Liberia Drops in Fifa Ranking

first_imgAhead of its first match against Zimbabwe in the 2019 African Cup of Nations’ qualifiers, the national football team, Lone Star, dropped ten places in the June Fifa Coca Cola monthly ranking to 151st position, from the previous 141st.Lone Star’s recent poor performances in continental competitions have contributed to the team’s continuous fall in the Fifa monthly ranking.It may be recalled that Lone Star dropped 39 places to 141st in April after they failed to qualify for the 2017 African Nations’ Cup held in Gabon.With the current rank (151) the task is now up to the team to put up a better performance in the pending Nations’ Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe on June 11 in Harare.Head coach James Debbah has reported that someone has made selections for the game against Zimbabwe without his knowledge.Also, Africa’s leading nation, Egypt, has dropped one position to 20 in the FIFA global football ranking this month, but still leads the continent in global rankings ahead of Senegal (27), Cameroon (32), Nigeria (38) and Democratic Republic of the Congo (39). The Pharaohs (Egypt), who were ranked in the global top ten in 2010 during their golden era after three successive Africa Cup of Nations’ wins (2006, 2008 and 2010), have changed places with Costa Rica in the June ranking.Top 10 African teams:Egypt (19)27. Senegal (30)32. Cameroon (33)38. Nigeria (40)39. DR Congo (41)41. Tunisia (42)41. Burkina Faso (35)47. Ivory Coast (48)49. Ghana (45)53. Algeria (54)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

49ers give UCR test, but come up short

first_imgThe Highlanders outrebounded the 49ers 52-44. More importantly, Riverside had 18 offensive rebounds, some at key junctures. “We got them to shoot 25 percent (actually, 27.9) from the floor, and they shoot 45 (41.4 before Thursday),” Hegarty said. “But we gave them offensive rebounds.” Karina Figueroa led the 49ers with 21 points and 12 rebounds. The 5-foot-8 sophomore guard said she wasn’t surprised that her team was able to hang with the front-running Highlanders. “We should have done that with every team,” Figueroa said. “They’re not any different. They’re not extraordinary. They’re a solid team. And something that we’re lacking right now is consistency.” Figueroa agreed that she and her teammates might be able to use this narrow loss to a good team as fuel for Saturday’s game against Cal State Fullerton. “Yeah. It’s just confidence,” she said. “It’s not something you train. If you believe in it, you can do whatever you want. “But our whole team has to do that. So, we just have to keep working on it.” As has often been the case during this frustrating season, Figueroa was the only Long Beach player to score in double figures. Tyresha Calhoun scored six points and Madison Pagani and Courtney Jacob had five apiece. Brittany Waddell scored 16 points to lead Riverside. Kemie Nkele had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Highlanders coach John Margaritis praised the 49ers for not giving up the ship. “I think they are well-coached and I think they are really tough,” he said. “I think it was obvious. We had to play all the way to the last minute.” The 49ers led 2-0 but before they knew it, they were down 10-2. It appeared a serious rout might be in order. But Long Beach outscored the Highlanders 8-4 over the next five minutes to cut the lead in half, 14-10. Riverside bumped its lead back up to 10 at 24-14, and ended up taking a 10-point lead into halftime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Riverside (16-9, 10-1) held a 13-point lead with 5:28 to play. Considering the 49ers (5-21, 2-10) have had such a difficult season, most in the arena probably figured the margin of defeat would be even more. LONG BEACH – For a moment late in Thursday’s game, Long Beach State actually had a shot at upsetting first-place UC Riverside. But it was not to be. The Highlanders, with just a five-point lead with 42.8 seconds to play, held on and defeated the hungry 49ers, 52-45, in a Big West Conference women’s basketball game before 748 at Walter Pyramid. center_img But Long Beach never quit. The 49ers scored the next five points and were suddenly down by only eight (46-38) with 4:37 left. The Highlanders built the lead back to 12 at 50-38, but the 49ers scored the next seven points to pull within 50-45. Long Beach did not score again. “That’s what it’s been,” fourth-year 49ers coach Mary Hegarty said. “We’ve had these moments where we compete, but we continue to hurt ourselves by giving up offensive rebounds, which is our only focus now. “We’re trying not to focus on winning, which, obviously, we want to win. But the offensive rebounds … We were in a position to do it. All we needed to do was get stops, which we did. “But then they got the offensive boards. Our offense is … we have so much difficultly and if we’re not going to keep them off the glass, we’re in trouble.” last_img read more

