Papelbon will put curve in repertoire

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla. – Jonathan Papelbon lifted weights diligently to strengthen his ailing shoulder. Then he stood patiently in the woods, working on his duck calls so he could nab his prey and try his tasty recipe: Now that Papelbon’s offseason hunting is done, he’s optimistic his regular-season work also will be impressive. A shoulder problem curtailed one of the best seasons by a rookie closer. Boston figures the shoulder will have less stress if he pitches just once every five days, and Papelbon said it feels fine. So the homespun but hard-nosed righthander is trying to expand his repertoire. If his curveball gets hitters out the way the cola gets the game flavor out, his pitching also could be awesome. Papelbon didn’t use that pitch at all last season, when he relied on fastballs, sliders and splitters in his short outings. He had 35 saves before ending his season Sept. 1 when he felt his right shoulder joint slipping in a game against Toronto. But he headed into the offseason with optimism after pitching a pain-free batting practice session Sept. 30. Slice the duck breast into four pieces, marinate in Italian dressing and cola and let sit for 12 hours. Wrap in jalape o peppers, sour cream and bacon, then grill until the bacon is done. Grab a knife and fork and dig in. “It’s an old family recipe,” the Red Sox closer-turned-starter said. “It’s awesome.” center_img He finished with a 4-2 record and a 0.92 ERA, the third lowest in baseball history by a pitcher with at least 50 innings in a season. Not even Mariano Rivera has done that. Papelbon loves to attack hitters. “Grip it and rip it,” he said of his fastball. “My curve is good, man. It’s just going to be a matter of getting the feel and the touch back,” Papelbon said. “All I’m going to have to do is get my curveball where my fastball, split and slider are. If I can do that, I’ll be fine.” If he is, the Red Sox rotation that looks so good on paper could be dominant. Curt Schilling leads a group of starters that includes Josh Beckett, Tim Wakefield and newcomer Daisuke Matsuzaka. The media attention focused on the Japanese player has overshadowed everything in spring training, even Boston’s decision to turn its closer spot from an exclamation point to a question mark – an open competition between four or five pitchers who have never done it regularly. Papelbon was a closer at Mississippi State. The Red Sox turned him into a starter in 2003, his first pro season. But when they called him up late in 2005, he relieved in 14 of his 17 games and had a 3-1 record and 2.65 ERA. He came into spring training last year as a starter, but shifted to the bullpen when former closer Keith Foulke had knee problems. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Cats out of lives

first_imgBut the Knights went on a 15-4 run in the third quarter to pull away. Jason Pruitt, a transfer from Artesia of Lakewood and younger brother of USC star Gabe, scored 10points in the quarter and finished with 27 to lead View Park Prep. Renaissance Academy sorely missed Thomas, who couldn’t put weight on his ankle or cut effectively. “He was averaging over 20points in the playoffs and was breaking people down,” Cooke said. “Not having Josh was a huge loss tonight.” With starting guards Josh Thomas and Yader Combs nursing injuries suffered in Tuesday’s quarterfinal victory at Immanuel of Reedley, Renaissance Academy of LaCanada did not have enough firepower in a 65-61 Div. V regional semifinal loss to View Park Prep of LosAngeles at Crenshaw High. “We came out a little flat,” Renaissance Academy coach Sid Cooke said. “That trip to Fresno on Tuesday took a lot out of us. Yader couldn’t really get going with the groin injury. It’s been a long season.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Wildcats only made problems worse for themselves with several early turnovers and missed layups. Despite the deficiencies, Renaissance Academy used an 8-2 second-quarter run and 10first-half points from sophomore Hector Harold to trail 25-21 at the half. last_img read more

Corning fast pitch team dominating at tourneys

first_imgCorning >> The Flex Fastpitch softball team of Corning, competing in the US Specialty Sports Association, took first place in the FAB 5 Tournament Aug. 27-28 and the Queen of the Hill tournament Sept. 10-11, both in Sacramento.In the Bee Sting tournament in Elk Grove in mid August, Flex Fastpitch came in second place out of more than 12 teams from Sacramento, Reno, the Bay Area and Modesto.Flex Fastpitch players are Lillee Olague, Shelby Flournoy, Lynnea Swearinger, Lyndee Flournoy, Macie …last_img

