Packers injury update: Mike Daniels, Trevor Davis placed on injured reserve

first_imgThe Packers (4-6-1) will host the Cardinals (2-9) on Sunday with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET. Packers WR Randall Cobb is ready to return to action this week vs. Cardinals Daniels, who has tallied 10 tackles and two sacks this season, suffered a foot injury in Week 11 during the second half of a 27-24 loss to the Seahawks. He initially was expected to miss just a few games, but that timeline has changed. Davis has been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury, which he suffered during training camp. He re-aggravated the injury in Week 1, forcing the Packers to place him on injured reserve. He returned in Week 11 against Seattle, but left Sunday’s game against the Vikings early with hamstring issues. Related Newscenter_img Packers defensive end Mike Daniels and wide receiver Trevor Davis likely won’t return this season as they both have been placed on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Packers activated receiver Jake Kumerow and signed fullback Danny Vitale to the active roster from the practice squad. last_img read more

Hoornstra: MLB’s most visible draft feels like a missed opportunity

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Therein lies a dark cloud hovering over the most visible draft in baseball history. About an hour before the Detroit Tigers were officially on the clock with the first pick, Rob Manfred sat down for questions. The commissioner was asked to address the immediate future of his league, which is embroiled in a public labor dispute between owners and players, over how and when to resume play amidst a global pandemic.“We’re going to play baseball in 2020,” Manfred said. “One hundred percent.”It was a rare moment of clarity. Everything else about the draft feels shrouded in mystery.MLB had previously proposed reducing the number of affiliated minor league teams under its umbrella. Now, some minor league teams are among the many American small businesses merely hoping to stay financially afloat while they’re forced to cancel games. Under the reported terms of MLB’s plan to eliminate 42 minor league teams, the 2021 draft would have been reduced to 20-25 rounds.The net effect is a paradox. After a dramatically shortened 2020 draft, it’s expected that more college baseball players than usual will return in 2021 to play as seniors. (Undrafted players are limited to a $20,000 signing bonus; this will likely lead more high school players to honor college commitments than usual, too.) That means the class of 2021 will be loaded with unprecedented talent. But if that draft lasts 20-25 rounds instead of 40, there will be fewer professional contracts and less money to go around.Related Articles It all adds up to a missed opportunity for the league. The primetime slot on ESPN was only made possible by the absence of other sports, made possible by a virus that spread rapidly across the globe. No baseball executive could control those circumstances.The future of minor league baseball has never looked dimmer, and that is within MLB’s control. The draft class of 2020 faces an unprecedented economic landscape if there are fewer affiliated minor league teams a year fro now. If you could ignore that reality for a few hours Wednesday afternoon, the draft made for a pretty good respite. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield In 2009, MLB moved its draft into a primetime television slot, and aired the first round live from the MLB Network studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg was the big name going into the draft. He and other first-round hopefuls were invited to attend the event in person. The thought was to mimic the more visible drafts in the NFL, NBA and NHL with the time-honored optics of the commissioner handing a young man a uniform. One problem: only one player bothered to attend. He was chosen 25th overall by the Angels, and this isn’t the first thing our grandchildren will hear when we tell them about Mike Trout.Wednesday, the draft moved back to ESPN for the first time since 2008. MLB Network also aired the event in a separate telecast with its own studio hosts. (Rounds 2-5, held Thursday, will air on MLB Network and ESPN2.) That’s given the 2020 draft a larger media platform than any of its predecessors – a necessary step toward approaching the spectacle of the NFL, NBA and NHL events.Of course, everything is weird right now, in sports and in society. When the NFL held its draft in April, commissioner Roger Goodell couldn’t hand over a single jersey because he was sitting in the basement of his home. The stripped-down event unsurprisingly shattered its previous record for television ratings. It was the closest thing to a live North American sporting event anyone had seen since the Covid-19 shutdown began.Little has changed in the last six weeks. In that regard, baseball couldn’t have picked a better time to hold a draft. The last two months have given us Zoom calls in which fans join players face to face. We’ve seen players square off against each other in their own “MLB The Show” league. We haven’t seen actual baseball games since spring training was postponed, but we’ve seen what the sport can produce with ample time to experiment.center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone The draft is no exception. If you tuned in for the first time, you learned it’s shorter than any previous draft – a mere five rounds compared to the usual 40. (There’s nothing sacred about 40. The first draft, in 1965, lasted 26 rounds. In 1969, the draft lasted 90 rounds.) Ostensibly that’s because drafted players have no place to play; ordinarily they would report to a minor-league affiliate after signing a contract. There’s still some question among teams about where to send their new draftees. This is a more manageable problem when drafting five players instead of 40.The first five rounds naturally produce the best, and the most, future major leaguers. But if the absence of other sporting events made this year’s draft more compelling, other forces are acting in the opposite direction.For one, there hasn’t been a single NCAA baseball game since March 12. The road to the College World Series is littered with future stars, many of whom enjoy weeks on national television in May and June to preview their talents. Among the 21 four-year college players chosen in the first round in 2019, seven played in the College World Series.MLB wisely sought to capitalize on this by moving the 2020 draft from Secaucus to Omaha, the site of the College World Series. The draft was supposed to last 40 rounds, ending Friday. The College World Series was supposed to begin Saturday.Then the coronavirus happened.last_img read more

