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first_imgWhen the day began, Pederson had a .296 batting average and a .458 on-base percentage that ranked third in the National League. His 16 walks were tied for second in the NL.Some of that is a function of Pederson’s knowledge of the strike zone. Some of it is because he hit in front of the pitcher most nights and therefore opposing pitchers were less afraid to walk him.Regardless, the Dodgers’ coaching staff believes Pederson’s patience will translate to the top of the lineup.“He’s walked throughout his career,” Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire said. “He’s struck out throughout his career. The strikeouts and walks were pretty even, which is totally fine with anybody in baseball. he has a pretty good eye at the plate.”Even if the walks don’t translate, McGwire believes there’s an upside to moving Pederson out of the number-eight hole. “There is a bona fide hitter behind you, so you can play off of that,” McGwire said prior to Wednesday’s game. “Tonight’s Jimmy. Jimmy’s been hitting the ball, hasn’t been getting hits but he’s a bona fide 16-plus-year veteran. They know what he can do. So one would think (Pederson) should get more pitches to hit.”Two pitches into the game, the prophecy came true.Frias to start FridayCarlos Frias will start Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Scott Baker will start Saturday.Baker allowed three runs in seven innings Sunday in the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. Frias hasn’t started a major league game since a disastrous outing last September in Colorado. He has thrown two scoreless innings out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season.“We’ve tried a number of guys” starting in place of Hyun-Jin Ryu, Mattingly said, “and Carlos is a guy we like his arm from an innings standpoint. We just feel this opportunity is his to show us what he’s got, from a standpoint of, is he going to be able to be that guy we can count on every fifth day? That’s always something that we think he’s capable of.”AlsoDodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Thursday morning. The season-ending procedure will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. … Chris Reed, a graduate of Cleveland High School in Reseda and the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick in 2011, was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Reed had allowed only one earned run in 11 2/3 innings at Double-A Tulsa, all as a reliever. … The Dodgers are represented on the All-Star ballot by catcher Yasmani Grandal, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (four-time All-Star), second baseman Howie Kendrick (2011 All-Star), third baseman Juan Uribe, shortstop Jimmy Rollins (three-time All-Star) and outfielders Carl Crawford (four-time All-Star), Pederson and Yasiel Puig (2014 All-Star). For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Two pitches into Wednesday’s game, Joc Pederson announced that he is not a prototypical leadoff hitter. San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong hung a curveball over the plate and Pederson crushed it over the left-center field fence. It was the first leadoff home run by a Dodgers hitter this season.Pederson strikes out a lot, more than Jimmy Rollins. He won’t steal as many bases as Dee Gordon. But he’s shown a knack for walking and getting on base, and is the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter now and for the foreseeable future.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly felt that Pederson, a 23-year-old rookie, was ready for the added pressure of batting first after hitting seventh or eighth to this point in 2015. With Carl Crawford on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from a strained oblique, Pederson has a chance to stick.“Carl’s (injury) was the biggest” factor for changing the lineup, Mattingly said. “I think as we’ve watched Joc kind of, you know, keep growing, you want to get him in the mix, as far as getting more at-bats.”last_img read more


first_imgMicah May of L.V. Rogers and Taylen Hayaiw of Mount Sentinel won for the second time in as many races as the West Kootenay High School Cross Country circuit made a stop Wednesday in South Slocan.Mount Sentinel hosted the second race on the circuit at Slocan Pools course near FortisBC facility in South Slocan.May topped the Senior Boy’s division, edging teammate Kieran Marchand by more than a minute.May finished the 5.5 kilometer course in a time of 15 minutes, 47 seconds.Third in the race was Darian Johnson of LVR followed by Tibo Kohlmel.Aley Sukra of Salmo was fifth while Romel Butt of J.V. Humphries in Kaslo was sixth.Malte Liedtloe of LVR, Logan Rexan of Mount Sentinel and Martin Outearano of LVR rounded out the top ten. In the Senior Girls race, Hayaiw narrowly won the race by 33 seconds over Naomi Perkins of LVR.Hayaiw finished the race in a time of 21:03.Kolibri Drobisk of New Denver was third in the division followed by Rosie Velisek of Mount Sentinel in fourth.Elsa Hayaiw was fifth and Sydney Zimmer of LVR was sixth.In Junior Boy’s race, Matti Erikson of Trafalgar won for the second race ahead of Tanner Randa of Mount Sentinel second and Adam Kurch of Trafalgar third.Devon Duericher of New Denver was fourth while Bailey Rollick of Salmo was fifth.Avie Waterfall and Kiera Taylor of Trafalgar finished one-two in the Junior Girl’s raceSakura Azzorpardi and Amelre Treman, both of New Denver, took third and fourth spots.Chelsea Ginther of Salmo was fifth.The circuit shifts to LVR in Nelson for the next race Wednesday.last_img read more