Legend Slater rules J-Bay again

first_img19 July 2008American surfing legend Kelly Slater added yet another chapter to his storied career by convincingly winning the 2008 Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay. The victory puts him in prime position to lay claim to an unprecedented ninth ASP World Title after his fourth win in five events this year.Unfazed by the difficult conditions created by the fresh onshore wind that chopped up the waves at Supertubes, Slater’s superior wave selection and decision-making on the waves he rode left reigning ASP world champion Mick Fanning still needing to improve both of his counting waves when the siren sounded to end the final.‘I was lucky’“I was lucky in the final; I got a wave under Mick’s priority that turned out to be my best score,” Slater said on the podium. “In conditions like that you need to go on anything that looks like you can get three manoeuvres in.”Slater earned $30 000 (approx R225 000) and 1 200 ratings points, giving him a lead of 1 268 points over second placed Joel Parkinson in the 2008 rankings.With six events still to be run, the Floridian has yet to be beaten by any of his World Tour opponents, having lost to a wildcard in the Billabong Pro Tahiti – the only event he didn’t win.Mandela sculptureSlater’s name went onto the Billabong Pro J-Bay trophy for a record fourth time and was presented with a sculptured bust of former South African President Nelson Mandela, chosen by the organisers to celebrate Madiba’s 90th birthday.“What an honour,” Slater exclaimed when presented with the trophy. “Happy birthday Madiba, you’ve been an inspiration to us all.”Despite feeling that he could have won the event, Fanning was gracious in defeat, congratulating Slater on his victory. He vowed to use his second place finish, and jump from seventh to fourth on the ratings, as a springboard to challenge for honours in the upcoming events.“I guess it’s not over ’til it’s over,” Fanning said of the 2008 world title race. “But it’s going to be like climbing Everest and he (Slater) is halfway up the hill.”Biggest wavesAfter three days of awesome conditions for the opening rounds of the 2008 Billabong Pro, the final day started out with the biggest waves of the event, giving the 12 remaining contenders the opportunity to perform their entire repertoire of manoeuvres on rides lasting more than 300 metres.Fanning and former world champions CJ Hobgood and Andy Irons were joined by defending event champion Taj Burrow in making it a clean sweep of the top eight seeds into the quarterfinals.In round four, Burrow eliminated Jordy Smith, the last South African left in the event, sending the Durbanite home with equal ninth place overall. Smith, in his rookie year on the ASP World Tour, jumped from 19th to 16th on the ratings.After a windless start, a north-east onshore breeze started ruffling the faces of the waves during the quarterfinals where current world number two Parkinson got the better of world number three Bede Durbidge. Slater overcame world number four Adriano de Souza, Fanning eliminated Hobgood, and Burrow stayed on track for a second successive victory by edging out Irons.SemifinalsBy the semifinals the wind had increased in velocity and, despite Parkinson starting out with the highest score of their match-up – an outstanding 9.17 out of 10 – Slater chipped away at the lead with rides of 8.0 and 7.0. When the Aussie failed to find anything better than a 5.0 for his second counting ride, Slater was into the final.The second semi went Fanning’s way thanks to an opening 7.67, followed by an excellent 9.17, while Burrow’s best two rides in the 30-minute encounter earned 6.0 and 5.83.Californian Taylor Knox was the recipient of the WTA prize of a custom handcrafted Nixon timepiece valued at US $10 000 for the highest heat tally of the event. He racked up 19.70 points out of a possible 20 in Round 1 action last Thursday, claiming the winner-takes-all award for near perfect rides of 9.90 and 9.80.SA’s nemesisTaj Burrow’s spectacular form throughout the event prevented three of the five South African contenders from posting a serious challenge in their home event. Burrow beat wildcard Rudy Palmboom Jr. in round one, eliminated Royden Bryson in round three, and Jordy Smith in round four.Travis Logie was a victim of Slater’s victory charge, bowing out in round three, while Ricky Basnett, who has yet to win a single heat in 2008, was sidelined by Jeremy Flores in round two.Billabong Pro Jeffreys BayFinal Kelly Slater (USA) 16.73 def Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.40 Semifinals SF1: Slater 15.00 def Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.17SF2: Fanning 16.84 def Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.83 Quarterfinals QF1: Parkinson 17.74 def Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.00QF2: Slater 15.17 def Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.84QF3: Fanning 14.27 def C J Hobgood (USA) 9.60QF4: Burrow 13.57 def Andy Irons (HAW) 8.47 2008 ASP World Tour Ratings 1. Kelly Slater (USA), 52102. Joel Parkinson (AUS), 39483. Bede Durbidge (AUS), 37824. Mick Fanning (AUS), 37535. Taj Burrow (AUS), 36386. Adriano de Souza (BRA), 35407. C.J. Hobgood (USA), 34608. Andy Irons (HAW), 33389. Bobby Martinez (USA), 302810. Adrian Buchan (AUS), 2884 South Africans 16. Jordy Smith, 224534. Royden Bryson, 168039. Travis Logie, 149544. Ricky Basnett, 1125 SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Cape Town Stadium 1

