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first_imgMarcus Stroman is focusing on pitching his best.The 28-year-old starter has been at the center of trade rumors and he has continued to be linked to the Yankees. Stroman discussed those reports Sunday after the Blue Jays’ 4-2 loss to New York. Sunday Stro 👏@MStrooo6 | #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/DlGqBmFYtw— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 14, 2019“I feel great,” Stroman said, via Newsday. “I don’t have to prove myself. I have 800 innings in the AL East. I know I can compete with anybody out there and I would give myself the ball in any big-time situation.”Stroman has received little run support and has a 5-10 record this season. But, he holds a 3.25 ERA and was named to his first All-Star team earlier this month.Yankees manager Aaron Boone praised Stroman during his team’s series against the Blue Jays this weekend. Sonny Gray opens up about struggles with Yankees: ‘New York wasn’t a great fit for me’ “I’m truly focused on pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays,” Stroman told reporters, via NJ.com. “Whatever happens, happens as far as outside of that. I’m doing everything I can for my team. … I truly think if I start to think about it like that, it’s going to throw me off my game and throw me out of the loop mentally and physically. I’m doing my best to really focus on the moment and doing everything I can to do my best.”Stroman, who is from Long Island, scattered seven hits and three runs over six innings against the Yankees. He struck out seven and walked two while throwing 97 pitches. Related Newscenter_img MLB trade rumors: Here’s who the Yankees could want from teams targeting Clint Frazier “He’s really athletic on the mound,” Boone said. “That lends itself to his pitching. He fields his position incredibly well. He can really sink the ball. He’s a guy that generates, when he’s on top of his game, weak contact. He puts the ball on the ground and can make the ball move a lot of ways. Obviously, he’s having a really good year for them this year.”The Yankees finished play Sunday in first place of the American League East with a 59-32 record. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, are well out of playoff contention at 35-59.last_img read more

first_imgExactly one week ago today the Pirates held their annual event at PNC Park celebrating the life and legacy of the man who shattered the color bar of MLB, the late great Jackie Robinson. When I was anticipating penning this column I had to really dig deep to bring something meaningful to you because I have written over one hundred articles on Jackie Robinson. I labored and thought about what I could say and out of the clear blue sky the lyrics from EWFs ‘Shining Star’ leaped on me like “white on rice.”“When you wish upon a star, your dreams will take you very far, yeah. When you wish upon a dream, life ain’t always what it seems, oh yeah. Once you see your light so clear, hey in the sky so very dear. (EWF)” How many nights did Jackie Robinson gaze out of his window as a young “Negro” hoping and dreaming of playing MLB? But more importantly, how many times did African-Americans with shackles digging deep into their flesh dream about, fantasize about and pray about, freedom? Not the freedom to drink from the same water fountains, not the choice to ride in the front of the bus, but the right not be whipped, killed and brutalized by those who placed no value on their labor or their lives.“You’re a shining star, no matter who you are. Shining bright to see what you can truly be.”This year a young rising future journalism star shadowed me in the press box. His name is Durelle Ward. As a young African-American, the chances of him being granted access to a MLB press box at the age of fourteen is slim and none.Durelle was “star struck” hangin’ out with Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen as well with the incredible view of the Pittsburgh skyline from the press box as we took our seats after leaving the field. I asked him a question and his mature and insightful answer amazed even me. I asked, “is there anything that you notice about the press box?” He answered, “All I see is three Black reporters.” A few minutes later I asked him a second question, “Is there anything else that jumps out at you?” His brow wrinkled for a second and this is the total truth boys and girls. He said, “Everyone seems to be working very hard.” At that moment my heart smiled because I knew that this young man “got it.” Robert Matthews, the father of my young “intern” stood proudly as I returned his son to him after an evening in the “box.” Jamila Nevels also spent an evening at the ballpark with her 21 month old son, Maureace who seemed to be having a ball.