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Can the Dodgers let the Diamondbacks run through their sprinklers instead?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error We praise McCain’s resume, which shows he went to war to preserve the Dodgers’ right to party hearty with respect and dignity.So this is how the Dodgers repay the favor?Yes, and with plenty of interest, apparently mostly from the Arizona media, swimming in their own cesspool of ignorance.The Dbacks’ feelings were hurt. They asked the Dodgers not to do any celebrating on the field. They did it anyway.Listen, you put a swimming pool in your backyard and don’t expect neighbors to scale the fence?Be glad Dodgers players weren’t dropping their pants and relieving themselves in Lake Gibson.Why weren’t the Dbacks upset by the fact Dodgers pitchers hit five of their players, including star attraction Paul Goldschmidt, in the last two games of the series?Arizona officials should have been there acting as the lifeguards for this pool of tears if they were going to be this oversensitive.They can call this “tired” and “disrespectful” and “classless.” But that’s ignoring the fact that their former pitcher, Ian Kennedy, once threw at the heads of Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke in a mid-June game at Dodger Stadium.After all this, the Dodgers should be thanking the hypersensitive Dbacks for that happening. It’s not a coincidence these Dodgers turned their season upside down after that, erasing a huge deficit and winning games at a ridiculous rate after that incident.“That dust-up against Arizona, you hated seeing it, but the next day, you saw real relationships developing in our clubhouse,” Dodgers GM Ned Colletti was saying while drying bubbly out of his eyes in the visiting clubhouse Thursday afternoon.“We learned a lot about each other that day. Maybe our team wasn’t as tight then, but they got the point.”Here’s the point: Next time you Dbacks win the NL West at Dodger Stadium, go ahead and climb up to the Hollywood sign and rearrange the letters. Turn over a cart of Dodger Dogs. Pants Tommy Lasorda.The Dodgers grounds crew might even let you run through the sprinklers if you’re being cool about it. Diamondbacks fans can go cry in it.Dodgers fans can continue to pour it all over themselves in celebration.Put it in a shot glass for Arizona senior senator, former presidential candidate and American war hero John McCain. He’s apparently willing to take the bullet for sending out a tweet calling the Dodgers a “no-class act” and “a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant spoiled brats” because a group of them dodged security, ran out of the clubhouse and dove into the Chase Field right-field swimming pool after clinching the NL West title Thursday afternoon.Maybe McCain has a Twitter account attached to his video poker phone app and sent that by mistake?McCain’s divine Diamondbacks took a dive in the division race, having once had the lead for the first couple of months before cannonballing out of contention.center_img Heard about the newest cocktail they’re serving at Arizona bars this weekend?It’s the Bloody Dodger.Korbel, with a splash of chlorine.With Hanley Ramirez’s bat to stir it up.last_img read more

