 2018 by trading for 30-something stars Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. It didn’t work: Longoria was a disappointment at 1.2 WAR, McCutchen was traded to the Yankees at midseason, and Bumgarner was injured again. After 73 wins last year and this season’s 20-26 start, and facing Bochy’s retirement at the end of 2019, the franchise has finally begun staring down the specter of a rebuild.It’s easy to look back with hindsight and criticize the moves San Francisco made to try to keep its window of contention open. Well after the 2014 championship, for instance, the Giants signed pitchers Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Melancon to long-term deals totaling $282 million, which looks like a terrible waste now — as well as a betrayal of the dynasty’s original homegrown roots.But this was also the same team that rode out a playoff absence in 2011 to win again in 2012, and a 76-win disappointment in 2013 to win again in 2014. As Bumgarner told the L.A. Times before this season, “Pretty much every year we’ve won, we were not expected to win.”The retool-on-the-fly mindset served the Giants well — until it didn’t.As much as the failure of recent big-name acquisitions to recapture their former glory has hurt the Giants, another big factor has been the failure of the team’s homegrown core to age gracefully — and the lack of anything in the pipeline behind it. Although Crawford can still make the occasional spectacular play, he is down from a 5-win player in 2016 to a subreplacement one now, and he’ll make $15.2 million each of the next two seasons after 2019. Belt was worth 4.2 WAR in 2016; now he’s on pace for a more middling 2.2 WAR in 2019 despite his $17.2 million salary, which also repeats in 2020 and 2021. Duffy fell off in 2016 and was traded for Matt Moore, who was miserable for the Giants in 2017 and was himself dealt for peanuts.Even with Bumgarner healthy, the Giants have the league’s worst starting rotation according to WAR. And recent drafts have produced little of note. The farm system ranked 26th in Keith Law’s preseason rankings. Things suddenly look dire again.Rebuilding the next dynastyWith Sabean’s successor, Bobby Evans, removed from his post as general manager last September, the man tasked with rebuilding the Giants now is former Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi, who has gained a reputation as an innovator and a genius since leaving his doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley to join the Oakland A’s front office under billion-dollar Billy Beane in 2005.Zaidi began shaking up San Francisco’s usual methods with a seemingly endless stream of anonymous signings before the season, in the hopes that at least some of them turn into viable major leaguers. That dizzying roster carousel did not let up once the season got underway, either. The team has started to employ modern pitching tactics like using an opener (which went poorly) and having position players like Sandoval throw mop-up innings (which went well!).But Zaidi has also run into friction six months into his new job. Already a figure of suspicion among Giants fans for his Dodger background, Zaidi was booed by season-ticket holders (granted, at Zaidi’s own urging) during a preseason meet-and-greet after he mentioned potentially using the opener. More seriously, he was openly criticized by Derek Holland after the pitcher was demoted from the starting rotation.Maybe all the constant roster-shuffling and other analytics-minded front-office techniques will pay off for San Francisco in the long run. But for now, the Giants are a bad team that can only get worse. The players are noticing — and so are the fans. AT&T Park was home to baseball’s third-best attendance mark as recently as 2017, but no team has shed more fans per game this season than San Francisco, whose 2019 attendance is down by more than 6,000 as compared with last year.How long will the Giants’ rebuild last? It might take a while to clear the current roster’s worst financial obligations from the books. Even in a world without Bumgarner, the team has $124 million committed to just seven players next year, with a payroll that could balloon to $172 million after arbitration and options are picked up. But as San Francisco’s ill-fated late push to sign Bryce Harper showed, the team hasn’t ruled out shelling out money for talent despite starting a new chapter in franchise history. Zaidi’s tightrope walk between alienating one of baseball’s best fan bases and genuinely refreshing the roster should be interesting to watch over the next few seasons.But it does also mean that the Giants dynasty of the early teens is firmly in the rearview mirror. What San Francisco accomplished then still defies statistical explanation to a certain degree, even acknowledging that most dynasties need an unlikely string of good fortune to build a great roster with long-term staying power. Through a combination of strong starting pitching, an impressive homegrown core and unbelievably shrewd veteran pickups, the Giants put together one of baseball’s most improbable strings of championships ever — a run that will be better appreciated only as it recedes into the realm of history. Now we have to see what Zaidi can do as a follow-up act.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

