Olympic champion Ayana destroys field to win 10,000 metres

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodLONDON (Reuters) – Ethiopian Almaz Ayana destroyed the field to win the 10,000 metres at the World Championships on Saturday, finishing around 300 metres clear of her rivals in her first race of an injury-plagued season.The Olympic champion began pulling away from the field after 10 laps, sweeping past back markers who were made to look sluggish in comparison.She finished in 30:16.32 seconds, well outside the world record she set when she won in Rio last year but still enough to win by an astonishing 46.37 seconds, by far the biggest margin in championship history.Ayana’s compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba, the former world and Olympic champion, added to her impressive collection of medals when he took the silver with Kenya’s Agnes Tirop in third.“I am very happy to win this title, much more than when I won the Olympic gold because I have been sick this year and didn’t expect it. In fact, this was my first race of 2017,” Ayana told reporters.A repeat of her world record-breaking performance in Rio was never on the cards after a slow, tactical start to the race in which the field crawled around the first lap in 81 seconds.But the last two thirds of the race was reminiscent of Ayana’s extraordinary run last year where she also blew away the field.Ayana began pulling away after 10 laps and by the 12th had opened up a gap of 30 metres.The 25-year-old ran the next three kilometres in 8:33 minutes as she continued to increase her advantage and began overhauling the backmarkers with eight laps to go.Remarkably, Ayana’s prospects had been in doubt because injuries forced her to cancel a number of appearances at European meetings this season.The battle for second turned into a three-horse race between Kenyans Tirop and Alice Nawowuna and the 32-year-old Dibaba.Almost unnoticed, Dibaba, who is now focusing on running marathons, won the sprint to claim silver to sit alongside the five world championship and three Olympic golds she has won.“I have only had two months of training, so I am happy to win silver this time,” she said.“It was a very fast race. I knew that Almaz was going to run very fast so, if I had followed her, I wouldn’t have won a medal. I know my capacity these days because my training for this race was very short.”last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img May 14, 2020 Associated Press The announcement comes on the same day that Thomas was revealed as making the cover of the “PGA Tour 2K21” video game.PGA officials raved about the 2017 event and strongly hinted at the time they’d like to see the PGA Championship return to Charlotte due to strong attendance numbers.Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) is the two-time defending champion after winning last May at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. This year’s PGA Championship was rescheduled for Aug. 3-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco because of the coronavirus pandemic.F1-DRIVER CHANGESSainz Jr. joining Ferrari and Ricciardo is going to McLaren Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSKLPGA Championship underwayUNDATED (AP) — Golf has joined baseball and soccer as sports in South Korea that are back in action. ROME (AP) — The president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation is making one final pitch to Major League Baseball to send its top stars to the Tokyo Olympics.Riccardo Fraccari sees the one-year postponement of the games as a new opportunity for MLB. He tells The Associated Press that because of the damages from the coronavirus “baseball needs the Olympics now more than ever to boost the sport’s globalization, expansion and mass appeal.”MLB and its players’ association have so far only agreed to allow players not on 26-man active rosters or injured lists to take part in Olympic qualifying. The only MLB players permitted to play in the Premier12 tournament last year were those not on 40-man rosters. Not surprisingly considering the rules, the United States finished fourth and failed at its first chance to qualify for the Olympics.Besides Japan, which qualifies as the host nation, only three other teams have secured places in the baseball tournament. Israel was the surprise winner of the Africa/Europe qualifying event, while South Korea and Mexico earned spots during the Premier12. The last two nations in the six-team tournament will come from the Americas tournament and a final qualifying event in Taiwan.Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico and the United States qualified for the softball tournament.center_img — The German Football League has relaxed its stance on finishing the season by June 30, when some players’ contracts expire. Games could continue into July if the alternative is leaving the season unfinished at the end of June, it said in a statement. Some games could be moved to neutral venues if they can’t be played at the original stadium because of infection risks locally. The league delayed a decision on how to decide final standings if the season can’t be finished.— The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic. Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday. Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules. The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.— The three leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete on Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte (nah-JAHT’) of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards because they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities. The winner will be the vaulter who clears the bar at 4 meters the most times in 30 minutes. The top men’s pole vaulters competed in the Ultimate Garden Clash at their homes earlier this month.TOKYO-MLBExtra innings: Baseball head pitches Olympics to MLB, again PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-CHARLOTTEPGA Championship returns to Charlotte’s Quail Hollow in 2025PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Championship will return to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May 2025.In its announcement Thursday the PGA of America did not release the exact dates of the tournament.Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship in 2017, when a 24-year-old Justin Thomas defeated Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Patrick Reed by two shots to claim his first major championship. PARIS (AP) — Carlos Sainz Jr. will drive for Formula One team Ferrari next season and Daniel Ricciardo will replace the Spaniard at McLaren.The 25-year-old Sainz Jr. will join Ferrari on a two-year deal starting next year. The Italian team made the announcement Thursday, shortly after McLaren announced Ricciardo’s arrival from Renault.Sainz Jr., the son of two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz, will replace Sebastian Vettel. The four-time F1 champion is leaving Ferrari at the end of his contract.The first 10 races of the F1 season have either been postponed or canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The women’s KLPGA Championship started Thursday with Bae Seon-woo, Kim Char-young2 and Hyun Se-lin tied at the top of the leaderboard at 5-under 67. Three more players were a shot behind. The tournament is being played without fans and with players using hand sanitizers and following social-distancing rules.Caddies wore masks on the course and players were allowed to play without them. Defending champion Choi Hye-jin was two strokes back after a 69.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— A Turkish soccer club says eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus and training has been suspended. The club, Besiktas, says its president and a player were among those who tested positive. Turkish teams have resumed limited training sessions following the federation’s decision to restart matches in empty stadiums on June 12.— Germany’s Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) soccer clubs will be allowed to use five substitutions per game when the season resumes on Saturday. The clubs in the top two German divisions have decided to accept the rule change allowed last week by the International Football Association Board. The change is meant to reduce the workload on players as the leagues pack their schedules to complete the season. Teams can make substitutions only at three breaks in the game and the league recommends making only two substitutions at once.last_img read more