Dodgers’ World Series Game 1: Live updates from Fenway, photos, stories, and more

first_imgCOLLECTIBLE BOBBLEHEADS:Baseball and bobbleheads. A perfect match.Whether you are a bobblehead collector or a fan of Dodgers/Red Sox in the World Series, there is one for you.PreviousA bobblehead of classic Bobble Boy, with the 2018 MLB World Series logos. It was produced and manufactured by FOCO exclusively for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and is officially licensed by MLB. (Photo courtesy of Phil Sklar)A bobblehead of the Red Sox mascot, Wally, wearing a Red Sox uniform. It was produced and manufactured by FOCO exclusively for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and are officially licensed by the team and MLB. (Photo courtesy of Phil Sklar) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsA bobblehead of classic Bobble Boy wearing a Dodgers uniform. It was produced and manufactured by FOCO exclusively for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and are officially licensed by the team and MLB. (Photo courtesy of Phil Sklar)A bobblehead of classic Bobble Boy, with the 2018 MLB World Series logos. It was produced and manufactured by FOCO exclusively for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and is officially licensed by MLB. (Photo courtesy of Phil Sklar)NextShow Caption1 of 3A bobblehead of classic Bobble Boy, with the 2018 MLB World Series logos. It was produced and manufactured by FOCO exclusively for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and is officially licensed by MLB. (Photo courtesy of Phil Sklar)ExpandPREVIEW SECTION: Below you can find everything you need to get ready for the World Series.POLL: WHICH CITY HAS IT BETTER?The rivalry between L.A. and Boston is real. Which city has it better? We want your vote.The Twitter polls include the best ballpark dog, Magic vs. Bird, LA River vs. Charles River (we had to give them one) and more. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Red Sox manager Alex Cora is another featured matchup to follow throughout the series. They are the first two minority managers to meet in the World Series and were teammates on the Dodgers in 2002-04.While free agent-to-be Manny Machado’s future with the Dodgers is uncertain after this season, the midseason acquisition made his intentions clear when speaking to the media.“I’m here to win a World Series,” said the All-Star shortstop, who will surely receive his share of boos from the fans in Boston the way he did in Milwaukee.Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill will feel right at home in Boston, having grown up 15 minutes from Fenway Park, the league’s oldest ballpark. TICKETS:How much do you want tickets for a World Series game this year? Find out how much they are going for on third-party websites. PREDICTIONSHow is the series likely to unfold? Columnist Mark Whicker has a take on what to expect, while Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett reaches his own conclusion in his essential and comprehensive World Series scouting report, which compares the teams’ lineups, rotations, bullpens, benches and managers.REPRESENT YOUR TEAM:Since the Dodgers won the National League pennant, new merchandise has become available around stores in Southern California and at Dodger Stadium. Take a look.PreviousTony Pasillas, 11, tries on a Dodgers sweatshirt at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ win over the Chicago Cubs put the team back in the World Series for the first time in nearly 30 years and it has also ignited a retail frenzy as hard-core fans scramble to snap up Dodgers clothing and memorabilia. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A big display of Dodger World Series gear sits at the front entrance to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Tustin, CA, on Monday, Oct 22, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Rich Thatch, Los Angeles, shops for a World Series Dodgers hat at Dodger Stadium on Mon. Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsJoe Johnson helps his girlfriend, Sherry Hadeland, pick out a Dodgers jersey for her grandson at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Tustin, CA, on Monday, Oct 22, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Joe Liberto is all smiles after searching, and finally finding, a Turner jersey for his wife at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Tustin, CA, on Monday, Oct 22, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Edward Orozco searches for a new Dodgers shirt at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Tustin, CA, on Monday, Oct 22, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Carol Begay, of Alhambra, checks out a sticker packet as she shops for post season Dodgers clothing and memorabilia at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Monday, October 22, 2018. The store has had to restock several times to keep up with customer demand since the Dodgers made it to the World Series. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Carol Roth, of Sherman Oaks, shops for newDodger hat for herself and a shirt for her husband at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Monday, October 22, 2018. The last hat Roth bought was in 1986 at her first Dodger game. The store has had to restock several times to keep up with customer demand since the Dodgers made it to the World Series. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Carlos “Tito” Altamirano, of Eagle Rock, looks for a World Series sweatshirt as he shops for post season Dodgers clothing and memorabilia at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Monday, October 22, 2018. The store has had to restock several times to keep up with customer demand since the Dodgers made it to the World Series. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dominic Sweat, 3, of Pasadena, helps his mother Anabelle shop for post season Dodger clothing and memorabilia at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Monday, October 22, 2018. The store has had to restock several times to keep up with customer demand since the Dodgers made it to the World Series. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodger fans shop for post season Dodgers clothing and memorabilia at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Monday, October 22, 2018. The store has had to restock several times to keep up with customer demand since the Dodgers made it to the World Series. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Aaron Geyer, of Glendale, shops for post season Dodgers clothing and memorabilia at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Monday, October 22, 2018. The store has had to restock several times to keep up with customer demand since the Dodgers made it to the World Series. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodger fans shop for post season Dodgers clothing and memorabilia at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Monday, October 22, 2018. The store has had to restock several times to keep up with customer demand since the Dodgers made it to the World Series. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dominic Sweat, 3, of Pasadena, helps his mother shop for post season Dodger clothing and memorabilia at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Monday, October 22, 2018. The store has had to restock several times to keep up with customer demand since the Dodgers made it to the World Series. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Carol Roth, of Sherman Oaks, waits in line to purchase a Dodger hat for herself and a shirt for her husband at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Monday, October 22, 2018. The last hat Roth bought was in 1986 at her first Dodger game. The store has had to restock several times to keep up with customer demand since the Dodgers made it to the World Series. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodger fans shop for post season Dodgers clothing and memorabilia at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Monday, October 22, 2018. The store has had to restock several times to keep up with customer demand since the Dodgers made it to the World Series. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)People shop for Dodgers merchandise at Dodger Stadium on Mon. Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People shop for Dodgers merchandise at Dodger Stadium on Mon. Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People shop for Dodgers merchandise at Dodger Stadium on Mon. Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Rich Thatch, Los Ángeles, compra un gorro de los World Series Dodgers en el Dodger Stadium el lunes. 22 de octubre de 2018. (Foto por Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)People shop for Dodgers merchandise at Dodger Stadium on Mon. Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People shop for Dodgers merchandise at Dodger Stadium on Mon. Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People shop for Dodgers merchandise at Dodger Stadium on Mon. Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People shop for Dodgers merchandise at Dodger Stadium on Mon. Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People shop for Dodgers merchandise at Dodger Stadium on Mon. Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Jacob Cuevas, Claremont, and father Albert shop for Dodgers merchandise at Dodger Stadium on Mon. Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People shop for Dodgers merchandise at Dodger Stadium on Mon. Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dean Fernandez, 8, looks thorough Dodger World Series shirts with his grandmother, Nancy Fernandez, at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Tustin, CA, on Monday, Oct 22, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Jessie Fernandez, 5, holds on to Dodgers wristbands as she shops for Dodger gear with her brother and grandmother at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Tustin, CA, on Monday, Oct 22, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Jessie Fernandez, 5, shows off a pier of Dodgers pajamas as she shops for Dodger gear with her brother and grandmother at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Tustin, CA, on Monday, Oct 22, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Carol Diaz shops for Dodgers shirts for her and her dog Dova, a 5-year-old Chiweenie, at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ win over the Chicago Cubs put the team back in the World Series for the first time in nearly 30 years and it has also ignited a retail frenzy as hard-core fans scramble to snap up Dodgers clothing and memorabilia. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Tony Pasillas, 11, tries on a Dodgers sweatshirt at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ win over the Chicago Cubs put the team back in the World Series for the first time in nearly 30 years and it has also ignited a retail frenzy as hard-core fans scramble to snap up Dodgers clothing and memorabilia. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A big display of Dodger World Series gear sits at the front entrance to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Tustin, CA, on Monday, Oct 22, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 31A big display of Dodger World Series gear sits at the front entrance to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Tustin, CA, on Monday, Oct 22, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Expandcenter_img You can find live updates for all World Series games below. Viewing on a mobile device? Click here. Redemption should be on the Dodgers’ minds for a number of reasons.The Dodgers are back in the World Series after falling short last year against the Houston Astros in Game 7. The loss extended the franchise’s championship drought, which dates to 1988.The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale of the Red Sox have been announced as the starters from their respective teams in Game 1. The lineups for Tuesday night’s game are in, and the Dodgers are loading up with right-handed hitters against Sale.In-game box score | World Series scouting report | Game 1 photos Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers Monday mailbag: Does Jason Kidd ever talk? What do the Lakers still need?

