View Gallery (2 Photos)Marcus Landry is by no means the best basketball player in the country, but what some players have in skill, Marcus Landry has in passion and drive.The father of three children — Marcus Jr., Mariah and Makaylah — Landry has more reasons to be a successful basketball player than do most collegiate athletes. Unlike other players on the Badgers — or most teams for that matter — Landry has a family he needs to support.“After college, the classroom and basketball, I have to find a way to provide for my family,” Landry said. “Whether it be through basketball or my education. So, they’ve helped me succeed in life and basketball and school.”The Badgers’ senior forward has accumulated over 1,000 points in his career at Wisconsin, was part of two Big Ten champion squads, and more than anything else, has left a legacy behind him that his teammates and coaches won’t forget.“He’s a great success story,” University of Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close said. “There are probably a lot of people who questioned whether he’d survive here. Not only has he survived, he’s thrived. He’s a terrific kid that’s got his priorities straight, wanted to prove people wrong and had just done a lot of work. It’s been fun to watch.”A Milwaukee native, Landry attended Vincent High School, where he led the team to the state championship final game, averaging 16.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game his senior season.Family tiesWhile he had individual success in high school, he was unable to match his brother Carl, who led his high school squad to a state championship title.However, Landry accomplished what his brother was never able to do — win a Big Ten title.“I think that he’ll wish his brother well, but at the same time he’ll want bragging rights over him,” teammate Morris Cain said. “It’s very competitive, and he likes playing with him and hanging out with him, so I’m sure he liked [winning the Big Ten title] a lot.”Landry already has a full family of his own, but he would not be where he is now if not for his wife and siblings. According to Landry, the competitive spirit with his brother drove him to become dedicated to the sport. Landry’s wife, Efueko, played basketball at Marquette and his sister currently plays at Temple University.“Obviously, [Carl] has helped me tremendously with a lot of stuff, but just seeing where he’s at and all the things he’s accomplished makes me want to accomplish those and do it better,” Marcus said. “That’s the way I’ve been since I was little. I always competed in that way with him, that’s just the way I always did it.”With his brother currently playing in the NBA for the Houston Rockets, Landry strives for excellence and hopes to play in the same league next year. He believes his family ties to basketball have led to his drive to take his game to the next level.“They’re playing basketball,” Landry said. “It’s something where I don’t want to be the only one out, and basketball is fun. It’s something I love to do and, of course, them all being basketball players gives me that drive to play.”“I’m sure it was a family event, so to speak,” Close said. “He’s always had a great passion for the game and wants to achieve at a higher level, and I think his basketball is ahead of him. I think it’ll be fun to see just how much better he can get.”Also, while he they may not be blood-related, Landry and UW great Alando Tucker were best friends when he attended the university. Landry views his experiences with Tucker as major influences for the way he conducts himself on and off the court.“Alando Tucker was my roommate and he’s the type of guy — he was like my brother,” Landry said. “He’s my brother here — he’s a great guy to be around. He was the one who always gave me a lot of advice. He taught me a lot of things about basketball, a lot of things that are still with me.”Overcoming adversityRight now, Landry may be the face of Wisconsin basketball, but it was not always that way. As a freshman, he struggled on the court physically and off the court academically. But along with the help of his teammates, he was able to overcome that adversity he faced as a freshman.“As a team, we kind of helped him out,” Cain said. “It was more of a team effort; we just stuck by him and told him that we’d be with him no matter what.”“I think he’s matured from a young man to a grown man,” Close said. “A lot has been thrown at him at a lot of different venues and avenues, and he’s tackled it with a lot of spirit and determination.”Now, Landry has started 53 straight games, averages 12.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and is one of the biggest vocal and physical leaders on the team.“It was great to just be a leader out there and be someone that my teammates looked at to make something happen,” he said. “It’s great just playing with my teammates and being a very unselfish player.”Maturity and leadershipWith a lifetime accomplishment of a full family achieved by age 22, Landry has done more for his personal life than has any other Badger. His teammates believe his maturity is a result of his distinct way of life.