Vijayveer Sidhu Wins 3rd Gold at Junior Shooting World Cup

first_imgSuhl: Vijayveer Sidhu notched up his third gold medal of the ongoing ISSF Junior Shooting World Cup as he combined with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Adarsh Singh to clinch the men’s 25m pistol event here on Tuesday. On the other hand, it was the second gold of the competition for Adarsh. Hriday, however, finished fourth in the 10m Air Rifle individual competition. With seven gold and a total of 16 medals so far, India leads the medal standings after three days of the World Cup. IANSAlso Read: ISSF World Cup Apurvi Chandela Wins 10m Air rifle Goldlast_img read more

Cricket News Asia Cup: 15 Interesting Records, Stats and Facts of Asia’s biggest cricketing event

first_imgNew Delhi: The 2018 Asia Cup is set to start from September 15 in the United Arab Emirates with Bangladesh taking on Sri Lanka in the opening fixture. Sheikh Zayed Stadium and Dubai International Cricket stadium will be the hosts of the 2018 Asia Cup with UAE hosting it for the third time after 1984 and 1985 editions. India are the defending champions after they defeated Bangladesh by 8 wickets.Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the participating teams in the 2018 Asia Cup.ALSO READ: England vs India 5th Test: India’s probable lineup for Oval TestHere are some interesting stats and facts from Asia Cup:Virat Kohli’s knock of 183 runs in 2012 vs Pakistan is the highest individual score in Asia Cup history.Among the 13 Asia Cup, India have won it six times while Sri Lanka and Pakistan have won it for five and two times respectively.Bangladesh have hosted Asia Cup for five times, which is the highest by any country.Former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker with 30 wickets in Asia Cup history.Asia Cup’s 2016 edition was the first time the tournament was played in a T20 format.Sri Lanka are the only side to participate in 13 editions, while India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have played Asia Cup for 12 times each.Former Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya is the highest run-getter in Asia Cup history with 1196 runs. He has also scored most runs in a single edition (378)Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis’ 17 wickets in 2008 are the most number of wickets taken in a single edition of Asia Cup. His 6/13 in 2008 vs India still remains the best bowling figures in Asia Cup.Sanath Jayasuriya holds the record of the maximum number of centuries in Asia Cup – 6.Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka has made the highest number of dismissals (36) in the history of Asia Cup.Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka) has taken most number of catches – 15.Lasith Malinga, who is also making a comeback to the Sri Lankan squad has the most number of five-wicket haul in an edition – 3.Pakistan’s 385/7 is the highest team score.Bangladesh’s 87 is the lowest team score.The partnership of 224 between Nasir Jamshed and Mohd. Hafeez (Pakistan) in 2012 against India remains the highest partnership in Asia Cup history. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Man Utd vs QPR quiz

first_imgToday QPR play at Old Trafford – the scene of one of their greatest victories, along with plenty of defeats. How much do you know about the history between Rangers and Manchester United? Answer these 10 questions to find out…[mtouchquiz 4]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on FacebookAdChoices广告last_img

