As the Dodgers head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 14, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster. (We’ve done the rotation and bullpen so far.) This week, the infield:2017 RECAPCody Bellinger energized the Dodgers with his arrival from Triple-A in late April last season. Bellinger went on to hit a National League rookie record 39 home runs, win (unanimously) the NL Rookie of the Year Award – and hasten the end of Adrian Gonzalez’s time in Los Angeles. He is the first rookie to lead a 100-win team in both home runs and RBIs (97). His predecessor as unanimous NL Rookie of the Year, shortstop Corey Seager, avoided any “sophomore slump” and established himself as the NL’s best shortstop last season. To his right, third baseman Justin Turner made his first All-Star team after a robust response by Dodgers fans.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWThe Dodgers’ infield should be in good hands for years to come with 23-year-old Seager and 22-year-old Bellinger as its anchors. Turner isn’t going anywhere either and his importance to the team’s chemistry and clubhouse culture cannot be overstated. A slow start fueled in part by injuries kept Logan Forsythe from being the answer at second base the Dodgers hoped to find when they acquired him from the Tampa Bay Rays last winter. Or did it? Forsythe hit .290 with a .418 on-base percentage and .870 OPS against left-handed pitching (numbers that he essentially matched during the Dodgers’ postseason run).THE NEXT LAYERThe Dodgers’ well-stocked farm system is not so well-stocked with middle infielders. Jake Peter was acquired from the Kansas City Royals as part of the Dodgers’ January trade for reliever Scott Alexander and immediately became the best infield prospect closest to big-league ready in the system – and he profiles as more of a utilityman in the Charlie Culberson mold. Peter does bat left-handed, which makes him a possible platoon partner for Forsythe at second base. MOVE THEY COULD MAKEForsythe’s lopsided splits – he hit .190 with a .576 OPS against right-handed pitchers last season – screams out for a platoon partner. Chase Utley remains unsigned but is not ready to hang it up at age 39. He and any other left-handed hitter who can play second base has to be under consideration by the Dodgers’ front office. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Share on: WhatsApp The current La Liga leaders had offered over £100 million ($135 million), but Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group publicly stated Coutinho was not for sale.The 25-year-old missed the start of the season with a back problem but has been in outstanding form recently, scoring seven goals in his last eight games. Paris, France | AFP | An apparent gaffe by Nike has fired speculation that Philippe Coutinho could leave Liverpool for Barcelona in the January transfer window.The sportswear giant, who manufacture Barcelona’s kit, advertised a Barca shirt on their website with the Brazilian midfielder’s name on it.Headlined “Where the magic happens”, the page, which has since been taken down, continued with the message: “Philippe Coutinho is ready to light up Camp Nou.”Coutinho is sponsored by Nike and wears their boots.He handed in a transfer request in August after Barcelona had a bid for the Brazilian rejected, but the Reds then turned down a further two offers.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 What’s happening this weekend? How can we entertain visitors? What’s the date of that festival that our family loves?All these questions are now answered with ThurstonTalk’s new event calendar.Gone are the days of having to scroll through an infinite number of event posts looking for that festival date. No longer do you have to try to hover over a date to see what’s going on.Over the past few weeks, the ThurstonTalk technical team has created a beautiful calendar. “Our readers want to easily see what’s happening in Thurston County and the surrounding communities,” says Dan Jones, ThurstonTalk.com’s CEO.Now, you can quickly scan today’s events on the right hand side of every ThurstonTalk.com page. A list of current events is continually updated while you browse around our site.If you want to see events beyond today, click on the View Calendar tab. You can view events in a list or summarize by month.Prefer to see only family-friendly events or outdoor recreation activities? You can do that too by selecting the category that’s the best match for your interest. We have organized events into 13 different buckets so there’s certain to be something for everyone.And, it’s simple to add your event to our calendar too. Click on the ‘Post an Event’ button at the top of the calendar page and an intuitive screen will open up asking for all the pertinent data.Managing a busy calendar is a lot of work and the ThurstonTalk team knows that local residents love turning to ThurstonTalk.com for positive stories, weekend event information, and business updates.View ThurstonTalk’s event calendar at www.thurstontalk.com/olympia-events-calendar/. For a detailed list of the major events and festivals around Olympia, click here.