“Born a man-child of the sun, yeah, yeah, saw my work had just begun. Yeah, found I had to stand alone, bless it now I got my own.”There were no true role models for Robinson to emulate because he was the first. Oh, he might have recited Paul Robeson or thought about Jesse Owens to lift his spirit but there were very few forerunners that he could copy because he was the original. He was born a true man-child of RA, the Sun God, radiating and transmitting energy and spirit from the Sahara, the Nile and the plains of the Serengeti. He had to stand alone. He could only look upward to the heavens for strength and comfort. He was forced to face vile and angry people, acrid and volcanic-like saliva flying from perverted mouths delivering words of hate and degradation. So if you find yourself in need why don’t you listen to his words of heed. Be a tiny grain of sand words of wisdom, yes I can.We must cease being economic and spiritual panhandlers. Stop looking for and expecting a blessing and bring a blessing. We have to “be” words of wisdom and tiny grains of sand. We do not have to be the “big cheese’s” to have a positive and lasting impact.Jackie Robinson day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day, or any other Afro-centric days are great for superficial and temporary satisfaction but at the crack of dawn, how much real change will come with the first sunrise after the event is held?The 2001 celebration was far more meaningful (at least for me) than the annual games of the recent past where the Pirates honored the Negro Leagues by donning Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawford’s uniforms and then proceeded to go out and unceremoniously find a way to lose the ball game.This game was about moving on. Someone and I cannot recall who said; “we spend each day either growing or dying” well at least something to that effect. Little Maureace had no clue who Jackie Robinson was because he was at the ballpark having a good time with his mother. The real stars are the ones that tuck in the children after a long day. The real stars are the ones who work two jobs for minimum wage just to feed, clothe and house their families. All we have to do is take a good look.“Shining star for you to see, what your life can truly be. Shining star for you to see, what your life can truly be. Shining star for you to see, what your life can truly be.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

first_imgAlabama head coach Nick Saban is doused with Gatorade in the final seconds of the BCS National Championship college football game against Notre Dame in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)  by Ralph D. RussoAP College Football WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two — No. 1.Nick Saban’s two-time defending national champions are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with the Crimson Tide trying to become the first team to win three straight national titles.Much like the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, the vote was an Alabama landslide. The Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel Saturday to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State. Alabama matched Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.Oregon is No. 3, followed by Stanford and Georgia, which received the other first-place vote.Notre Dame, coming off a 42-14 loss in the BCS championship game to Alabama, is No. 14.Alabama won its record ninth AP national championship last season, third BCS title in the last four years under Saban, and became the first team to win back-to-back BCS championships.The Tide is AP preseason No. 1 for the fourth time, and first since 2010. Alabama was ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll each of the last two seasons. The only time has Alabama started and finished No. 1 was 1978, when Bear Bryant led the Crimson Tide to the fourth of its five national championships with him as coach.Now Saban’s Tide is trying to accomplish something Bear’s boys never could. Twice Alabama won back-to-back championships under Bryant, but couldn’t get the third.Saban is hoping senior stars such as quarterback AJ McCarron, linebacker C.J. Mosley, defensive end Ed Stinson and guard Anthony Steen have enough memories of what went wrong for the 2010 Alabama team to avoid it happening in 2013.“You’re in a position here where we have a lot of players that really haven’t lost much,” Saban said earlier this week. “They have to really want to be good for the sake of being good.Alabama is 49-5 over the past four seasons, with three of those losses coming in ’10.“Most other teams are out there saying we’ve got something to prove,” Saban said. “Well, this team has something to prove. It’s a lot more difficult not to be a little bit complacent, not to keep the same accountability to being successful that’s necessary. You’ve got to challenge yourself every day. You’ve got to challenge each other.”Since the poll started in 1936, 10 times has a school has won consecutive AP championships.The Tide’s task: complete the hat trick.Alabama will also be trying to run the Southeastern Conference’s streak of national championships to eight. For the second straight year, half the top 10 teams to start the season are from the SEC. Joining Alabama and Georgia are South Carolina at No. 6, Texas A&M at No. 7 and Florida at No. 10.The Tide and Aggies meet Sept. 14 in College Station, Texas. A&M and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel handed Alabama its only loss last year. Whether Manziel will be eligible for the rematch remains in question while the NCAA investigates the Aggies’ quarterback. ESPN has reported Manziel is under investigation for being paid to sign autographs.No. 8 Clemson and No. 9 Louisville, led by two other Heisman-contender quarterbacks, round out the top 10. Tajh Boyd and Clemson take on Georgia at home in Week 1 and are the favorites to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals are the heavy favorites to get back to the BCS for the second straight year out of the newly renamed American Athletic Conference.McCarron also makes most of the preseason Heisman contender lists. He passed for 2,933 yards and 30 touchdowns with only three interceptions last season. Now in his third season as a starter, McCarron is the face of the Tide.