MBB : LoGiurato: Extra time off helps SU going into postseason play

first_img Published on March 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ ‘War’ starts a little after 5 p.m. for Syracuse most days during the week.That’s when, a little more than an hour into practice, the players scrimmage five-on-five. The starters make up one side, and the first five off the bench — Dion Waiters, Mookie Jones, C.J. Fair, James Southerland and Fab Melo — usually make up the other team.And to Waiters, who runs the point for the second team, ‘war’ is the best way to describe it.‘We battle in practice,’ Waiters said after SU’s 107-59 win over DePaul on Saturday. ‘We want to get better — and I want to get better — at the end of the day. So when the second group comes on and we’re playing against Scoop and them — the starting five — we go hard.‘It’s a war out there.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange got a lot more of that these past two weeks, when it had five days to prepare for a game at Georgetown and a week for the game against the Blue Demons on Saturday.The time off was important for multiple reasons, most of them obvious. But almost every member of SU expressed how important the breaks were between games.That was because Syracuse displayed a rejuvenated, in sync and, at times, perfected style of play Saturday against DePaul. In the largest margin of victory in Big East conference history, the Orange secured a double-bye in the upcoming Big East tournament in what was easily its most impressive performance of the season. And that should bode well for a team that looked so good coming off an obscene amount of rest Saturday.‘We go to New York with a good thing — the double-bye,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘It didn’t work out too well last year. You’re going to play a team that is coming off a good win and gain confidence from that. We’ll see what happens when we get down there.’Granted, SU looked rejuvenated against a DePaul team that obviously doesn’t take lessons from Charlie Sheen. So let’s talk about the stats Boeheim starts to bring up — because they are not in Syracuse’s favor. Since the league instituted the double-bye two years ago, higher-seeded teams have struggled.The teams that receive double-byes are 7-6 overall the past two years. The quarterfinal round, especially, has been a toss-up.Syracuse, of course, was a lower seed two years ago when it knocked off Connecticut in the legendary six-overtime thriller. Last year, three of the four top seeds were knocked off in the round.But from watching the past two wins for this SU team, it’s evident the added rest and practice time were the two things that contributed most to the Orange’s recent dominance.‘A week can either hurt you or help you,’ SU forward Kris Joseph said. ‘And in our case, I think it really helped us.’Specifically with respect to the win over the Blue Demons, the week between games helped Syracuse get in sync offensively. That was something it failed to do most of the time in two impressive wins at Villanova and Georgetown last week. Those games were won on the defensive end of the floor.Lessons from the time off showed Saturday as the Orange excelled in both its steady transition attack and its half-court offense. It showed when Jackson zipped seamless line-drive passes to Waiters in the transition attack. It showed for the freshman Waiters, when he zigzagged his way through the Blue Demons’ defense for 12 points and three assists.And it showed for the entire Orange offense as Boeheim played all 17 players on his roster. In a balanced attack, six players scored in double figures. Fair — who used the time off to rest an injured ankle — went for 11 on 4-of-4 shooting and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. Melo came through with perhaps his best game of the season, scoring 10 on perfect shooting and grabbing six rebounds.Now Syracuse has that extra day before the Big East tournament starts. More importantly, thanks to the last two weeks of work, SU appears to be hitting its stride at exactly the right time.‘When you finally get a chance to go out there and play,’ Waiters said, ‘it’s all out. You take everything you learn from practice and the hard work you put in. And it’s starting to pay off.’Brett LoGiurato is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at center_img Commentslast_img read more

Ulster determined to secure quarter final spot

first_imgUlster Captain Rory Best says they’re still in the hunt for a European Champions Cup quarter-final place despite their loss to Clermont Auvergne.A second-half fight back wasn’t enough as they went down 38-19 in their Pool Five game at the Stade Marcel Michelin yesterday.Scarlets secured a famous 22-21 victory over Toulon In Pool 3. It’s the Welsh team’s first ever win over the French side.In Pool 4, Castres beat Montpellier 29-23.last_img

Adu Dominates Millionaire Chess Championship

first_imgInternational Master Oladapo Adu still remain the man to beat at the ongoing 2nd Millionaire Chess Championship at the Chevron Recreation Center, Gbagada , Lagos.Adu, a veteran of several international tournaments, so far has translated his wealth of experience to ensure a perfect score of four points after the close of proceedings last night.Aside the International Master, the likes of Rotimi Dashaolu, Edet Udeme, Daniel Anwuli and Ochuko Onovughe are also in contention in the Masters Category with 3.5 points each. The event will end tomorrow with distribution of prizes in all the categories of play.The overall winner in the master section would be rewarded with an all-expense-paid trip to USA and play at the prestigious Millionaire Masters event in Atlantic City, New Jersey in October.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Another Haitian beauty scores