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RBR Mourns Talented Senior

first_imgAlbert MartinLITTLE SIVER – Family, friends and teammates are expected to gather Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church for the viewing and funeral of Albert Martin, the Red Bank Regional High School student who collapsed and died following a basketball scrimmage.The viewing for Martin, 17, the lone senior on the Buccaneers basketball team, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the church, also known as Tower Hill, at 255 Harding Road. A funeral service will follow the viewing hours, according to school officials.In addition, officials at RBR have established the Albert Martin Memorial Fund and are accepting monetary donations in his memory. Those who wish to donate may send a donation to: The Source at RBR, 101 Ridge Road, Little Silver, NJ 07739, Attention: Suzanne Keller. Checks should be made payable to the Source Foundation with the “Albert Martin Memorial Fund” indicated on the check. Donations can be made through PayPal on the RBR website at www.rbrhs.org.The Source is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization.Martin’s number, No. 34, will be formally retired by the school during a home basketball game at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, against Red Bank Catholic High School. Martin’s mother, Traci Dixon, will be presented with his framed jersey, according to school officials.Martin had played the first 6 minutes of the team’s first scrimmage of the season on Monday, Dec. 3, before heading to the bench for the final 2 minutes of the first quarter. Before returning to start the second quarter, Martin stumbled backward and collapsed to the floor, according to Scott Martin, the boy’s head basketball coach.He was treated in the gym and then transported to Riverview Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.“Albert was an outstanding young man who exemplified all the qualities that you look for in a young person,” said District Superintendent Jim Stefankiewicz. “Albert worked hard every day to excel in the classroom. Albert had a wonderful personality. He touched the lives of so many people. He was caring, thoughtful, respectful and a good friend to his classmates.“Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and everyone in the RBR community who is hurting as a result of this traumatic loss,” the superintendent said.Someone especially close to Martin was James Young, a teacher at RBR and the girls’ head basketball coach. Over the course of the last four years Young had become a mentor to Martin both in the classroom through its Ad­vancement through Indivi­dual Determin­ation (AVID) program and on the basketball court.“We started to develop a relationship almost like a big brother or fatherly type of relationship in school,” Young said. “As we moved forward, we started talking about getting his grades up, coming to school, basketball, and getting out of Red Bank and becoming a man.“It’s hard,” said Young. “There’s nothing that we’ve ever been taught as teachers or as coaches to go through a situation like this.”Young remembered Martin’s infectious smile. “Albert was someone that when he smiled, he could light the room up. It didn’t matter what kind of day you were having, when you saw that smile your day was changed.”The fact that Martin was the only senior on the team was unusual and also came with responsibilities.“This is tragic in so many ways,” said Scott Martin, who was not related to Albert. “He was really growing into a great young man. He was taking responsibility for being the only senior in the basketball program. He was the rock of the program and his teammates looked up to him for advice on and off the court.“He reluctantly, at first, shouldered that responsibility,” the coach said. “But, as we entered our season, he accepted that responsibility more and more, like the man he and I talked so much about being.”According to his coach, Martin was heading in the right direction and was situated to continue playing basketball at the college level. Scott Martin believed that Albert would ultimately go to a college where he could play basketball and get an education that best suited him, get a degree and start a life for himself.“He was hitting his stride as a young man,” Scott Martin said. “It was a big stride. It was going to be a great stride.”The school community has come together to assist Martin’s family, district spokes­woman Marianne Kligman said.Students are honoring Albert Martin’s memory by creating and selling T-shirts that incorporate “4 Albert” in the design. Students also will be selling buttons embossed with Albert’s photograph and were expected to hold bake sales after school with the proceeds being donated to the memorial fund.The district has been “extremely tested” this year, Kligman said. Early in September, 18-year-old senior Riyadh’Na Farrow died suddenly and in late October many students were seriously impacted by Super Storm Sandy.“I’m amazed by this community and how they come together and care for one another,” Kligman said.RBR will be providing counselors from its guidance department and its school-based youth services program to students, staff, and families for as long as necessary to deal with the community’s loss. By Ryan Fennelllast_img read more

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Play Your Part episode 17: synopsis

first_imgGet a sneak peek of episode 17 of the Play Your Part TV series, here:Businesswoman Lynette Ntuli presents the television show SME Funding on BDTV. She is one of the guests on episode 17 of Play Your Part. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterBusinesswoman Lynette Ntuli is the chairperson of IgniteSA.com, a youth-orientated programme that curates educational content, with a focus on skills and entrepreneurial development.Ntuli is the founder and CEO of the asset management and infrastructure solutions firm Innate Investment Solutions. She is featured on episode 17 of the Play Your Part TV series, on Saturday, 6 January 2018.Here’s more about the other people featured on this episode:Sabelo MahlalelaSabelo MahlalelaMahlalela is the chairperson of non-profit company SGM Foundation. The foundation supports education and community-based poverty alleviation programmes, as well as selected environmental and biodiversity projects.Tshepo SeetaTshepo SeetaSeeta is the founder and managing director of eSpaza Sum, a black-owned management company with a goal of transforming township spaza shops and rural businesses into formal, professionally managed and wealth-creating businesses.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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The OSU-Kansas State nerd box score, like most of the other ones, is grotesque

