The Reds took one step in the right direction when they kept Bryan Price as their manager for next year. Continuity is the best way to improve any program in sports. I believe the second thing they need to do is to try to part ways with Brandon Phillips. His productivity is going down, and at his age, this might be the last chance to trade him while some teams are still interested. The younger players who filled in for him showed they could do the job.Another idea is to determine during the off season which of their pitchers will be their closer next year. No team is ever successful rotating closers. Finally, they need to establish a starting rotation and stick with it. Unfortunately, they are stuck with Homer Bailey, and I am not sure his arm will ever hold up for a full season. These are my ideas on how to improve the Reds.
Wisconsin freshman Laurie Nosbusch earned two honors this week — one from the Big Ten and one from Soccer Buzz Magazine — for her impressive play on the weekend.First, Nosbusch was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week Monday in the Big Ten, sharing the honor with junior Katie Schoepfer of Penn State. Nosbusch’s second honor came Tuesday as she was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week, along with 14 other players.Nosbusch was honored to receive the awards, but also was quick to point out her teammates’ success.“It is pretty exciting, but you don’t really score a goal by yourself,” Nosbusch said. “I think it’s more of an award for the entire team for getting as many goals as we did.”In Sunday’s match against Michigan State, all the hype was centered around the Spartans’ forward duo of freshman Laura Heyboer and junior Lauren Hill. Nosbusch wasn’t fazed as she led the Badgers to a 2-0 victory with a goal and an assist.Earning the award while playing against Heyboer, the nation’s leading scorer with 44 points, and leading her team to two conference wins made Nosbusch’s success on the weekend all the more impressive.“To get the award against a quality Big Ten team means even more,” Nosbusch said. “It means even more when you get a win out of it, so that was the best part about it — that we could get enough goals to get wins.”Nosbusch also had another goal and assist Friday in the Badgers’ 3-1 victory over the Wolverines of Michigan. With a pair of goals and two assists on the weekend, Nosbusch turned some heads, leading to the honors she earned this week.“I’m always sort of impressed with Laurie,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “She is one of the hardest working kids we have on the team in terms of effort and willingness to sacrifice her body to score goals, which I think is rare to find sometimes in a young freshman.”Wilkins agreed with the fact that while Nosbusch received the honors for her personal success, the awards she received are a credit to the team’s play as a whole on the weekend.“It’s always great for anybody to get that type of recognition,” Wilkins said. “I always tell the players that it’s a sign of the success of the team because if they’re not winning and doing things well then players won’t get recognized.”Since Nosbusch believes the accolades are due largely in part to the rest of the team’s success, she hopes they can share in her excitement in receiving them.“I think it should be exciting for everyone to know that we’re getting opportunities and taking advantage of them,” Nosbusch said. “We scored five goals on the weekend, so that just shows that everyone is working together.”Nosbusch has been a huge asset for the Badgers’ offense throughout the season so far. Her play has been especially important to the team with senior Taylor Walsh battling a knee injury for much of the season.Nosbusch leads Wisconsin with 21 points and seven assists through 16 games. She also is second on the team in goals with seven, just one behind Walsh.Walsh also received the same honors as Nosbusch earlier this season following the Hoosier Classic, when she notched the first hat trick of her career.For much of the season, the Badgers’ confidence as a young team seemed to go up and down as they had more or less success. With the recent success and the honors received by Nosbusch, the players’ confidence seems to grow by the day.“I think all that stuff always adds up and gives some confidence to them,” Wilkins said. “With the way they are in practice, it seems like they believe a little bit more and more each day, and I think that’s important for the success of this program.”