How USCs Upset Of SMU Rattled The East Region

5Virginia00+100 1Villanova00+1+10 SEEDTEAMSWEET 16ELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMP.WIN Unsurprisingly, the changes in odds are mostly concentrated in SMU’s sector of the bracket. Baylor’s path became far easier with SMU out of the way (our model considered that Round of 32 game a virtual toss-up), and even Duke saw a slight increase in its probability of advancing deep into the tournament.The way this largely upset-free tournament has been going so far, those changes count for some of the most movement we’ve seen, and they show just how much impact the loss of one dark horse (or is it one dark Mustang?) can have at this stage of the tourney.Check out our March Madness predictions. 11USC+18+4+100 4Florida000+10 The NCAA tournament started with one of the chalkiest opening days in NCAA tournament history, and Friday wasn’t looking very different: better-seeded teams won the first five games of the day, bringing their record to 19-2 going into the late afternoon on the east coast. But what was shaping up to be one of the most boring opening rounds ever received some much-needed surprise when University of Southern California upset SMU on Friday afternoon, knocking out what the computer power ratings considered one of the tournament’s most tempting dark-horse picks.Despite being seeded sixth in the stacked East region, SMU was a trendy choice to go to the Sweet 16 — or beyond. After going 27-4 in the regular season and winning the American Athletic tournament, SMU was the 11th-best team in the country according to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, and one of only 15 schools to rank among the top 30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.But against Southern Cal, SMU’s shooting efficiency and rebounding cratered. Now, with one SMU out of the mix, the landscape of the East region — the most difficult quadrant of the tournament — has been altered. CHANGE IN ODDS OF REACHING… Changes caused by SMU losing to Southern California on Mar. 17.Source: ESPN The ripple effects of SMU’s loss in the East region 3Baylor+30+10+3+1+1 2Duke0+4+1+10 10Marquette0+1000 read more

Queiroz explains how Iran defeated Yemen 50

first_imgThe Portuguese manager believes his team was well focused on the victory in order to avoid any surprises in the 2019 Asian Cup.After many surprises, India winning 4-1 against Thailand, and defending champions Australia losing to Jordan, Iran didn’t want to repeat any of these mistakes.Iran defeated Yemen 5-0 after a brilliant showcase from their players, and manager Carlos Queiroz has explained why they won.“I really want to congratulate my players for the way they played,” he told Fox Sports Asia.“We are still at the beginning though and we are certainly not looking at results elsewhere as it is really none of our business.”Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“Having said that, some of the games we have seen so far have been, to be honest, a great lesson for Iran,” he added.“I told my players that they had to focus on their first game, and some of the early results have proved that if you don’t play with focus any team [here in the UAE] can beat another.”“The match was a typical first game at a [major] competition as some players started a little nervously,” he explained.“However, I think after we began with such a high intensity, we started to force Yemen into mistakes and we were able to use that to our advantage.”last_img read more

Trippier believes in Spurs character

first_imgThe team has been getting impressive results lately, while also juggling with a difficult schedule and an injury crisis.Tottenham Hotspur is currently sitting in the third position of the English Premier League table with 60 points.The team is five points behind second and first place, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.The Spurs have won 20 out of their 26 matches, drawing none and losing six.And for defender and midfielder Kieran Trippier, the results of the team speak of the strong character they have.“The past few weeks have been very good,” Tripper told Sky Sports.“We could have played a lot better, we all know that, but the results are the most important thing.”“We’ve had a few injuries recently and the people that have stepped in have done really well,” he added.“If you look at Son [HEung-min], he’s played in three major tournaments this season and he still looks fresh.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He’s come back and scored goals and topped it off with the result the other night which was amazing,” he commented.“It took me a good 16 months to settle in at Tottenham.”Trippier joined Spurs in 2015, after being with Burnley three years.“But what Pochettino does really well is developing players and getting them to play for their national teams,” he continued.“His record speaks for itself – he’s got five in the Tottenham squad now and the same happened at Southampton. He makes players become bigger and better.”“He helped me develop as an attacker. He sets everything out day by day in training perfectly for the lads, the sessions are unbelievable,” he concluded.😄🙌#FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/0W4fk0ewHg— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 15, 2019last_img read more