Industry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Editor Vera Drew

first_imgEmmy-nominated editor and filmmaker Vera Drew sat down with PremiumBeat for a look into her work on “Who is America?” and more.PremiumBeat: Vera, you’ve had a diverse career. How did you get into filmmaking and, more specifically, editing?Vera Drew: I’ve wanted to direct and write movies and TV since the first time I saw Back to the Future, when I was six. My first big industry job was on a Roman Coppola movie. I was initially hired as a PA, but one day Roman decided to have me help him put together animatics, based off of his shot list. He liked my work so much that he decided to bring me onto the project as a line editor. It was very exciting because I was literally editing on set. I really got to see how material changes from the page to the screen, and that once it comes to post-production, it’s kind of your last chance to rewrite the script. I saw editing as a way of getting more experience in learning how to tell stories visually, and that would make me an even better writer and director someday. I can now confidently say that my skill as an editor really informs my directing style and has made me an excellent storyteller.Who is America? (Four By Two Television).PB: You’ve recently been nominated for an Emmy for your work on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? How does it feel to be recognized by your peers?VD: It feels amazing! I have definitely given my share of imaginary acceptance speeches over the years, but having come from an indie film/late-night/alt-comedy world, I truly never could have imagined being nominated for an Emmy.PB: How did you get involved with Who is America?, and what was your experience working on the show?VD: I was initially brought onto Who Is America? by the show’s director Dan Longino. We both came from the Tim and Eric world (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Abso Lutely Productions) and had worked together on a Netflix comedy special for Joe Mande, so we just really click as collaborators. Editing on Who Is America? was a dream that I never even knew I had. Sacha Baron Cohen had been a hero of mine since I was in high school, so I could never even fathom that I would have the opportunity to work with him someday. Brüno was one of the first LGBTQ+ characters on TV that genuinely made me laugh. Growing up as a closeted trans kid, in the Midwest in the ’90s, was not ideal. It was so important for me to see an adult comedian call out the queer-phobic policies of the Clinton and Bush administrations. And now, with how scary, chaotic, and absurd the political landscape has become in this country, it was cathartic to be able to work on a show with a strong point of view, that had no qualms about exposing hypocrisy. I was able to find a constructive use for my frustration and genuine fear for this country.Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Cartoon Network).PB: You helped launch the Adult Swim streaming network Channel 5. Can you tell us a bit about that?VD: It was an absolute blast putting together Tim and Eric’s new online TV network, Channel 5! In addition to coming up with the overall aesthetic for the network and putting together over 100 original bumpers and interstitials, I wrote, directed, and executive-produced four original web series, including I Love David, a doc-series starring public access legend David Liebe Hart; Tim and Eric Qu?z Game,, a dystopian sci-fi game show; a nightmare-fueled anthology/found footage series called Scum; and a show called Our Bodies — which was basically just an excuse to have Tim and Eric talk to a real medical doctor about erections and diarrhea. I really love working with Tim and Eric. The shows I make with them have so much room for experimenting, and they see editors as creatives, rather than technical button pushers.PB: What is your editing process like? How much time do you get to work on each show/episode?VD: When editing reality-based comedy, the goal is to make damn sure the audience knows that what you are seeing on screen is 100 percent actually happening and isn’t being carefully manipulated to make someone look like they are saying or doing something that they didn’t. So, a lot of times, this is knowing when to not edit — when to live in a wide shot or let a moment breathe. Editors like me are really just writer/directors using editing software. With reality-based comedy, so much of the writing and directing happens in the edit bay because the process is about stringing together narrative threads from interactions between fictional characters and real people. The perfect example is with I Love David. The host, David Liebe Hart, is a relatively raw and unpolished performer who we unleash into the real world. A lot of the shooting was grabbing ingredients we needed for post — a line about his time in the Navy here or a shot of him wolfing down German sausage there — it’s in the edit where all of that content is pieced together and the show is essentially “written.”KRFT PUNK’S Political Party (Abso Lutely Productions).PB: How much creative