Lionel Messiâ€™s bid to win the World Cup got off to a nightmare start as he missed a penalty and his Argentina side were surprisingly held by debutants Iceland. Messi was looking to match the impact his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo has made on the tournament – a sensational hat-trick against Spain on Friday night.But instead of being the hero, Messi was the villain as his second-half spot-kick was easily saved by Hannes Halldorsson with the score at 1-1.The draw was no less than Iceland, who are the smallest nation ever to play in a World Cup finals, deserved. Their disciplined, defensive tactics frustrated an Argentina side who enjoyed the majority of possession and they also carried a threat going forward from the start, with Birkir Bjarnason scuffing a glorious early chance. After surviving that scare, the thousands of Argentina fans who packed out the Spartak Stadium were dancing in the Moscow sunshine when Sergio Aguero put them ahead with a superb strike after 19 minutes.But Jorge Sampaoliâ€™s side have a soft centre and their lead lasted only four minutes and 15 seconds, as Alfred Finnbogason equalised with his countryâ€™s first goal at a World Cup finals.Finnbogason had made a hash of a header seconds earlier but Argentina failed to clear and Willy Caballero could only palm Hordur Magnussonâ€™s shot into the path of the striker, who gleefully turned it home.Messiâ€™s missed penalty was Argentinaâ€™s only clear-cut chance in the second half, although Cristian Pavonâ€™s bouncing cross drew a fine late save from Halldorsson.All eyes were on Messi from the moment he walked into the Spartak Stadium, with the Argentina fans roaring their approval whenever his image flashed up on the big screen before the game, but he could not provide the inspiration they craved.It was not for a lack of effort, or a shortage of attempts on goal, but the image of the Barcelona star that summed up his day was one of dejection, when he was left staring at the ground at the final whistle, with his hands on his knees.He ended the game having attempted 11 shots without scoring. Only Italyâ€™s Luigi Riva has mustered more shots in a World Cup game without finding the net since 1966 (13 v Sweden and v Israel in 1970).Messi had been left to wander by Iceland, who did not try to man-mark him, but there were only flitting moments when he threatened to work his magic, with his best moment a first-half shot palmed away by Halldorsson.Messi did provide the floated cross that led to Argentinaâ€™s penalty after Maximiliano Meza was fouled by Magnusson, but he will want to forget what happened next.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trout, who also had two singles, led a barrage that included two-run homers by Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani.Rendon and Ohtani both came into the game hitting under .200, part of a surprising offensive malaise for a team that figured to have a powerful offense.“Coming into the season with the lineup we had on paper, it’s going to produce,” Trout said. “We haven’t been producing lately the last week, the tough stretch we had in Texas. But we came home and turned the page. It’s something we can build off. We have a lot of great hitters on this team. You saw what we can do tonight. We can score runs with the best teams.”The first-place A’s had been running away with the division, and they seemed to be running away with this game before the Angels rally.“I’m here to tell you, man, we can play with these guys,” Maddon said. “Absolutely, we can play with these guys. There’s no doubt in my mind. We got to go out there and we got to take it from them, they’re not going to give us anything. I like the way we responded today. It’s gonna be another battle tomorrow, but I have a lot of respect for Oakland but we can play with these guys, you can play with Houston, but we got to prove that.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Rendon’s homer capped a first-inning rally that put the Angels up 3-0, and Trout and Ohtani each hit a home run during a comeback from a 9-4 deficit. Trout’s homer in the fourth made it 9-6, and Ohtani’s in the sixth tied the game at 9.Rendon and Justin Upton both snapped 0-for-21 slumps; Rendon ended his with a homer.“It definitely has to take a little bit of the load off,” Maddon said of Rendon’s home run. “It can lead to a pretty good hot streak for him. He’s one of those guys who can get hot and stay hot.”Besides the Angels offense, their bullpen provided some of the quality relief that had been absent for the first week and a half of the season. Starter Julio Teheran was charged with five runs and Matt Andriese gave up four more, but then Noe Ramirez, Keynan Middleton, Felix Peña and Ty Buttrey blanked the A’s over the final five innings.Maddon said Middleton, Peña and Buttrey have now emerged as his top three relievers.