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Monday, Jan. 20 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.This mailbag comes to you from snow-coated Boston, where Anthony Davis is ready to go and so am I. Here’s a thought: The Lakers, as of Monday morning, are 34-8 and lead the Clippers by 4½ games in the standings. That’s actually a lot of games with half the season done. Last season’s No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors, finished the season 57-25 for the top spot with a three-game lead over second-place Denver. The Lakers need to go just 23-17 to match that win total, and their pace so far has been well ahead of that projection.We spend a lot of time nitpicking and wondering how they’ll look in a playoff series, which matters a great deal and which is the standard by which great Lakers teams are defined. But it’s worth pointing out how much hay is in the barn this regular season – how the Lakers have already accomplished a great deal and have set up the second half of their season to take it a little easier if they have to going into the playoffs. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersStat site FiveThirtyEight virtually guarantees the Lakers make the playoffs, have them rated as the best full-strength team, and gives them a league-best 27 percent chance to win it all. Based on what the Lakers have already done to this point.There’s a Monday dose of zen. Let’s get into the mail:@TheMariaShow_ wants to know: “Does Kidd ever talk to media and what’s the word on him this season around the team.”Jason Kidd does talk to the media with a caveat: He does not wish to talk about himself. I’ve talked to him, other reporters talk to him. He’s not been quoted a lot generally because both he and the Lakers want to put Head coach Frank Vogel’s voice out over all others, which is an understandable interest.Kidd has done a couple of interviews this year (disclosure: I’ve done one for a story that has yet to be published). One of his most recent was for an ESPN piece about Vogel’s coaching performance that was a little bit in defense of his own reputation. He told Kevin Arnovitz: “There’s always going to be chatter – it’s the Lakers,” Kidd says. “Sometimes people act like I never played a game and I’ve never been a teammate. I was a good teammate then, and I’m a good teammate now.”center_img Kidd is very well received in the locker room. He has expertise that translates easily to players. He’s a longtime league vet, too, so he’s comfortable with the lifestyle of travel, of post-practice shooting competitions, of blending into a locker room. Players occasionally talk about concepts that Kidd brings to the table. Vogel has made clear before that Kidd felt like he “skipped some steps” in his immediate promotion to head coach of the Nets not long ago. Being a little out of the glaring spotlight of head coach might suit Kidd best for right now.The season has started out so well for Vogel, much of the joking about Kidd ready to ascend to the head spot has abated. There is tension because it’s known that Kidd was hand-picked by the Lakers rather than Vogel himself, but it’s a staff that seems to function well together, which has been balanced by Vogel’s willingness to delegate and balance out tasks. If the Lakers underachieve later in the season, the specter of Kidd will always be in the background, but for now, it’s pretty much a non-issue.@raider_chucky wants to know: “What is the most pressing need right now? (Back up PG/wing player/stretch big)”In a recent opposing locker room availability, a team had some scouting observations posted about the Lakers on a board. It went position-by-position, touting each players’ strengths and weaknesses with some thoughts on how to defend that player, and what kind of plays they would want each Laker to be forced into.It crossed my mind as I looked it over: This team wanted almost every Laker to be forced to make plays off the dribble.The Lakers don’t have enough playmaking right now when LeBron James is off the floor. I’ve hammered this point for the whole season, but it’s still true: The Lakers have outscored opponents by 357 points when James is playing, but only by three points when he’s not. The NBA’s assist leader is on this team, but the Lakers as a team are just 12th in assist percentage (60.7 percent).While guard is a traditional place to find a playmaker, the Lakers are not built this way: The only guard who averages more than two assists per game is Rajon Rondo, whose minutes typically signify a profound drop in offensive output (108.7 offensive rating when he’s on court vs. 113.4 offensive rating when he’s off).I don’t know if backup point guard is the specific need, but the Lakers do need more playmaking. Danny Green, Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are catch-and-shoot guys and cutters, but less trustworthy when they need to make a play. Alex Caruso has limitations, even though he’s excellent in transition and serviceable to beat pressure. Quinn Cook is a better shooter than playmaker, with his size counting against him. Barring a leap from either Anthony Davis or Kyle Kuzma – it’s probably a little late in the season to hope either develops into a capable backup playmaker – it’s essentially James and Rondo who have to handle the ball for 48 minutes.This is taxing. Teams pressure James, which he can handle, but which clearly takes a toll. That toll is one of the reasons Vogel has played Rondo more at the end of games when he’s healthy. Rondo could take a leap himself, as he’s been somewhat limited by injury, and he’s well known as a playoff gamer. But if the Lakers are looking around at the trade deadline (or interested in signing Darren Collison if he actually comes out of retirement), that seems like the biggest looming issue.— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.A bite of the Link-ster rollA.D. on the way – The Brow is back tonight in Boston.Getting defensive – Kyle Kuzma wants to change his reputation on defense.Houston had a problem – The Rockets couldn’t stop the second-half surge and adjustments by the Lakers.LeBron changed things – Mark Heisler reflects on several defining figures of the last decade in the NBA.Road trip! – Mirjam talks about the “Grammy trip.”China balk – It’s three months later, and China is still a radioactive talking topic.Halfway mark – Four things that have defined the Lakers’ season so far, and a few things to look ahead to.Passing Kobe? – The Athletic caught up with the Black Mamba to ask about LeBron on his heels.last_img read more