freedom do you get when cutting the episodes? Is it pretty clearly lined out, or do you get to experiment and see what works?VD: It really depends on the show! For KRFT PUNK’S Political Party, they shot three panels and a few days worth of documentary footage in DC. I spent a week or two in the edit bay on my own, putting together my editor’s cut. After that, I worked with director Eric Notarnicola and showrunner Dan Curry for a few weeks to make adjustments, incorporate their vision, and get it down to time. The show had a rough outline as a script, but it was based entirely around real life interactions, so a lot of the “writing” and structural story work happened in that initial editor’s cut, which is why I ended up receiving a writing credit, when all was said and done.PB: What programs or software do you use for editing?VD: I strongly prefer to use Adobe Premiere. My editing often includes a lot of VFX and motion graphics work that requires After Effects, so it makes sense for me to always work inside Adobe-world. Premiere is also intuitively designed in a way that makes sense for my type of creative brain.Who is America? (Four By Two Television)PB: What are the challenges that come with editing comedy vs. drama — or any other genre?VD: I love having the chance to work on something that makes people laugh, but I never really thought of myself as working specifically in comedy. The shows I enjoy working on bend genres effortlessly. When I first approach an edit, generally speaking, I am trying to capture the drama between the characters within the reality of the scene. The humor only really shines if the audience cares about the characters. Also, a lot of the shows I have worked on, whether it’s Who Is America? or Scum, directly confront horror, both real and imagined. In the latter case, I made a wildly terrifying “found footage” anthology. And in the case of the former, we took a hard look at our current political system.Kim Petras (via IMDb)PB: Is there someone you’d love to work with?VD: It would be my dream to work with bad-ass, talented trans-women like the Wachowskis, Janet Mock, or Our Lady J. I feel they also represent the spectrum of stories I want to tell — from sci-fi high strangeness to beautiful emotional stories that embolden queer visibility. In general, I really want to work with other creatives that identify as queer or trans. I would love to direct a music video for trans artists like Kim Petras, Sophie, or Black Dresses. I am also really inspired by the work of Natalie Wynn (a.k.a. ContraPoints on YouTube) and I always felt like our aesthetics would pair really well together.PB: You recently came out as transgender. Does this affect the kinds of projects you work on or the kind of stories you want to tell?VD: Since coming out, my place in the industry has changed in some ways, and in many ways, it hasn’t. I am very fortunate that I was already established in the industry prior to coming out, and fortunately, most of the people I have worked with and enjoy working with are LGBTQ+ allies. It’s an exciting time to be working in television because, while TV has become a lot better at trans representation with shows like Pose, there’s still a long way to go. It’s exciting because I feel like I am on the ground floor of what will hopefully be a time in Hollywood where we start seeing more trans stories that aren’t specifically about the transition. So much of our media representation is only about the before-and-after of it all. I’m not only interested in telling LGBTQ+ stories, I feel that that is the next chapter of my career. I want to continue playing in the genres I like to play in — horror, sci-fi, dark comedy — and using the tools I’ve collected as a writer/director/editor over the years. But I also want to make a conscious shift toward showing interesting and multi-dimensional representations of my queer sisters, brothers, and gender non-conforming siblings. My dream is to make a body horror film about gender dysphoria.Vera Drew.PB: Do you have any advice for editors or filmmakers, in general, trying to break into the industry?VD: I think patience has been the biggest lesson for me since I began working in the industry. In America, we are so focused on the idea of young excellence, to the point where I thought I was going to be a Mozart, overnight success story in my early twenties. The truth is, finding your footing in this industry takes time — you have to meet the right people, make mistakes, and find your voice. You need to have a healthy mix of ambition to reach your goals and the calmness of knowing you are right where you need to be, at any given moment.Keep up with Vera’s latest projects by following her on Twitter at @VeraDrew22, and check out her website.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Gotham Chopra on Following Stephen Curry for Facebook WatchIndustry Insights: Production Designer John Paino Tells Big Little LiesIndustry Insights: Hulu’s Das Boot Composer Matthias WeberIndustry Insights: Cinematographer Adrian Peng CorreiaIndustry Insights: The Horror Scores of The Newton Brotherslast_img read more