“If they’re rested, you’ll see us probably utilize those three guys, not in any particular order, at the end of the game to win,” Maddon said.The homer barrage and bullpen success covered over what had started as a sloppy game for the Angels.Teheran returned to the mound after getting a 3-0 lead and suddenly couldn’t get an out. He allowed nine of the next 12 hitters to reach base and was knocked out in the third inning, with five runs on the board.Teheran allowed both of Matt Chapman’s homers, blasts to straightaway center field. He also hit a batter, walked two and threw a wild pitch.Maddon said Teheran is still behind, having missed two of the three weeks of summer camp while recovering from a bout with the coronavirus.Tommy La Stella got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double with no outs in the first and Trout coming up. Albert Pujols made an ill-advised attempt to get a force at second instead of taking the out at first. Upton dropped a fly ball.The Angels also executed a rundown between third and home slowly enough that the A’s went from having runners at first and third to having runners at second and third.“It was 9-4 and we looked up and it was still the fourth inning,” Trout said. “We had a lot of game left. We just keep fighting. We had great at-bats. We kept fighting, chipping away, chipping away and finally pulled ahead in the eighth.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousThe Oakland Athletics cheer in the dugout before playing the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, center, is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, watches the flight of his two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOakland Athletics’ Matt Olson, left, scores on a triple hit by Matt Chapman as Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi waits for the throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, watches as Justin Upton makes a fielding error while trying to catch a ball hit by Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, center, of Japan, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, chases Oakland Athletics’ Robbie Grossman to tag him out during the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Robbie Grossman and Matt Olson during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols watches after hitting a sacrifice ground ball during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, is greeted by first base coach Jose Molina during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Julio Teheran, right, chats with catcher Max Stassi during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, center, is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman watches after hitting a three-run triple during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Anthony Rendon, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Mike Trout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, and Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, celebrate the team’s 10-9 win against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Justin Upton #10 of the Los Angeles Angels drops a ball hit by Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics who drove in a run on the error in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics scores as Julio Teheran #49 of the Los Angeles Angels covers the plate after a wild pitch in the second inning inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Stephen Piscotty, left, scores on a wild pitch by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Julio Teheran, right, during the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics signals to Ramon Laureano #22 who scores on a three-run triple hit by Matt Chapman #26 in the fourth inning against the at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Matt Andriese throws during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Anthony Rendon #6 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated in the dugout after his first inning home run against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Matt Olson #28 of the Oakland Athletics congratulates Matt Chapman #26 on his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, left, scores on a wild pitch by Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea, right, during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Oakland Athletics’ Stephen Piscotty hits an RBI single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Matt Olson #28 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Robbie Grossman #8, Ramon Laureano #22 and Sean Murphy #12 after being driven in on a three-run triple by Matt Chapman #26 in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Julio Teheran throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics hits a three-run triple in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Sean Murphy #12 of the Oakland Athletics reacts as Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels gets a walk in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Oakland Athletics cheer in the dugout before playing the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, center, is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 28Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, center, is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandANAHEIM — The Angels’ offensive slump had even hit Mike Trout, who admitted that over the weekend in Texas he had been “fighting through some stuff.”Trout said it was only a five- or six-at-bat stretch in which he didn’t feel comfortable, and apparently a little extra pregame work on Monday took care of that.Trout led the Angels’ offensive barrage with two homers, including a game-winning solo shot in the eighth, to lead the Angels to a 10-9 victory over the Oakland A’s.The Angels overcame an early five-run deficit to snap the nine-game winning streak for the team with the best record in baseball. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone
“Obviously next year’s team will look different than this year’s team. But I thought we were an incredibly talented team. A really good mix of veteran players and young players.”The mix could tip even more toward those young players in 2017. Corey Seager is the presumptive NL Rookie of the Year and the emerging face of the franchise. But others like Julio Urias, Jose De Leon, Ross Stripling, Andrew Toles, Grant Dayton and Brock Stewart got their feet wet in 2016 and figure prominently in any future plans.“A number of our young guys getting this experience bodes well for the future,” Friedman said, calling that “silver-lining type stuff” that is reached for during the painful hours of accepting the season’s final defeat.The clouds, then?There are a potential 11 free agents in the group Friedman praised for its resiliency. Some decisions will be easy (J.P. Howell, Brett Anderson, Jesse Chavez), others not so much (Joe Blanton, Josh Reddick, Chase Utley).The Dodgers pursued Rich Hill in free agency before and probably will again. They want Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner back and have already let them and their representatives know that. But there will be significant competition for them.“It’s still too early for me right now,” Jansen said Saturday night of his impending free agency. “This feels awful right now. We got so far and we fell short again. I’m still thinking of what we accomplished and how we fell short.”Asked if he had given any thought to the possibility Game 6 had been his last game for the Dodgers, Turner rolled his eyes at the ill-timed question.“No, not at all. I’m focused on tonight,” he said in the post-game locker room. “We fell short tonight. I’m just taking time to reflect, not thinking about what’s going to happen in the future.”That future is in Friedman’s hands now.“It’s hard to put into perspective right now,” Friedman said. “The frustrating or the part that is most disappointing is just what a special group this is and just the resiliency they showed all year. To have it end this way is obviously really tough, but I do think there are a lot of positives to be drawn out of it.“I do think there is an organizational DNA that can remain in place, and I think we made large strides this year in creating that. I think it always has to be fostered and nurtured. But I’m incredibly proud of the growth and momentum of this year, and we’ll look to build on that for next year.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Obviously our goal each and every year is to win the World Series and bring a world championship back to our great fans,” Friedman said following the Game 6 loss in Chicago, unwilling to downplay the significance of four consecutive division titles. “Obviously we have a regular season goal which is to win the division and then we have a postseason goal which is to win a division title. I think winning a division title is incredibly difficult. Winning a World Series is incredibly difficult. We need to do everything we can looking towards next year to prepare to put ourselves in position to win the World Series.”Well, winning the National League West hasn’t exactly been “incredibly difficult.” The Dodgers have won the division by a combined 29 games over the past four seasons. This year’s four-game final edge over the San Francisco Giants was the tightest of this run — artificially enhanced by the Giants’ sweep on the last weekend.With the front offices of the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres in disarray and the Colorado Rockies aspiring to mediocrity, the division figures to be a two-team race again next year.If major changes aren’t called for to be competitive in a weak division, what is needed to clear the final hurdle and be the team that advances to the World Series? Friedman did not sound like a man ready to roll up his sleeves and orchestrate a winter makeover.“There’s a lot to be really proud of with this group,” he said in the dank tunnels outside the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field Saturday night. “I think the experience from this postseason will serve our guys really well going forward. It hurts to say that but that’s the silver lining in it. This has been a very resilient group all year. During post-game embraces, there was a lot of talk among the group about how we’ll be back next year. I think that’s motivation for all of us. The more things have changed for the Dodgers, the more they have stayed the same.Two years ago, they hired Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations. Everything about the way the front office does business has changed since. The player development system is run differently. The way players are evaluated, the way teams are scouted, the way information is used — all changed.This past offseason, Dave Roberts was hired as manager and changes in the clubhouse culture that had already begun gained momentum.But four consecutive division titles have ultimately produced no change. The Dodgers still haven’t reached the World Series since 1988. They have played in 14 postseason series since that championship without reaching the final round, a record of disappointment that did survive Saturday night’s debauchery at Wrigley Field.