“Last year there were other people on the offense that had a lot of leadership qualities about them. So it really wasn’t quite as important for (McCarron) to always be that guy, even though his position lends itself to that,” Saban said. “I think that’s a role he can be very good at and it will be important for our team that he is good at it.”The second 10 in the preseason rankings starts with No. 11 Florida State. No. 12 LSU gives the SEC six teams in the rankings, more than any other conference. The Big Ten and Pac-12 both have five.The Big 12 has four teams ranked, all between Nos. 13-20, starting with Oklahoma State. Texas is No. 15, Oklahoma is No. 16 and TCU is No. 20.Michigan is No. 17 and Big Ten rival Nebraska is No. 18.Boise State is No. 19, the only team from a BCS non-automatic qualifying conference to make the preseason rankings.The final five are No. 21 UCLA from the Pac-12; No. 22 Northwestern and No. 23 Wisconsin from the Big Ten; last year’s preseason No. 1 Southern California is No. 24; and Oregon State from the Pac-12 at No. 25.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement 9llyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2u3f7xWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9j2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1dWould you ever consider trying this?😱4u8rr0Can your students do this? 🌚ku6Roller skating! Powered by Firework An uninspiring performance by the South Africans saw them get whitewashed by the Men in Blues in the recently concluded three match Test series. But when skipper Faf du Plessis was asked on what went wrong, he simply blamed the coin toss for their misery. He then went on to suggest that the whole toss process should be stopped, so that both the teams can compete better, especially the away side. This bold statement has caused real controversy, starting with the netizens, who took a dig at the 35-year-old batsman.Advertisement “Every Test match, they bat first, they score 500, they declare when it’s dark, they get three wickets when it’s dark and when day three starts, you’re under pressure. It was like copy and paste in every Test match.” du Plessis said in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.Advertisement The Protea skipper lost all three coin tosses in the series and had even sent “proxy captain” Temba Bavuma for the toss in the third game at Ranchi. Unfortunately, that move did not work and the guests lost their 10th successive toss in Asia.So, when his interview was published, cricket fans on Twitter started trolling the right hander for his comment.Advertisement lmao, the cry baby’s audacity. Copy and paste in every match – https://t.co/mYiqf9vmGA— aditi (@KohliXCapSteve_) October 26, 2019Want to take a dig at Faf du Plessis but the CSK fan in me holding me back— K Vijayendra (@k_vijayendra8) October 26, 2019And if you thought Faf du Plessis was done with giving horrible excuses, you’re wrong. This guy won’t stop. Lmao. Ridiculous #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/e0qkKGJMGc— Saurabh (@Boomrah_) October 26, 2019Look, if the captain of the side has this mentality, the team can never bounce back. NEVER.You saw that in the World Cup. You saw the same in the Test series in India.Faf needed to do what Kohli did to India in SA after 2 Tests, not what he did here. https://t.co/5XrCI8qqli— TUSHAR 🇮🇳🏏 (@mainlycricket) October 26, 2019South Africa though, started their tour positively with Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock’s crucial centuries helped them reach a respectable score in the first Test at Visakhapatnam.ICC on the other hand, raised the topic of doing away with the coin toss, during a conclave earlier this year. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement 5erNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4ylnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea8m5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cpkjWould you ever consider trying this?😱tq44yCan your students do this? 🌚lit3jRoller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has been the cause of the cancellation and suspension of major sportin events across the world, and tennis is no different. Recently, ATP had postponed all its fixtures until the end of April, in addition to Miami Open, Indian Wells, Fed Cup and all other WTA and ITF events for the next month. However, doubts are now raising over the 2020 Wimbledon Championships, which might follow the same path, as stated by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELT).Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyWimbledon 200 is scheduled to start on June 29, and will run till 12th July. While there is still a three month period before the grand tournament begins, many sporting events supposed to occur in the similar time frame have already seen postponement. the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games, and the Euro 2020, both have been pushed back to 2021.