Opening act

first_imgThe 2010 baseball season has begun in Pittsburgh but if the Pirates aren’t careful, their heads may be the trophy hanging on the walls of a few MLB franchises. The season had some pomp and ceremony happening prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers taking the field. Pregame festivities profiled the first home game of the season by honoring Pirate outfielder Andrew McCutchen as the 2009 Baseball America Rookie of the Year. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington and Pirates manager John Russell presented McCutchen with a framed print to commemorate the event. In my opinion, McCutchen was brought up a year late. He should have been the 2008 ML Baseball America Rookie of the Year.Although extremely talented, McCutchen still has an innocence about him. He says, “Just to be able to wake up and say I’m in Pittsburgh and I’m opening up at home is great. It’s a dream come true for me just because it’s something new. I really can’t map out my No. 1 moment because it’s all been great—from opening day to just being in a Pittsburgh Pirate uniform. It’s all been an honor. It’s all been a dream.” Well, let’s hope that the dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare for the Pirates or their fans.Opening day is almost always a day of hope. Every team is 0-0, riding a no loss winning streak, tied for first place. At this embryonic point in the season every club is chasing a playoff spot and a imaginary world series ring.But let’s get to the game, in the top of the first, Pirates’ starter Zack Duke gave up a walk and two hits and before you could say “Dave Littlefield,” the Pirates were down 2-0.But in the bottom of the inning right fielder Garrett Jones went yard with a man on base and just like that it was a 2-2 ballgame. The Pirates triple outfield threat of McCutcheon, Milledge and Jones, if kept together and healthy, might cause a small bit of damage this season. There is always an air of optimism when the season begins. There is always a chance to do good things but eventually the cream rises to the top.I watched the Pirates during pre-game batting practice. There was an air of hope surrounding the club. When I watched the Dodgers warm up they had an air of expectation. It was if they expected to win. The Pirates must forego keeping hope alive, they must keep winning alive. They must stop staggering and start swaggering. They must cease being the opening act for MLB competition and become the headliner. Pittsburgh must become more “lumber company” and less “slumber company.” Hey, in case you didn’t know the Pirates beat the Dodgers by the score of 11-5. Hooray, the Bucs are undefeated.* * *Late last week somewhere in La-La land the Washington Redskins went goo, goo, ga, ga and went and got themselves a quarterback. Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was traded to the Skins for two unceremonious draft picks in 2010 and 2011. The 2009 starting QB for the Redskins, Jason Campbell, might as well begin to sing his final aria in the key of “S” because it is definitely soup time. Mr. Campbell was given many opportunities to lead Washington down the road to respectability but it seemed like he never really could grasp the complexities of an NFL offense nor could he adequately read NFL defenses. Now I know a few folks that have a color issue but that is asinine, to say the least. No I tell you McNabb just happened to ply his trade in a city that hates everyone and every team that does not deliver championships. This is a city that in the past had a sitting magistrate on site to deliver justice to the disenchanted rough- neck fans from the city of “brotherly love,” instantly and expeditiously.McNabb, with all his talent, just could never muster up enough “uumph” to finish the job. Also, when McNabb was transformed from the Michael Vick-like QB that he was when he was drafted out of Syracuse and forced to become a “pocket-back” something changed. The fiery, artful dodger, like atmosphere that he brought to the huddle, was subsequently squashed. His play on the field and his attitude in the huddle became more cerebral and less spiritual and spontaneous.That is what made McNabb exciting to watch. You could not figure out whether he was going to run or pass. Defensive coordinators were up all night with their acid reflux kicking in full gear not knowing which game plan to implement. The Eagles are going to miss Donovan. Head coach Andy Reid is going to miss Donovan. And if the one of the latest acquisitions for the “Skins” ex-Steelers running back “fast” Willie Parker sharpens up his pass catching skills, well Mr. McNabb may be just what the doctor ordered.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: or 412.583.6741.)last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Top five reasons Richard Sherman was wrong!