first_imgLilliane Ulysse cops third place in Miss Canada 2017 pageantWeeks after the success of Haitian beauty queen Raquel Pelissier placing second in the Miss Universe pageant, another Haitian beauty, Liliane Marie Lawrence Ulysse placed 3rd in the Miss Canada 2017 pageant held at the Sheraton Hotel in Laval, Quebec, Canada on March 4.Justin Viard, the Consul General of Haiti in Montreal, Canada who made the official announcement to the people of Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora said Lawrence’s placement in the Canadian pageant, following that of Pelissier proves once again the potential of the Haitian woman to excel international while displaying a combination of beauty and intelligence.Lilliane Marie Lawrence Ulysse copped third placed in the Miss Canada 2017 beauty pageantThe Consulate General of Haiti in Montreal thanked the Haitian Community of Montreal and Haitians around the world for the support being given to the two Haitian beauties.From information submitted by the Haitian Consulate in Montreal, Liliane Marie Laurence Ulysse migrated from Haiti to Canada at age-12. She is a graduate in Sociology and International Development from the University of Québec. She describes herself as a determined, positive, responsible, and ambitious woman. Ulysse is described as a source of inspiration and motivation for young people in Canada and around the world.last_img read more

Ten years after Trout: Looking back at the 2009 MLB Draft

first_imgCareer WAR: N/AWheeler was a two-sport athlete and was well regarded by Baseball America, rocketing up the Rockies’ organizational charts. Despite being a solid bat, Wheeler never broke through to the next level, reaching Triple-A but never making the majors.Wheeler was considered to be a solid-not-great player, and at 32 was a good pick. He just never developed the way the Rockies wanted, especially after breaking his hand in the minors in 2012. The MLB Draft is basically like a 40-round lottery drawing.All 30 teams enter in a chance to win, but as you’ll see below, there’s no rhyme or reason why guys pan out or why they don’t.  With the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 MLB Draft upon us — the Trout Draft, if you will — it’s time to take a look back to see how other teams fared in the first round. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNEditor’s note: All WAR numbers are through 2018 and courtesy of Baseball Reference. This also does not include first-round supplemental picks.1. Stephen Strasburg, pitcher, Washington NationalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 26.3The “How good is Stephen Strasburg?” debate will rage for a long time, but in nine seasons Strasburg has generally either been good or hurt. Entering 2019, he had a career ERA of 3.14 and a 10.6 K/9 mark.Those marks are both great, but consider this: Strasburg has only made 30-plus starts twice in his career — 2013 and 2014 — and finished in the top five in Cy Young voting just once, in 2017. Aces don’t grow on trees, and Strasburg’s stuff and numbers certainly feel ace-like, but does he live up to No. 1 overall billing? Hindsight is 20/20, but at this point he’s not necessarily on a Hall-of-Fame arc.2. Dustin Ackley, outfielder, Seattle MarinersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 8.7Ackley’s agent, Scott Boras, didn’t agree to the Mariners’ deal with Ackley until 15 minutes before the deadline after he was drafted. The UNC product had a somewhat nondescript career despite being one of college baseball’s most polished players coming out of college.Ackley was given ample opportunity to break out with Seattle, playing in 584 games between 2011 and 2015 before being traded to the Yankees in 2015, but hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2016.3. Donavan Tate, outfielder, San Diego PadresHighest level reached: High-ACareer WAR: N/ATate was a super athlete coming out of high school; he was an All-American in both baseball and football in Cartersville High School in Georgia. Unfortunately, injuries and personal demons derailed Tate’s minor league career, as he hit just .226 in six seasons in A-ball. After unsuccessfully trying to revive his career with the Dodgers, Tate would leave baseball and go on to play college football at the University of Arizona.4. Tony Sanchez, catcher, Pittsburgh PiratesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 0.1Sanchez was considered one of the best hitters coming out of Boston College in 2009, ranking high in many of the Eagles’ offensive catagories in his tenure behind the dish.On Sanchez’s way up, he flashed some power through Triple-A, eventually resulting in a call up to Pittsburgh in 2013. Sanchez played in just 22 games with the Buccos in 2013, seemingly losing his offense along the way, striking out at a high rate. Sanchez only played in 52 major-league games across four seasons in The Show.5. Matt Hobgood, pitcher, Baltimore OriolesHighest level reached: Double-ACareer WAR: N/AWhen Hobgood was drafted, he made some waves by saying he would have loved to strike out A-Rod in order to bring glory back to the Inner Harbor. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out for Hobgood, who couldn’t really strike out anyone, let alone A-Rod, in his minor league career.In six minor league seasons, Hobgood pitched to a 4.98 ERA across 110 games. He started early on in his career in the minors before transitioning to the bullpen, where he continued to have difficulty getting guys out. Before the draft, some thought Hobgood would fall to the second or third round, so it was a bit of a surprise that the Orioles took him at No. 5 in 2009. Hobgood hasn’t played professionally since 2017.6. Zack Wheeler, pitcher, San Francisco GiantsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 6.2The flamethrowing righty rocketed up the minors, eventually being traded in a deal for Carlos Beltran in 2011. Wheeler made his debut with the Mets in 2013 and has dealt with injury issues since. In 2018, Wheeler seemed to come into his own and live up to the top-10 prospect billing: He pitched to a 3.31 ERA across 29 starts — one of the first seasons he was almost fully healthy — and acrrued a 3.9 WAR during the season as part of a very talented Mets rotation.Wheeler entered his Age 29 season in 2019, and is a free agent after the season. There’s a good chance he won’t be a Met, and it’s going to be interesting to see how he finishes out the year and how much he gets in free agency.7. Mike Minor, pitcher, Atlanta BravesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 10.1Minor was a highly touted lefty pitching prospect for the Braves, rocketing up Atlanta’s farm system and debuting in 2010, a year after he was drafted. Then 22, it took a little bit for Minor to find his groove: He came into his own in his Age 25 season, pitching to a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts, helping the Braves win their first division title since 2005.Minor dealt with shoulder injuries, not pitching in the majors for two seasons (2015-2016), eventually finding a home — and his fastball — in the Royals’ bullpen in 2017. Now 31, Minor is in the midst of his best season as a starter for the Texas Rangers, and is on pace to have his best season (by WAR) yet.8. Mike Leake, pitcher, Cincinnati RedsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 12.6Leake was originally drafted by the Athletics in 2006, but chose not to sign and instead attended Arizona State University. A serviceable starting pitcher, Leake pitched with the Reds for six seasons before finding himself with the Mariners, Cardinals and Giants his last three seasons in the majors.9. Jacob Turner, pitcher, Detroit TigersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -2.5Another Scott Boras client, Turner signed for a hefty $5.5 million and never quite lived up to his top-prospect billing. He was a top 50 prospect by many publications and was also considered the best prospect in the Tigers’ system before making his major league debut.After tearing up the minors in the months after the draft, Turner was added to the Tigers’ 40-man roster in November 2009. Making his major league debut in 2011, the 20-year-old pitched to an 8.53 ERA across three starts, and was subsequently traded from the Tigers to the Marlins in 2012 for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante.Turner spent time with the Nationals, Marlins and both Chicago teams before signing with the Kia Tigers of the KBO before 2019.10. Drew Storen, pitcher, Washington NationalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 4.9The relief extraordinaire was drafted as a reliever and stayed a reliever throughout the duration of his career. He pitched to a 3.45 ERA, with his best season coming in 2014, a 2.5-WAR year for the first-place Nationals.Storen lost his touch before the Nats’ acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon in 2015, struggling in the setup role, eventually breaking his thumb and ending his season after slamming a locker.Storen last pitched in the majors in 2017, pitching to a 4.45 ERA with the Reds before succumbing to an elbow injury. In 2019, he was signed by Kansas City and is with the Royals Triple-A affiliate, recovering from Tommy John surgery.11. Tyler Matzek, pitcher, Colorado RockiesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 2.5Matzek signed for $3.9 million, significantly more than the average price of players in that slot, and it took until the 11th hour to get it done.Drafted as a starter, Matzek appeared in 25 games for Colorado (24 as a starting pitcher) between 2014 and 2015 before being sent down in 2015 with control issues. He was eventually released by Colorado and hasn’t appeared in a major league game since.12. Aaron Crow, pitcher, Kansas City RoyalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 2.6Crow was originally drafted by the Nationals in 2008, but didn’t sign, resulting in the compensation pick that allowed Washington to draft Drew Storen.In four seasons with the Royals, Crow pitched solely out of the bullpen, pitching to a 3.43 ERA (4.16 FIP) in 254 appearances. Crow was traded to the Marlins in November 2014, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015, was signed by the Cubs in 2016, los Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League in 2018 and los Pericos de Puebla later in 2018. MORE: Every MLB team’s biggest draft regret13. Grant Green, infielder, Oakland AthleticsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -1.6The first position player taken since the No. 4 pick, Green was another Scott Boras guy and many expected the USC product to be one of the best hitters in the draft. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.Green was traded to the Angels in 2013 for Alberto Callaspo as the A’s were chasing a championship. Green played in 45 games in 2013 between the A’s and the Angels, going hitless in five games with the A’s and batting .280 with the Angels. Green would play with the Angels through 2015, landing with the Giants in 2016 and the Nationals in 2017. He also signed minor league deals with the White Sox and Marlins in 2017 before winding up in the Mexican League in 2018. In five seasons, he played in 129 games and slashed .248/.283/.336 with a 75 OPS+.14. Matt Purke, pitcher, Texas RangersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -0.1Purke was taken by the Rangers, but didn’t sign and instead enrolled to play college baseball at TCU.He was later selected by the Nationals in 2011, this time in the third round, and only had 12 major league appearances with the White Sox in 2016.15. Alex White, pitcher, Cleveland IndiansHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -0.5White was considered one of the best prospects in all of baseball, adorning many top-10 listings across the sport.White started 30 games in two years between the Indians and the Rockies, pitching to a 6.03 ERA. He was eventually traded to the Rockies, along with Drew Pomeranz, in a package for Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez.16. Bobby Borchering, infielder, Arizona DiamondbacksHighest level reached: Double-ACareer WAR: N/ABorchering was considered to be one of the best hitters coming out of high school, some believing his switch-hitting prowess would pave the way to make him one of the more complete bats in the draft. He was also the recipient of the Gatorade Florida Player of the Year award in 2008.As can be the case with the first round, this didn’t come to pass. In 51 games at Double-A, Borchering hit just .163 with six home runs and a .544 OPS, and is currently out of baseball.17. A.J. Pollock, outfielder, Arizona DiamondbacksHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 20.5Pollock has been a very good major leaguer, although he’s dealt with injuries throughout his career. Spending the first seven seasons of his career with the team that drafted him, Pollock signed with the Dodgers prior to 2019.Regarded as one of the best college hitters in the 2009 draft, Pollock has been a solid offensive contributor with a plus glove in the outfield. While not a gamebreaker, Pollock showed flashes of greatness with the Dbacks before moving on after 2018.18. Chad James, pitcher, Florida MarlinsHighest level reached: Double-ACareer WAR: N/AThe Marlins took James out of Yukon High School in Yukon, Okla., and gave him the second-highest signing bonus ever ($1.7 million) for an 18th overall pick.James would never see a major league field, failing three drug tests. He hasn’t played in affiliated baseball since 2015. 19. Shelby Miller, pitcher, St. Louis CardinalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 8.2It was a tale of two careers for Miller. From 2012 to 2015, he pitched to a 3.32 ERA (3.82 FIP) in 102 games for the Cardinals and Braves. After a trade to Arizona and subsequent signing with Texas, Miller has pitched to a 7.06 ERA in 38 games. But before the draft, Miller was heralded as a power pitcher’s power pitcher and was reaching that potential. Now, Miller is with the Rangers 20. Chad Jenkins, pitcher, Toronto Blue JaysHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 1.5Jenkins was heralded as one of the Blue Jays’ top prospects heading into 2010, but he struggled at Double-A and never quite became the horse that scouts thought he would be. He had good command of a fastball, slider and changeup, but with no clear role on the Blue Jays, he was doomed to bullpen purgatory.In 2013 and 2014, Jenkins pitched out of Toronto’s bullpen with good results, but couldn’t catch on with the Jays after 2016, eventually being released from his minor league deal. He hasn’t played in affiliated ball since 2016.21. Jiovanni Mier, infielder, Houston AstrosHighest level reached: Triple-ACareer WAR: N/AMier, a high-school pick, was heralded for his defense, which makes sense, because he never really hit well enough to reach the majors in his career.Mier hit just .226 at Double-A in 324 games, so he had ample time to improve, something that just never happened. Some scouts believed that Mier would have developed into a consistent 10-15 home run guy, but the power never came, either. In 10 seasons between the minors and Mexican league ball, Mier hit just 43 home runs.After stints in the Toronto and New York Mets farm systems, Mier signed with the Mexican League in 2018, never reaching the majors.22. Kyle Gibson, pitcher, Minnesota TwinsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 9.3Gibson has been a stalwart in the Twins’ rotation, though never quite living up to the No. 2 starter