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  • Fireworks to be displayed at state parks

    first_imgStatewide—The public can watch fireworks at several Indiana State Park properties in recognition of Independence Day. Standard gate fees of $7 for in-state vehicles and $9 for out-of-state vehicles will apply for admission throughout the day at each site.Social distancing is expected when visiting state park properties, and masks are recommended. Please enjoy your visit responsibly for the safety of other guests and DNR staff. Personal fireworks are prohibited at Indiana State Parks.In the days before each event, watch individual state park Facebook pages for any updates or changes based on weather.Sites currently scheduled to host fireworks shows and viewing are:Clifty Falls State ParkThe City of Madison’s fireworks, scheduled for July 4 at 10 p.m., can be viewed from Clifty Falls State Park. Additionally, Clifty Inn will host a viewing area for inn guests.Versailles State ParkVersailles State Park’s fireworks show is scheduled for July 11 at 9:30 p.mlast_img read more

  • Wenger: Mind made up over future

    first_img The 64-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and talks have been going on for some time to tie up the long-term future of the French coach. Wenger was again pressed on those contract negotiations at Friday’s press conference ahead of the visit of Fulham, and whether there was any time frame at which a firm conclusion had to be reached one way or another. “That’s like an unidentified flying object – some see them everywhere,” the Arsenal manager said. “I am curious as well (to see what will happen), but the transfer period lasts until the 31st of January. “Are we close to signing anybody? At the moment I would say no.” Wenger added: “The transfer market in January is a low key transfer market. “There is very reduced activity (generally). There will be some of course, but in the last three days as always.” Arsenal have also been linked with Fulham forward Dimitar Berbatov. Wenger said: “Do I rate Berbatov as player? Highly. Have we made any approach to sign Berbatov? No. “I don’t think (we would look to sign Berbatov) because we have (Nicklas) Bendtner who is coming back, we have Yaya Sanogo who is making very good progress in training. “Of course we have lost Theo Walcott and that for us was a big blow. Hopefully we can compensate, but we have not made any approach (for Berbatov).” Wenger would rather do away with the whole mid-season transfer window. “You have my signature straight away,” he said. “Either you scrap it completely, or you leave it open until as long as possible to the last four games. “It is like running a relay, then in the middle of the relay you change your runners.” Wenger said: “It gives teams a chance who are already convicted, it gives some teams hope. “But when I arrived in England, the window was open until April, the whole season, and it was not a problem. “Why did you change it? To create that high intense activity and suddenly in January everybody becomes nervous. “Before it was the whole season and it did not create any problem.” Czech midfielder Thomas Rosicky could play in a protective mask against Fulham following surgery to correct a broken nose suffered when he was caught by a stray elbow from Gabriel Agbonlahor during the win at Aston Villa on Monday night, although full-back Nacho Monreal is doubtful after twisting a ligament in his foot. Arsenal, meanwhile, have announced a new multi-million pound commercial tie-up with Huawei, which will see the telecommunications specialist become the club’s official smartphone partner on a global basis until the end of the 2015/16 season. “There is always a point where you have to decide, of course,” Wenger said. “There is a point where you have to decide and there is a point where you have to make your decision public.” When asked if that meant he had already made his decision, Wenger replied: “You can take of that sentence the way you want it.” Arsenal are also looking to secure new deals for defender Per Mertesacker and full-back Bacary Sagna, the France international who is out of contract in the summer. Wenger said: “We are making good progress and hopefully we can announce something soon.” Arsenal are expected to bring in some attacking reinforcements this month to try to help offset the loss of England forward Theo Walcott to a serious knee injury. Schalke’s German international Julian Draxler, who is said to have a £37million buy-out clause, has been touted as a potential target – with some reports suggesting the player had been spotted on a tour of Arsenal’s Hertfordshire training complex. Wenger, though, insisted nothing was imminent. Press Association Arsene Wenger indicated he has already decided whether to stay on as Arsenal manager, with public confirmation of a contract extension expected to follow in the coming weeks.last_img read more