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first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa FILE – Moala Tautuaa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMo Tautuaa got tossed in the third quarter of TNT’s quarterfinals duel against defending champion San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Tautuaa, who got called for a technical foul earlier in the game, committed a flagrant foul penalty 1 at the 4:58 mark after hacking Beermen swingman Matt Ganuelas-Rosser while going for a drive.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ The Fil-Tongan big man was scoreless and only had two rebounds and a steal in close to 10 minutes of action before getting ejected.San Miguel, which only needs one win to advance to the semifinals after finishing the elimination round at the helm, leads the eighth-seeded KaTropa, 77-72, entering the fourth quarter as of posting time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Japan’s ancient sport of sumo needs some brighter days ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Adamson bounces back, snaps UP’s three-game run View comments Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Kvitova was left fighting to save her career after the attack, admitting her hand was “still not 100%” while speaking to reporters at Roland Garros on Friday.However, the 15th seed won the opening point of the match with a sweeping cross-court forehand and needed just 74 minutes to overcome world number 86 Boserup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“It’s a pleasure to be here, I’m really glad to have made the decision that I’m going to play here,” Kvitova said afterwards.“Thank you for everything, you helped me through this difficult time. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova returns the ball to US Julia Boserup during their qualification round match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Tennis Open on May 28, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTUREPetra Kvitova cruised into the French Open second round on Sunday as the Czech star returned from a lengthy lay-off after a harrowing knife attack at her home in December.The two-time Wimbledon champion swept aside American Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2 in her first match since suffering career-threatening injuries to her left playing hand when she tackled an intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I’m glad with how I played today. There are a few things to improve but what can I expect after such a long time.”Kvitova, a French Open semi-finalist in 2012, will face Bethanie Mattek-Sands or Evgeniya Rodina in the next round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