billing. Gibson had his best season as a major league pitcher in 2018, amassing a 3.8 WAR with a 3.62 ERA. 23. Jared Mitchell, outfielder, Chicago White SoxHighest level reached: Triple-ACareer WAR: N/AMitchell was originally selected by the Twins in the 2006 MLB Draft, but decided to attend Louisiana State University instead. The college time did him well, as the former 10th-round pick shot all the way up to the first round.Mitchell won the College World Series with the Tigers in 2009, also winning the CWS Most Outstanding Player award. Interestingly enough, he also played as a wide receiver for the LSU Tigers in 2007, winning a national championship.Unfortunately, Mitchell’s athleticism didn’t result in major league success. He came knocking on the door at Triple-A, but could never break through. At the highest level, he hit just .213 in 173 games with a .667 OPS.Mitchell last played with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League.24. Randal Grichuk, outfielder, Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 9.4Grichuk was hampered by injuries early in his minor league career, but prospect rankings still respected him. MLB Pipeline had Grichuk as the Angels’ No. 4 overall prospect — he was eventually traded, along with Peter Bourjos, to the Cardinals for David Freese and Fernando Salas.Grichuk has been a consistent power threat in the majors, hitting 91 home runs with the Cardinals between 2014 and 2018 before finding himself north of the border with the Blue Jays in 2019. 25. Mike Trout, outfielder, Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 64.2GOAT.Next.26. Eric Arnett, pitcher, Milwaukee BrewersHighest level reached: High ACareer WAR: N/AComing from IU Bloomington, Arnett was a sought-after arm, but he came with a heavy, heavy workload. In fact, here’s what SN had to say about Arnett:”Arnett has all the makings of a rotation workhorse. Despite his tall, big frame, he has a loose body. Got himself in much better shape this year after working out with the IU basketball team. Brings a mid-90s fastball and only started realizing his abilities this year. Lots of upside and could move quickly up the minor-league ranks.”That didn’t happen for Arnett, who never saw baseball above High-A and pitched to a 5.18 ERA in the minors.MORE: 2019 MLB Mock Draft roundup: 20 players to watch27. Nick Franklin, infielder, Seattle MarinersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 1.4Franklin had one very good year with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016, two years after the Mariners traded him. When coming up, Franklin showed lots of power in the minors, hitting to a .912 OPS in Triple-A before his callup to Seattle. At the major league level, Franklin couldn’t seem to figure it out. He dealt with injuries and lots of inconsistencies. In his last two seasons (2017-18), Franklin hit just .176 in 67 games with the Angels and the Brewers. He signed a minor league deal with the Pirates in 2019.28. Reymond Fuentes, outfielder, Boston Red SoxHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -0.4Rey Fuentes was taken by the Red Sox but traded to the Padres in 2010 — along with Anthony Rizzo — as part of a package to acquire first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Fuentes never hit for power but hit for average in the minors, more known as a speed and stolen base threat coming up. In 100 major league games with Arizona, Kansas City and San Diego, Fuentes hit .238 with a .616 OPS. He played his last game in the majors in 2017.29. Slade Heathcott, outfielder, New York YankeesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 0.4Heathcott played just 17 major league games with the Yankees in 2015, hitting .400 with two home runs in 25 at-bats. Heathcott last played in affiliated baseball in 2018 in the A’s organization, and played indy ball with the Sugar Land Skeeters the same year.Heathcott was a top prospect for the Yankees, and some considered him to have all five tools when developing in their minor league system. He also played affiliated baseball with the White Sox and Giants in his career.30. LeVon Washington, infielder, Tampa Bay RaysHighest level reached: High-ACareer WAR: N/AWashington was drafted by the Rays but didn’t sign, and was drafted again in 2010, this time by the Cleveland Indians. Washington dealt with injuries through his minor league career with the Indians, never playing above High-A ball because of it despite being a pretty good hitter.Washington has played indy ball over his past three seasons.31. Brett Jackson, outfielder, Chicago CubsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 0.0Jackson hit everywhere he went in the Cubs’ minor league system until being called up to the majors: In 2012, Jackson hit just .175 across 44 games with the Cubbies. It was something he never recovered from, eventually being shipped out to Arizona. Before the draft, Jackson was regarded as a guy whose bat would play just well enough but who would be a plus defender. The bat seemed to be coming around until it wasn’t. Then Theo Epstein came in, and, well, you know the rest.32. Tim Wheeler, outfielder, Colorado RockiesHighest level reached: Triple-Alast_img read more