first_imgLocation: Cape Town, Western Cape provinceCapacity: 68 000 seatsMatches: Uruguay vs France (11 June), Italy vs Paraguay (14 June), England vs Algeria (18 June), Portugal vs North Korea (21 June), Cameroon vs Netherlands (24 June), Round of 16 (29 June), Quarter-final (3 July), Semi-final (6 July)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Putting children’s rights first

first_imgIssues like children’s access to basic services are tackled on the portal. (Image: Unicef South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Andries Viviers  Senior social policy specialist: Unicef SA  +27 12 354 8201 or +27 79 498 4991 RELATED ARTICLES • Let’s learn and honour Children’s Act • South Africa’s child rights hero • Educated Africans teach SA children • Social development in South Africa • Presidency talks to childrenValencia TalaneOnly in its third month of operation, a Policy Action Network (Pan) portal, dedicated solely to the topic of children’s rights and equity, is receiving keen attention from academics and people working in the field.The establishment of Pan: Children was first discussed two years ago, but efforts by the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HRSC) to get it off the ground only started in late 2011. It also enjoys the support of the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPPD), a partnership between the South African government and the EU.Although the Pan platform has been in existence since 2009 – with the Research Use and Impact Assessment Unit of the HSRC as hosts, and funding from the Department of Science and Technology – the conceptualisation of Pan: Children only started a year later.A Unicef South Africa national stakeholders’ meeting held in Pretoria in late 2010 featured the topic of equity and child rights in the country, and delegates set out to find common ground on the causes of inequality.Once the factors that contribute to the poverty and inequality situation were established, the next step, agreed delegates, was to put in place policy action to address those issues. Researchers, policy makers and professionals involved in the field of child law around the world require reliable sources of information on issues informing the socio-economic stature of the country.A few months after the meeting, a roundtable discussion took place in May 2011, where representatives from the Presidency and the Department of Social Development presented under the auspices of the PSPPPD. Again the issue of content relating to child poverty and inequality was highlighted, along with the need for further research into collating information on the topic.“The systematic gathering and storage of data and evidence is crucial for driving an evidence-based national agenda for children,” read the discussion report, “and a platform for sharing data and evidence pertinent to child poverty should be created.”At the end of 2011, Unicef and the HSRC started working on the portal, according to Andries Viviers, senior social policy specialist for Unicef South Africa.“The actual work of building the portal started in June 2012, followed by the launch at the end of August.”Behind the scenesA team of five people is responsible for the content that goes onto the platform. This is made up of four part-time employees, two each from the HRSC and Unicef, while one permanent person keeps it updated on a daily basis.The five have a collective range of qualifications or expertise from economics to child law and social work as well as information technology.Asked if the project encourages students in these disciplines to seek internship opportunities with them, Viviers said that although that is not the case at this stage, there is no saying for sure that things will not be different in the future.