The national anthem is traditionally played before the final but for this year’s meeting between Cliftonville and Glentoran it will be dropped from the pre-match build-up at Windsor Park on May 4 Cliftonville have a traditionally Catholic fan-base while Glentoran’s supporters are mainly from a Protestant background and the decision on the anthem was taken by the Irish FA’s Challenge Cup Committee to try to make the match a “politically-neutral” environment and prevent it from becoming a potential flashpoint. Press Association IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson told the Press Association: “This is not a generic decision but the Challenge Cup committee has made a decision on the national anthem, on this particular occasion, to foster a neutral atmosphere at the game.” The move has been greeted with anger by some Glentoran fans who have criticised the decision on social media sites, claiming it has been taken merely to appease Republicans. Football chiefs in Northern Ireland have taken the decision not to play ‘God Save The Queen’ at next month’s politically-sensitive Irish Cup final.
Two men are in jail after shooting toward deputies in Belle Glade, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrested 21-year-old Keren Briscoe around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning.According to the arrest documents, a vehicle was traveling westbound on Martin Luther King Blvd. when a person who was identified as Briscoe started shooting out of the car toward them.A deputy and civilian were also in the line of fire, PBSO says. There were no injuries, although the incident did result in some property property damage.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Briscoe has been charged with three counts of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.Records show he is on felony probation after he was found guilty in September 2017 on charges of being a delinquent in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 36 months of probation and was scheduled to complete his sentence on New Year’s Day 2021.However, Briscoe violated his probation last February, when he was arrested for resisting an officer without violence. He was sentenced at that time to seven days in jail.A judge order Briscoe to be held without bond during a court appearance Saturday morning.
Facebook Twitter Google+ It was the first game of the Syracuse women’s lacrosse fall ball season, and Gabby Jaquith was coming off a stellar freshman campaign. She was poised to be one of the offense’s top weapons, and it was her time to prove it.But then her knee turned awkwardly while running on the field and she felt a sharp pain. In an instant, a season to help contend for a national championship became a season of rehabilitation.“Having to sit through all of last season watching everyone play was definitely hard for me, mentally and physically,” Jaquith said. “But I feel as if it kind of made me stronger.” After being forced to sit out her entire sophomore year with a torn ACL, Jaquith hasn’t missed a beat in her junior year for Syracuse (15-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast). She’s ranked seventh in points — with 13 goals and nine assists — on the third-best scoring team in the nation. The midfielder is ranked first out of the starters with a .619 shooting percentage, and has scored in three of the past four games. The adjustment process was a difficult one, filled with mistakes and uncertainty. But now she’s a valuable piece on the country’s top-ranked team, and has started 14 of SU’s 16 games. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think the upside is she’s watched a lot of lacrosse and her lacrosse IQ has gone up,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “She’s the type of player that’s always made big plays in big games. I think she’s getting there.” To get back to full strength, Jaquith has done work on the side this season, which included passing, shooting and playing wall ball just to make sure that her knee is 100 percent. When she was rehabbing, though, her work meant squats and lunges. Then, there was lifting, running and agility exercises. Jaquith had been robbed of her ability to play, but was doing everything possible to make a quick return. “It’s tough coming back from an ACL injury and having it repaired surgically, going through all the rehab and all the time it takes to try and get back to where you were physically,” Gait said. “I think she continues to do that.” When she first got back into practicing, things didn’t go nearly as smoothly as they had in the past. She was nervous, and had trouble adjusting back into what had been natural for her just a year before. So she would seek out the advice of Alyssa Murray, SU’s points leader in 2013. Murray had gone through an ACL tear in her senior year of high school, and Jaquith was a sponge when it came to her advice. “She comes up to me and is always talking herself through the plays to make sure she’s got it straight,” Murray said. “She knows what works for her. She does whatever it takes to make sure she’s mentally prepared.” Senior Bridget Daley, who just returned from an injury on Saturday that sidelined her for nearly