Chris Hughton urges Brighton to believe in victory against Man City

first_imgChris Hughton believes it’s essential that Brighton go into their FA Cup semi-final tie with Manchester City confident of victory.The Seagulls have been handed the least favourable opponents in today’s semi-final draw in City, who are chasing a historic quadruple this season.Although it’s fair to say that Brighton were fortunate to make it to this stage after going two goals down to Championship side Millwall in this afternoon’s quarter-final tie at The Den.But two goals in as many minutes from Jurgen Locadia and Solly March salvaged a 2-2 draw for Brighton before defeating Millwall 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out win.“All three other teams probably didn’t want to play Man City but at the moment we are so pleased to go through and if we don’t think we can win, then there is no point going into the tie,” Brighton boss Hughton told BBC.“We are up against one of the best sides in the country, but on the day, we have a chance and we will have to have everything go our way.”Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.The former Newcastle manager conceded Brighton were “fortunate” to progress to the last four of the FA Cup after not creating enough opportunities.“As soon as Solly [March] played the ball in, we were disappointed because he over hit it but sometimes you need those moments,” said Hughton.“We probably didn’t create enough of them but we had a bit of fortune to swing it our way.“We were confident in the penalty shoot-out, but when you miss the first one and they score, you think it may not be our day. But we showed enough with our remaining takers and I think we showed more over the 90 minutes.”Brighton will next take a trip to St Mary’s to meet Southampton in a Premier League match on March 30.LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Brighton celebrate victory after the penalty shoot out during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Millwall and Brighton and Hove Albion at The Den on March 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)last_img read more

Whats in the Box Prize revealed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciaes, 16 Jan 2015 – The first winner for the What’s In the Box promotion now in its fifth year was Jewel Selver. Selver was called on her cell phone to learn that her answer of ‘Bambarra Rum’ was correct and that she had won a weekend stay for two at the award winning, Grace Bay Club. Today the partners in the event unveiled what was in the box after a string of clues were dispatched to LIME customers. Some of those clues included that it could make you happy or sad, it could be a blessing or curse and it’s the spirit of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Mobile customers had the opportunity to guess the prize via text with 100% of the proceeds going to the Grace Bay Club Community Foundation adopted schools. Two thousand texts came in and $2,000 were raised. The beneficiaries are the Charles Hubert James and Adelaide Omeler primary schools in North Caicos where tablets will be purchased to give students a modern experience in learning. Other prizes for the texters include a stay at the West Bay Club and a complete tool set from the Do it Center. The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-up Recommended for you Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Related Items:bambarra rum, grace bay club, jewel selver, lime, what’s in the box Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’slast_img read more

Teenager stabbed over a dollar by jitney driver

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:17 year old taken to hospital after being stabbed in neck by jitney driver, police on hunt for jitney driver that stabbed a 17 year old boy, stabbing over a dollar by jitney driver, teenager stabbed in throat by jitney driver Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 27, 2016 – The Police are going it alone in their hunt for a jitney driver who is reported to have stabbed a teenager over $1 when a jitney ride turned violent yesterday.  A fight broke out.  Magnetic Media is told of the situation where a boy was rushed to the emergency room at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center after reportedly being stabbed in the throat by the driver.  The two got into a row when the boy paid $2 for what the driver reportedly said is a $3 ride.  The young man was brought from Grace Bay to Down Town.  The Turks and Caicos teen, who is a Been and a resident of Kew Town, Providenciales was treated at hospital and released.  As for the jitney driver, who is operating illegally because jitneys are illegal, he is in the wind.  Police are searching for the stabber but there are no vital statistics on the man accused and no vehicle description issued to media or the public up to news production time. The incident happened around 6:30pm Tuesday.last_img read more