“The AELTC can confirm that it is continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for The Championships 2020, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,” the club said in an official statement on Wednesday.Advertisement While there hasn’t been any official confirmation on the suspension of Wimbledon, the AELT is a little bewildered about the decision of a cancellation, as being the only grass court event, a postponed Wimbledon might bring about possible hazards.The club contined: “At this time, based on the advice we have received from the public health authorities, the very short window available to us to stage The Championships due to the nature of our surface suggests that postponement is not without significant risk and difficulty. Playing behind closed doors has been formally ruled out.”Advertisement It was only back during the second World War when the Grand Slam event was cancelled for back to back six years from 1940 to 1945. A decision of postponement this year will be the first time in the last 75 years of the Grand Slam event’s history.There has been 9,529 cases in the UK till now, along with 465 deaths, which is a major concern, as said by Richard Lewis, the chief executive of the AELTC.“The unprecedented challenge presented by the Covid-19 crisis continues to affect our way of life in ways that we could not have imagined, and our thoughts are with all those affected in the UK and around the world,” Lewis said in a recent interview.“The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make,” he added.Also read-Indian and international athletes react to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games postponementMaster Blaster’s masterplan: Tendulkar Coronavirus plea to Indians! Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBull riders from around the world will be competing for a chance to go to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. On Saturday night after the event concludes there will be a “Dance in the Dirt” with music being performed by Jake Matthews.Tickets for the event are available at 8 Seconds Western Wear and are $40.00 per day. – Advertisement –last_img

first_imgRaySean Scott Jr. said he’s playing stress-free basketball.If that means averaging 24 points and north of 7 rebounds a game — like the Florida Gulf Coast senior-transfer did for Humboldt State men’s basketball through its season-opening games over the weekend — the ‘Jacks and head coach Steve Kinder will want to keep the 6-foot-7 forward in the same state of mind as the season continues.Scott Jr. led all scorers with 33 points in Humboldt’s opening-day 102-91 loss on the road in San Diego …last_img read more

first_img22 April 2008South African wheelchair athlete Ernst van Dyk’s love affair with the Boston Marathon continued on Monday when he won the race for a record seventh time.In 2007, his bid for a seventh Boston Marathon title in succession came up short when Japan’s Masazami Soejima took the title. This time around Van Dyk dominated the event, leading from start to finish, to claim victory.His time was one hour, 26 minutes and 49 seconds, the second slowest winning time among his seven wins, but it was a convincing and unchallenged victory.A week before the race, Van Dyk had suffered a setback at the London Marathon when, with the finish line only 20 metres away, he had been involved in a collision that dropped him from third to sixth in the final standings.Fast startElecting to go out fast, five kilometres into Monday’s race Van Dyk led by 40 seconds over Soejima. A further 10 kilometres into the 42.2-kilometre race, he enjoyed a healthy advantage over fellow South African Krige Schabort, who had moved up to second place.From the halfway mark, Van Dyk admitted he held back a little because of the aftereffects of his crash in the London Marathon, which were causing him muscle pain. There was also the not insignificant effect of a 16 km/h headwind, but he had taken control of the race.The South African star was competing in a new wheelchair for the first time. He had been due to receive it later this month, but says the manufacturers rushed it to him after they saw his crash in the London Marathon. Luckily, says Van Dyk, he adapted quickly to it and was able to log 100 kilometres in the new chair before the Boston Marathon.Big margin of victoryVan Dyk’s winning time left him a whopping three minutes and 50 seconds clear of second placed Schabort, who finished in 1:30:39, and had to settle for the runner-up position for the seventh time. Soejima, the defending champion, finished third in 1:33:00.There is little time for Van Dyk to celebrate his Boston success; he will be competing in the Seoul Marathon on Sunday where he will complete his early season marathon programme.Laureus AwardIn 2006, Van Dyk won the Laureus Sportsperson of the Year Award for an athlete with a disability after a spectacular year in 2005.During that year he won the Boston Marathon for the fifth year in succession, and claimed further marathon victories in New York, Paris, Seoul and Oita Marathons. In addition, he showed a fine turn of speed to win short distance titles over 400 and 800 metres in Atlanta’s Meet in the Heat.In handcycling, he won the South African Championships, the Argus Cycle Tour, the EHC Circuit Race at Spijkernisse and the Saddlers Ultra Challenge in Alaska. He also finished runner-up at the European Championship road race and time trial.Van Dyk holds the world record for the marathon, which he established in the 2004 Boston Marathon in a time of one hour, 18 minutes and 27 seconds. It marked the first time the magical one hour, 20 minute barrier had been broken.Superstar statusHis status in Boston is that of a superstar; he has on three occasions been asked to throw out the first pitch at Major League Baseball clashes between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.The rivalry between the two American League rivals is the greatest in Major League Baseball, which puts into perspective the honour that has been accorded Van Dyk and the esteem in which he is held in the city.With seven wins in the Boston Marathon, he has earned and deserves that status.