“There’s certain lifestyles that college kids live, and Marcus doesn’t live that lifestyle,” Cain said. “He’s definitely more mature than most of the kids on campus and considering what he has to do, I definitely think that has impacted his experience here.”Supporting his family, along with being a strong basketball player and teammate, has made him a role model for everyone on the team, and though his lifestyle may be irregular, he influences his other teammates and coaches by being a mature leader on and off the court.“He’s got a lot on his plate, a lot of responsibility. To his credit, he took it head-on where some people might have done something different,” Close said. “The whole package is part of the success story of what he’s accomplished as a father and a husband, as well as a student and an athlete. He’s done a lot of terrific things.”As for Landry’s influences, look no further than his youngest daughter’s godfather — fellow teammate Joe Krabbenhoft.“Just by his character, the way he always goes hard. He’s a tough guy, and there’s just a lot of things he’s doing that I need to do,” Landry said. “Off the court, the way he handles himself, he’s just a great guy and the type of guy that rubs off on me and I try to do the things that he’s doing.”Life after collegeLandry has always wanted to play professional basketball, but his collegiate years have been more important to him than any other part of his life. According to Landry, it’s not just his basketball skills that he hopes people look back on but his character that is the most integral part of his career at UW.“It’s great. It shows where I’ve come from and the type of dedication that I have to being a good player and being a guy that everyone’s able to get along with and just being a very respectful guy.”While most of the students at Wisconsin know him as the guy with the goggles who dominates the paint, Landry hopes they remember him for something not related to the sport.“I just want them to think of me as a great guy, a guy that works hard and is respectful,” he said. “I guess respect goes a long way in how people think about you. So when the fans say my name, I just want them to say, ‘Hey, he was a great guy to be around.’”
Syracuse University professor Michael D’Eredita established the first varsity sport in Finland. While coaching overseas in Turku, Finland in 2000, he and a team created University Rowing. Previously, sports were available through clubs and were not university-sponsored. He went on to coach Finland’s national rowing team, bringing them back-to-back scholars in the World Rowing Cup and the 2000 World Championship title. He was also responsible for two rowers winning the World Rowing Cup lightweight women’s single and lightweight men’s single scull event for Finland.Fifteen years later, the iSchool professor is still coaching, now as the high performance director for Portugal’s national rowing team.He’s led both the Finland and Portugal teams to Rowing World Cup medals. As the high performance director, D’Eredita is in charge of creating a system including a team of coaches, athletes and a training program.D’Eredita’s passion for rowing began when he was on the rowing team in high school in Liverpool, New York.“I purposefully took to rowing for two reasons — one person told me that it was the hardest sport so I took it as a challenge,” D’Eredita said. “The other reason I chose it was that I always viewed it as a lifelong sport.”When he was in graduate school studying cognitive/experimental psychology at Syracuse University, he was the graduate assistant for the university’s rowing team. He went on to coach U.S. developmental and U.S. pre-elite teams, before traveling to Finland in 2000. Around the same time, he took a job teaching at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite the travel required for him to coach, D’Eredita’s work overseas doesn’t interfere with his teaching profession. The professor has chosen to live in the United States in order to keep teaching at SU.Marcene Sonneborn, an iSchool professor who teaches classes on information technology startups with D’Eredita, said D’Eredita’s traveling has never been a problem for the two of them. Sonneborn added that they work collaboratively to plan out the semester.Sonneborn, who has worked with D’Eredita for about six years, added D’Eredita’s passion for rowing is evident.“When he talks about rowing, that is his true love and it’s just something that he gets a lot personally from it, and he is always very animated when he talks about it,” Sonneborn said. “When he talks about the individuals he’s coaching, it’s almost like a father coaching a son,” Sonneborn said.It was this passion for coaching that led D’Eredita from a winning Finland to a less-talented Portugal in 2003. The national team was performing very poorly, and needed to win medals in an Olympic event at the Senior or Under 23 World Championships by 2004. If Portugal didn’t, its Olympic Committee was going to deem rowing as a recreational sport and stop funding the team.When D’Eredita arrived to coach, one of Portugal’s best athletes, named Luis Teixeira, was ready to quit. But after one week at training camp with D’Eredita, the athlete had a change of heart. With D’Eredita as the new coach, Portugal won two bronze medals at two World Cup events and won the silver medal at the Under 23 Championships that the team needed in 2004.Adrian Hatch, a junior information management and technology major, said D’Eredita’s success as a coach shows in his teaching of entrepreneurship. He said D’Eredita knows how to build and run a team, and teach someone else to do the same.