MFM’s Olatunbosun, Adekunle Seek 3SC Scalp in Ibadan

first_imgThe duo of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club strikers, Olatunbosun Sikiru and Adegboyega Adekunle are seeking for their first away victory of the season against Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) this midweek in Ibadan.The ‘Olukoya Boys’ are guests to the Oluyole Warriors at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba in today’s NPFL Match-Day 4 clash tagged the ‘South-west Derby.’Olatunbosun and Adekunle who have been instrumental for MFM FC in the ongoing Nigerian top-flight scoring a goal each and creating three assists said they are ready to fight for their first ever NPFL away win against the Ibadan-based outfit. Sikiru said: “An interesting game awaits us in Ibadan, it will not be an easy one but then we have to do everything within our reach to at least have a share of the three points.“We didn’t have it good last season against Shooting but this term we want to prove to people that we can beat 3SC,” the skillful left-winger stated.The Lagos-based outfit failed to record a point last season in the South-west Derby but Adegboyega believes his side is capable of putting an end to the winless streaks against Shooting Stars.“Our eyes are set on the three points, Shooting Stars have been having the edge over us in the NPFL. We understand the fact that it’s a derby game and they will want to make some statements in front of their home fans but we are not perturbed.“An outright victory is all we are gunning for, we have a squad capable of inflicting defeat on any team in the league and 3SC are not exempted.“The fact that they lost their two consecutive away games will put them under pressure. All we need to do is to contain them and take our chances,” he concluded to the club’s website.Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and his charges have amassed six points from three NPFL matches this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Buddy Boeheim develops into Syracuse’s zone buster during conference play