Talking Touch – July

first_imgThere was some good media coverage of Touch Football in the month of July, including stories on the 2012 Queensland Junior State Cup and some up-and-coming players achieving great things. To view the stories, please click on the links below. New Touch Seasons Starts Next WeekAfter a brief break following the completion of the summer season, the Whitsunday’s Touch Association (WTA) is gearing up for another big season starting this Monday, July 16 at the Whitsunday Sports Park. Juniors Shine At Touch CarnivalGympie’s four Touch Football teams competing in last weekend’s Queensland Junior State Cup displayed admirable competitiveness during the three-day event.The State Cup, which ran from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 8, hosted a record 179 teams and drew crowds in their thousands. Aussie Rep Home It doesn’t get much better than wearing the green and gold against New Zealand.Michael Chapman won’t forget it, after claiming the Touch Football Trans Tasman Trophy. Junior Touch Cup To StayThe Fraser Coast’s unbridled dedication to the Junior Touch Football State Cup has paid off, with organisers pledging to hold the competition here for a further five years.Queensland Touch Association general manager Peter Bevan yesterday announced the deal between the QTA, Fraser Coast Regional Council and Fraser Coast Tourism, in what is a major coup for this area. Chase For Big Cash TouchdownThe Fraser Coast’s bid to claim the rights to the Qld Touch Football carnival for the next five years could be known as early as tomorrow afternoon. U10 In Top Touch At State CarnivalThey may have been the youngest Gladstone team to ever attend a state carnival but the Gladstone Touch Association under-10 showed the older kids just how it’s done.With five Gladstone representative teams attending the carnival, aged from nine to 17, the youngsters were the best-performing Gladstone team to attend the Junior State Touch Football Cup in Hervey Bay over the weekend, finishing ninth overall. Youngsters Show That Winning TouchThe Morning Bulletin, 19/07/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: James Baartz and Kate Bromley are leading the way for aspiring touch players at the Junior Touch Football State Cup.Local players Baartz and Bromley competed in the event recently and not only delivered impressive performances on the field, but were also awarded the prestigious Scott Notley and Kerry Norman awards by the Queensland Touch Association.Baartz and Bromley were nominated for the awards for their State Cup representation, for their consistent honesty and fairness, and for their high-quality on-field performances to match their off-field demeanour and example. North Rockhampton High student Bromley has been playing competitively in the sport for 12 years and has represented Rockhampton in the State Cup on seven occasions. The modest 16-year-old is honoured to have received the award and encourages others to join the sport.“I don’t play to receive awards or to win anything, I play because I love it and it’s a great sport,” Bromley said.“It’s nice knowing people think I deserve such a great award.”Bromley said the State Cup was a good competition because it offered a lot of teams and age groups and she urged young sports players to join the sport.The competition produced great results for the Rockhampton Touch Association, which had 15 teams competing, nine of which made the quarter-finals. The 16 year girls’ team topped the results, winning the state championships for their division. The 18 year boys made the semi-finals but unfortunately failed to defend their title won last year, losing to Labrador. President of the Rockhampton Junior Touch Association Mick Callow said overall the competition produced a great result for the city’s junior touch representative players. The association is still taking nominations for junior and senior teams, with competition starting mid-August.Students Selected For QueenslandThe Chronicle (Toowoomba), 18/07/2012Four Fairholme Touch Football players have been selected to play for Queensland after their outstanding success at this year’s State Touch Championships.Dominique Du Toit, Meg Jakins and Kristen Currie will wear maroon for the Queensland Under 15 Schoolgirls while Georgina Rackemann was named for the Queensland Open team.Their selections are a just reward after they helped lead Darling Downs to a second place finish at the under 15 state titles.Darling Downs managed to win all of their round games and defeated South Coast in the semi-final, winning 2-0.They faced Metropolitan East in the final and despite leading at half time, Darling Downs were narrowly defeated 4-3 in the final minutes.If you see a story from your local media organisations about Touch Football and would like to see it on the Touch Football Australia website, please email [email protected] Related LinksTalking Touchlast_img read more

Alec Baldwin Attends Research Without Cruelty Event

first_imgAlec Baldwin and Peggy McCay joined a group of physicians at the home of Amagansett resident John Bradham on August 25 to champion compassion in medicine: a dual cause that involves removing animals from medical research laboratories and preventing disease through plant-based diets.PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D. with Alec and Hilaria BaldwinCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMThe benefit, Research Without Cruelty, supported the work of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).PCRM Vice President Betsy Wason, PCRM president Neal Barnard, Dennis Erdman and Alec BaldwinCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMFounded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.Neal Barnard and Peggy McCayCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMlast_img read more