By Chris Rotolo |LITTLE SILVER – Monday evening Mayor Robert Neff sat in front of his laptop in a vacant municipal courtroom, fully engaged in an official Q&A session with residents from his town.It was a town hall forum, by way of Facebook Live. Throughout the session the mayor posed various topics of conversation and deftly fielded pressing questions from some constituents of his town, population about 6,000.It’s not something many other local politicians have attempted.“I don’t think I had butterflies in my stomach about doing this live, but I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure how many residents would take part,” Neff said. “I was nervous that their questions might stop and we’d have to cut it short. But they kept coming and we actually went over time by a few minutes.”The mayor received 16 questions throughout the 33-minute session, which peaked at 41 concurrent online viewers. But since it aired, users have viewed the archived recording more than 1,000 times. The conversation continues, with viewers posting additional follow-up questions and the administration responding with answers.Inspired by similar sessions conducted by Brick Township Mayor John Ducey, Neff saw these Facebook Live sessions as a potential method to reach residents where they are – online.Neff credited Councilwoman Corinne Thygeson for her hours of research on this new method of audience connection, as well as the time she spent with him planning for potential topics that could arise.“This was really Corinne’s initiative. If you have a council member who has an interest, and takes the lead to coordinate it all, you can pull off a very successful production like we just had. I can’t thank her enough for the hours she put in.”They also tried to anticipate the technical difficulties.His MacBook, decorated with tropical pineapple stickers, was carefully placed atop a stack of books and manuals to align the laptop’s camera with his face so he could sit up straight. He did two or three dry runs and found glitches every time.“When you run into issues people like to say, ‘Just have your aide do it or call your IT department to handle that or don’t you have a public relations person?’ All those things are me!” said Neff, an attorney who once worked as a newspaper reporter.Neff took questions on a wide range of topics, from sidewalk maintenance and garbage pickup, to the liquor license that was passed by a referendum vote two years ago.He explained the liquor license was recently auctioned off and purchased for $300,000 by a company called Brickwall at Little Silver, a group comprised of local residents and those who own and operate The Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room in Asbury Park, who will soon be proposing a similar establishment for the borough that would be located adjacent to the NJ Transit train station parking lot. It was revealed in the broadcast that the Planning Board is still awaiting an application for site plan approval for that bar and restaurant.Neff also touched upon the town’s controversial cell tower and said the Borough Council is not attempting to break the 25-year lease agreement between Little Silver and Verizon. In hopes of quelling public concerns about potentially harmful radio waves emitted from the tower, the mayor was adamant that the structure has been tested and is well within federal guidelines.One of the final questions posed to Neff was about the municipality’s stance on marijuana and if the borough had an ordinance in place banning cannabis sales in its 2.7-square-mile town. The mayor made a distinction between the use of medical marijuana, as opposed to the sale of recreational products, stating, “The selling of marijuana within town shops isn’t something Little Silver would be excited about. And neither would our law enforcement officials.”Neff went on to explain that the borough does not currently have an ordinance in place banning its sale primarily because the substance is still illegal in New Jersey. However, he does anticipate that such a proposal to ban these types of shops will come before the council in the near future.When he was finished, Neff said the session was fun, and he got great feedback.But whether the method will gain popularity among other Two River-area leaders remains to be seen. Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray isn’t completely ruling it out.“Considering that over 80 percent of the U.S. population has a social networking profile, it makes sense for governments to adapt and communicate that way,” Murray said. “We’re not currently using Facebook Live to interact with our residents, but we are communicating across a number of social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.”Murray also spoke to the importance of accessibility, specifically in-person meetings, saying, “I truly enjoy meeting with residents at my open office hours and I don’t plan on replacing those face-to-face interactions with technological ones.”Neff’s Facebook session can be viewed on the Borough of Little Silver Facebook page.This article was first published in the March 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