first_imgSeattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman celebrates after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Where Only the Truth MattersI promise you this will be my last word on the Richard Sherman side show, but here are the top five reasons Sherman was wrong with his over the top, outspoken and insulting behavior:#5 ~ He played into the stereotype that White America already has about young African-American men.Bill Neal#4 ~ So you made a great play. That’s what you’re paid to do. Act like you’ve been there before.#3 ~ Yes, he was excited.  Could he have been any more excited than Santonio Holmes after his Super Bowl catch, or Willie Parker after his Super Bowl run or any number of great athletes caught in the moment.#2 ~ Of course he’s not a thug and it should not be suggested he is, but if you’re a Stanford University graduate with a 4.0 GPA, act like it.#1 ~  Talk all the smack you want between the lines, but on camera, real men act like real men!YOU HAVE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINElast_img read more

Girona’s desire for 2020 is to trace what was experienced in 2017

first_imgNow Girona returns to release a year in Second, at home, and will not have an easy meeting. The Lightning is also a newly descended. Of course, the numbers of the rojiblancos in Vallecas are not excessively bad because they have scored in half of their visits: In eight duels, the balance is four losses, three wins and one draw. Last year, the Girona defeated 0-2 thanks to a double by Cristhian Stuani.First match of the year2019: Levante-Girona (2-2)2018: Valencia-Girona (2-1)2017: Zaragoza-Girona (0-2)2016: Girona-Valladolid (1-0)2015: Llagostera-Girona (1-2)2014: Girona-Ponferradina (1-1) Girona starts 2020 with the hope and the hope that this year will be the return to First. With 2019 already forgotten, the rojiblanco club hopes to meet again the victories (the year ended with two losses before Numancia and Mirandés) and hence Sunday’s duel against Rayo Vallecano is the first of the finals left until the end of the course. Starting the year on the right foot is crucial to regain confidence and dispel doubts. Further, The last time Girona won its first game of the year, it ended up sealing the promotion to Primera. It was in 2017 when, thanks to the goals of Sandaza and Alcaraz, La Romareda assaulted and defeated Zaragoza (0-2).The team of Pep Lluís Martí already works with the aim of adding the three points on Sunday to Rayo and, in a way, with the desire to end the bad fario that has been impossible to take off in the last two years. With the rojiblanco team in Primera, winning the first game has been a battle that could not be won because in 2018 it fell against Valencia (2-1) and last year, 2019, it was released adding a single point against Levante to address (2-2). Of course, these numbers improve when you look at the last releases of the year in Second. And hence the data for Girona optimism: since 2014 that Girona does not lose at the premiere to reap three wins and a draw. The aforementioned triumph against Zaragoza has to add the one of 2016, against Valladolid (1-0) and the one of 2015 against Llagostera outside (1-0). Finally, in 2014, Girona only achieved a draw against Ponferradina (1-1). Of course, the latter had a certain taste for victory because Felipe Sanchón rescued a point in the 89 ‘penalty. In addition, it was a convulsive course because up to three coaches passed through the red and white bench (Ricardo Rodríguez, Javi López and Pablo Machín) and salvation was not sealed until the last day with the victory against Depor (3-1).last_img read more

Defending champion Karlovic wins in Hall of Fame tourney

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron loses ‘best teammate’ Jones to Suns LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Indian national gunned down in Camarines Surcenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic returns a ball to Britain’s Aljaz Bedene during their Men’s Singles Match on day one at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 3, 2017. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)NEWPORT, R.I.  — Defending champion Ivo Karlovic of Croatia beat American Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday in his Hall of Fame Tennis Championships opener to reach the quarterfinals in the grass-court event.The 38-year-old Karlovic had 16 aces and broke Kudla’s serve three times. Karlovic will face Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk, a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Russia’s Konstantin Kravchuk.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Top-seeded John Isner, the big-serving American who won Newport titles in 2011 and 2012, used 13 aces to beat Australia’s Sam Groth 6-2, 6-4. Isner will play fellow American Dennis Novikov, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Canada’s Frank Dancevic.American Bjorn Fratangelo also advanced, beating Australia’s Akira Santillan 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Two seeded players lost. Tobias Kamke of Germany edged No. 3 Adrian Mannarino, the Frenchman who reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon, 7-6 (5), 7-5, and Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden beat No. 6 Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-1, 7-6 (2).No. 4 Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France’s battled past Spain’s Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.last_img read more