“As Pan: Children grows over the next planned phases, there might be possibilities for interns.”More than just an info hubPan: Children has another purpose apart from being a mere information resource. The project’s drivers see it as a way to educate researchers, lawmakers and the global civil society movement on South Africa’s efforts to address inequality.Successes in the legal and socio-economic areas of the country’s development in its 18 years of democracy are shared on the portal. One of the highlights of the 2010 Unicef meeting was the progress made in policies geared towards the emancipation of children.Participants cited successes such as the child grants system, which reaches over 10-million poor children on a monthly basis, as examples. The move to introduce the non-fee school system for pupils from poor families – established to address the problem of low enrolment numbers at foundation phase, especially in the more rural areas – also received attention. A third child-friendly policy, adopted by the government’s health sector, provides for free primary healthcare for pregnant women and children up to the age of six years.Also noted, however, were the challenges that remain in South Africa for the protection of children’s rights and equity, such as poverty, which is caused by a multitude of factors. Another is the continuously high unemployment rate among young people between the ages of 18 and 24.It is under these circumstances that Pan: Children aims to give practical insight into how best to design, implement and evaluate policies that address child poverty and inequities. It will also be helpful for advice on how to best tackle bottlenecks in governing systems.Pan: Children and its usersWith ten different themes to choose from, ranging from child poverty and equality to early childhood development, food and nutrition and the social protection for children, the portal caters for users from a diversity of backgrounds.Each theme hosts documents for reference purposes, varying from policy records to reports from conferences and meetings of both local and international importance.In addition to the content on site, registered users are able to obtain an account, which allows them to add content for editing by the Pan: Children team.This user-generated content can be uploaded under any one of six sections, namely news; debate; events; opportunity; resource and web links.The portal sends out a newsletter every second month – titled From Evidence to Action, it compiles all the key content since the last edition for users.Pan: Children does not, at this point, have social media as part of its offering. Viviers said, however, that the door is not completely closed to expanding the portal in that direction.“Pan: Children’s primary focus is on key evidence-based policy questions in the advancement of child rights and equity in South Africa,” he explained. “The possibilities of social networking are being explored.”Asked whether the addition of this type of element is important to draw a younger audience, Viviers stated that younger internet users – who are primary users of social network sites as well – are not being targeted by the portal.“However, we recognise that children have a right to access information and can play an important role in the policy discourse regarding the fulfilment of their rights,” he said.Thus, he added, this will receive attention as the portal evolves, but also in policy dialogues that will take place as a part of Pan: Children.last_img read more

‘Dynamic Link’ Between Photoshop and Final Cut Pro X

first_imgA new feature in Adobe Photoshop CC makes it easier to update your image files in Final Cut Pro X!Although there isn’t an official “Dynamic Link” between Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro X (like there is with Premiere Pro), similarly you can actually have your files automatically update in FCPX by enabling a simple, yet powerful Photoshop setting.Generate Image Assets is new to Photoshop CC and it will come in handy when you’re creating graphics for your video editing projects.To enable this feature, from the Menu Bar choose File > Generate > Image Assets.The following video tutorial by Chris Fenwick of DigitalCINEMACafe.com shows how using this feature will generate flattened image files on the fly.With Generate Image Assets enabled, append a layer or group in your Photoshop project with an image file extension (.jpg or .png for example).Photoshop will automatically turn this layer or group into a standalone image file and save it to your system.Bring this file into FCPX. Now when you go back and make any changes in Photoshop the file will automatically update in FCPX.This feature allows you to make quick changes in Photoshop without resaving and is a big timesaver for creating multiple versions of the same graphic (lower thirds for instance). Thanks Chris for sharing!On a side note: DigitalCINEMACafe is a great video production & video production audio podcast. Get more info and subscribe here.last_img read more