Amel Tuka Won Gold at Brugnera

first_imgB&H representative at the athletics meeting in Brugnera, Italy Amel Tuka won the gold in the 800-meter run.(Source: klix.ba)last_img

Officials: Florida Woman Dies in Gunfire Exchange with Deputies

first_imgThe woman was pronounced dead at the scene after being treated by emergency personnel.None of the deputies were injured.The names of those involved have not been released.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation into the shooting. A Florida woman was shot and killed Saturday after firing at sheriff deputies, authorities said.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said in a series of Twitter posts that the woman fled during an investigation in Port Richey.According to authorities, the woman fired a shot at the deputies, who then shot back, striking her once.last_img

Strong team named for European Senior Ladies’ Team Championship

first_img5 Aug 2019 Strong team named for European Senior Ladies’ Team Championship Tags: European Team Championship England Golf has named its team for the European Senior Ladies’ Team Championship to be played at the Blacksearama Golf Resort in Bulgaria on Tuesday, 3 – Saturday, 7 September.The team comprises Caroline Berry, Paula Carver, Jackie Foster, Aileen Greenfield, Helen Lowe and Julie Wheeldon and is captained by Debbie Richards (Burhill and Surrey).A total of 16 teams from across Europe will be playing in the event which features two rounds of stroke play in which the five best scores out of six count towards the team score. The stroke play results will determine the seeded order for the match play which will be divided into two flights of eight teams each. Individual matches will be decided from the results of one foursome and four singles.The defending champions are Germany who beat host Belgium at Mont Gami Golf Club. England have won the championship once at Gut Altentann in Austria in 2014 and have been runners-up five times in 2006, ’07, ’10, ’15 and most recently in 2017 in Slovakia.The PlayersCaroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire) won the English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship for a second time earlier this year at Enville Golf Club in Staffordshire, having previously also claimed the title at Littlestone in 2010. She was also tied sixth at the English Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play.Paula Carver (Worthing, Sussex) was runner-up to Berry in the English Senior Women’s Amateur and tied-ninth at the English Senior Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play.Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) is a two-time winner of the English Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play in 2016 and 2017. She finished second behind Greenfield in this year’s championship at St Enodoc and also reached the semi-finals of this year English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. She has been a regular member of English Senior teams over the last few years, including at last year’s Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Burnham & Berrow.Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) birdied the last two holes to win this year’s English Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championship at St Enodoc. She lost in a play-off for the same title in her debut season as a senior in 2015 and was runner-up again the following year. She also won the English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in 2018.Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire and Rutland) won the English Senior Women’s Open Matchplay in 2015, Stroke Play in 2018 and was eighth in the championship this year. She led the qualifiers at this year’s English Senior Women’s Championship.Julie Wheeldon (Wakefield, Yorkshire) was tied-third in the English Senior Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship. She was fifth in qualifying for the English Senior Women’s Amateur.ReserveClarissa Bushell (West Sussex, Sussex)Photo: Credit Leaderboard Photography. Pictured Caroline Berry.last_img read more