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 6, 2019 at 11:47 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3center_img In a 33-second span against Georgia Tech, Buddy Boeheim swished two 3s from the same spot on the right wing of Jim Boeheim Court. They didn’t make the difference in a disappointing, 14-point Syracuse loss. But coupled with a 3 earlier in the game, those shots changed the trajectory of Buddy’s season.“I obviously didn’t shoot overall well from the field,” Buddy said, “but those three 3s I hit were confidence boosters. It showed myself that I could go out there and do those type of things.”In conference play, Buddy has shot almost 44 percent from beyond the arc, a stark contrast from his 22 percent mark in nonconference play. Syracuse (16-7, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) has relied on the freshman guard to space the floor whenever an opposing team switches to a zone defense. Even after Buddy shot 8 for 36 from deep in nonconference action, players and coaches, including Buddy, had no doubt his shooting would come around. Buddy could prove crucial in the rematch with Boston College on Saturday, just like he did when he played in crunch time at BC on Jan. 30.“Playing against a zone is something that I capitalize on,” Buddy said after the first BC game,“and that’s what I’m called upon for, going in there and knocking down shots.”Syracuse assistant and all-time 3-point leader Gerry McNamara said Buddy’s shooting was the key to him contributing in his first season at SU. So to players and coaches, Buddy’s 0 for 5 opening night surely was just a blip. The 3 for 20 from deep in SU’s first six games, the same. And that’s how Buddy’s father saw it, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Jan. 30, Boeheim pointed out that former SU stars Andy Rautins and Demetris Nichols both began their college careers with poor 3-point percentages before shooting 40 percent by graduation. Whenever an Orange player was asked in the nonconference months about Buddy’s early struggles, the message was simple: He’s a shooter. If Buddy was on the floor when a technical foul was called on the opposition, he took the foul shots. But the 3-pointers still weren’t falling.He made a three against Northeastern on Dec. 4: “A good thing,” Boeheim called it. Buddy made just two of his next nine from deep, though, and then began ACC play with limited minutes against Notre Dame and Clemson.“He was playing good then,” Boeheim said. “He just wasn’t making shots to start.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorBuddy’s form didn’t change amidst the struggles. He still rose straight up and down, “the high release, perfect form” that McNamara compared to one of the NBA’s best marksmen, Klay Thompson. Frustrations showed, though.Some misses were followed by an aggressive clap of his hands. Others, a shake of the head, a grimace or even a laugh. The mannerisms mirrored an early-November practice, when Buddy struggled to keep up with the 35-year-old McNamara and walk-on Ky Feldman in a 3-point shooting contest.But when three more fell through against the Yellow Jackets, Buddy felt validated. He knew he was a shooter — from the playroom and Tykes hoop in his childhood home to the Manley Field House baskets, lowered below 10 feet when he was just a child.“Everyone here believes in me, which is great for me as a shooter, you need that,” Buddy said. “I know that they’re gonna drop eventually.”Syracuse’s 14th-all-time leading scorer, Eric Devendorf, didn’t change Buddy’s shot when Buddy was a high schooler, because it was already “unbelievable,” Devendorf said. It was the shot that made UNC head coach Roy Williams tell Boeheim, “You better take him,” after Buddy made seven 3s at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam in summer 2017.After two months of limited makes at Syracuse, Buddy realized his shooting potential.“It’s a struggle to be able to make shots when you’re a young player,” Boeheim said. “He’s shot it well every day in practice, and he’s translated it over into the games.”Now, Buddy’s 3s prompt raised arms from his teammates and a leg lift from Boeheim while the ball is in midair. When they fall through, Boeheim will pump his fist or clap his hands, and Buddy himself has taken to occasionally lifting three fingers high.Buddy said his eyes light up when the opposition deploys a zone, like Georgia Tech did. Against BC, Boeheim played ahead of SU’s senior point guard for the final 13:18 because he was beating the Eagles’ zone with his shooting. In Pittsburgh last Saturday, the Panthers switched to the 2-3 zone on one possession, and Boeheim simultaneously sent Buddy to the scorers’ table to check in. Buddy took a 3 one minute after entering, and made another a few minutes later.“People are gonna be worried about Frank (Howard), Elijah (Hughes), myself, Oshae (Brissett),” Tyus Battle said. “So when he comes in the game that’s all he has to do. Come in and knock down some 3s, and he’s doing a great job of that so far.”After a few of Buddy’s zone-busting games, his father has cautioned that Buddy is still just a 3-ball specialist. When Virginia Tech used mostly man-to-man, Buddy played just four minutes. Against FSU, he played but couldn’t make a 3, struggling against tight perimeter defense. His playing time will almost always come at the expense of Battle or Howard. But by knocking down open shots against zones, Buddy has created a role for himself.It might’ve come faster than Boeheim expected, since he knows freshmen struggle to knock down shots, especially in the ACC. It might’ve come slower than Buddy expected, because he’s used to cashing open looks. When ACC opposition has tried to stifle SU with zone looks, Buddy’s been ready. For the Orange, that’s come exactly when needed.— Senior Staff Writer Matthew Gutierrez contributed reporting to this story.last_img read more