the entire 2014 season, said that Jaquith was someone that always stuck by her to make sure she was OK. She said that the two shared a bond having had to miss significant time and had other topics of conversation, besides their injuries. “She would just be normal,” Daley said. “Because with a lot of people, (the injury) is all they want to talk about. “That’s probably the most appreciated thing.” As the ACC tournament quickly approaches on Thursday, Jaquith will have the opportunity to make up for what many would call lost time. But for Jaquith, it was an experience that made her stronger. “I still think there’s room for me to grow, definitely,” Jaquith said. “But right now I think things are going really well and I’m really excited for the postseason.” Comments Published on April 23, 2014 at 1:30 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3
What’s the first thing you would do with $550 million? Travel the world? Pay off your student loans? Buy sodas for everyone? Odds are saving an NBA franchise would be near the bottom of that list. But for Senator Herb Kohl, it was a no-brainer. The man who has been at the forefront of basketball philanthropy in the state of Wisconsin for more than three decades made his latest move to ensure that the NBA stays in Milwaukee.Kohl, the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks since 1985, announced the sale of Wisconsin’s NBA franchise last week to hedge fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for $550 million.After months of speculation about a potential sale of the Bucks, Kohl wound up selling the Milwaukee franchise for more than 30 times his initial investment of $18 million three decades ago.But as Kohl has demonstrated during his entire tenure as the Bucks’ owner, owning the team wasn’t about the money, it’s always been about keeping basketball in Wisconsin and in the city of Milwaukee. That is why he bought the team and that is why he sold the team.“Being part of the effort to bring the NBA franchise here originally and then keeping it here has been a big part of my adult life,” Kohl said in a press conference Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. “I have owned the Bucks for more than 29 years and our fans, our business partners and my colleagues at the Bucks have been on my mind and in my heart everyday. So I hope you understand why this process was and is so important to me and why I was not going to make a move unless I was convinced that it was the right one.”With first-year NBA commissioner Adam Silver threatening to move the Bucks to Seattle if plans for a new arena were not in place by 2017, Kohl felt the pressure to bring in new investors or potentially new majority owners for the franchise. He found that in Edens and Lasry. But to ensure that new era of the Bucks got off on the right foot and their roots stayed firmly planted in Milwaukee, Kohl took part of his wealth and donated $100 million to be put toward a new facility for the organization.That’s right, after selling the franchise, the first thing the former senator did was stick $100 million right back into it. But it was for the good of basketball in the state of Wisconsin. Without it, Milwaukee’s chances at securing a new arena would be much more bleak.Of course this isn’t the first time Kohl has made a generous donation in the name of basketball. No, it’s no coincidence that the University of Wisconsin’s basketball arena is named the Kohl Center. The Wisconsin alum donated $25 million for the construction of the basketball arena that would be named in his honor.The difference this time is that the cost is four times as high and there won’t be a Kohl Center South, as his name will not be attached to the new arena. He won’t allow it.“They said they wanted to name (the Kohl Center) after me; I said, ‘Fine.’ Here it’s different,” Kohl told the Milwaukee Business Journal. “I’m making a pure gift. There’s no return from it financially.”“If they named it after me, they would be forgoing naming rights money. And I wouldn’t do that because they need that money. So, no, it’s not going to be.”While the moves Kohl made during his time as owner to the Bucks may have left some fans scratching their heads, or worse, it cannot be denied that without Kohl the landscape of basketball in Wisconsin would much different. The Bucks may have moved to Seattle, Las Vegas or Louisville, Ky., a long time ago and the Kohl Center wouldn’t exist.Sure, the Bucks were terrible this year, were named as the least valuable franchise in the NBA by Forbes earlier this year and were last in attendance this season. OK, it sounds a little bad when I write it all out for you, but the Bucks are important to Milwaukee and to Wisconsin. The franchise owns a rich tradition that others could only dream about. With names like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson and Ray Allen once donning a Milwaukee uniform, the Bucks have and will mean a lot to this state.So, while Kohl’s generosity may fall on deaf ears at a time when the Milwaukee Bucks’ popularity isn’t exactly skyrocketing, it doesn’t diminish what he has done for the franchise and for the state. So here’s to you, Senator Kohl, it’s been a hell of a ride.