O’Neil Hinds: Small owner making big moves

first_imgWith the first quarter having ended, popular owner O’Shaun Connection (O’Neil Hinds) has held off the chasing pack to maintain his lead in the owners’ championship, thanks to back-to-back winners at Caymanas Park on Easter Monday.His winners were 4-5 favourites FLYING MIRACLE and BRAVE PROSPECT in the seventh and eighth races, respectively. Both were ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Neive Graham.Once again, Hinds said he was happy to see his familiar light blue silks carried to victory by his two horses, as he duly ticked off his eighth and ninth wins of the season.”Winning races is the joy of every owner and speaking personally, I am thrilled to win not one race today, but two. This has enabled me to hold on to the lead ahead of closest rivals Elizabeth DaCosta and Carlton Watson, with over $3.1milion in stakes,” he explained.”The fact that I have neither a classic horse nor a grade one horse at my disposal will affect my numbers down the road, but the key is to win consistently with claiming horses and see where it takes us, as I would love to win the owners’ championship one day,” said the 40-year-old owner.WON 19 RACESHinds said his aim is to surpass his best ever season in 2013, when he won 19 races. His winners that year included the best horse he has owned to date, FANTABULOUS, who won races up to the open allowance level.Hinds said FANTABULOUS was successful at stud and is the dam of a filly sired by Adore The Gold at New Blue Stud Farm. Also doing stud duties is PRINCESS SHANEIL, who enjoyed a fairly successful racing career.A successful businessman, Hinds is the owner of the O & S Tack Room situated in the official car park at Caymanas Park. The Tack Room, operated by his wife Shauna-Kay Hinds, sells a wide range of horse accessories, medication and equipment to horsemen at the track.”The facility came on stream in the summer of 2013 and has gone a far way in making things available to horsemen in an effort to make their work easier. Given its success, we went that extra mile by sponsoring a race – the O & S Tack Room Trophy – run annually in August for the past two years. This is our way of giving back to the sport,” he emphasised.Meanwhile, on a day when the young claiming apprentice Linton Steadman rode three winners on the holiday card, the 2-1 favourite SHINING LIGHT, with Paul Francis riding for owner/trainer Gary Griffiths, outfinished 5-2 chance DWAYNE STAR by a neck to win the Easter Sprint Cup overnight allowance feature over 1100 metres.last_img read more

Burying Our Ebola Dead: MOH Cannot Escape Its Urgent Professional Responsibility

first_imgWe carried on Monday a very sad, disturbing story about two decomposing Ebola bodies in Weala, Margibi County, that have had a traumatic effect on the town and its inhabitants.  The deceased, members of the Tate family, had  been dead for well over a week and all attempts to get Health workers there to remove the bodies have proved unsuccessful. This terrible episode has forced inhabitants of the neighborhood to flee the area, becoming displaced persons in their own town. Only last Tuesday, August 5—coincidentally the very day the Tates died—we published an editorial calling on government to return to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare its professional responsibility for burying the Ebola dead.  We argued that caring for the dead is not a political function relegated to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), as suggested by Health Minister Walter Gwenigale, but rather a medical and scientific function that often involves a medical doctor, especially with specialization in pathology. And now here we are, with people dropping dead all over the place and the seeming total confusion and incapacity of government to handle their remains.  