  • ICC World Cup ‘Heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea’: Ravindra Jadeja blasts Sanjay Manjrekar over his statement

    first_imgHere’s the Tweet:  New Delhi: After a sensational win against Bangladesh at Edgbaston in Birmingham, the Indian team qualified for the seventh time in a World Cup semi-final. The men-in-blue over the course of their eight games tinkered with playing eleven, which nine out of ten times turned in India’s favour.India’s bowling all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja, who is playing his second 50-over World Cup, hasn’t got a game to play. However, he has always been named as India’s 12th man, who comes to field as and when required. Interestingly, against West Indies, Jadeja even pulled off a blinder to help India be back in the game.Seeing his position in the team currently, the Indian batsman turned commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar termed him as ‘bits and pieces player’. While commentating in a World Cup game, he said, “I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner.”ALSO READ: ‘What a shame…’: Gautam Gambhir slams BCCI after Ambati Rayudu announces retirementManjrekar statement came into the limelight and even hit the ears of Ravindra Jadeja himself who couldn’t control his emotions and lashed Manjrekar. To get his statement heard, Ravindra Jadeja took to the twitter said, “Still I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I’m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved. I have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea (diarrhea).”Interestingly, Jadeja wrote ‘twist’ instead of ‘twice’ in his first tweet, but seeing the gravity of the topic, he deleted his first tweet, and came with a correction in new tweet. Here’s the Image: For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

  • Youngster Toure leaves Fulham

    first_imgDefender Cheick Toure has left Fulham to sign for French Ligue 1 club FC Lorient.Toure, who joined Fulham as a schoolboy two years ago, did not make a first-team appearance for the club.He had a year of his scholarship at Craven Cottage left to run, but the Whites have agreed to let him leave.AdChoices广告last_img

  • Despite ups, downs, youth a strength for UW

    first_imgA big part of the Badgers’ success lately has come from the leadership of veterans like Allison Wack and Kim Kuzma. Still, the younger players cannot go without being recognized. Sophomore Alexis Mitchell and freshman Julie Mikaelsen are just two players representing the importance of youth on a team.“The effect of the newcomers has been good just because a lot of them have been on the court with us, so we’ve gotten to play with them and they’ve grown a lot as the season’s gone on,” Mitchell said.Having a youthful team can provide energy to a team, especially from players coming off the bench. This added spark doesn’t come without struggles, though.“Having new people does cause some difficulty when it comes to being comfortable and learning the pace of the game because it’s a lot different coming from club [teams] and high school,” Mitchell said.In the beginning of the season, the Badgers started off extremely well by going undefeated in non-conference play. Once Big Ten play began, though, the team struggled to secure its first win in the conference, which may be related to the youth of the team.“It’s tough for freshmen to come in because there’s so much coming at them with being away from home: new academics, tougher academics, longer season than high school and much tougher teams you’re playing against,” head coach Pete Waite said. “It’s a challenge for them to keep fighting hard and keep working through everything.”Despite starting 0-7 in the Big Ten, the team has begun to find a rhythm and is playing much better. This may be a result of the younger players settling into the college game.“This experience is really good for the young player,” Waite said. “There are times that we have four or five [young players] on the court at a time. Even in losses, they’re going to learn a lot about hating to lose and fighting to win.”Wisconsin has a total of 11 freshmen and sophomores who have seen the court so far this season. They’ll be losing only three seniors at the end of the season, so next year’s team will look very similar. With the abundance of young players, the future looks promising.“I think next year, we’re going to be a lot better because a lot of the people who are on the court are going to be on the court next year, and we’re getting some really talented newcomers,” Mitchell said. “It’s gives us a lot of hope, and it’s nice that a lot of teams in the Big Ten are losing a lot of their best players, so it kind of balances it out for us. I think having such a young team this year is an advantage.”Freshman hitter Elise Walch has given the Badgers a spark off the bench lately. Walch and other freshmen, like Mikaelsen and Annemarie Hickey, have all improved through the course of the season. Like Mitchell, Walch is also excited about the Badgers’ future“We’re just looking forward to keep improving daily by getting better and stronger, and hopefully making the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments,” Walch said.With a bright future ahead, the Badgers still have plenty to be excited about this season. They have six matches remaining, and their chances of making the NCAA Tournament are still alive. It won’t be easy for Waite’s team, but he knows the capability is there. With the recent improved play of his younger players, anything is possible. “There are some really talented players in the group,” Waite said. “They’ve come in and really given us some more offense, some more defense and really balanced out our team.”last_img read more