Our 2017 GooseEgg Reliever Rankings Are Here

Marc RzepczynskiSEA202+0.3 Logan VerrettBAL100+0.2 Tom WilhelmsenARI002+0.0 Addison ReedNYM722+0.1 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 MEHS▲▼ Koji UeharaCHC621+0.0 PITCHER▲▼ Robert StephensonCIN010-0.4 Ken GilesHOU210-0.1 Joe BlantonWAS120-0.6 Josh EdginNYM310+0.0 Archie BradleyARI611+0.5 Brad BrachBAL1200+1.9 Hector RondonCHC611+0.4 Scott ObergCOL300+0.4 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Trevor RosenthalSTL410+0.1 Juan NicasioPIT221-0.5 Bryan ShawCLE301+0.5 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Wade LeBlancPIT100+0.1 Zach BrittonBAL600+0.9 Luke GregersonHOU510+0.4 Will HarrisHOU500+0.8 Cody AllenCLE601+1.0 Brandon KintzlerMIN501+0.8 Aroldis ChapmanNYY500+0.8 Jeurys FamiliaNYM202+0.3 Bruce RondonDET010-0.4 Tyler ClippardNYY112-0.2 GOOSE EGGS▲▼ Boone LoganCLE001+0.0 Blake ParkerLAA431-0.5 Jerry BlevinsNYM503+0.7 Nick VincentSEA200+0.3 Andrew MillerCLE1000+1.6 Dan AltavillaSEA111-0.2 Fernando SalasNYM411+0.1 Wade DavisCHC800+1.0 Wandy PeraltaCIN300+0.4 Edwin DiazSEA611+0.6 Ben TaylorBOS001+0.0 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Rafael MonteroNYM121-0.6 Kyle BarracloughMIA600+0.8 Keone KelaTEX310+0.1 Anthony SwarzakCHW300+0.5 A. J. RamosMIA310+0.0 Tony WatsonPIT601+0.8 Brad HandSD410+0.1 Jhan MarinezMIL110-0.3 Randall DelgadoARI300+0.4 Jared HughesMIL200+0.3 Sean DoolittleOAK412+0.2 Brad ZieglerMIA410+0.1 Chris HatcherLAD110-0.3 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Chris DevenskiHOU1021+0.8 Joakim SoriaKC611+0.6 Matt BushTEX510+0.4 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.2 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.1 GOOSE EGGS▲▼ Jacob TurnerWAS300+0.4 Fernando RodneyARI431-0.6 Hunter StricklandSF100+0.1 Joe BiaginiTOR432-0.5 Jose TorresSD010-0.4 Casey FienSEA100+0.2 Chad QuallsCOL100+0.1 Pedro StropCHC203+0.3 Jacob BarnesMIL610+0.4 BROKEN EGGS▲▼ Dustin McGowanMIA201+0.3 Craig KimbrelBOS810+0.9 Brett CecilSTL511+0.3 Justin WilsonDET610+0.6 Robby ScottBOS203+0.3 Jesse ChavezLAA010-0.4 Koda GloverWAS411+0.1 Mark MelanconSF620+0.0 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Peter MoylanKC201+0.3 Frankie MontasOAK100+0.2 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Neftali FelizMIL630-0.3 Matt StrahmKC120-0.6 Roberto OsunaTOR140-1.3 Fernando AbadBOS100+0.2 Josh SmokerNYM412+0.1 Tony CingraniCIN110-0.3 Cam BedrosianLAA303+0.5 TEAM▲▼ Junichi TazawaMIA120-0.6 Kevin QuackenbushSD100+0.1 Adam WarrenNYY001+0.0 Enny RomeroWAS311+0.0 Jim JohnsonATL620+0.0 Erasmo RamirezTB401+0.6 Kelvin HerreraKC410+0.3 Luis AvilanLAD112-0.3 Jose RamirezATL410+0.1 Carlos TorresMIL221-0.5 Steven OkertSF412+0.1 Matthew BowmanSTL620+0.0 Travis WoodKC330-0.6 Jordan LylesCOL110-0.2 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Alex ClaudioTEX101+0.2 Joely RodriguezPHI503+0.7 GWAR▲▼ James PazosSEA212-0.1 Oliver PerezWAS301+0.4 Ryan TeperaTOR410+0.3 Liam HendriksOAK001+0.0 Alec AsherBAL010-0.4 Carl EdwardsCHC411+0.1 Ryan GartonTB010-0.4 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Josh FieldsLAD101+0.1 Tommy KahnleCHW310+0.1 Michael FelizHOU100+0.2 Ty BlachSF101+0.1 Ryan MadsonOAK210-0.1 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Tony BarnetteTEX320-0.2 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Yusmeiro PetitLAA302+0.5 Mike DunnCOL501+0.7 Joe KellyBOS211+0.0 Jean MachiSEA100+0.2 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Felipe RiveroPIT711+0.6 Dan JenningsCHW002+0.0 Jake McGeeCOL301+0.4 Taylor RogersMIN311+0.1 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Joaquin BenoitPHI520-0.1 Aaron LoupTOR001+0.0 Danny FarquharTB221-0.4 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Ross StriplingLAD431-0.6 Blake WoodCIN010-0.4 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Kevin