Two consecutive victories are indeed significant (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Intellectuals, professionals, public servants and teachers of all persuasions can boast of the fact that under the PPP/C administration, they were able to own their homes, cars, have improved access to water, roads, electricity and other basics of life were available.Our people previously received better health facilities, and our children were excelling in pursuit of their educational endeavors. Culture and Sports facilities were enhancing, , and for the first time in the history of our country, so many citizens, including Afro-Guyanese were able to get a home for themselves as a work in progress.The development and national transformation were non-exclusive and supportive organisations, were particularly recognised for addressing the vulnerable. The movement in favor of Amerindian Land Titling was progressive, and yes, ACDA now have a massive well-built facility in Georgetown thanks to the PPP/C.This Coalition Government has imposed taxes on some two hundred items that were tax-free when the PPP/C was in Government. They also significantly increased rates of taxes in many areas in order to subsidise the fledging economy characterised by increasing indebtedness. Moves are afoot to impose more crippling tax measures, since with the current policies, it has become increasingly difficult to encourage investments that will create employment and stimulate the level of positive development required.The reality is that the better life is only for the few who were complaining about corruption while thieving with impunity and those who were criticising the Marriot to be using the facility to seduce each other and take brutal advantage of our sons and daughters.The new Councils must work to deliver the best level of service to the residents of communities. Creation of opportunity for citizens where possible must be augmented to the highest levels in justifying the people’s confidence. Government should support and compliment these activities in keeping with the national development plans. However, given the signals, attempts at suppressing particular Local Authority Areas must be put in the wide public attention, for the power is that of the people.The better life can only returned with the PPP/C as it is the only true National Party.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Gamble leading after busy bike club weekend

first_imgCeleste Pakstas leads the women’s event after sweeping the weekend, earning 5 stages wins and accumulating 25 points. Barb Polehoykie sits second with 16 points and Dian Loro third with 7.Next on the docket for the Bike Club is the 25 km Stage 6 Montney road race, which will be held the evening Tuesday, April 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m.For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club or for info on any of its upcoming events, visit the club’s official website. Following a gruelling weekend of racing, George Gamble leads the event, collecting two stage wins and two second place wins to accumulate 18 points so far. Kevin Shaw concluded the weekend in second with 16 points while Irvin Tang sits third with 14 points after placing first in two stage wins.Tang started the weekend races off on top, finishing first of 11 riders in Thursday’s Stage 1 time trial with a time of 26:36, with George Gamble and Kevin Shaw finishing second and third respectively.Tang carried over Thursday’s success to Friday for the Stage 2 Beatton Hill climb, where he once again placed first out of 11 racers. His second first place finish in as many days came at a time of 24:58. George Gamble also had a repeat performance finishing second, while Pat Ferris edged out Kevin Shaw for third.- Advertisement -Nine racers took a small break then were right back at it for Friday afternoon for the Stage 3 Frozen John loop, the second club race of the day. Tang was unable to earn himself the three-peat, as George Gamble was the first to cross the finish line, followed by Kevin Shaw and Gary Hilderman placing second and third.Saturday’s Stage 4 Mile 62 road had 6 riders at the starting line, and George Gamble won his second race in as many days, beating out Tang and Shaw, who finished second and third.Sunday held the fifth and final event of the long weekend, as 10 riders competed in the Cecil Lake road race, which proved to be a close race as Gary Hilderman emerged victorious in tight sprint finish over Shaw, Ferris and Gord Harris.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chamakh pens new Crystal Palace contract

first_imgMarouane Chamakh has signed a new two-year contract at Crystal Palace.The 30-year-old Morocco international was brought to Selhurst Park by Ian Holloway on a one-year deal last summer after leaving Arsenal.He became a regular fixture under Holloway but really thrived under his successor Tony Pulis, who took charge in November.Chamakh scored six goals for Palace last season, including a run of three successive league games in December, and helped the Eagles keep their Premier League status.The former Bordeaux hitman suggested back in May he would sign fresh terms with the south London club, telling the official programme: “My first choice would be to continue my adventure with Crystal Palace.“My priority is to stay here. The adventure here is not over. We’ve had a good season and built something really, really strong. I hope that will continue.” 1 Marouane Chamakh last_img read more