  • Cicero-North Syracuse dominates in 46-7 win to return to sectional final

    first_img Comments CICERO — As Jaiquawn McGriff was surrounded by media postgame, Cicero-North Syracuse’s quarterback came up behind him and put both hands on his shoulders.“That’s my guy,” Conner Hayes shouted. “That’s the star of the show.”An hour earlier, Hayes threw a ball in the right flat to McGriff. The senior running back broke down the right sideline and sprinted for a 67-yard touchdown. Hayes celebrated more on that play than on his own 64-yard scoring run, sprinting down to embrace McGriff and eventually leaping to high five one of his assistant coaches.McGriff was the early star of the day, rattling off all 66 of C-NS’ first-drive yards en route to a score. He added the receiving touchdown and an interception in the first half. That was just one portion of the dominance that sent the top-seeded Northstars (9-0) on to the Section III Class AA final with a 46-7 win over five-seed Fayetteville-Manlius (6-3) at Cicero-North Syracuse on Friday night.“These guys are a focused group,” C-NS head coach Dave Kline said. “Every day they’ve been getting better in practice … Friday night is just an extension of what Monday through Thursday did for us.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe work on the practice field allowed C-NS to take charge right from the opening coin toss. The lower-seeded F-M guessed wrong, and the Northstars chose to receive. Their drive started from their own 19-yard line and lasted six plays, plus a 15-yard penalty. Five plays went to McGriff on the ground, and one through the air. It culminated with a two-yard carry behind the right side of the line for a McGriff score.On the Northstars next scoring possession, Hayes threw what should have been an interception. It hit an F-M defensive back in his numbers. But the ball fell to the turf. The very next play, Hayes ran a play he’s been running his whole four-year C-NS career, he said. He had to read the defensive line and chose to keep the ball himself.Hayes went down the middle of the field, and all the way to the end zone after a 64-yard sprint for six.“Use my track speed and try to get in the end zone before someone could catch me,” Hayes said. Facebook Twitter Google+ As Roadrunner might say: beep-beep. @conner14hayes off to the races. 64 yard TD run for the QB for @CNSAthletics. Point after blocked. 13-0 CNS. @mattgates522 pic.twitter.com/KaSi19OTEt— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 26, 2018center_img The scoring came quickly in the second quarter for the Northstars as they fired on all cylinders. Hayes found McGriff in the flat for the eventual 67-yard score. Then he fired to Nate Geloff over the middle of the field, and the wideout outran his coverage for a 35-yard touchdown. Then, Da-Ron Brown powered two runs in to put the Northstars up 40-0 just before the halftime break.In the second half, C-NS coaches encouraged their players to stay focused. Over two years of beating every Section III opponent they’ve faced, the Northstars have learned how to avoid complacency.“For us to do anything less than to beat a team by 40-something points, to us, that’s a failure,” Hayes said. “…It’s just a personal thing that we want to win by a lot of points.”Next Saturday, C-NS will look to make it two sectional championships in a row. But a win there is no more than a step toward that final objective, too. Forty-point wins and a repeat sectional title aren’t what this Northstars team will use to determine the success of this season.In August, Hayes wanted the one thing he didn’t have: a state title. He still wants that. And after Friday’s win, right before Hayes interrupted his interview, McGriff was on that same page.When a reporter asked McGriff how C-NS could be better, he knew his answer.“State title,” McGriff said. “We want a ring this year. We’re not trying to stop for anything. We don’t want to go home early at all.” Published on October 26, 2018 at 11:11 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

  • Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference Approaching Quickly

    first_imgPhoto Courtesy of City of Miramar Veteran Jamaican-American politician and radio talk show host, Winston Barnes, Vice-Mayor of the City of Miramar cautions Caribbean nationals who have hopes of migrating to the United States in search of a better. He cautions. “Do your research on what life entails in America before leaving the shores of the island in the sun.”The vice-mayor told CNW, “Don’t fool yourselves. America is not heaven. My first trip here was 50 years ago and I am yet to see heaven. The business of America is business. You are told come to America and work hard and you will make it. Nothing could be further from the truth. People need to come to America far more educated about the American way of life.”Barnes, as he has done since 2004 will be part of a delegation from the South East United States Diaspora who will attend Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference to be held at the Jamaica Conference Center in Kingston from July 23 – 26.Some residents in the Jamaican Diaspora have been pushing for some time for the Diaspora to have the right to vote in Jamaican general elections from their within the Diaspora. The usual argument for this right is that Jamaicans make significant contributions to the Jamaican economy through the millions in financial remittances and should, therefore, have a say in who governs the country. However, Barnes is strongly against this argument.He said while remittances strongly support the Jamaican economy, those contributions cannot be the sole basis for demanding the right to vote.“The kind of contribution made to the Jamaican economy by remittances is only an indirect benefit to the Government. It does not go directly into the government’s coffers,” he explained. “People often confuse voting from the Diaspora with the American system. When you are an American living outside the US you vote for a President, not mayors or locally elected representatives.”Statistics from the Jamaican Government consistently shows remittances from the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom as Jamaica’s highest earner, just ahead of tourism.In April, Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson-Smith, launched the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in Miramar, Florida. She addressed the importance of engaging as many delegates as possible.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

  • Wheat Capital Manor residents recommend Larry Schalk to serve on WHA Board

    first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In a letter sent by Melissa Hamlin, Executive Director of the Wellington Housing Authority, the residents of Wheat Capital Manor are recommending Larry Schalk to fill the vacancy left void when Alois Hutchison submitted her resignation last month.The Wellington City Council will now decide at its regular meeting this Tuesday at the council chambers whether to approve the appointment recommendation or go with someone else.Hamlin in a letter sent to Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields said a vote was taken at Wheat Capitol Manor among its residents to see who will replace Hutchison, who abruptly resigned on Feb. 2 with a resignation letter to the city of Wellington. The office received over 60 votes in favor of appointing Schalk to the WHA board. At the Feb. 3 city council meeting when the council first heard of the Hutchison resignation, the council approved a resolution asking that the Manor residents proceed with a vote of their choice and get back with the council on Feb. 17 with an appointment recommendation. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that one board position must be filled by a resident of the housing authority. Hutchison was a resident of the Manor when she resigned. Her term will expire on April 20, 2018.“On Tuesday, Feb. 24, we will have our regular housing authority board meeting,” Hamlin wrote Shields. “At that time I would like to have all documents in order so that Larry Schalk can take the oath of office and become a member of the housing authority board.”Schalk can reapply in 2018. According to city statute, a WHA member can only serve two full consecutive four-year terms.Follow us on Twitter. 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Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down Charlie · 286 weeks ago I think Mr. Schalk would be an excellent representative for WHA. Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down WhoWho · 286 weeks ago Larry Schalk is a hermit. He used to be a dealer in Vegas and now spends all his time holed up in his room on the computer. I think we can do better. Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down WCM Resident2 · 286 weeks ago Still trying to cause problems, Gary? Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down David Edge · 286 weeks ago Some people get their kicks from causing havoc in the lives of others no matter who they hurt in the process. Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Larry Schalk · 286 weeks ago Looking for fixer-upper cave in Flint Hills. Must have WiFi. Contact me at Wheat Capitol Manor. Report Reply 3 replies · active 286 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Nicki · 286 weeks ago Hey Larry when you find one let me know and I’ll be glad to be your neighbor. You’ll be one of the quietest neighbors I ever had since you’re such a hermit!! Bahaha Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Nicki · 286 weeks ago Yes that was Larry because he posted it on his Facebook page and I’m proud to say he’s a good friend of mine. 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down carol Harris · 286 weeks ago Look who who…if you can’t post your real name your comments mean nothing. Larry Schalk is a fine man and as long as he does the job what he does on his time is noones business. Make no mistake he will do the job “in spades”. Now sit back, watch and listen. Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Carol Harris · 286 weeks ago Look who who…if you can’t post your real name your comments mean nothing. Larry Schalk is a fine man and as long as he does the job what he does on his time is noones business. Make no mistake he will do the job “in spades”. Now sit back Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Judy Brissette · 286 weeks ago Larry is the BEST dealing hermit you’ll ever meet!! You should be grateful that he would even consider leaving his computer to accept the position. WhoWho.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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  • Was Michael Jordan good at baseball? A look back on his brief career with the White Sox