Those coming from Hyderabad with moneybags are biggest allies of BJP, says Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee again made a veiled attack on the AIMIM on Wednesday saying, leaders visiting the state from Hyderabad with moneybags and claiming to be sympathisers of Muslims are the “biggest allies” of the BJP.Also Read AIMIM likely to contest Bengal polls in 2021: Owaisi  Ms. Banerjee urged the Muslim community not to trust leaders visiting from outside and only repose faith on leaders from the state as they can only fight for the cause of the people of West Bengal.“Don’t trust leaders who come from outisde and try to present themselves as your (minority) sympathisers. Only leaders from Bengal can fight for your cause. Those who are visiting from Hyderabad with money bags and claiming to be sympathizers of Muslims are biggest allies of BJP,” Ms. Banerjee said while addressing a public meeting.Marking a shift in her rhetoric on religious extremism, Ms. Banerjee had, at an event in Cooch Behar on Monday, asked people to refrain from listening to “minority extremists” who have their base in Hyderabad, apparently targeting Asaduddin Owaisi, a Lok Sabha MP from that city.The comment drew sharp reactions from Mr. Owaisi who hit back on Tuesday saying, Muslims in the TMC chief’s state are ranked “worst” on development indicators.last_img read more

IOA asks AITA to explain why it picked Sania’s mother as support staff

first_imgThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Friday sent a show cause notice to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) for including tennis star Sania Mirza’s mother Nasima Mirza in its official contingent for the London Olympics.Nasima’s inclusion in the tennis team’s support staff had caused a furore with many citing it as AITA’s attempt to pacify the upset Sania after she had lashed out at being used as bait?? by the AITA to placate Leander Paes, who had been rejected as a partner by fellow Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.Taking objection to Nasima’s nomination, the top Indian sports body has asked the AITA on why a team of five support staff was being sent with the seven players, especially when only three officials were allowed per team as per the IOA norms.The AITA had nominated Nasima as the manager of the women’s team citing her previous experience at big events.IOA acting president V.K. Malhotra confirmed to Headlines Today that it has sent a show cause notice to the AITA to clarify on Nasima’s nomination as a support staff.last_img read more

Richmond’s charmed life ends with Alex Rance to have knee reconstruction

first_imgShare on Messenger Share via Email Support The Guardian AFL Since you’re here… Carlton Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Australian rules football Richmond’s dream injury run among their top AFL stars is over, with Alex Rance to undergo a knee reconstruction. Rance landed awkwardly in the third quarter of Thursday night’s season-opening win over Carlton and was in agony as he limped from the MCG.While the top defender was in good spirits when he emerged from the changerooms in the last quarter, scans on Friday confirmed the Tigers’ worst fears that he has ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Richmond … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Australia sport news Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Richmond beat Carlton in AFL 2019 season opener – as it happened The five-time All Australian will consult a surgeon on Friday ahead of surgery in coming days, Richmond said in a statement.It means this season is the first time since 2014 that one of their top four players – Rance, captain Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin and Jack Riewoldt – has not played at least 20 games in a season. Rance played 18 games in 2014.Coach Damien Hardwick said some teammates were in tears on Thursday night as the severity of Rance’s injury became apparent. But he pointed to West Coast, who lost ruckman Nic Naitanui to a knee reconstruction, Andrew Gaff to suspension and Brad Sheppard (hamstring) on the way to last year’s premiership.“Last year, West Coast – Naitanui goes down,” Hardwick said. “These things can be overcome.” He nominated young defender Ryan Garthwaite, who played two senior games last season, as a teammate who could take Rance’s spot in the side.Hardwick did not hide their bitter disappointment at the likely bad news. “Your heart sinks because you’ve been through a lot with this guy, been through a journey,” he said.“Then to have it taken away from you [in] round one, it is disappointing. We walk away with four points, but we certainly walk away disappointed – we’ve lost a warrior.”While Hardwick said Richmond would deal with the setback, he added players had taken the news hard. “It’s not to say they don’t feel pain – I have guys in tears, knowing they’ve possibly lost a comrade for 12 months,” he said.Richmond kicked away in the last term to beat Carlton by 33 points and star recruit Tom Lynch kicked three goals, but Hardwick said there was plenty of room for improvement.“I thought it was clunky,” Hardwick said of their performance. “We left a lot of goals on the table. Our composure across the forward half wasn’t what it normally is. Read more Share on Facebook Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more