first_imgThe Australian youth teams held-off a brave and talented New Zealand to seal all six matches on the final day including the deciding matches in the Boy’s 20’s and Girl’s 18’s. And with that, a clean sweep of all six of the series’ contested and a new level of admiration for team green and gold. Players Player – Jack Wright Mountfort Park, Manurewa, New Zealand The love we speak of is about the young Aussies’ other loves. The love of the contest. The love of the fight and the pursuit of excellence in this great sport that drives these athletes to sweep through a series unblemished and overcome all obstacles and odds to claim their prize. The love and affection for victory in the face of fire. The love of the big stage. The big moment. The love of the team. 20’s Mixed: While they may have had some trepidation taking the cue from their senior compatriots in winning all nine matches at the 2016 Opens Trans-Tasman, all players, coaches and mentors in location sure had to dig deep and deliver something very special of their own to overcome an amazingly talented and competitive New Zealand squad across all divisions. Players Player – Tamika Upton At the heart of all this was a crazy little thing called ‘love’. And we’re not merely referring here to the mutual admiration style love you might expect across a young touring sporting contingent with kindred spirits in a different country. Nor is it necessarily referring literally to that freak of a talent from the west by the name of Love, the Tyla variety. The same young man that destroyed the Kiwis in the final match, delivering a master class with his teammates in that amazing grandstand finish in the Boy’s 20’s decider early Sunday afternoon. Players Player – Jackson Mills Coaches Player – Brittney Clifford It was etched in their eyes and seeping out of the pores of the Aussies who so desperately wanted their teammates in other teams to reign supreme and break-through for their respective wins; for their country, their families, loved ones, their school, work and team mates. Themselves. Well done again Team Australia, to all involved. Love your work. It is hard to define but it is purely as it is surely in the DNA of every card carrying, vegemite-loving dinky-di Aussie who so cherish our national victories over the best, in the ultimate sporting theatre: a Trans-Tasman sporting test. While we know it works in mysterious ways, who best to turn to explain, than the man they call Love. Tyla Love. Clearly in the moment, that man Love again jinked yet again to his favoured right to hit Osborne for his triple, leaving the defenders flat footed and proving ultimately the difference in this crucial final match. Then, you guessed it, Love then sealed it 9-7 with his double and with that and the final siren blaring, the green and gold Tsunami had certainly hit shore. A flood of players from all teams swung onto the field to celebrate the boys’ resounding win and the overall six series to nil margin. When asked by the television commentators what was the secret of the success: “I had an Up and Go (milk drink) and got down here with the team focused and ready to play and rode off the back of the great work of the guys,” he said. “Touch is good over there in WA where I’m from, but it’s a big milestone and goal of mine to play in the green and gold and win and cherish this win with the boys,” he said. 20’s Boys: The love of the team. The moment. Taylor Haugh and Sargent for New Zealand were immense and when Fiveash crossed and then Australia’s Kenny dropped a certain chance in reply, it was 7-6 to the green and gold with six to go and the game and series on the line. No surprises here. The love of the fight won the day. The flight stuff could wait till the next day’s departures out of Auckland. Coaches Player – Liam Grant When Marrinan went close on the left flank it appeared academic with only a couple left on the clock. The love of the contest. Mills, Egan, Simbolon, Cridland and Moore all upped the ante and amped the energy of the team finding supports left and right to test the Kiwi’s edges and resolve and continually surged upfield with everyone in on the act. “I was also so impressed by the composure shown by the players; particularly in the midst of the weather, the tension, the environment away from home. The Australian contingent’s performances over the past three days to secure the 2017 Youth Trans- Tasman series and sweep in New Zealand was something to behold and demands to be told. Each and every division delivered and then finally it came down to one super finale to this event. 20’s Girls: Players Player – Daejarn Asicenter_img With all but two of the series decided on Saturday, some might think that getting the required four divisions out of six might suffice with the overall series and trophy in the bag and reflect on an awesome New Zealand performance who arguably deserved a title or two. Roxanne Winder Award: Maddison CroweClick here for full results and try scorers for each day’s play. “It is just an amazing experience coming back and winning here against the Kiwis (New Zealand his place of birth),” the sole Western Australian representative and one of the tournament stars, Tyla Love said post-match. And as the song goes (New Zealand) did what they did but then Love came to town. Jinking left then right Love fired a great long ball to a juggling, rangy Osborne in the extreme right corner to stretch the lead and seemingly close the Kiwis out of the contest and tellingly, yet another series. Marrinan thought he had another but when Tjaydn Ashby then cleaned up from another bat back out wide, this time from yet another great performer through the series, Osborne. Players Player – Adam Russell Troy Malcom Award: James Price TEAM AUSTRALIA COACHES AWARDS AND PLAYERS PLAYER: “At one-all in the deciding match today, it was awesome to play and win with our guys; particularly as the Touch Blacks were great, tough and fought really hard, as they always do.” 18’s Mixed: Coaches Player – Blake Moore “It is always such a privilege and pleasure to be here and competing against the best with their tremendous hospitality. Among them, Jake Grech eight seconds prior to the break and then Justin Cridland to Jacob Marrinan eight seconds after the break, broke the game open and the momentum of the Touch Blacks; taking the wind momentarily out of the Kiwis and into the sails of his teammates drawing ahead by two straight after the break. It’s fair to say he sure shared the, ahem, love with his stellar support crew with a bunch of strong performances from his Australian 20’s brethren. Coaches Player – Marley Simbolon 18’s Girls: Players Player – Aalyah Paki “The depth we now have across all divisions and the class and capability will no doubt hold us in good stead in the next 20 years. And no doubt this is what we will be exposed to for a while ahead, as always – very tight and gripping contests the order of the day as you would expect!” “And to our team it is so good to see our ‘One Team’ in action and so invested and committed to achieving this success together; notwithstanding our referees’ contingent who were again first class,” he said. 18’s Boys: But then Jayden Sargent’s double kept New Zealand in the hunt. And when Whakatane’s Muir-Tuuta crossed sending a shiver down the spines of the young Aussies, it was a real case of fight or flight with the game and series on the line. “I am just so incredibly proud of the entire team; from all players who were outstanding throughout, right through to all coaches, mentors, support crew and families who travelled abroad to witness our stars of the future. Coaches Player – Maddison Crowe Think again. The ruthless and mature, determined approach by the young Aussies to storm through this series victorious was compelling to watch and left the crowd across the ditch, at home and around the world, in awe. Coaches Player – Justin Cridland “Firstly to our great friends at Touch New Zealand they should be so incredibly proud of the event they delivered and the great performances of all their players and teams, along with the awesome coverage of the event by Maori Television which we’re sure received huge traffic through the week. For Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire among the big ex-pat crowd, he felt enormously pleased and privileged taking a front row seat and something of a preview to future internationals and stars of tomorrow, “all accomplished and mature beyond their years”. Game. Matches. Series. By @JulianTFAlast_img read more


first_imgManaging Director of the National Housing Trust (NHT), Cecile Watson, says that there will be no reduction in the number of schemes developed by the Trust, even while it contributes $11 billion per year to the national purse.She was responding to questions at a Jamaica House press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday, February 21.She noted that on Wednesday, February 20, the Trust presented keys for 918 housing solutions at Longville Park in Clarendon. Approximately 882 families will benefit from the scheme, which was built at a cost of $4.8 billion.She also said Hellshire phase four in St. Catherine will come on stream in August with 250 solutions, as well as another 250 solutions in Perth, Manchester to be launched next month. Overall, the NHT is committed to the completion of another 10 schemes.“The intention is to shift the benefit down to the lower income earners, so that they become more affordable. We don’t want to be building houses that persons cannot afford,” Mrs. Watson explained.The NHT will be contributing $44 billion over a four-year period to help with the country’s debt management. The move is critical in securing a funding agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The Trust’s Managing Director said there will be a deliberate thrust to ensure that the agency remains viable over the period.She added that as part of this focus, the Trust will be modifying its business plan to ensure the shoring up of surplus.last_img read more