    first_imgMichael Jordan’s first retirement was rather shocking, as ESPN’s stellar 10-part documentary, “The Last Dance,” will certainly chronicle. His Bulls had won three consecutive NBA titles and Jordan led the league in scoring seven consecutive seasons. He was on top of the basketball world. But on Oct. 6, 1993, right before the Bulls’ training camp was set to open, Jordan announced his retirement. It was news that shook the NBA, though rumors and reports had begun to leak out the day or two before. When Jordan officially announced his next career move, though, his decision was pretty much the worst-kept secret in sports.  Was Michael Jordan good at baseball?Jordan officially signed with the White Sox — Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf owned the Sox, too — on Feb. 7, 1994, 10 days before his 31st birthday. He’d been regularly taking batting practice at Comiskey Park, and he’d talked pretty openly about his desire to try his hand at baseball, now that he’d hung up his very famous sneakers. Jordan loved playing baseball as a kid. His father loved baseball. Jordan nearly gave baseball a shot the previous summer.Not sure I knew that Michael Jordan almost played baseball in the White Sox organization in 1993, too. Found this in the Sporting News archives. pic.twitter.com/RGbWbITT6i— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) April 28, 2020MORE: Michael Jordan’s legacy wasn’t complete at 28, and neither is Mike Trout’sSo when he stepped away from the basketball court officially, he decided to try baseball the next spring, partially as a tribute to his father, who had been murdered in the summer of 1993. But the motivation — and work — he put into becoming a better baseball player? Well, that was the inner drive that helped make him into a basketball superstar. He was intensely competitive, and it didn’t matter what the competition was. This story, written by longtime Sporting News columnist Dave Kindred, ran in the Jan. 17, 1994, issue of TSN (published about a month before he officially signed with the White Sox).All of this hot stove talk reminded Jerry Krause of a story. Krause built the Bulls into a three-time NBA champion after a decade as a baseball executive. Whenever Jordan went off on one of his I-can-do-anything speeches — Jerry Reinsdorf says that Jordan once bowled two strikes by throwing the ball backward between his legs — Krause would be there to challenge Jordan’s claims.“Michael was always talking about himself as a baseball hitter,” Krause said. “So I said, ‘Let’s go to Comiskey, and you get in there against a batting practice pitcher. You won’t hit one out of the infield.”So, Jerry, what happened? “Michael hit a couple in the seats.”Jordan started slowly in spring training games, which was to be expected. No amount of swings in the cages — against a pitching machine or batting-practice pitcher — could have possibly prepared him for live, major league caliber pitchers. In typical Jordan fashion, though, he did have this unforgettable spring training moment on April 7, when he went 2-for-5 in the Windy City Classic exhibition game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. MORE: Photos from Michael Jordan’s baseball career“I don’t think I’ve proven I can make the team,” Jordan told writers that spring, as reported in TSN’s Chicago White Sox team notes. “That’s just being honest. … But I’m not going to give up. I’m trying to squeeze five years into eight weeks. It just hasn’t happened the way I wanted it to.”What were Michael Jordan’s baseball stats?Jordan played 127 regular-season games for the Birmingham Barons, the White Sox’s Double-A affiliate, in 1994. Here are the basics:127 games, 497 plate appearances, 436 at-bats.202/.289/.266 (average/on-base/slugging), .556 OPS88 hits: 17 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers51 RBIs, 46 runs scored30 stolen bases/18 caught stealing51 walks, 114 strikeoutsNone of those regular-season numbers are particularly good, as you can see. The 30 stolen bases are nice, but the 18 times he was caught stealing negated that value. Here’s a bit of context: Yes, he only hit three home runs, but nobody really hit homers for the Barons that year. They popped 40 as a team, last in the Double-A