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgThe original plan was to demolish the 1955-vintage three-bedroom house and then construct in its place a home that performs to the Passivhaus standard. According to the builder, Equitable Green Group (EEG), the old house was in relatively poor condition. But one feature of the old building saved it from complete demolition: a portion of the exterior siding contained asbestos, whose safe removal, EGG determined, would cost more than leaving the affected walls in place and rebuilding from there.So the remodel, on a lot in Austin, Texas, features a design that involves replacing most of the existing building – which included a side wall that was knocked out in the 1970s so that the structure could be merged with an adjacent carport – and about half the foundation.EGG’s founder, Nicholas Koch, had served as project manager for LEED consultant R&R Energy Resources, in Portland, Oregon, before moving to Austin to launch a company that, as he says on the EGG website, “would merge the innovation of the green movement with the equity movement so that advances in green building could benefit more communities.” The company specializes in geothermal heating and cooling and green building. The remodel, he adds, aims to be among the first homes in Texas to meet the Passivhaus standard.More details from the builderKoch told GBA that the house will measure about 1,800 sq. ft. It will be insulated with cellulose (shelves are built into the wall cavities, Koch noted, to help prevent settling) to about R-30 for the floor and ceiling and R-60 for the walls. The windows, from Inline Fiberglass, will be shaded by a 6-ft. porch roof on the front (west side) of the house. Large trees on the property shade most of the other windows during about 90% of the day and, overall, shade the building too much to make installing roof-mounted solar power practical.The house will be equipped with an UltimateAir RecoupAerator energy-recovery ventilator (ERV), an “oversized” 1.5-ton mini-split system, and a hybrid heat-pump for both interior heat and water heating.Koch, who is both the property owner and contractor on this project, said he is on track so far to complete the rebuild for about $60,000, adding that “it actually would have been cheaper for me to do a new construction project. So if I was to charge a client for this, I would still be profitable if I charged $80 to $100/sq. ft., which should be quite affordable for most people for a new construction project.”last_img read more

first_imgOn a dark stretch in Anupshahr, a quiet town on the banks of Ganges in western Uttar Pradesh, Manish Kumar, the 25-year-old lead vocalist of Anil Band, is making a group of young wedding revellers dance to Pallu Latke. The all-male procession swaying to the Kishore Kumar-Asha Bhosle song from Nauker (1979) had no clue it was picturised on Sanjeev Kumar-Jaya Bhaduri, but they all agree it is meant for the “occasion”.New-age Bollywood is yet to make it to wedding procession playlists in this part of the world. They are still swooning to Baharon Phool Barsao (Suraj, 1966) and Saara Zamana Haseenon Ka Deewana (Yaarana, 1981) and, of course, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (Aadmi Sadak Ka, 1977). For them, “new” are songs from the neighbouring Haryana, picturised on dancer Sapna Chaudhary. The hot favourite is Teri Ankhiyon Ka Yo Kajal, a number sung by a little-known Ragini-singer D.C. Madana in 2013 which soared when Chaudhary danced to it in 2017.Manish says he loves to sing sadabahar (timeless) songs, a quality he feels new Bollywood numbers lack. The cut-off decade for him is the 1990s, particularly Nadeem-Shravan songs. “It is safe to sing old gems rather than investing in learning a new tune and then being stopped midway by a baarati because he could not relate to it,” says Anil Kumar, the proprietor of the band.Tough times for bandsAnil says these are tough times for small bands spread across the region. “More than 20 weddings are solemnised on any given day during the short wedding season but we could not take more than one booking. Pandits should spread it through the season,” he laughs. DJs are also cutting into their business, he says, though the Allahabad High Court order barring them from playing songs above prescribed decibel and time limits is music to his ears.Waseem Ahmed of Popular Band in Muzaffarnagar tells a similar story. “Earlier we used to bring trained artists from Allahabad and Jaipur. It is hard to find and retain good percussionists nowadays,” he rues.Critic Ajay Brahmatmaj says songs also endure because of their association with stars. “These days such association is not there because songs mostly play in the background,” he says.“Bollywood lately has also been banking on remixes of the hits of the 1990s. It is the simple melodic structure of these songs that keep them in circulation. Complex orchestration can’t work in a wedding procession,” points out Raj Shekhar of Sadi Gali (Tanu Weds Manu, 2011) fame.Meanwhile, Manish ushers the procession into the banquet hall with Jaanewalon Zara Hoshiyar, Yahan Ke Hum Hain Raj Kumar from the 1964 Shammi Kapoor-starrer Rajkumar.last_img read more