In the Jos Hansen area of United Nations Drive down Waterside last weekend, another corpse was found and neighbors had to put it in a plastic bag and haul it by rope to be buried in a shallow grave.  In Grand Cape Mount, too, an Ebola body was recently abandoned in a home, where they left an eight-child.  The child also died.It is very sad that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH) has rejected our argument that they, more than any other GOL agency, are responsible for dead bodies, most especially the highly contagious Ebola dead.  On Tuesday morning, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, told the Daily Observer that MOH “is no longer responsible for Ebola bodies, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs.”  This means that MOH has failed to see that because they have surrendered their medical and scientific responsibility, leaving Ebola bodies to politicians, who have NO expertise in this business, bodies continue to lie unattended, causing greater spread of the epidemic.MOH does not see that the Ebola corpse crisis continues.  On Tuesday we reported that some 45 bodies had been improperly buried, again in Johnsonville, and the stench has driven people from their neighborhoods.  When contacted, of MIA officials issued the alarming statement that “Removal of dead bodies is not relevant!”Can Doctors Gwenigale and Bernice Dahn now see what we are talking about?  The MIA is NOT the proper agency to handle this matter because that is not what they were trained to do.We call on the President immediately to return the responsibility for Ebola bodies to the MOH and give them the money, equipment and supplies to do this urgent job, lest the spread of the Ebola virus will continue.What happened in Weala and now again in Johnsonville should never be allowed to happen again, for such a situation is highly dangerous, and could further expose people in the surrounding areas to the virus.The MOH and its local and international partners should develop a comprehensive strategy to handle Ebola corpses.  The MOH and partners should equip the handlers with full protective gear, with the chemicals they need to spray the remains, and with sufficient and well organized transportation to ferry the bodies to recognized  burial sites and the crematorium.  MOH should lease vehicles from Monrovia’s rental dealerships to carry out the task at hand.  But we can understand if some rental agencies may be reluctant to get involved.  GOL should then purchase of a fleet of minibuses specifically to be used as hearses for the Ebola dead.Another problem we at the Daily Observer have heard about is that the Ebola response hotlines are not functioning.  We have heard countless complaints from people who say they have called these hotlines repeatedly and no one answers.  We hope that the MOH can fix this other problem, too, by deploying and crash-training non-essential hospital staff to manage the hotlines.  These operators should be strongly instructed to be helpful, clear and empathetic, realizing that they are dealing with people in distress.   Non-English speakers should be connected to operators who speak their languages.  This can be done and such a system can be well established and continue to everyone’s benefit even after Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Karakara, Speightland residents call for desilting of creeks, river