‘It’s electric everywhere’: Bruins fans ignore ‘spoiled’ label on cusp of third Boston championship in eight months
BOSTON — Outside the New England area, it’s often asked if fans get burned out. The short answer is no, not even a little. Boston is different and the city’s sports fans know it and love it. The city’s third championship in less than eight months is within reach pending Wednesday’s Game 7 against the Blues and words like spoiled, old hat and bored are being thrown around outside of New England. Yet, inside, not one of these championship runs has seen a dwindled fandom or lack of excitement for the team. It goes beyond hoping for a win and turns into putting in requests on when they need them to win. From an outside view, it’s unapologetically obnoxious, but winning has become part of the culture here.Due to the expectation of victory, the “How-To” of celebrating championships in Boston has become a well-oiled machine. Boston fans know how to win, and they get better at planning to win every year. They know the parade route, the best spots to stand to get a view of Brady, the best bars to go to sing “Sweet Caroline” when the Sox win the World Series. They know to start saving up for tickets, merchandise and a sick day for the day after a championship win. Fans know what goes down and they have pre-made championship playlists to prove it.Even speaking to Boston media members regarding their view on covering yet another championship, they said they weren’t tired of watching the hometown teams win; they’re just physically tired given the hustle it takes to keep covering these major events, of watching and covering greatness. While it’s still a job, they take a second to appreciate where they are and what they are witnessing.Sitting by the Zamboni door taking in the empty TD Garden ahead of Game 2 before the fans arrived, you couldn’t help but pay close attention to the expression on everyone’s face as they walked up to the ice, seeing the “Stanley Cup Final” logo on the big screen — their faces lit up, their smiles grew ten times its original size and they looked like little kids arriving at a rink for the first time. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/90/51/bruins-fans-060519-getty-ftrjpeg_299ste1qbfsg19kmkfv8kujqj.jpg?t=675668771&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e5/4b/bruins-patriots-060519-getty-ftrjpeg_1n7n0yxuxpi2a1ttb48qt6320q.jpg?t=675711787&w=500&quality=80 After all, just like great movies or great books don’t get old, championship runs don’t either. Each has its ups and downs, its stories and highlights, its own plot, and just because you’ve read one great book, it doesn’t stop you from wanting to read another, even if it has a familiar setting or author. The 2001 Patriots win does not mean anything for the 2013 Red Sox, and that ending does nothing for the 2019 Bruins, who want a storybook ending of their own. “It makes it exciting because each road and path to a championship is different,” said Tom Cunningham, a lifelong Boston sports fan. “Some players may be the same but there are always new ones, and there’s always a new storyline or reason to root for the team and want them to succeed and win it all. As a fan, there’s no better thrill than watching your team overcoming the odds and winning.”Boston teams are known for supporting each other. Often a win for one seems like a win for all. The defending Super Bowl champs showed their support for this Bruins team by wearing B’s hats at practice, voicing hype videos and sending in messages of support.In step, this Bruins team can be found wearing Red Sox hats, clearly excited over their recent championship victory. However, for the Bruins, it’s not enough — they want a championship of their own and seeing other teams in the city win just fuels the fire.Big Zee on the mutual respect between him and @TomBrady: pic.twitter.com/ YL0371gKwf— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 28, 2019 And like the Boston players support one another despite playing in different leagues, there is a feeling of unity across the states and among all fans. “It’s unique because all of the fans are so passionate, and for the most part actually know about the sports, and really do care. They are more than just a fair-weather fan,” Cunningham added. “The passion you see around the city for the teams is unmatched.”New England fans are born rooting for these teams. In turn, there is a responsibility for the players to not only bring home championship titles, but to show pride and represent the team well.