“You can tell he has a passion. He made the point that you don’t have to be a rower to teach these guys, because you can be passionate about rowing,” said Hatch, who has taken several classes with D’Eredita. “But all the guys on the team are great at rowing. They are as good as it’s going to get.”When a new administration took over the Portugal Rowing Federation in 2004, D’Eredita got replaced by a new coach. But when the state of rowing dropped during the new administration, Teixeira, who trained with D’Eredita, started his own international training center and four-star hotel. In 2011, Teixeira decided to run for president of the rowing federation. He asked D’Eredita to come back to Portugal to “clean up the mess” made by the new administration.Teixeira is now the president of the Portugal Rowing Federation, a position he’s held since 2012. He was the one who asked D’Eredita to come back to Portugal as high performance director.“I’m addicted to building something from nothing. While there wasn’t ‘nothing’ there, in terms of international results and a system, there wasn’t a system. So that’s the fun part,” D’Eredita said. “It’s building a system that hopefully will continue to turn out results in the long run.”D’Eredita believes failure is a great thing, however. It teaches athletes that the gold medals are earned and don’t just happen because of luck.“The woman I used to coach, Laila Finska, used to say that you have to learn how to lose before you win and she’s right,” D’Eredita said. “What is really meant by that is, to really lose means you are going into an event thinking and believing you are going to win. That’s when you really lose.” Comments Published on February 5, 2015 at 12:57 am Contact: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
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Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 2, 2019 at 10:23 pm Contact Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @_adamhillman Syracuse couldn’t solve the Lafayette defense. Every time it tried to wind its way into the shooting circle, the Leopards poked the ball away, ending the scoring chance. The Orange appeared tired, worn out by an opening-weekend of three games in four days. That was until the end of the second quarter.Following a foul on the left side of the cage, Charlotte de Vries stood with her knees bent, ready for the ball. Knowing that the penalty corner play wasn’t designed for her, she leaped off the line, searching for a rebound.SJ Quigley’s shot did just that. It bounced off Lafayette goalie Sarah Park’s glove, right into the path of de Vries. The freshman, without wasting a second, one-timed the ball into the right side of the cage.“I’m responsible for always being on post, scoring the goals that we need,” de Vries said, “So when we were down 2-0, I was like ‘I have to find the net or something.’ I was kind of motivated after the first quarter.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU was able to dominate possession, as the defense allowed only one shot after de Vries’ goal. The Orange started to play more long balls instead of trying to be as direct through the middle of the field. No. 18 Syracuse (3-0) scored one more goal in the third quarter to tie the game before sophomore Laura Graziosi slotted home the game-winner in the second overtime, defeating Lafayette (1-1) 3-2.Before de Vries’ fourth goal in her third collegiate game, SU trailed by two goals and had only tallied one shot in the first quarter. But, that goal sparked the Orange. The team improved its energy and structure, head coach Ange Bradley said, tallying six shots on goal to Lafayette’s zero after the first half. Syracuse walked into halftime motivated – even though it trailed by a goal – determined to take advantage of the momentum de Vries provided. The Orange, desperate to find another goal, spent the majority of halftime trying to pump each other up, Graziosi said.Four minutes into the third quarter, SU found what it was looking for – again through its star freshman.de Vries, receiving a pass from Graziosi off a penalty corner, rifled a shot toward the bottom left corner of the cage. With a plethora of bodies blocking the vision of Park, sophomore Tess Queen placed her stick in front of the ball’s path.It swerved to the opposite side of the net, tying the score at two. Queen threw her arms in the air as de Vries hugged her. “We all knew that we had to do something to get back and win this game, and eventually we did that,” Graziosi said.Amy Nakamura | Co-Digital EditorThat emphasis continued throughout the second half as the Orange outshot the Leopards 12-0 over the last 41 minutes of regulation. With a shift in the way SU defended and pressed Lafayette, Syracuse upped the pace of play.Graziosi and junior Carolin Hoffmann sprinted, deked, and evaded defenders out wide near the sideline, de Vries weaved through masses of backs and midfielders up the middle, and junior SJ Quigley dispossessed Leopards in the middle of the field.But, the Orange couldn’t find a third goal. Penalty corner after penalty corner was blocked, sailed wide, or even crashed against the post. Breakaways were halted with timely poke checks from Lafayette’s backs. And, in one instance, Hoffmann’s one-on-one with Park, where she dodged the goalkeeper and had an open net, was stopped by a kneeling back.