SiegristSTL300+0.4 Luis GarciaPHI200+0.3 Justin GrimmCHC101+0.1 David HernandezLAA300+0.5 Tommy HunterTB110-0.2 Alex WilsonDET422-0.1 TEAM▲▼ Heath HembreeBOS113-0.2 Arodys VizcainoATL421-0.2 Santiago CasillaOAK521+0.0 Ryan DullOAK212-0.1 Grant DaytonLAD010-0.4 Nick WittgrenMIA300+0.4 Mike MontgomeryCHC511+0.3 Matt AlbersWAS200+0.3 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 MEHS▲▼ Mychal GivensBAL712+0.7 Tyler DuffeyMIN210-0.1 Seung-hwan OhSTL602+0.8 Matt BelisleMIN312+0.1 BROKEN EGGS▲▼ Alex ColomeTB721+0.3 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Dominic LeoneTOR111-0.2 Chris RusinCOL201+0.3 Kenley JansenLAD801+1.0 Hansel RoblesNYM412+0.1 Sam DysonTEX031-1.1 Ryan BuchterSD331-0.8 Darren O’DayBAL321-0.3 Tony ZychSEA210-0.1 GWAR▲▼ Sergio RomoLAD220-0.5 Daniel CoulombeOAK010-0.4 Donnie HartBAL213+0.0 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Matt BarnesBOS402+0.6 Michael LorenzenCIN700+0.9 Corey KnebelMIL812+0.7 George KontosSF321-0.4 Jason GrilliTOR220-0.4 Ian KrolATL110-0.3 Scott AlexanderKC110-0.2 Chase WhitleyTB301+0.5 Dellin BetancesNYY610+0.6 Pedro BaezLAD011-0.4 Austin PruittTB100+0.2 Shane GreeneDET001+0.0 Joe SmithTOR311+0.1 Mike MinorKC320-0.2 Jeanmar GomezPHI311+0.0 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Drew StorenCIN110-0.3 Greg HollandCOL1100+1.6 Adam OttavinoCOL832+0.1 Cory GearrinSF010-0.4 Oliver DrakeMIL100+0.1 Bud NorrisLAA530-0.3 Pat NeshekPHI202+0.3 PITCHER▲▼ Kirby YatesLAA010-0.4 Jorge De La RosaARI511+0.3 Shawn KelleyWAS410+0.1 Francisco RodriguezDET232-0.8 Jose LeclercTEX110-0.2 Hector NerisPHI601+0.8 Last month, we introduced a new statistic called the goose egg to measure relief pitchers (The quick-and-dirty version: A pitcher gets a goose egg for each scoreless, clutch relief inning.) Our research revealed that the best relievers of today are much less valuable than the best “firemen” of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, who would pitch multiple innings at a time, come in to pitch in tied games, and enter in jams with runners on base — important contributions that the save doesn’t reward, but the goose egg does.But as Ben Lindbergh recently documented over at The Ringer, the hegemony of the save may have loosened just slightly. So far this year, the Cleveland Indians’ Andrew Miller — who might be the American League’s best reliever — has made five appearances that stretched over multiple innings. Miller, who has yet to allow a run on the season, doesn’t have any saves. But he does have 10 goose eggs, tying him for third in baseball. (All statistics in this article are accurate through the end of May 4.)Even more encouraging is the case of the Astros’ Chris Devenski. He has pitched a Gossage-like 18.1 innings over eight appearances so far this year. (In 1975, when Gossage set the single-season record with 82 goose eggs, he pitched 141.2 innings over 62 appearances.) Devenski has only one save, but he has 10 goose eggs. With an exceptional ratio of 34 strikeouts against just two walks on the season, he has grown more comfortable with his multi-inning role. If the Astros keep moving him up their pecking order — Devenski has been used in some high-leverage situations so far, but also some medium-leverage ones — he’ll be a candidate to finish with 50 or even 60 goose eggs. No pitcher has reached the 60 goose-egg benchmark since Scot Shields in 2005. Jose AlvarezLAA322-0.3 Daniel HudsonPIT312+0.0 Andrew ChafinARI011-0.4 Blake TreinenWAS210-0.1 Jeremy JeffressTEX020-0.7 Ryan PresslyMIN120-0.6 David RobertsonCHW510+0.4 Jumbo DiazTB102+0.2 Raisel IglesiasCIN800+1.1 David PhelpsMIA240-1.3 Sammy SolisWAS110-0.3 J. J. HooverARI301+0.4 Deolis GuerraLAA510+0.4 Derek LawSF521-0.1 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Brandon MaurerSD510+0.3 Edubray RamosPHI050-1.9 read more