Schmeichel is proud and angry of his son

first_imgLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel ran towards the crashing site of the helicopter carrying the team’s owner and four other peopleLeicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people died in a helicopter crash on October 27.The vehicle left King Power Stadium in Leicester and crashed a few seconds after taking off.And goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saw it first hand and ran towards the wreckage.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’m proud of his reaction as the first thing he wants to do is help,” Peter Schmeichel, the Foxes’ goalkeeper dad told the BBC.“He was running towards a burning helicopter. You don’t want your kids to do that.”“He’s done exceptionally well. He’s come through a difficult time and I’ve tried to read his emotions and hopefully it won’t be a big reaction,” he concluded.last_img read more

Antonio backs Sterling following racist abuse

first_imgWest Ham winger Michail Antonio has come out in support of Raheem Sterling and described the City forward as “brave” for his stand against racism.Sterling was the target of an alleged racial abuse on Saturday during City’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea and Antonio who have had a similar experience is supporting the England international for his stand on the issue of racism in football.“I experienced it when I was younger. I was like 10 or 11. A kid called me a monkey,” Antonio told Sky Sports.“I’ve not experienced it as a professional footballer myself, but it’s just one of those things where it happens. It’s just how it gets dealt with.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“To be honest, I think he’s a very brave man.“He’s showing facts and I honestly believe he’s done the right thing.“You can blame one person, but putting it out there and showing it’s not just one person that’s doing it, he’s saying the media, if we can stop it being in the papers, if we can stop it from the source, that’s how it ends.”last_img read more

Hazard I dont care about what Sarri says

first_imgEden Hazard insists he only concerns himself with playing his football following Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham.Prior to Thursday night’s win, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made some critical comments over Hazard’s leadership qualities.But the Belgian superstar responded superbly by producing another man of the match and scoring the second goal as Chelsea recovered from a first-leg loss to win the return fixture 2-1.With the aggregate scoreline level at 2-2, Chelsea then decided the tie by claiming a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win against Spurs at Stamford Bridge and progressed to the Carabao Cup final.“It’s always good to bounce back after a tough game,” Hazard told Sky Sports.“We did well for 90 minutes. We controlled the game in the first half. They had one chance and scored one goal.“We had a couple of opportunities and didn’t score, but in the end, we go through to the final so we are happy.”As for Sarri’s negative comments over his abilities as a leader, Hazard said: “To be fair, I don’t care.“I just play my football, it doesn’t matter what the manager said. I just focus on this team and I always want to do the best for this team, today I did and I’m just happy.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Blues will now take on cup holders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on February 24.Hazard added: “It’s always hard [against Man City].“With Liverpool, I think they are the best team in the Premier League at the moment, they win a lot of trophies in the last five or six years, but we also have a great team so I think it is a 50-50 game.”Meanwhile, Hazard’s team-mate David Luiz was pleased with the victory after scoring the fourth and decisive penalty in the shoot-out.“It’s a great feeling,” said Luiz.“The team did great, especially in the first half. We could have scored three or four goals. Also in the second half we controlled the game, they had one opportunity and they scored.“It is frustrating when you control the whole game and there is a chance you lose on penalties because with penalties you never know.“We pressed really well, especially on the defensive side all the strikers did an amazing job, so congratulations to everybody. We are so happy with the reaction of the team and the spirit of the team.”last_img read more

The annual Miramar Air Show returns to MCAS Miramar

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 28, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMIRAMAR (KUSI) – KUSI’s Jason Austell was at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to check out the start of the annual Miramar Air Show. Jason Austell, What an honor to meet the legendary Sean D. Tucker! My interview with him is coming up @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/GOrLGHcGiO— Jason Austell (@JasonAustell) September 28, 2018center_img Jason Austell September 28, 2018 The annual Miramar Air Show returns to MCAS Miramarlast_img read more