PL: Arsenal beat Man United 2-0 for Mikel Arteta’s first win

first_img Source: BBC Mikel Arteta earned his first win as Arsenal boss as the Gunners produced a powerful first-half performance to beat a lacklustre Manchester United.The visitors, who were without the injured Paul Pogba, actually began brightly, but the game took a different turn on eight minutes when Nicolas Pepe steered in his fifth goal of the season after Sead Kolasinac’s cross was deflected to him.That led to a first half in which the hosts were in control and Pepe hit the post before they doubled their lead when his corner was smashed in from close range by Sokratis Papastathopoulos.Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side came into the game with one loss in their previous nine games, and although they improved after the break, they rarely tested Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.It was characteristic of a stop-start season in which they are yet to win three Premier League games in a row.The defeat leaves them fifth in the table, five points behind Chelsea, who drew with Brighton earlier in the day.Victory for Arsenal ended a run of seven home games without a win in all competitions and lifted them to 10th place, four points behind United.But they remain closer to the relegation zone than the top four.Arsenal finally beat top half team – the best statsThis was Arsenal’s first Premier League win this season against a team currently in the top half of the Premier League (P10 W1 D4 L5).Nicolas Pepe has scored all his five goals for Arsenal in all competitions in London – four at the Emirates and one at London Stadium.Arsenal have scored eight goals via corners in the Premier League this season, two more than any other team.Manchester United have now lost four of their past five away Premier League visits to Arsenal (W1).What next?Arsenal host Leeds on Monday, 6 January in the FA Cup third round (kick-off 19:56 GMT), while Manchester United travel to Wolves on Saturday, 4 January (kick-off 17:31) in a repeat of their quarter-final defeat last season.last_img read more

Kotoko coach Dramani satisfied with Hearts draw

first_imgAsante Kotoko coach Mas-Ud Dramani says he is satisfied with the 1-1 result against Hearts of Oak on Sunday.The champions fought from a goal down to force a draw against their arch rivals at the Accra Sports Stadium.Kotoko equalized through midfielder Michael Helegbe early in the second half after Winful Cobbinah had given Hearts a deserved 27th minute lead.A win could have seen the Porcupine Warriors clinch top spot in the Ghanaian top flight.But coach Dramani insists he is satisfied with the result while praising his team for the fight-back against Hearts.“We had come to win and so we were still very positive at the time we were down and was throwing everything at the game,” he said. “Once we wanted the three points and we couldn’t get it and we had one point, we feel it was a very good result.”Kotoko are now second – just a point behind new leaders Berekum Chelsea with six game left.The champions will now face dethroned leaders Medeama on Wednesday in Kumasi.last_img read more

Kotoko v Eulma preview: Algerians complain about internet, accommodation

first_imgAfter touching down in Ghana for their crucial continental game with Kotoko, El Eulma prompty began mind games.Reports from Kumasi say the Algerians arrived in Kumasi shortly after noon on Good Friday but would not disembark from their bus.Their problem?”They say they don’t like the hotel given to them. They claim sleeping two in a room will be too crowded,” a source told Joy Sports.The team, who were booked into the Champion Hotel, will be Kotoko’s opponent for Sunday’s Caf Champions League second leg tie.In the end, Liberian match commissioner Andy Quamie, a Fifa certified official who doubles as head of his country’s Premier League board, inspected the facility and declared it safe to live in.  But the Algerian delegation complained about a lack of internet access and an inappropriate menu before eventually settling in. Kotoko and Eulma drew goalless in Algeria in the first leg.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