Football Clemson defense presents real challenge for Ohio States run game

OSU freshman running back Mike Weber (25) outruns two MSU players during their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorAll season long, Ohio State has been the team to wear down defenses with the run, supplemented by the veteran passing presence of redshirt junior J.T. Barrett. However, No. 2 Clemson has recently been hitting its stride defending the run, and has a veteran presence that could put the OSU offense to the test.The Buckeyes, ranked No. 3 and in the College Football Playoff for the second time in the playoff’s three-year existence, are averaging 258.3 yards rushing per game this season. The smashmouth style of redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and the dynamic ability of junior H-back Curtis Samuel has propelled OSU.However, Clemson (12-1) is not the kind of defense the Buckeyes are used to this season. Although OSU had some success running the ball late against Michigan, it took well into the third quarter before the run game woke up after just 41 yards in the first half.The Tigers have given up a little over 132 yards per game on the ground this season, but have limited teams to an average of less than 100 total rushing yards in the last three games. Anchored on the weakside by senior linebacker Ben Boulware, Clemson is a veteran unit that prides themselves in its stifling defense. Weber, after a disappointing 26 yards on 11 carries against the Wolverines, knows that Boulware is the kind of guy who can give he and the rest of the Buckeyes fits.“He’s a fly-around guy,” he said. “Good tackler, good hitter. I didn’t know he was the leader of their defense until Coach Alford told me, but after he told me, you could see it. You could see by his body language by how he plays and how he flies around.”Boulware, who can make plays in the middle of the field as well as on the edges, could be the biggest thorn in the side of Samuel, who depends mostly on outside runs for big gains.Five of Clemson’s starting defenders are upperclassmen, bringing years of experience to a defense that allows an average of just 19.9 points per game. Although the entire season has been a success as a whole, the Tigers have given up quite a few yards and points to anemic offenses such as Troy and Pittsburgh. Even with some outlier performances of defensive lapses, OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team must improve from Michigan on the offensive side of the ball. Two weeks ago, he talked about how the Buckeyes will need to work on not just the passing game, but also the rushing attack.“We’re going to do quite a bit,” Meyer said. “It’s not just passing the ball. We have to protect. We have to do a better job running the ball, too. I think we ran for 200 some yards against our rivals. That’s definitely why we’re going to practice.”Although size doesn’t mean everything in football, a large defensive front can wreak havoc for an offense’s run game. Weber, a predominantly between-the-tackles runner, has more to worry about than just the play-making ability of Boulware.Clemson’s defensive line is led by redshirt senior defensive tackle Carlos Watkins in the middle. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, he is a perfect representation of the massive stature of the Tigers’ defensive line.“Really big guys,” Weber said. “I think their whole defensive line is over 300 pounds. I think they have one guy that’s like 285 or 290. They’re hard to move. Physical. They plug the holes up.”Even with a stout unit facing him before he takes a snap, Barrett is ready for the challenge.In fact, the redshirt junior, who received his degree on Sunday, said he will be looking forward to the first contact to get the ball rolling.“With me, in order to get a little rhythm, or knock the little butterflies you got, run the ball and get hit one time and ‘All right, we’re good,’” he said. “And also, too, just completing a pass, see the ball leave my hands complete to a receiver, I think that’s something else. Either one of those I feel like get me going.”OSU faces Clemson on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona, in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. read more