Southern League. Jacksonville, then a Seattle affiliate, led the league with 131, and every other team other than the Barons hit at least 63. Jordan did hit all three of his homers in the second half of the Barons’ season, even though his average took a bit of a tumble after a decent start (he hit .265 in his first month with Birmingham).Found this gem of a quote from Joe Torre, on Michael Jordan’s baseball hopes, in The Sporting News archives. pic.twitter.com/9Dh9UFsG25— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) April 28, 2020Jordan struck out 114 times in 497 plate appearances. That’s 22.9 percent of his PAs. The league average in the Southern League that year was 16.4 percent, pretty significantly below Jordan’s rate. But maybe he was ahead of his time. Know what the average MLB strikeout percentage was in 2019? Exactly 23.0 percent.Jordan played right field for the Barons. He struggled at times, but by all reports seemed to get better as the season progressed. Here’s something you might have forgotten: Jordan didn’t quit on his baseball dream immediately after the 1994 season, even though that major-league season ended in August with the players strike. Jordan played in the Arizona Fall League that year, batting .317 in his first 41 at-bats and finishing with a .252 average in 123 ABs. Could Michael Jordan have played in MLB?Terry Francona, who went on to a fair bit (OK, a TON) of success as a MLB manager, was his manager in Birmingham and in the AFL. He said, as quoted in TSN, “He just needs to play. He hasn’t played that much. It’s a good building block for next year.”Even though the MLB strike continued into the 1995 season, minor league players were not affected, so Jordan showed up at spring training. He departed when the official spring training games with replacement players were set to begin, as neither Jordan nor the White Sox had any intention of getting him involved with that ugly element of the game. In March, Jordan returned to basketball. The what-if of baseball would never be answered.”I do think with another 1,000 at-bats, he would’ve made it,” Francona said, as quoted in this ESPN article. “But there’s something else that people miss about that season. Baseball wasn’t the only thing he picked up. I truly believe that he rediscovered himself, his joy for competition. We made him want to play basketball again.” Maybe he would have eventually made the big leagues. Probably not, but maybe. He was ticketed for Triple-A Nashville for the 1995 season. And if that was his only goal, there’s no doubt he would have put in the work necessary. But starting at 31, without more than batting cage swings, he was just so far behind the players he was competing against. From another Kindred column in TSN, shortly after Jordan returned to the Bulls. Early in Jordan’s season at Double-A Birmingham, Rangers pitching instructor Tom House said: “He is attempting to compete with hitters who have seen 350,000 fastballs in their pro lives and 204,000 breaking balls. Baseball is a function of repetition. If Michael had pursued baseball out of high school, I don’t doubt he would have wound up making as much money in baseball as basketball. But he’s not exactly tearing up Double-A, and that’s light years from the big leagues. At Double-A, pitchers can’t spot the fastball and the breaking ball. It will take him several years to learn the chess game played by big-league pitchers with exceptional control.”Returning to basketball was the right decision, of course. He led the Bulls to three more NBA titles — in 1996, 1997 and 1998.last_img read more

  • Alukuni take down Kamali in Hekari Central Cup

    first_imgAlukuni were led by new recruit for Hekari United, Karo Ila and lead he did, when he fired through the first goal for his side in the 21st minute.Alukuni continued to dominate possession and were two points midway through the second half when Ute Ila chipped the ball over the keeper to find the net.Karo continued to direct play to guide his side to a comfortable win.In other results, Gemo drew with Alewai 3-3, Keapara defeated Papaka  (2) 2-0, Kalo beat Kawara 2-0, Papaka  (1) edged out Makerupu 2-1 and Kamali were the better side over Hula in the morning winning 2-0.last_img read more