Last year, National Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh had called for India to boycott the Birmingham Games if shooting sport is not included in the roster.READ | As One Of The Great Sporting Rivalries Ends, Lee Chong Wei’s Retirement Leaves ‘Super Lin Dan’ Ploughing Lonely In Olympic FurrowMeanwhile, after inspecting the facilities at the NIS, Rijiju said that the synthetic track here has outlived its life and the government was planning to relay the track. Written By The IOA had recently said it will not be averse to taking the unprecedented step of pulling out of the Commonwealth Games.READ | Disappointed At Shooting Axe, IOA Says Pulling Out Of 2022 CWG Cannot Be Ruled OutRijiju’s predecessor Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had last year written to his British counterpart as well to the CGF President, urging them to intervene and ensure that the sport remains a part of the 2022 edition.The CGF, however, had left it to the host nation, in this case England, to decide the fate of shooting, which has always been an optional sport. COMMENT The minister, who visited the National Institute of Sports (NIS) here, said he is aware of the pullout threat made by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) after the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) left out shooting from sports programme of the Birmingham edition. The decision to leave out shooting dealt a big blow to India which had won as many as 16 medals out of 66 in the 2018 Gold Coast CWG, and the IOA said that pulling out of the Games altogether cannot be ruled out. Last Updated: 29th June, 2019 21:42 IST Cannot Interfere But Will Explore Diplomatic Channels To Get Shooting Back In CWG: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday made it clear that the government cannot interfere in sports matter but promised to explore diplomatic channels to have shooting included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games programme. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday made it clear that the government cannot interfere in sports matter but promised to explore diplomatic channels to have shooting included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games programme. WATCH US LIVE Press Trust Of India “I know about this pull threat by IOA. But we can’t interfere much. But a sport, where India have good chance win medals, we will try and take diplomatic steps to have shooting included,” said Rijiju. LIVE TV He said that the government was also exploring the possibility of various tie-ups with corporate houses to absorb national and international players so that they do not have to worry about their livelihood while playing for the country. SUBSCRIBE TO US “Shooting is a big sport in India and for many shooters CWG is a stepping stone to Olympics two years later. It is a big setback for shooting as well as Indian sport as a whole. We have made representations to the CGF, and the government has also done that but still shooting has been left out,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta had said recently. First Published: 29th June, 2019 20:13 IST FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND 1 year ago 15-year-old Cori Gauff is the youngest teenager to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw, here’s who she’s facing in the first round 1 year ago Italy’s Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics 1 year ago World Cup 2019 | Here’s what Virat Kohli said about England’s poor form and dethroning them to No 1 spot in ICC rankings
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Eli Grba, who threw the first pitch in Angels franchise history and later wrote a book about his battle with alcoholism, died on Monday in Florence, Ala., after a three-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 84.Grba spent five years in the majors, with the New York Yankees and Angels. He started the Angels’ first game, on April 11, 1961, and he pitched a complete game to beat the Baltimore Orioles.Grba had been the Angels’ first selection in the expansion draft in 1960.During three seasons with the Angels, Grba was 20-24 with a 4.40 ERA. He compiled a 28-33 career record and 4.48 ERA in 135 games over five major-league seasons. Later in life, he struggled with alcoholism, a battle he described in a book: “Baseball’s Fallen Angel: A major leaguer’s life story of high expectations, hidden pitfalls and his ongoing fight in recovery.”Grba threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2011 season in celebration of the Angels’ 50th anniversary.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
He’s also tried not to think of how he’ll feel when he actually steps into the batter’s box for the first time, with longtime teammate Yadier Molina behind the plate.“I don’t know and I don’t want to know because if you start thinking about it and it doesn’t go that way you might be a little disappointed,” Pujols said. “But I’m pretty sure it’ll be emotional. And then having Yadi behind the plate, he’s like my little brother and we had success together.”Over 11 years with the Cardinals, Pujols hit .328 with a 1.037 OPS, averaging 40 homers a season. The Cardinals also won the World Series in 2006 and 2011 with Pujols, the latter coming in the final season before he signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels.The Angels and Cardinals then met in interleague play in 2013 and 2016, but both times the series was in Anaheim.Although it was widely assumed that the schedule would bring the Angels to St. Louis in 2019, Pujols said he was excited when it became official last year. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Pujols said he got “a lot of texts” from friends and family, many of whom will be using the $35,000 worth of tickets that he said he bought for this weekend.“The best fans in baseball, no doubt,” Pujols said of the St. Louis fans. “A great atmosphere. They know the game. From young boys to 80-year-old people, they are always into the game. I think the best thing about it is players like Ken Griffey Jr. had milestones there and they were getting a standing ovation by our fans. They know baseball. They love the game. They love their team. Whether they are winning or losing, it’s going to be a packed house. It was a great atmosphere every time I took the field for 11 years and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be that way this weekend too.”Despite the hoopla, Pujols said he plans to keep his focus on winning the games, because he wants to try to have some of the success with the Angels that he had in St. Louis.“We’ve missed the playoffs seven out of my eight years here and hopefully we can get a good roll here and have the best player in the game play in a big spot, which is the playoffs and the World Series. And that’s (Mike Trout). Hopefully, the fans can get to do that this year.”ALSOThe Angels traded outfielder Cesar Puello to the Miami Marlins for cash considerations. Puello had been designated for assignment to make room for Justin Upton when he was activated on Monday. …Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who is rehabbing from an ankle sprain, was set for a second rehab game at rookie-level Orem (Utah) on Wednesday, after which the Angels will decide whether he needs more time or can be activated. …Trevor Cahill was sent to Salt Lake City to throw about 75 pitches in a Triple-A game on Friday night. Cahill, who is out with an elbow issue, is expected to be ready after one game, Manager Brad Ausmus said. It’s unclear in what role the Angels would use Cahill after he returns, or who he would replace on the roster. …Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros JC Ramírez felt good after his rehab outing on Tuesday night with Salt Lake, Ausmus said. Ramírez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is expected to use just about all 30 days of his rehab assignment, which means he would rejoin the Angels around June 29. The Angels haven’t yet decided on a role for Ramírez because “we don’t know what will happen between now and then,” Ausmus said. …Keynan Middleton, who is also rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has not started facing hitters, and Ausmus said he’s not sure when that will happen. …Matt Harvey, who is out with a back injury, has resumed baseball activity, but there’s no timeline for his return, Ausmus said. …Justin Bour, Tommy La Stella and Kevan Smith did the EdgeWalk at the top of the CN Tower. Supported by a safety rail, visitors can walk around the outside of the observation deck 116 stories above the ground. “There were a couple times when I wasn’t sure all the members participating were going to go through with it, but we all did and I’m glad we did,” Bour said.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Jose Suarez, 2-1, 4.50) at Blue Jays (LHP Clayton Richard, 0-3, 7.52), Thursday, 4:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM TORONTO — Albert Pujols is days away from a moment he’s been anticipating for years.The Angels will open a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday, offering Pujols the first chance to play in front of the fans who cheered him for the first 11 years of a career that will send him to the Hall of Fame.“I think it’s going to be emotional,” Pujols said Wednesday. “I don’t get too emotional, but for myself, it will be like that. When I got to St. Louis I was 21 and when I left I was 32. I got there as a baby and left as a man. You can’t ignore the success I had there, individually and team accomplishments, winning championships. It’s pretty awesome. I’m excited.”It’s unclear exactly how the Cardinals will honor Pujols throughout the weekend series. So far all he knows is that he’s having a press conference on Friday afternoon, but he’s unsure about what sort of on-field ceremonies or presentations there might be. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The best (or worst) moments from Game 3 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves.Second inning:Things got ugly quick for the Dodgers as the Braves loaded the bases and took advantage of the opportunity. Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Braves became the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the postseason. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fourth inning: Third inning: Max Muncy followed up Taylor’s home run with one of his own. The game is tied at 5.We. Are. TIED. @Dodgers back in it 5-5!Max Muncy knew he got it too… #LetTheKidsPlay📺:Live on FS1 pic.twitter.com/qQUYy8T8ZM— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 8, 2018Sixth inning: Fifth inning:Chris Taylor with a 2-run home run brings the Dodgers within one run of the Braves early lead. LA down 5-4. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco FREDDIE FREEMAN pic.twitter.com/VeXHdHaCTu— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 8, 2018 Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies With two outs in the top of the inning, the Dodgers score a pair of runs. Braves lead 5-2. Former teammate Freddie Freeman crushes Alex Wood’s first pitch nearly into the ChopHouse. #Braves regain lead on #Dodgers 6-5 in 6th— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 8, 2018FINAL: Braves 6, Dodgers 5Freeman’s home run proved to be the difference as the Braves take Game 3 of the NLDS. Dodgers lead the series 2-1.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Mike Trout took the bait.The Angels and Trout made waves Tuesday morning, when ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported both parties were close to finalizing a 12-year, $430 million contract extension, keeping the Angel in the outfield for, presumably, the rest of his career. Since Trout’s debut, however, playoff blessings haven’t exactly fallen upon the heads of LA Red. In fact, it can all be summed up in one tweet from a handsome, intelligent, witty sportswriter:MORE: Mike Trout and the biggest sports contracts in historyThe Angels better do everything in their power to win a World Series. Everything.— Joe (@JoeRiveraSN) March 19, 2019The legend of Mike Trout grows by the season. Two-time MVP (should have won more). Finished No. 1 or 2 in MVP voting in six of his seven full seasons in the majors. He’s worth 64.3 bWAR so far over the course of his career, which is already more than numerous Hall of Famers, including Vladimir Guerrero, Mike Piazza, Harmon Killebrew and Yogi Berra. He’s the greatest player in Angels history. He’s the bee’s knees. The cat’s pajamas. The whole shebang.Paying Mike Trout was the easy part. What comes next is hard.Let’s take a look at the Angels’ records since Trout’s Rookie of the Year campaign:2012: 89-73, missed the playoffs.2013: 78-84, missed the playoffs.2014: 94-78, swept in LDS vs. Kansas City.2015: 85-77, missed the playoffs.2016: 74-88, missed the playoffs.2017: 80-82, missed the playoffs.2018: 80-82, missed the playoffs.So, all things considered, to this point, the Angels have absolutely wasted Trout’s career. To take it a step further, the Angels haven’t done much to surround Trout with the talent he deserves.The work is just beginning for the Angels, and if they want to make the most of Trout’s prime — let alone his career — then they’re going to have to do and be better, all around. Let’s start with the good news: Through the years, the Angels have never been afraid to take out the checkbook to pay guys. Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Justin Upton to name a few. While those three deals have had varying degrees of success, it’s apparent Arte Moreno and the Angels’ front office isn’t afraid to spend money. But the one thing you’ll notice about those three guys is that none of them pitch.SN’s FANTASY BASEBALL HQ2019 cheat sheet | Top 300 | All-Breakout teamIn fact, the biggest free-agent pitching signing the Angels have made in the last nine years is C.J. Wilson; he signed a five-year, $77.5 million deal prior to the 2012 season. Wilson finished his career with the Angels, amounting to 5.5 bWAR in that span before retiring due to injuries. And no disrespect to C.J. Wilson, but I’m not sure anyone confused him for an ace in his career.And that’s where the Angels’ issues have been in a nutshell. The Angels have had one Cy Young winner in franchise history (the immortal Bartolo Colon, 2005). Jered Weaver, for however good he was over a stretch of time with LA, was both exiting his prime and dealt with injuries while Trout was coming to his own. And as of this posting, the Angels have have only one top pitching prospect on MLB Pipeline’s top 100 players: Griffin Canning.Yes, the Angels have faced devastating injuries throughout the years to their pitching staff. Garrett Richards, former first-round pick, dealt with injuries to his arm and everything else in his career and never quite panned out. Weaver amounted to 36.7 bWAR in his career — still less than Nolan Ryan’s 40.5 bWAR, and Ryan pitched eight seasons to Weaver’s 11.MORE: The worst free-agent deals for all 30 MLB teamsThis isn’t to say that ace pitchers grow on trees, because they don’t. It takes franchises eons to find quality pitching help, whether it’s through development or free agency. That said, when your biggest free-agent pitching signing of the 2018 offseason was *checks notes* Matt Harvey, then you have work to do, especially considering some of the names on the market this past offseason. After all, Dallas Keuchel is still on the market and has experience in the AL West. Gio Gonzalez signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees, who would have been a welcome addition to an otherwise mediocre Angels rotation.More good news: Los Angeles is on the right track, and they’ll have a long time to get things right around Trout. GM Billy Eppler has done a decent job or replenishing the farm system and bringing in quality position players. The Angels farm system was dead last in MLB some years ago to a top-third prior to this season, anchored by outfielders Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, who both make MLB Pipeline’s top 100 list. Shohei Ohtani electrified crowds in 2018 before succumbing to his UCL injury, but fans should see him back on the field in 2019.But through it all, the Angels are providing something of a cautionary tale: The best player in baseball will only take you so far. Getting to that next level is the hard part.