September 21

Black Cats close in on Scocco

first_imgSunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed he is close to landing Argentinian striker Ignacio Scocco. The Internacional frontman is expected on Wearside to undergo a medical during the next 24 hours or so after the two clubs agreed a fee. Asked on Tuesday afternoon if the deal was likely to go through, Poyet said: “I hope so. It’s not done, but we are very, very close.” Scocco would become the third Argentinian to complete a move to the Stadium of Light this month, following in the footsteps of keeper Oscar Ustari and defender Santiago Vergini, who both made debuts in Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Skrill Premier outfit Kidderminster. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

September 17

Badger teammates throw down

first_imgBy Jordan SchellingAlthough they participate in events that are quite dissimilar, the throwers and runners on the Wisconsin track and field team have a great relationship with one another. As throwers on the Wisconsin women’s track team, Amanda Hoeppner and Kayla Schultz do more than just participate in their events — they participate in good-natured ribbing of their more mobile counterparts.”It is mainly a joking relationship, but it is also one of great respect because we can’t do what they can do and they can’t do what we can do,” Hoeppner said.Even with their close relationship, there of course are some distinct differences between the two groups.”They run — a lot,” Schultz said jokingly.However, once a meet begins and Hoeppner and Schultz step into the ring, the two cease to be jokesters and become two of the best throwers in the Big Ten Conference.Amanda Hoeppner, a sophomore from Lake Mills, is an art education major and she has a younger sister, Jaimi, who soon too may become a thrower for the Badgers. Kayla Schultz is a junior from Clinton, majoring in social work.As a senior in high school, Schultz was state champion in shot put and discus after being runner-up in both as a junior.In last year’s Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Hoeppner and Schultz both finished in the top ten in the discus and the top 15 in the shot put. Moreover, Schultz won the shot put at the Badger Classic in 2005 and 2006 and finished second in this year’s event.Perhaps most impressive has been Amanda’s performance this season in the weight throw. She has improved her personal best twice with throws of 56-0 and 56-2. At 56-2, Hoeppner holds the second-best throw in Badger women’s history behind Cortney Bauer’s record of 57-2 3/4.It appears to be only a matter of time before she breaks Bauer’s record since she has thrown for over 60 feet in an intrasquad meet.While an obvious goal for both would be to reach the NCAA Championships, Hoeppner and Schultz insist their main goal is a much smaller one. That is, to perform well in both the indoor and outdoor Big Ten Championships.”[My goal is] to score in the Big Tens,” Hoeppner said. “I’ve always wanted to do that, and I haven’t yet.”The Big Ten meet this weekend is a very important one for both athletes and for the team as a whole.”I’m very excited,” Schultz said. “It should be fun.”Furthermore, coach Will Wabaunsee was very clear about the goal for this weekend.”The goal on the weekend is to be in the top four,” Wabaunsee said. “If they do their part, we can score more points than we ever have before.”Regardless of the results this weekend, Coach Wabaunsee holds high expectations for Schultz.”I think Kayla is going to be a national qualifier this year outdoors and top four in the Big Ten indoors,” Wabaunsee said.Although it will have to wait until March, April and May, Coach Wabaunsee also commented that Schultz’s discus is going “like gangbusters” right now.While many people may see throwing events as very easy and simple, it is a lot more difficult than it appears.”It’s actually really technical and really hard to do,” Schultz said. “It takes about three seconds, but there is a lot in that three seconds.”With something so technical, it certainly is important to have a good coach to help make sure you are doing everything right. As far as the Wisconsin track coaches are concerned, they have done a great job in helping athletes like Hoeppner and Schultz develop their skills.”They’re awesome and they put a lot of time and energy into coaching us,” Hoeppner said in regard to the coaches.Coaching them to be throwers, of course — not sprinters — though Hoeppner jokes that she and Schultz could have a career in the running business.”We’re just like the sprinters, and we’re just like the long-distance people,” Hoeppner said. “We just look different, I think.”last_img read more

August 26

For Joe Torre, educating MLB’s domestic violence abusers hits close to home

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — Julio Urías threw a scoreless third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. As Urías jogged in from the bullpen, the reaction from the home crowd was unremarkable for its fervor. It’s been that way ever since Urías completed his 20-game suspension for violating the terms of Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer, Joe Torre, was among those in attendance Wednesday. The former Dodgers manager was promoting his Safe at Home Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity formed to assist children who come from homes broken by domestic abuse. It’s a personal cause for Torre. He and his four siblings bore witness to abuse in their home from an early age.In his capacity as an executive, Torre does not mete discipline to players who run afoul of MLB’s domestic violence policy. But he is proud of the policy, specifically its educational component.“I know discipline is important to do, but to me, more important is the education,” Torre said. “If a player does something and he has to serve the discipline, whatever it may be, that’s one thing. But to understand why you shouldn’t be doing that is something else.” While Hill suggested he would pitch in relief against the Padres, Roberts suggested that Hill might start the game.“For us, let’s get past Friday, get out of that feeling good,” Roberts said.Third baseman Justin Turner tested his sprained left ankle running on the field on Wednesday afternoon but missed his ninth consecutive game. The Dodgers have nine regular-season games remaining. Turner and Roberts both believe the third baseman will have time to prepare for the postseason when he returns.“I’m more surprised how long it’s taken,” Roberts said.UP NEXTThe Dodgers are off Thursday. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season According to Inside Edge data, only the Dodgers and Twins have shifted more often than the Rays this season. The Houston Astros, a potential World Series opponent, round out the top four.Roberts is acutely aware of the possibility that the Dodgers should get used to this.“I do think with particular teams you could see it, that pitcher/hitter matchup, but it’s got to be the right situation,” he said. “These guys, they’re very creative. I don’t think it really affects our guys. If it makes sense, the info speaks to that, but I don’t think it affects our guys.”INJURY UPDATESOne day after his 22-pitch bullpen session, Rich Hill threw from flat ground with a hard plastic brace sheathing his sprained left knee. Hill will test his modified delivery against live hitters on Friday at Dodger Stadium and is targeting a return Tuesday in San Diego.Related Articlescenter_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco On May 13, Urías was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery following an incident at the Beverly Center. He was required to participate in a “confidential and comprehensive” evaluation and treatment program in addition to serving his unpaid suspension. On Sept. 3, he returned as a starting pitcher for that day’s game against the Colorado Rockies.The home crowd’s reaction toward Urías, or any player accused of a domestic violence act, masks that of the fans who sit in silence. What would Torre say to a baseball fan who feels uncomfortable cheering for a player punished via MLB’s policy?“Well, if someone is understanding that what they’re doing is not the right thing to do, I think we all really deserve a second chance to rehabilitate,” Torre said. “There were some things that I’m not proud of when I was a young player. I mean, nothing to this degree, just other areas. I was – I didn’t like my personality, to be honest with you. It wasn’t until I grew up and got traded for the first time, from the Braves to the Cardinals, that all of a sudden you realize you’re going to have to mature at some point in time.“When somebody tries to straighten themselves out and be understanding of what they did wrong, and resolve not to do it again – it’s all about lack of respect,” Torre said. “As I say, there are a lot of times the perpetrators, the people who are responsible for abusing, there’s something in there that needs to be talked about.”GETTING SHIFTYThe Dodgers saw some unusual shifts during their two-game interleague tilt against the Rays. Catcher Will Smith said he couldn’t recall facing a four-man outfield before Tuesday’s game against the Rays. There was one man standing on the infield grass, first baseman Ji-Man Choi, when Max Muncy batted in the fourth inning Wednesday. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more