Lakers’ Jeanie Buss ‘surprised’ Magic Johnson resigned … but she doesn’t blame him

first_img“It was a surprise when Magic turned in his resignation,” Buss told reporters at the NBA Awards Show. “I didn’t see that coming.”As surprising as it was, it kind of reminded me of back in 1981 when he asked to be traded after winning a championship with the Lakers because he wasn’t happy with the way the offense had changed. That led us to getting Pat Riley as our head coach. Related News Magic Johnson denies report he was toxic to Lakers Magic Johnson looks into crystal ball, dissects 2020 Lakers “So he’s got good instincts. He’s got to stay true to who he is and do what’s right for him. I wish I would’ve had a little bit more notice, but I think we’re going to be just fine.”The Lakers are now in the hands of general manager Rob Pelinka. Johnson told ESPN last month the former agent had been “backstabbing” him, which Pelinka quickly denied. Whatever happened between the two men, Buss said she is comfortable with Pelinka guiding the franchise’s future.”I’ve always had confidence in Rob, whatever the speculation is out there,” Buss said. “We don’t need outside media to validate the things that we do. I’m very happy and I think we’re on the right path.”center_img Magic Johnson takes four tweets to congratulate Rob Pelinka for Anthony Davis trade Magic Johnson’s abrupt resignation as Lakers president of basketball operations on April 9 stunned the NBA, but team owner Jeanie Buss said Monday she doesn’t blame him.Finally addressing the issue for the first time Monday, Buss admitted Johnson’s resignation was surprising.last_img read more