first_imgDevo have donated royalties from their classic hit “Whip It” to PETA to help launch a campaign to free tigers, lions, and other big cats from the circus, where they are routinely whipped.The Ohio rock icons made the donation in advance of today’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show at Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena, where the captive big cats will be forced to perform.Says Devo: “As Ringling Bros. relies on the fear of whips to force lions and tigers to perform, Devo is pleased to make a grant to PETA from the royalties of ‘Whip It’ for their campaign to free big cats from this abuse. We hope that all circuses will continue to evolve by spotlighting human creativity rather than degrading animals.”After years of a public outcry, Ringling Bros. made global headlines by announcing that it would retire elephants from shows in May 2016. With the elephants on the way out, PETA is refocusing its campaign on freeing the big cats. Their recent exposé shows an animal trainer boasting that he could carve his initials in a tiger with his whip.last_img read more


first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN National NewsOfficials with the friendship centre in Val d’Or told the Quebec inquiry that the province is really late in the game when it comes to gathering information it needs to help Indigenous peoples.An inquiry is currently underway in Val d’Or, 525 km northwest of Montreal that is examining the relationship between certain public services and First Nation, Metis and Inuit [email protected]last_img


first_imgBeijing: India and Pakistan should quickly turn the page after the Pulwama terror attack, meet each other halfway and convert the present tensions into an opportunity for long term and fundamental improvement in their relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday. Wang also said post-Wuhan summit between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, China wants to develop closer ties with India and forge ahead like the “Yangtze and Ganges” rivers despite Beijing’s all weather ties with Pakistan. Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in February 14. India launched a counter-terror operation in Balakot on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. “China hopes Pakistan and India will transform the crisis into opportunity and meet each other halfway,” Wang said at his annual press conference on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress, China’s Parliament. He was replying to questions on the present India-Pakistan tensions following the Pulwama terror attack and how China plans to carry forward the spirit of last year’s Wuhan summit between Prime Minister and President Xi. “We advise both the parties to quickly turn the page and seek fundamental, long term improvement in their relations. When confrontation gives way to dialogue and disagreement are settled, we can create a better future through cooperation,” he said. Recent events focussed international attention on the India-Pakistan relations, he said stating that China played a constructive role to resolve the tensions between the two neighbours. “China has stressed from the beginning the need to exercise restraint prevent an escalation, find out what has happened and resolve the matter through dialogue,” Wang said adding that Beijing tried to play a mediatory role. “In the meantime, country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity should fully respected. China followed these principle in its mediation and played a constructive role in defusing the tension”, he said. China recently dispatched its Vice Foreign Minister Kong Kong Xuanyou to Pakistan where he held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, besides Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, on ways to ease the India-Pakistan tensions. His visit coincided with the US, the UK and French application in the 1267 counter terrorism committee of the UNSC to declare JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. If listed by the committee, Azhar would face a global travel ban and asset freeze. the JeM has already been banned by the UN. While China blocked India’s previous attempts to declare Azhar as a global terrorist, expectations are high that this time Beijing may take a different stand considering JeM has admitted its role in the Pulwama terror attack. “In the last couple of days both Pakistan and India indicated a desire to de-escalate the situation and start talks. We welcome this. Pakistan and India are neighbours and always have to live with each other,” Wang said. “Both countries face important opportunities to realise stability, development and prosperity. China hopes the two countries will get along and progress together,” he said. Asked post-Wuhan summit, how China plans to develop its relations with India in the light of challenges and Beijing’s close ties with Pakistan, Wang said 2018 was an “year of great significance for China and India relations”. “The historic meeting between President Xi and Prime Minister Modi at Wuhan has created a new model of high level interactions between our two countries deepened and trust between our leaders and set the direction for our future relations,” he said. The priority now is to see that the strategic understanding reached by the two leader should go down to the people and become their common view through conscious efforts, he said. “China will work with India to comprehensively strengthen sectoral cooperation and people-to-people ties which are vital importance in the current context so that our friendship and cooperation will forge ahead like the Yangtze and Ganges giving strong and sustained impetus to our relationship,” he said. Wang said India and China are ancient civilisations with combined population of 2.7 billion besides being the largest developing countries and neighbours. “China and India should be each other’s partners in pursing our respective dreams and each other’s important opportunity for growing our respective economies. Collectively we must make our due contribution to Asia’s revitalisation and prosperity,” the foreign minister said.last_img read more