“It’s gonna break eventually. It’s just a matter of when,” Bradley said of her mindset in the second half. “We were jamming the middle of the circle a little bit too much.”That “break” didn’t come in the fourth quarter, or even the first overtime when the Orange tallied two shots on goal in only ten minutes. It came, finally, in the first minute of the second overtime.Freshman Hailey Bitters, collecting the ball near the sideline, cradled her way past two LU backs, entering the shooting circle. She floated a lofting pass to Graziosi, who was standing alone in front of goal. The Hauge, Netherlands native slapped her stick at the ball, which deflected off Park and into the open cage.The SU bench dashed onto the field and surrounded Graziosi, relieved that it avoided an upset to the unranked Leopards. “I think we just realized that we were playing…it’s our home opener, like we can’t lose,” de Vries said. Comments
Joe Ward aims to reach his second successive World Final this evening.The Moate southpaw faces Uzbekistan’s Bektimer Melikuziev in the light-heavyweight semi-finals in Hamburg.23-year-old Ward has already made history at the tournament by becoming the first male Irish boxer to win three World elite medals.
Reports in Spain claim league leaders Barcelona are interested in a January transfer for highly-rated German international Leon Goretzka.The 22-year old Schalke 04 midfielder produced series of impressive performances for Germany as they won the FIFA Confederations Cup this summer and that has alerted clubs like Bayern Munich, Juventus and AC Milan to his immense qualities.His contract at the Gelsenkirchen Arena expires in June 2018 and the club is ready to cash in on him in January with the added incentive of him moving away from other Bundlesliga rivals through the move to Barcelona, according to El Mundo Deportivo.The report added that the Spanish giants would be willing to include midfielders like Rafinha, Andre Gomes and Arda Turan in any deal.Goretzka joined Schalke 04 from VfL Bochum in 2013 for €3.25m (£2.9m) and has developed to be one of the most sought after players in the German Bundlesliga.The tall midfielder, presently rated at over €25m (£22.3m), contributed eight goals and six assists in 41 competitive games for Schalke 04 last season.Related
Accra Hearts of Oak Managing Director, Gerald Ankrah, has resigned from his position with the club after 15 months.The former Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association boss was ushered into Hearts during a colorful ceremony to unveil the new signings ofthe club for the 2015 season.But after taking the club to the last 16 in the CAF Confederations Cup and helping the team to escape relegation, Gerald Ankrah has resigned from his position.JoySports takes a look back to some of his memorable moments at the club. 1. TRANSPORTING STRANDED FANS BACK TO GHANA ON TEAM BUSWhen Hearts fans defied all odds to follow the team to Benin, little did they know that they would need another route back to the country after their bus broke down in Cotonou. But they made it in time to watch Hearts earn a good draw with AS POLICE with Soulama Abdoulaye saving a penalty on the day. However, matters got worse for the fans after the match when they were told their bus, which had carried them from Accra to Cotonou could not make the return trip. A number of the fans had no choice but to sleep at the Cotonou Stade De l’Amitie. Again, their worst fears became a reality when they were told that their bus would need three more days to be able to return to Accra. Gerald Ankrah ensured that a number of the fans and journalists joined the team bus, and a Ford wagon carrying the team officials, back to Accra. 2. HE WAS NO CHARLATANUnlike a number of people who find themselves in big positions and go heaven and earth to convince us that they were made for hegemony, Ankrah conceded on several occasions that he was not a “football person”. The honorable admittance is a first in recent football administration. Ankrah made it known, without the slightest hint of pride what his weakness and forte were. He had succeeded in GIBA, but Hearts was his biggest challenge yet. Yet, he did not cower. He tried several times to get sponsorship on board but due to circumstances unbeknownst to us, he could not succeed.3. OVERSEEING TWO VICTORIES OVER ARCH-RIVALS ASANTE KOTOKOHearts had gone seven games without a win over Kotoko in the league, but on the new managing director’s first attempt under the tutelage of coach Herbert Addo, the Phobians ended that run, winning by a solitary goal at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium last February. It’s also under Gerald Ankrah’s stewardship that Hearts, again with coach Herbert Addo, defeated Kotoko on penalties in last year’s President’s Cup. The Phobians will go on to lose to Kotoko in the second round of the league but Ankrah will leave office with a 2-1 head-to-head record over the old enemy. 