31 January 2014 South Africa will continue to support a temporary standby force capable of responding quickly to crisis situations in Africa, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday. On Thursday night, African heads of state gathered for at the summit continued to debate the implementation of the African Immediate Crisis Response Capacity (AICRC), with the majority of countries said to be in favour of the initiative. Cwele told SAnews that there was some “confusion” that the AICRC would derail the formation of a permanent African Standby Force, which many want to be operational by 2015. But he remained convinced that the AICRC would be operational very soon. “It is supported,” he said. “Yes, there was confusion that it will stall the [implementation] of the Africa Standby Force. But many heads of state believe both initiatives will complement each other, so both are being supported.” According to the AU, the AICRC should be an efficient, robust and credible force that can be deployed rapidly, conducting operations of limited duration and aims or helping to create conditions for the deployment of larger AU and/or UN peace operations. It is seen as an interim too,l as the African Standby Force is meant to be operational by 2015. The stopgap AICRC would comprise a reservoir of 5 000 troops made up of operational modules in the form of 1 500-strong battle groups. Command would rest with the AU Peace and Security Council, which would asses all requests for intervention by member states. On a voluntary basis, member states of the AU would contribute troops and finance for the AICRC to enable it to to act independently. In May last year, South Africa, Ethiopia and Uganda were the first support the initiative and pledged to provide troops should the need arise. Some African leaders believe that, had such an interventionist force been in place, the violence which erupted in Mali early last year, and events that led to the current atrocities in the Central African Republic, could have been averted. South Africa has been the strongest supporter of the AICRC initiative, with Cwele saying the country remained convinced that the plan would go through. Last year, President Jacob Zuma hosted several heads of state in Pretoria where the plan was given the thumbs-up. “Countries are starting to commit … money and are contributing logistical support,” Cwele said. “We are for it. We have been supporting it right from the beginning. If the AU is asking us [for troops], we have always said we are committing to it. We fully back the whole initiative.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
Indian boxer Laishram Devendro Singh narrowly missed out on a medal at the London Olympics Wednesday, putting up a brave fight against Irishman Paddy Barnes in the quarterfinals of the 49 kg category.Devendro’s 18-23 loss to the Beijing Games bronze medallist ended India’s boxing campaign in the mega event.It was a ferocious start to the bout with both boxers trading punches. The boxing on display enthralled the crowd. Barnes got off the block quickly connecting with a great combination.Devendro though stood his ground and connected with some of his own stinging blows but he narrowly went down 5-7 in the first round.The second round started in similar fashion with a flurry of punches from both fighters. There was no respite for either of them.The turning point for the 20-year-old Indian came in the middle of the second round as he was a given a warning, a two-point penalty, for using his head to push his opponent back.The penalty swayed the result in the Irisihman’s favour as he took the round 10-5.Seven points down Devendro came out swinging but left himself open to Barnes attacks. The Irishman, who won gold at the Commonwealth in Delhi, employed clever and defensive tactics, holding the Indian whenever he got close.He was finally pulled up for his actions as the referee warned him as well, docking two points. The decision gave Devendro a sniff of a chance but a right hook towards the end of the bout sent him reeling and took the stuffing out of him.advertisementJust as the Indian seemed to shake off the punch the bell rang to signal the end of the bout. The Indian took the final round 8-6 but that didn’t prove to be enough.
OSU women’s lacrosse members celebrate a win over Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team started its in-conference season on the right foot with a 10-9 win over Michigan in snowy Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday. The hard-fought battle between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines allowed OSU to improve to 10-1, setting the program record with eight consecutive wins and the best start to a season.Senior attackman Cian Dabrowski led the Buckeyes with three goals on the day, while sophomore attackman Molly Wood and junior midfielder Paulina Constant each contributed two.OSU trailed 3-1 in the first half, but the defense held the Michigan attack while the offense tied it up with consecutive goals from Dabrowski and Wood. The Buckeyes led 4-3 going into halftime when senior attackman Rainey Hodgson found Wood for the score with two minutes left.The Buckeyes lost the lead again after the intermission, though, trailing 6-5 with 21 minutes left. But the Buckeyes clicked from there.Over the next 12 minutes, OSU scored five consecutive goals to give it a 10-6 lead. Constant started the trend with an unassisted goal with under 19 on the clock before Dabrowski and Hodgson added one each. With 10 minutes left, freshman midfielder Mackenzie Maring got into the action by scooping up a rebound from Wood’s shot to make it 9-6. Constant then added the 10th and final goal about a minute later.It certainly seemed like with the four-goal lead and all the momentum in the Buckeyes’ favor, the game was pretty well at hand. But, desperately trying to defend its home turf against its archrival, Michigan clawed back to make it a game again.The Wolverines notched three goals over the final seven minutes, the last of which put them one goal behind the Buckeyes with 23 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Dabrowski came in clutch with a draw control to help OSU run out the clock and hold on to the victory. Senior goalkeeper Katie Fredrick made four saves on the day.OSU beat Michigan for the fourth consecutive time, and the Wolverines fell to 5-7 on the season and 0-1 in Big Ten play.Up nextThe Buckeyes are next scheduled to return to Columbus to welcome No. 9 Penn State at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The game is set to be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