Jaime Munguia calls out Canelo, GGG after 11th-round TKO of Gary O’Sullivan

first_imgA relentless attack from @jaimemunguia15 ends this fight in the 11th round 🛎#MunguiaOSullivan— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) January 12, 2020″I would give myself about an 8 or 9 (out of 10) because I needed to still do a few more things, but we’re going to take this fight by fight,” Munguia said of his debut at 160 pounds during the postfight interview on DAZN.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThat said, Munguia wants a crack at the best the division has to offer, led by the face of boxing, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.”I want to fight against the best of the division,” he said, “whether it’s Canelo (Alvarez), (Gennadiy) Golovkin, (Jermall) Charlo.”. @Canelo, @GGGBoxing, @FutureOfBoxing …Jaime Munguia wants ALL THE SMOKE at middleweight 😤— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) January 12, 2020Absent from his list of middleweight championship mentions was WBO titleholder Demetrius Andrade.Munguia’s first stab at middleweight was definitely an invaluable experience. The 35-year-old O’Sullivan was rugged enough to hang with the quicker, stronger puncher and frustrate him at times. The veteran even caught Munguia with some big shots that tested the former junior middleweight champion’s chin.It took Munguia (35-0, 28 KOs) committing to his jab in the ninth round to show real-time maturity and pull away before pummeling O’Sullivan into a retirement from his corner.Earlier in the fight, O’Sullivan repeatedly complained about low blows and rabbit punches. Munguia even had a point deducted in the sixth round for a low blow. In the seventh, Munguia seemed to have dropped O’Sullivan with crunching body shots, but it was ruled another low blow — although unintentional this time. Munguia drove O’Sullivan back against the ropes with a fast combination during the waning seconds of the seventh.Four rounds later, Munguia got the stoppage he was seeking. Now he’ll look to further test his skills at 160.Co-main event: Alejandra Jimenez def. Franchon Crews-Dezurn to win WBC/WBO women’s super middleweight titlesJimenez wobbled Crews-Dezurn with a big right hand in the second round, and she seemed to immediately realize what damage the punch could do. The Mexican fighter, who had moved down from heavyweight, showed the willingness to eat Crews-Dezurn’s punches just to dole out punishment of her own. The non-stop pressure worked; Crews-Dezurn’s legs were never the same from the fourth round on.Although Crews-Dezurn showed plenty of fortitude in fighting back, and while she, in fact, landing more punches, Jimenez produced the harder shots throughout the fight. That output powered her to a split-decision victory and the titles. Judges saw it 98-92 and 97-93 for Jimenez and 97-93 for Crews-Dezurn, though the scores could have easily been tighter.The co-main event was a WAR 🔥— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) January 12, 2020After the fight, Jimenez said through a translator that “we’re going to go for Claressa Shields at middleweight” next.Alejandra Jimenez is the new, unified super middleweight champion 🏆🏆Now she wants @Claressashields 👀— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) January 12, 2020Shields (10-0) on Friday became the quickest boxer ever — man or woman — to be crowned a three-division world champion. It didn’t take her long to respond to Jimenez. Oh Jimenez you don’t want smoke with me, and to my sis @TheHHDiva I thought you edged it. @DAZN_USA— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) January 12, 2020   It might have taken longer than he expected, but Jaime Munguia made sure to deliver a knockout in his middleweight debut.Munguia pummeled Gary O’Sullivan against the ropes with a series of stinging rights and lefts before the veteran’s corner threw in the towel behind the referee’s back. Munguia dropped O’Sullivan seconds later, and the ref spotted the towel to bring a halt to the fight. The stoppage gave the 23-year-old Mexican an 11th-round TKO victory at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday night, live on DAZN. Come on and get that ass whooped Jimenez, I thought @TheHHDiva edged tonight— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) January 12, 2020 Hector Tanajara Jr. dominates Juan Carlos Burgos; lightweightsTanajara asserted the jab and stayed on the outside through the first five rounds. The last five had him stepping in the phone booth and connecting on powerful, stinging shots inside. The combination of strategies led to the 23-year-old fighter scoring a unanimous decision (99-91, 97-92, 97-92) and improving to 19-0.Joshua Franco stops Jose Burgos with ninth-round TKO; junior bantamweightsFranco rocked Burgos with a left hook and unleashed a barrage of unanswered shots to force the stoppage in the ninth round.last_img read more