4. HEARTS EXECUTIVE GROUP:The Hearts Executive Group was launched under the stewardship of Gerald Ankrah. Although the group has gone dormant, the idea behind its formation was a good lead for many Ghanaian clubs.5. HONORABLE THING BY RESIGNINGNo Hearts Managing Director has experienced the two extremes of football management like Gerald Ankrah. The former Hearts Managing Director witnessed his side go all the way in the CAF Confederation Cup, enjoying the highs of victories over AS Police, Olympique Ngor, and AC Djoliba, before a humbling defeat at the hands of Esperance de Tunis that virtually ended the Phobians’ run in the last 16 of the competition. Again, the Phobians flirted with relegation and their league status was confirmed on the last day of the season. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Buehler could start Thursday on four days’ rest. But the Dodgers are committed to giving him extra rest between starts even though thoughts of an innings limit are “not on my radar right now,” Roberts said.A year ago, the Dodgers started a pitcher on extra rest in 115 of their 162 regular-season games. This year, they might not be able to afford that luxury – but they’re going to do it anyway.“If you prioritize, whether it’s more important to pitch them and continue to lean on them and not use anyone else or give them the extra day if you think that will help the player,” Roberts said. “We’re more on that side of things.”The Dodgers have two options for next week’s starts already on the roster – right-handers Brock Stewart and Dennis Santana. One or both could start during the series in Pittsburgh next week. In Stewart’s case, the Dodgers’ ability to get out of Denver without needing the right-hander out of the bullpen could decide his status for Pittsburgh.Related Articles The Dodgers will get some help from the schedule – off days could become their fifth starter. Monday is the first of four in an 18-day stretch. Roberts acknowledged the next week will be the most difficult to get through. And there is reason to believe Maeda could be ready to return from his hip strain during the next homestand. He was cleared to begin baseball activity Saturday and won’t need a rehab assignment before he rejoins the Dodgers’ rotation. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson, left, celebrates with right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, as center fielder Enrique Hernandez follows the pair after the Dodgers retired Colorado Rockies’ Noel Cuevas for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confers with players before facing the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, advances to third base on a double hit by Joc Pederson as Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado covers the bag in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, loses control of the ball as he tries to tag out Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story (27) who scores on a single by Tony Wolters in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler, left, confers with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and catcher Yasmani Grandal after Buehler gave up an RBI single to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, left, congratulates Joc Pederson as he heads back to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black gestures to starter German Marquez who struggles while pitching to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner in the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor singles off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, celebrates with Cody Bellinger while passing the on-deck circle after hitting a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor follows the flight of his triple to drive in two runs off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Harrison Musgrave in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond, left, waits with relief pitcher Mike Dunn as Dunn is about to be removed after giving up a two-run single to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Breyvic Valera during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Daniel Hudson delivers a pitch to a Colorado Rockies batter during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson, left, celebrates with right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, as center fielder Enrique Hernandez follows the pair after the Dodgers retired Colorado Rockies’ Noel Cuevas for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confers with players before facing the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NextShow Caption1 of 13Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confers with players before facing the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)ExpandDENVER – The Dodgers have become very short-sighted. They have to be.With four starting pitchers currently on the DL – Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu – putting together a starting rotation is a daily project with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt unable to look very far into the future.