first_imgA resident standing in a section of the river that needs desilting to demonstrate how shallow it has becomeSand build-up at a section of the river…say farmlands, livelihoods affectedResidents of the Speightland and Karakara communities in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are appealing for sections of the creeks and the Demerara River area to be desilted. According to the residents, sections of the waterways in the communities are severely blocked due to bauxite overburden sediments caused by mining activities.They noted that this is an issue which has been affecting them for a number of years as farmers explained that many farmlands are under water.Residents further explained to this publication that some sections of the river and creeks which they utilise as modes of transportation have been rendered impassible.Speaking with this publication, affected resident Eddy Edwards noted that the situation gets even worse when there is low tide.“The issue is the sand that comes from the mines area – the tail end that draws to the creek…we’re looking for assistance…” he indicated.The resident added that there is a severe blockage which has caused a section of the community’s creek to disappear.“We had to cut a small channel to pass and it’s very hard to pass sometimes. It’s worse now,” he said.Edwards said he has made requests to the mining company in the area in the past but no assistance has since been granted.The issue, he noted, has had major effects on the livelihood of residents.“People need to use their land to farm, but right now it is under water, for ‘umpteen’ years…people does work up here, I mean for themselves, like lumber; Amerindians accustomed to farming, fishing. Now it’s become a even more bigger issue because it not only blocking the creek but the river too,” Edwards pointed out.Farmers of the predominantly Amerindian community, Speightland, utilise the creeks and rivers to transport their produce and according to Shouldel Persaud, a resident, it is difficult to traverse with paddles or speedboats due to the shallowness of the creeks and river.He noted too that this often results in damages to the boats.“Sometimes you come out here [to a section of the creek] and you can’t pass. It’s pure sand, no water. Every day you carrying out your greens you got to come out and push in your boat when you meet out at the creek mouth. If is high tide you could drive in but time like now [low tide] you got to come in and push in your boat. Otherwise to that, you got to wait til the water rise to come in back. That is the problem”, he noted.At a particular section of the river, one can actually walk to the middle without any hassle as was demonstrated by a resident.Persaud pointed out that years ago, residents got some relief after the affected areas were dug by an excavator but he said the issue has since returned.According to Edwards, there is need for proper maintenance of the areas to prevent the issue from recurring.“The Government should desilt this creek, get some sort of dredge operation. They need to build back the depth and they have to keep servicing it all the time because more the depth goes more sand will go. So they have to keep clearing it all the time. The other thing is, they got to do a diversion, re-channel the creek. That will serve a lot of the problems here – get all the lands that under water dry”, he said.Edwards said he is even willing to secure a dredge to undertake the works if he is given a contract to do so. But he noted that he is still sceptical that anyone will look into the issue since residents have been making this request for years.“This is a really big issue and nobody is paying attention,” he noted. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more