OSU then-junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAbout 20 miles south of Houston, in the small town of Manvel, Texas, Edith Applegate walked her 10-year-old granddaughter Alex Bayne home from elementary school.As the pair walked up the driveway, a young Bayne pranced up toward the house that stood on 5 acres of land. She patiently sat, waited for her parents to get home from work, and thought about her upcoming dance recital.Later that night, she would play catch with her father, David, as her mother Joni looked on. As the ball hit the glove that was bigger than her head, Bayne knew almost immediately this was something she would want to do for a long time.Fast forward to a decade later, Bayne crosses home plate at Buckeye Field, pauses at the dish, firing an imaginary bow and arrow into the outfield. She just hit her second three-run home run of the game against Maryland, giving the team a 12-2 lead in the 2016 Big Ten opener.These would be just two of the 19 home runs she slugged in her junior season for the Ohio State softball team, leading the team and tying a single-season school record.But before Bayne was leading the Buckeyes in home runs, she was told by multiple schools that she was just too small to succeed in their programs.“It’s kind of ironic now,” said Bayne, who is now entering her senior season. “There were times when schools would literally tell me they were looking for someone with bigger stature or someone with a little more power in their bat.”At 5-foot-5 inches tall, Bayne might not be the biggest player on the field, but she sure does pack a punch. What she lacks in size, she makes up for in drive and determination.“With a small stature, she is still our strongest player in the weight room,” said coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “She absolutely crushes it in there.”Bayne learned her drive and focus from an early age.As an Associated Press and Texas scholar during her high-school career, Bayne was able to excel in both academics and athletics, while still maintaining a social life. She learned to prioritize what was most important with the help of her parents. It also helped that Bayne had an immense interest in learning.“It sounds kind of geeky, but I loved it and I still do,” Bayne said. “My parents helped me to learn that education is the most important thing. They taught me that if you excel in your education, you’ll be able to play softball and still hang out with friends.”Joining an 18-and-under league by the age of 14, Bayne realized she had the talent to play at the next level. After what felt like hundreds of emails and handwritten letters to coaches all across the country, she found herself at Marshall University for her freshman year of college.While falling in love with the community atmosphere of Marshall University that reminded Bayne a lot of home, the program wound up not being the right fit. As a result, she would take the year off from softball during what would have been her sophomore season, giving Bayne time to refocus and regain a passion for the sport.It was during this time that Bayne discovered OSU. After numerous visits with her then-boyfriend, now-fiancé Bryce Calvin, who was a student at OSU, Bayne felt a special connection with the university.“I fell in love with the school, the traditions and how everyone strives for excellence here,” Bayne said. “You don’t come to Ohio State to be average. You come here to be awesome academically and athletically. I knew this is where I wanted to be and the people I wanted to surround myself with.”Having already made her transfer academically, Bayne then looked to join the Buckeyes’ softball team. After numerous emails with the coaches, Bayne came in for one of the team’s open tryouts, where she impressed enough to become a member of the team.“At the time we really didn’t have a lot of room on our roster, but there was something about Alex; a spark and determination that we couldn’t turn down,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I really didn’t know how she would fit in or develop, but we took the chance.”The rest is history. Through long hours and steady focus, Bayne has made herself into one of the best power hitters Ohio State has ever seen. She attributes much of her success to the advice she has received from hitting coach Jenna Hall and strength coach Andres Britton.“She bought into the training program and puts all her energy and focus into it and it has paid off,” Britton said. “She takes her time and makes sure she gets the most out of every training session. She embraces the process, trusts in the program and has a tremendous work ethic and positive attitude.”While acknowledging the schools that overlooked her for her lack of power, Bayne does not hold a grudge. Rather, she is grateful.“I’m very happy with where I am,” Bayne said. “If they hadn’t have passed on me, I wouldn’t have worked my way here to where I am today. Now I’m just like ‘Hey, I’m still 5-foot-5, but I do have power.’”With just one year of eligibility left, Bayne has big goals for herself and her team in her final season. While wanting to limit strikeouts, make herself a harder out and become a better leader, the main thing on her mind is making the postseason. “The most important thing to me in my senior season is knowing I helped this team get to where we wanted to go, regardless of my recognition,” Bayne said. “That is what would make me have a happy and fulfilling senior year.”
The teenage Southampton striker is still eligible for Nigeria and England but he says he’s faithful to the Republic of Ireland18-year-old Michael Obafemi is eligible to play for Ireland, England, and Nigeria.But the Southampton striker has said he wishes to be in the Irish national team and is waiting for a chance to debut.“I really don’t know why we’re going into this,” said Ireland manager Martin O’Neill to The Dublin Live.Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“He has made the decision. I didn’t force him whatsoever.”“It seems to be my issue every single time. It’s the players’ decision. So I’ll clear this up,” he added.“When he first came into camp, I said to him ‘We’d love to have you but it’s your decision. You’re under no pressure to make that decision in the next 10 minutes’.”“I didn’t pursue it. I just left him to think about it,” he explained.