“I can go maybe a little farther out than one day at a time,” Roberts said Saturday. “We know (Ross) Stripling is starting on Tuesday. But I think as far as Wednesday, Thursday – we don’t have a starter. We have to talk about that. We’re going to talk about that after the game today.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“Ideally, with Walker (Buehler) you’d like to make sure you give him an extra day. We’d like to give Strip an extra day, Alex (Wood) to get an extra day. So Wednesday, Thursday we’re going to need someone.” “I would say of our starters Maeda will be back first. I would say Maeda then Rich,” Roberts said.Hill threw a bullpen session Saturday with the blister on his middle finger uncovered. He is scheduled to throw to hitters during the series in Pittsburgh but will have to go on a rehab assignment before he rejoins the Dodgers’ rotation.“He’s gotta get assurance, we’ve all got to get assurance that he can sustain it,” Roberts said.WOOD WORKWood has been bothered by cramping in the adductor muscle in his left leg during his recent starts, prompting the Dodgers to push his start back to Sunday this week.Wood welcomed the extra rest but has no assurances that the problem will go away.“It kind of remains to be seen,” he said. “We’re managing it. That’s the way things go. During the season, things come up and you deal with them.”WAIVER CLAIMThe Dodgers claimed left-hander P.J. Conlon off waivers from the New York Mets Saturday and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Conlon was designated for assignment by the Mets earlier this week.Conlon, 24, is a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland but played baseball in high school and college in the United States and was drafted by the Mets out of the University of San Diego in 2015. He made his big-league debut last month, making two starts for the Mets and allowing seven runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. In eight starts at Triple-A Las Vegas this year, he was 2-3 with a 6.58 ERA.In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Ryu was moved to the 60-day disabled list. He will not be eligible to return until July 2.ALSORoberts said he still believes left-hander Julio Urias will return from his shoulder surgery a year ago to pitch in games by the end of this July. Roberts said he has heard nothing to dispute that – “I’m kind of taking it as no news is good news,” he said.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Alex Wood (1-4, 3.75 ERA) at Rockies RHP Chad Bettis (4-1, 3.68 ERA), Sunday, 12:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
But while Johnson is the more polished martial artist and still very much a part of the pound-for-pound conversation, Alvarez feels far more likely to be the man to lure fight fans into watching this weekend’s event and potentially embracing ONE Championship because while “Mighty Mouse” is sure to go out there and deliver a surgical performance, the 35-year-old ronin, whose style and fury were forged in Kensington, has a history of engaging in violent, jaw-dropping battles.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearChanging addresses has never changed that about Alvarez and that should remain true with his latest move as well.He might have lost his “Most Violent Man in the World” crown to Poirier last summer, but Alvarez is still a sure bet to deliver an exciting performance this weekend against Nastyukhin and start blazing a trail towards the top of the ONE Championship lightweight division in hopes of adding another belt from another promotion to his already expansive collection. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThis week, Alvarez begins his quest for another title in another promotion as he squares off against Timofey Nastyukhin in the opening round of the Lightweight Grand Prix at ONE Championship: A New Era on March 30 in Tokyo, Japan.While he goes by the moniker “The Underground King,” the 35-year-old lightweight’s return to competing for an organization based in Asia only makes it more fitting that Alvarez be viewed as a mixed martial arts ronin — a warrior without a lord or master, who takes his services wherever they are needed.Though many fans would associate Alvarez with Bellator MMA or the UFC (or both), he ultimately didn’t stick around either promotion for all that long, all things considered.Where promotional stalwarts easily climb into the high teens or twenties as they continue to compete for the same company year after year, Alvarez only made 10 appearances under the Bellator MMA banner during his four-and-a-half-year