J.J. Redick scores 24 as Clippers beat Nuggets, 107-92

first_imgClippers coach Doc Rivers said Jamal Crawford, who has missed 16 games with a right calf injury, could return from a 16-game absence Tuesday against the Lakers — in the second of the team’s two games in three days. “He’s close,” Rivers said. “The good news is that he’s going to play before the season ends.” … Rivers said Lester Hudson is a candidate to stick on the roster for the playoffs. He signed a 10-day contract on March 29. Nate Robinson, who played under two 10-day contracts, is also a possibility. The Clippers took advantage of Lawson’s absence, scoring the first 12 points and jumping out to an 18-2 lead. Los Angeles hit its first five 3-pointers and were ahead 24-6 after Redick’s first 3 of the game.The lead grew to 44-20 early in the second quarter before the Nuggets made a run to get within 13 in the final minutes of the half.Los Angeles led by 16 when the Nuggets began intentionally fouling Jordan. The center, who came into the game hitting just 39 percent from the line, hit 5 of 9 before going to the bench with the Clippers up 78-64.The Clippers went more than 3 minutes without scoring in the fourth quarter but Redick’s fourth 3 of the night broke the drought and gave Los Angeles a 96-78 lead.Also Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img DENVER >> J.J. Redick scored 24 points, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 22 rebounds and the Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 107-92 on Saturday night.Chris Paul had 23 points and nine assists for the Clippers, who moved a half-game ahead of San Antonio for the fifth seed in the Western Conference with their ninth win in 10 games. They are just a game back of Memphis for the third seed and host the Grizzlies next Saturday.Los Angeles has just two road games remaining, although one of them is against the Lakers at Staples Center.On Saturday, the Clippers made themselves at home at Pepsi Center against a depleted Nuggets team, missing point guard and leading scorer Ty Lawson due to a sore right forearm. The Nuggets were further short-handed when backup Jameer Nelson left in the second quarter with a right hip flexor strain.last_img read more

Alexander: The Dodgers are playing the Yankees; can you even tell?