Bucks take trip down memory lane

Six years ago, Illinois and Ohio State were sitting in opposite positions in the Big Ten standings. The difference between where the Buckeye basketball program is now and where it was in 2005, however, isn’t simply measured in the wins or losses. In a press conference Monday, coach Thad Matta said the OSU-Illinois game from March 6, 2005, helped lift the program. “A lot of good things have happened since then and I think that game had a lot to do with it,” he said. “From when we started here to where this program is now, it’s amazing.” In control of their destiny in the Big Ten, the Illini came into the Schottenstein Center 29-0 and as heavy favorites. Matt Sylvester, then a junior forward, told The Lantern Friday he was not optimistic about the matchup. “My personal mindset was a little gloomy,” he said. “They kicked our butts the first time we played them that year.” The Illini won by 19 in Champaign, Ill., on Jan. 5, 2005. Had they not faced a self-imposed postseason ban, stemming from recruiting violations, the 2004–05 Buckeyes might have been in the NCAA Tournament. They entered the game 18-11 and 7-8 in the Big Ten. Sylvester said Matta, in his first year at OSU, reminded his players before the game about how they wouldn’t be postseason eligible. “It was along the lines of, ‘We have no postseason play, so if you want to prove something to the country, this is the game to do it,’” Sylvester said. “We were obviously looking at that game as our National Championship, essentially.” J.J. Sullinger, then a junior guard, told The Lantern he drew the assignment of guarding Illinois’ Deron Williams, now a two-time All-Star point guard for the Utah Jazz. “I just tried to stay in front of him,” he said. “He had me on skates for however long we’ve played.” Illinois’ entire starting lineup — Williams, center James Augustine, forward Roger Powell Jr. and guards Dee Brown and Luther Head — went on to play in the NBA. Head is the only other active NBA player, with the Sacramento Kings. “They were unstoppable almost,” Sullinger said. “That team was amazing.” The stars weren’t only on the court. Sylvester said the Schottenstein Center hosted high school recruits Daequan Cook, who played for the Buckeyes in the 2006–07 season, and current OSU senior center Dallas Lauderdale. In a January press conference, fifth-year senior forward David Lighty said he was supposed to attend the game as well, but his high school team had practice. “I was a little angry and upset about that,” he said. “Everyone knows about ‘the shot’ though.” The game didn’t start promisingly for OSU. The Illini led by 11 at halftime. “They were obviously not a good team to get behind on, they were just so good at controlling the tempo,” Sylvester said. “At halftime, in the locker room, I remember thinking, ‘Wow, how do you beat these guys?’” As it turned out, Sylvester answered his own question. He scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half. Yet, his career-best effort almost wasn’t enough. The Buckeyes climbed back into the game and saw an opening, down, 64-62, after Head missed an open look from the top of the key with 17 seconds left. Matta called a timeout with 12.1 seconds remaining, and called on Sylvester in the huddle. Perhaps it was because of Sylvester’s premonition earlier in the week. “After one practice, I was sitting around talking with my buddy (then-senior guard) Brandon Fuss-Cheatham,” Sylvester said. “I said, literally, ‘Wouldn’t it be crazy to score 25 and hit a game-winner?’ That’s a true story.” Armed with this confidence, Sylvester found himself with the ball in his hands and with an open look on the right wing, thanks to a screen from forward Terence Dials. Sylvester rose up and drilled a three, with 5.1 seconds left, to put his team up, 65-64. OSU held Illinois on its final possession and a flood of students rushed the floor. “I don’t know if that one win boosted the image of the program,” Sylvester said, “but those first two years Thad was there, we all helped to lay a few bricks and the foundation.” read more

Homer Man Charged With Sex Abuse Involving Three Teenagers

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Homer man has been arrested and charged with nine counts of sexual abuse of a minor, involving three teenage girls, according to the Alaska State Troopers. An arrest warrant was issued for Koch out of the Homer Court. Bail for the warrant was set at $10,000 and court approved third party. On March 6, Troopers in Anchor Point received a report that a 14 year old female had sexual relations with a 22 year old male. The girls mother reported finding out about the relationship and confronting the girl who admitted to the sexual relationship. The male was identified as Ethan Koch, 22 of Homer, according to an online Trooper dispatch posted on April 2. Troopers identified a total of 3 females ages 14-15 that Koch had engaged in sexual relations with. On April 1, Seward Troopers located Koch and arrested him on the outstanding warrant.  Koch was remanded into the Seward Jail on five counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the 2nd and four counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the 3rd.last_img read more