County seeks home detention for inmates

first_img“By putting those inmates on involuntary home monitoring, it will hold them longer,” said Anna Pembedjian, justice deputy to Supervisor Mike Antonovich. But, she added, “We’re not actually adopting a program yet.” There are 410 inmates already serving their time in home detention, and an estimated 800 more of the county’s 19,500 inmates will qualify for the program, Yim said. The number is relatively small because home monitoring can only be used for sentenced inmates, and 91 percent of county inmates are awaiting trial, Pembedjian said. That leaves about 2,300 inmates, most too violent to qualify for ankle monitoring, Yim said. The percentage of time served has changed since Knabe first proposed the legislation, too. Although female inmates are still likely to get out of jail after serving 10 percent of their sentences, an increase in the number of jail beds for male inmates means most serve 70 percent of their sentences, Yim said. Ideally, inmates on home detention will serve 100 percent of their sentences, said Deputy CEO Doyle Campbell. But contrary to supervisors’ original hopes, a mandatory home detention program might not mean inmates will do 100 percent of their time, Yim said. “Our goal is 100 percent, obviously,” he said. “But if you make it too high, it would be difficult to put them on that program. It is involuntary, but you have to keep it competitive or they’ll go noncompliant and then wind up back in jail again.” The cost is also undetermined. The existing electronic monitoring program costs about $10 a day and uses radio frequency tags, meaning monitors can tell how far inmates stray from their homes, but not where they’ve gone. If the inmate is allowed out during the day to work, the ankle bracelets don’t indicate whether the inmate went somewhere else instead. The department wants to start using GPS anklets so they know where inmates are at all times, Yim said – but the cost isn’t pinned down yet. “I’d like to implement it as quick as I can,” Yim said, “It probably will start in February or early March.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIn the past, inmates have chosen jail time over electronic monitoring – “not that our jails are posh,” said David Sommers, spokesman for Supervisor Don Knabe. The early release program was easing overcrowding by letting inmates out after serving just 10 percent of their sentences as opposed to 100 percent in electronic monitoring, Sommers said. It was out of the county’s hands because state law didn’t allow the Sheriff’s Department to require inmates to accept electronic monitoring. Until now. In July 2006, Knabe proposed legislation – picked up by state Sen. Gloria Romero – that would hand that power over to the county. The bill was signed in September by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The county on Tuesday moved toward requiring certain inmates to strap on electronic ankle bracelets and serve sentences at home instead of jail. The new program being developed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, chief executive office and Probation Department would move small-time criminals out of jail and free bed space for more violent offenders, said Cmdr. Alexander Yim, acting chief of the sheriff’s Correctional Services Division. In the overcrowded county jails, every bed counts, he said. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday for staff to develop the program, which means determining how many inmates will be included, how much it will cost, where funding will come from and more. Supervisors will need to approve the finalized program. “What we plan to achieve by using this is that those high-security inmates who need to be in jail will have a bed in jail, and low-level misdemeanants in for quality-of-life crimes are not in jail but are still paying their debt to society,” Yim said. “You end up with a jail almost exclusively of high-security inmates.” last_img read more


first_imgMevagh Ramblers walking club have a 12kms (3 – 4 hrs) walk this Saturday, March 16th.It begins at Tra na Rossan Beach at 10am and ends around Melmore Head. It will travel over mixed terrain, so proper footwear, warm clothing and wet gear is essential.The walk will include steep inclines, as such, a reasonable level of fitness is required. Bring picnic and camera.  MEVAGH RAMBLERS TAKE TO THE HILLS was last modified: March 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mevagh Ramblerslast_img read more

Kilcar man titled Person of the Year by London’s Donegal Association

first_imgKilcar native Michael Cunningham has been given the title ‘Person of the Year’ for 2017 by the Donegal Association’s London branch.Michael is involved with London’s Tir Chonaill Gaels GAA team and his home club of Kilcar.He will receive an award at a formal ceremony held by the association on the 19th of November. The London branch of the Donegal Association was founded in 1947 when many Donegal people emigrated to London.They host social evenings and annual dinner dances.By spending time together a great sense of community was created, which still lives on almost seven decades later.The Donegal Association has branches across the world where Donegal natives come together. Kilcar man titled Person of the Year by London’s Donegal Association was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL ASSOCIATIONGAALondonmichael cunninghamTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more