first_img“All year he’s been real good about painting the corners, not really giving them anything to hit,” said catcher Will Smith, who hasn’t been catching him all year but was presumably paying attention when he was in Triple-A. “The last two starts he made a couple of mistakes.“But better to get them out (of his system) now than later.”If you think “later” isn’t part of the thought process of everyone in the Dodgers clubhouse, there was also this from Roberts after James Paxton had kept the Dodgers in check all evening:“Hopefully we’ll get another crack at him at some point this season.”Since it’s highly doubtful Paxton will pitch in relief later this series, that leaves one other possible avenue.And if that happens, sometime deep into October, rest assured the Dodgers and Yankees both will be better dressed than they are this weekend.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Oh, by the way: The geniuses who came up with these white-on-black matchups didn’t anticipate that hitters might have trouble picking up the ball against pitchers wearing white caps. So, in a late change, Dodgers pitchers (and all home team pitchers across MLB) will wear black caps this weekend while their teammates all wear white. Kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?Nor did those same brains stop to think that a home team batter could look at the infield and see seven guys wearing black. Which ones were the infielders, and which were the umpires? Maybe the umps could have worn light blue shirts, but again there was a stunning lack of foresight in putting this together.Moreover: From anywhere above the 20th row, with none of the uniform markings visible, the players look like they might have in the 1900s. (Or a bunch of cricket or polo players.) This is how the game courts the younger generation?Sorry. I wasn’t going to rant about the uniforms anymore, but the execution is even worse than the concept sounded when first revealed. At least the original Players Weekend idea – jerseys modeled after what those players once wore in Little League – were colorful and fun. These were ugly.Beyond the sartorial monstrosity, though, this weekend has a big series feel to it on plenty of levels. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — When the New York Yankees rolled into Dodger Stadium on Friday night for the first time since 2013, my first thought was to wish that Dodgers chairman Mark Walter and Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner had put their heads together beforehand and planned an act of rebellion.Two iconic teams, with iconic uniforms, have been forced into the monochrome dreck that MLB is forcing its teams to wear for Players Weekend. Wouldn’t it have been delightful if Walter and Steinbrenner had agreed to thumb their noses at the marketing people and have their teams show up in their regular uniforms? Or maybe even let the Yanks wear their pinstripes in Dodger Stadium?In fact, Walter and Steinbrenner could have – and should have – sent a joint note to the Commissioner’s office: Tell us what the fine is, and we’ll not only write you a check, we’ll match it and donate it all to Stand Up For Cancer.Alas, the Dodgers wore their off white-on-white in Friday’s 10-2 loss, as they will Saturday and Sunday, and the Yankees wore black on black. I hope the folks in the very top rows brought strong binoculars. It’s the Dodgers and Yankees with their shared history and their stature in the game. And it’s the teams with the best and second-best records in today’s game, and since the best record determines home-field advantage throughout the postseason – including, potentially, Game 7 of the World Series – there will be an urgency well beyond what the Dodgers normally face these days, given their 20½-game lead in the NL West.Nobody’s taking days off this weekend, in other words, although Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Corey Seager got some time off their feet once Friday’s game got out of hand.And you’d better believe each manager has been keeping an eye on the other guy’s team, even if both Aaron Boone and Dave Roberts couched it in terms of being a fan of the game and paying attention to everybody.“I do keep an eye on them,” Roberts said. “I keep an eye, really, on all teams. I love watching players. I love watching teams and how they play, watching managers and what they do, so I’m pretty familiar with those guys over there. Maybe a little bit more since … the potential.”Yeah, it’s a long way to the end of October. But when your sole goal is to be the last team standing at the end, matchups like this make you pay attention. It’s certainly no different for Boone, who has SoCal roots (Villa Park High, when his dad played for the Angels, and then USC) and familiarity with Dodger Stadium.“I would expect that it will be an awesome atmosphere here,” Boone said. “I’ve been here a lot over the years, and it’s always a pretty neat atmosphere. But I think when you go Yankees-Dodgers interleague, both teams obviously having really strong seasons, I think it should be a pretty neat environment for our guys.“I’m certainly aware of what they’ve been doing and the special season they’re in the midst of.”Game 1 of this series met the expectations from an atmosphere standpoint, but it might have been an outlier on the field. The Yankees, who had lost four straight and been swept in Oakland, did to the Dodgers what the Dodgers have been doing to a lot of people.They caught a less than sharp Hyun-Jin Ryu and pummeled him for seven earned runs, highlighted by a grand slam by former NL West foe Didi Gregorius, one of the former Diamondback’s two homers. Those earned runs were the most Ryu had given up in a start the big leagues and as many as he’d given up at home in his previous 11 starts this season. In fact, before Friday night he’d allowed two earned runs in 57-2/3 innings over eight starts.More ominously, in his last two starts against division leaders Atlanta and the Yankees he has given up five home runs. He had given up 10 in his previous 22 starts. Thus, his ERA has now ballooned to 2.00, and if that sounds funny it’s an indication of the quality of those previous 22 starts.Related Articleslast_img read more

Cyclone Taylor field is set – Nitehawks, Thunder Cats represent KIJHL

first_imgThe Storm now face Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champ Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the opening game of the tournament Thursday.In the other contest, tournament host Creston Valley Thunder Cats meet Aldergrove Kodiaks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.Friday, Aldergrove battles Beaver Valley while Campbell River faces off against Creston.Saturday, the final round robin games have Beaver Valley meeting Creston in the all-KIJHL matchup while Aldergrove takes on Campbell River.The top two teams meet for the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday at 7:30 p.m.The third and fourth-place teams meet for the bronze medal at 2 p.m.The winner represents BC at the Keystone Cup in Arborg, Manitoba from April 13 – 16. The field has been set for the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning Thursday in Creston.Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Campbell River Storm was the final team to book its ticket to the four-team BC Junior B Hockey Championships.The Storm needed four overtime periods to edge Victoria Cougars 4-3 in the seventh game of the VIJHL Championship Sunday in Victoria.Christian Brandt was the hero with an unassisted goal at 4:48 of the 4th overtime to give the Storm a trip to Creston and the Cyclone Taylor Cup.last_img read more