“When players have the privilege of putting on that spoked ‘B’, putting on a Red Sox jersey, wearing a four leaf clover on your back or having the Patriot logo on your helmet, it means more than just being part of a team,” said Vinny Villani, about as big of a Bruins fan as you’ll find, regarding this responsibility. “You have a standard to uphold and the fans in this city look at our team’s players like heroes.”Although fans admire the star players, they also support and rely on every single member of the team, even if they’re not the biggest name or play the largest role. That dedication has led fans to show up to everything — preseason Patriots games, rainy early April Red Sox games and off-sight Bruins events look like playoff games.“In some other cities it’s exciting in the arena when a team wins, but you can go 20 minutes down the road and not even know there was a game,” noted a crew member in charge of the goal cameras for the Stanley Cup Final. “In Boston, it’s electric everywhere.”That was even more evident walking through the streets near TD Garden before hosting 2019 Stanley Cup Final games — everyone was talking hockey. From police officers to construction workers to a random passerby, all you heard was comments like, “Bruins in 5” and “I think if Bergeron steps up, we can take this.”It all relates back to these teams and you can feel that everywhere in “Titletown.” When the Bruins swept the Hurricanes, the feeling in the city could not be further from, “Oh, this again.” The Bruins’ last Stanley Cup Final appearance was in 2011 and, for Boston fans, that’s a long time; they’re ready for another.The bar is set high in Boston. This place is going CRAZY.Bill Belichick is in the building and the crowd couldn’t be happier about it (obviously). pic.twitter.com/tKTyaomvJC— Shanna (@shanna_mcc) May 30, 2019Fans from other areas love reminding Bostonians this ride will end, but for now, the self-proclaimed “City of Champions” is soaking it all in and enjoying every home run, touchdown, dunk and goal.Speaking for all Boston fans, Villani ends his interview saying, “Bring us the Cup!”So, if you were wondering whether Boston fans get sick of winning championships, it’s kind of like someone getting sick of winning the lottery — they don’t.
Tags: Spain, U16 A mixed team of eight will travel to Madrid to represent England in the annual U16 international against Spain on May 26 and 27.England won the match last year, when they swept to a 15-9 victory at Preston Golf Club, Lancashire. Caitlin Whitehead (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) was a member of that team and is playing again this year.Whitehead is a member of the England Golf girls’ squad, while Max Hopkins is from the boys’ squad. The other six players all train with regional squads.The team:Rafiah Banday, 14, Royal Mid Surrey, SurreyMia Eales-Smith, 15, Lindrick, YorkshireEllie Gower, 15, Chateau des Vigiers, FranceMax Hopkins, 15, Bishop’s Stortford, HertfordshireRory McDonald-O’Brien, 14, Lilleshall Hall, Shropshire & HerefordshireMorgan Radziejowski, 15, Herefordshire, Shropshire & HerefordshireJohn Richardson, 15, Royal Mid Surrey, SurreyCaitlin Whitehead, 15, Carus Green, Cumbria 21 May 2018 Eight players selected for U16 international
FEARS QUICKLY DASHED GROS ISLET, St Lucia: West Indies Women trounced Pakistan Women by six wickets in the final one-day international cricket match on Saturday night to clinch the four-match series 3-1 and join Australia at the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Championship. Chasing a modest 183 for victory at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium, the hosts cantered home in the 43rd over with their inspirational captain, Stafanie Taylor, stroking an attractive unbeaten 87 from 107 deliveries, to pick up the Player-of-the-Match award. The win was the Windies Women’s third on the trot after losing the opening game two Fridays ago and more importantly, saw them sweep the contests designated as ICC Championship games and grab the six vital points required to move to the top of the points table alongside the Aussies on 16 points. A qualifying tournament for the 2017 Women’s World Cup, the top four sides from the Championship will gain automatic qualification for the event scheduled for England. “We executed really well throughout the series. We recognised the importance of trying to dominate this game and again, we did that really well,” head coach Vasbert Drakes said. “Our objective was to move up to the number one spot and it was a great series to do that and certainly that was one of the biggest motivating factors.” Sent in, Pakistan Women were restricted to 182 for five off their 50 overs, thanks to superb bowling from pacer Shamilia Connell, who snared three for 32 from her 10 overs. Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed picked up two for 30, while Hayley Matthews strangled the visitors with her off-breaks in a 10-over spell that went for just 20 runs. Asmavia Iqbal top scored with 44 not out off 43 balls batting at number seven, while Bismah Maroof chipped in with 41, Javeria Khan, 25 and captain Sana Mir an unbeaten 24. In reply, West Indies lost Matthews without scoring with six runs on the board in the fourth over and were further set back when they also lost the other opener Kycia Knight for 19 at 32 for two in the ninth. However, any fears of a West Indies Women collapse were quickly dashed as Taylor took control in two telling partnerships. First, the right-hander put on 54 for the third wicket with Deandra Dottin, who struck 25 from 43 balls with a four and a six. When she departed in the 23rd over to a catch at the wicket off leg-spinner Bismah, Taylor found an ally in former captain Merissa Aguilleira, who stroked an important 37 off 62 deliveries with two fours. Taylor played with assurance, gathering 10 boundaries to dominate the innings and record her second straight unbeaten half-century of the tournament. Overall, she finished with 261 runs at an average of 130, to also cop the Player-of-the-Series award. The two teams will now turn their attention to the three-match Twenty20 series, which bowls off in Grenada on Thursday. – CMC
“It is disappointing to win a World Cup and you’ve not played international cricket after that. To remove the winning World Cup coach [as well], it’s just a mess. I am not about fighting it anymore.” While selectors said Sammy’s dropping was due to his lack of individual performances, it has been widely speculated that the St Lucian all-rounder paid the price for his criticism of the WICB just moments following the Windies’ capture of the T20 World Cup in India. However, despite all that has transpired since, Sammy said he did not regret his decision then to blast the board. “Put me on that podium again and I will do it even better. I believe a man has to speak his heart. It was just an extension of what my team went through flowing from me. JUST A MESS LONDON (CMC): Discarded Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy has supported the view of two of his former teammates that the sacking of head coach Phil Simmons has negatively impacted West Indies’ performance in the ongoing series against Pakistan. Speaking here this week, the 32-year-old criticised the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) decision, noting that such actions had now become a trend, and said that he could tell the Caribbean side was not in a “happy mood” in the United Arab Emirates. “It’s disappointing but not surprising,” the two-time T20 World Cup-winning skipper was quoted as saying. “It’s been a trend of how my former employers operate. It was sad. They will say it did not have an effect on the team, but from the pictures being posted on social media, I could tell my team was not in a happy mood.” Simmons was sacked even as the squad departed the Caribbean for the UAE last month, over what the WICB described as “differences in culture and strategic approach”. West Indies subsequently produced a plethora of limp performances as they suffered 3-0 whitewashes in both the T20 and the One-Day International series. They have since also conceded the three-Test series where they trail 2-0, with one game remaining in Sharjah starting tomorrow. Earlier this month, all-rounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, who contested the limited overs series, said the sacking of Simmons had demoralised the players and created chaos in the camp. Sammy, who was also fired in August despite leading the Windies to their second T20 World Cup last April, described the entire situation as “a mess”. “Everything in life happens for a reason. I am still on a high. I refuse to let people dictate my mood,” he said.
A 29-year-old man, who was allegedly caught with an illegal gun along with matching ammunition was on Monday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Kevin Bruce called “Bankey” appeared on Monday before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus where he denied that on September 26, 2019, at East La Penitence, Georgetown, he had in his possession a .32 pistol and 10 matching ammunition while not being the holder of a firearm licence.Police Prosecutor Adduni Innis informed the court that on September 26 at about 00:10h, ranks from the East La Penitence Police Station went to the East La Penitence location after someone called the police informing that an unknown male was in a yard.The court heard that as the ranks entered the yard, they saw Bruce exiting the southern door of a house with a haversack on his back. However, the court heard that when the ranks called out to the 29-year-old man, he began to run. This resulted in a foot chase.According to the prosecutor, Bruce was apprehended and a search was carried out on him but nothing was found. However, while at the police station, ranks observed him placing his hands in his crotch and taking out a handgun. This resulted in the rank drawing his service weapon and discharging a round, which hit the defendant to his abdomen.Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus remanded Bruce to prison. The case will continue on October 14, 2019.