first_imgNerd BoxAt least OSU is consistent?This advanced stats box score is as hideous as most of the other ones from the Big 12 season have been.A few thoughts:• You aren’t going to beat Stillwater High if you score 0.54 points per drive. It would take 74 (!) drives to score 40 points!• It was pointed out to me recently that the average field position number on school websites is affected by kickoff returns for TDs. This is silliness. I took Kansas State’s out this time. They still torched us.• We were 1/13 on offensive drives, eh?• When you gain 260 yards and 67 percent of them are on “wasted drives” that’s subpar.• I bet Kansas State doesn’t have 30 negative swing points total. Also, as long as we keep ourselves out of the red zone, we’ll look better at this stat for the rest of the year!• The final score of the Texas game really is going to be 8-7, isn’t it?• Lastly, this.#okstate’s last 57 drives: 31 punts14 turnovers6 FG4 TD2 missed FGWow.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 3, 2014Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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10 months agoVissel Kobe midfielder Iniesta cools Man City rumours

first_imgVissel Kobe midfielder Iniesta cools Man City rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta says it’s too soon to consider his next move.There has long been speculation that Iniesta could eventually join former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff at Manchester City, but the midfielder is not considering retiring just yet.”The truth is that I haven’t thought about it,” he said.”I don’t know what will happen in a few years.”For now, I’m focused on being a football player in another country and another championship, but always as a footballer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 months agoWijnaldum urges Liverpool not to dwell on Man City setback

first_imgWijnaldum urges Liverpool not to dwell on Man City setbackby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum says they shouldn’t dwell on defeat at Manchester City on Thursday night.The result sees City cut Liverpool’s lead to four points.Wijnaldum said, “I think it was a good game. We didn’t start well. City were the better team first half but we still created chances and were unlucky. Second half we played better and created more chances and scored. We were unlucky with other chances not going in. One moment we didn’t defend well and they scored.”We are two teams trying to force the other team to make a mistake. Both teams lost the ball. It was a game in which everything could happen. In the end we lost and are disappointed. But we also need to keep our confidence.”I don’t want to say it is a hammer blow. You are always disappointed to lose a game, especially when you come back and create chances. We will be happy if we had a draw. There is no team in the Premier League that will be happy with a loss.”We are still four points clear.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoWatford boss Javi Gracia happy to go with what he has

first_imgWatford boss Javi Gracia happy to go with what he hasby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia insists he’s happy to go with the squad he has.Fringe striker Stefano Okaka completed his temporary switch to Udinese earlier this week, while defender Marvin Zeegelaar has also joined the Serie A club.There is also speculation surrounding the future of the in-form Abdoulaye Doucoure, but Gracia does not envisage any players arriving at Vicarage Road this month. “In this moment, maybe different things happen, but I am happy with the squad I have,” said Gracia.“With the players we have we can complete a very good season and if in one week something changes, we will see.“But at the moment I prefer to value the players I have because they deserve that. We have to be demanding with the players and we have to be ambitious with them, too.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd striker Rashford: I know how Greenwood feels

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Rashford: I know how Greenwood feelsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarcus Rashford was delighted for Manchester United matchwinner Mason Greenwood last night.Greenwood underlined his huge potential with the only goal at Old Trafford as United secured a 1-0 win against Astana in Thursday’s Group L opener.”Me being in his shoes in the past, I know how he feels,” Rashford said.”Even more important, that was the goal that won us the game, that’s what everyone should be talking about.”He’s been doing well since he joined the first team and there is 100 per cent more to come from him. I’m sure he is excited and everyone else is excited as well.”I would not say it is a weight off his shoulders. For the kids coming through the academy, that does not exist for them.” last_img read more

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21 days agoAZ midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø: I was expecting more from Man Utd players

first_imgAZ midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø: I was expecting more from Man Utd playersby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAZ Alkmaar midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø admits he was surprised by how poor Manchester United were last night.Midtsjø featured in last night’s 0-0 Europa League draw.He later told VG, “When you grew up watching United under Sir Alex Ferguson, you used to say it was entertaining for just about every match.”But what we were expecting today was not what I saw. I was expecting more from the boys we faced.”It may be the intensity of the game, that they are missing a bit. It’s a bit too easy to play them out. But it is easy for me to stand here and say it and have made a good fight. We made it difficult for them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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