stay. In just under four years as a member of the UFC roster, the veteran lightweight logged eight appearances, amassing a 4-3 record with one No Contest.In both instances, however, Alvarez made an undeniable impact, as he was crowned the inaugural Bellator MMA lightweight champion and recaptured the title in his final appearance with the organization before going on to earn the lightweight strap in the UFC as well. Although he only managed one successful title defense between those three different championship reigns, there is no question that over that eight-year stretch, the tenacious fighter from Kensington, Philadelphia, PA. was one of the very best lightweights on the planet.And he still is today as he brings his talents to the ONE Championship cage for the first time this weekend in Tokyo.Alvarez’ free agent decision in October of last year wasn’t a surprise, as the former UFC lightweight champion was coming off a loss to Dustin Poirier in the final fight of his contract and had gone just 1-2 with a No Contest result in four fights since claiming the title from Rafael dos Anjos on July 7, 2016.The Philadelphia native bet on himself heading into his rematch with Poirier, and when things didn’t go his way in Calgary last summer, it seemed inevitable that Alvarez and the UFC would part ways.As part of the triumvirate of talent moving from the UFC to ONE Championship along with Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and “Super” Sage Northcutt, Alvarez has helped bring a different level of exposure and attention to the Singapore-based promotion.While hardcore fight fans have always paid attention to the organization, which began operations in 2011, the addition of the three prominent former UFC talents, coupled with the hiring of retired former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate as an executive and signing a three-year broadcasting deal with Turner Sports has thrust the promotion into the spotlight like never before in North America and they have responded by making all the right moves.Last month, ONE Championship held media events in Los Angeles and Seattle, as well as having Alvarez and Northcutt join the “Inside The NBA” crew on TNT for a little demonstration on the set at halftime during a recent broadcast.Alvarez was front and center for both and should remain a prominent figure for the promotion moving forward. Though Johnson might be the more successful fighter in recent years and the more polished martial artist, Alvarez is the kind of lightning rod who is sure to bring increased attention to ONE Championship, both inside and outside of the cage.Despite having mixed results over his final four fights in the Octagon, Alvarez’s aggressive, attacking style is captivating and that shouldn’t change with his move to ONE Championship. Additionally, Alvarez has never been afraid to voice his thoughts on different matters and made waves during the company’s recent media tour with comments about the UFC’s use of interim titles.His presence, along with that of Johnson, on this weekend’s fight card in Tokyo has prompted far more coverage from outlets that have traditionally glossed over the events in ONE Championship, which creates opportunities to attract new viewers and introduce that first-time audience to the collection of tenured talents competing at the top of the card.While there is risk associated with having Alvarez and Johnson stationed as the second and third fights on the main card, respectively, the hope for ONE Championship is that fans will come for the familiar names they know and stick around for the final four fights of the evening — championship matchups featuring some of the best and brightest names on the company’s roster.At the same time, adding an accomplished, respected veteran like Alvarez into the lightweight ranks and having him compete in the Lightweight Grand Prix, rather than shotgunning a title shot, brings more recognition and greater prestige to the division, which already boasts a couple familiar names, one of the best prospects in the promotion, Lowen Tynanes, and could easily be bolstered by future free agent additions as well.ONE Championship is betting on Alvarez and Johnson working their way through their respective tournaments and earning title shots, gaining momentum and greater exposure for the promotion and its events the further they go. It’s a smart play given their track records and that — with all due respect to the men they’ll meet in their opening round matchups this weekend and the other competitors in the competition — it would be alarming if both didn’t emerge victorious and end up fighting for gold in the not too distant future. Eddie Alvarez has won titles in organizations that fans who came to the sport in the last decade have never heard of before.He’s fought veterans whose names carry weight with old heads, but whose records look average when you pull them up on Sherdog or Tapology, largely because their victories came in the days before having a Wikipedia entry became a measuring stick for your abilities inside the cage.
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