West Genesee baseball plays trio of extra-inning classics

first_imgAnd it stayed 4-4 through four extra innings until daylight ran out. Not only would WG have to wait to finish that game, it would not play B’ville again until Thursday since their Tuesday meeting got rained out.But it dried up in time for last Wednesday’s game with Liverpool, itself a makeup of a rained-out game from a week earlier. Having lost twice to the Warriors, the Wildcats did not want to get swept.Again, it would go deep into to extra frames – but this time it ended before dark, and WG won it 4-3 when it netted the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning.Prior to that, the Wildcats had erased a 1-0 deficit with a run in the third and a 2-1 deficit by scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth, only to have Liverpool pull even, 3-3, in the seventh.Nick Jessen pitched 6 2/3 innings, with Joe Comins working in relief until Mike Hebbard pitched a scoreless 10th. Kensey and Chris Bonacci both had two hits, Bonacci driving in a pair of runs as Brad May got three hits.Now came the rematch between WG and B’ville, and a clash of aces – Ryan Paige going for the Wildcats, Jason Savacool for the Bees – but neither was around for the finish as, in eight innings, the Wildcats prevailed 5-3.Unlike when he pitched in the the sectional final, Savacool got tagged for runs by WG – one in the second, two in the third – that erased an early 1-0 Bees lead, but he settled down and, over 6 2/3 innings of work, amassed 13 strikeouts.Paige also went 6 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits but striking out seven, with the Bees netting single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to send WG into extra frames for the third time in four days.Maintaining its poise, the Wildcats got to B’ville reliever Mike Carr for two decisive runs in the top of the eighth. Then Gallager recorded the final three outs.Comins had two hits and scored twice, with Nick Chemotti also getting two hits. May drove in a pair of runs, while Davis and R.J. Murphy had one RBI apiece.Aside from finishing the 12-inning game with B’ville and another rain-halted game with Cicero-North Syracuse, WG (9-3) also has a series this week against Fayetteville-Manlius.Bishop Ludden won big at Pulaski last Wednesday, the Gaelic Knights prevailing 16-6 in large part because it put together a 10-run fourth innings after the Blue Devils seized an early 2-1 advantage.David House singled, doubled, tripled and drove in three runs to pace Ludden, with Steve Anderson adding three hits, three runs scored and three RBIs. Pete Dunham drove in two runs as Pat McGarvey, Tom Westers, Jacob Duffy and Axel Rivera had one RBI apiece.A 10-1 loss to Weedsport followed a day later, House’s solo home run in the fourth the lone run for the Gaelic Knights as the Warriors got away with a seven-run fifth inning. Rivera took the loss as Ludden also lost to Beaver River Saturday by that same 10-1 margin. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Nearly 12 months had passed since the West Genesee baseball team had seen the dream of ending its 41-year Section III championship drought dashed in an extra-inning classic against Baldwinsville in the sectional Class AA final.Yet when the Wildcats and Bees reunited last Monday afternoon in Camillus for the first of a three-game series, they battled into extra innings again – lots of them, as it turned out.In fact, darkness fell before it could end, with the score still tied 4-4 in the 12th inning of an astonishing game where WG led three different times, yet could not hold it. Walks and errors in the first two innings meant that the Wildcats went in front 2-0 without getting a hit, and two more Bees errors in the fourth put the Wildcats in front again after B’ville tied it, 2-2, in the third.After the Bees used a run in the fifth to make it 3-3, WG finally got its first hit off Jake Marshall in the bottom of the sixth, and with two out Dan Davis belted a pinch-hit single that scored Tyler Kensey.Yet that 4-3 lead didn’t hold, either, as Sam Gallager relieved starter Jack Gordon and gave up two singles. With one out, Pat Anson hit a possible game-ending double play grounder, but an error at first allowed Jason Savacool to dash home with the tying run. Tags: BaseballBishop LuddenWest Geneseelast_img read more

Beat Writer Q&A: Akhil Rekulapelli of The Cavalier Daily previews Syracuse-Virginia game

first_imgSyracuse tips off against Virginia in its season-opener Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome at 9 p.m. The Orange spent part of their offseason in Italy for exhibition games before winning two more in October. UVA, the reigning national champions, is led by Mamadi Diakite and Tony Bennett’s patented pack-line defense. The Daily Orange connected with The Cavalier Daily’s Akhil Rekulapelli to preview the matchup. The Daily Orange: Virginia enters as the defending champions, but the roster is a bit different than last year. What can Syracuse expect from the 2019-20 UVA roster? Akhil Rekulapelli: Obviously (Virginia) lost the three biggest players, what we call the trio of De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy. I believe they together averaged 50-55 points per game for UVA. A team based on (head coach) Tony Bennett’s system that doesn’t score very much because they have a high offensive efficiency to take the time to create shots. So losing their top three scorers like that they’re gonna have to rely on young and inexperienced guys. I think that’s going to be the biggest problem.D.O.: Do you think the combination of Virginia’s inexperience and potential early-season rust can hinder UVA Wednesday night?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA.R.: Yeah, I think not necessarily rust, but definitely unfamiliarity. I think you have a lot of inexperienced guys heading into the Carrier Dome. It doesn’t get bigger than that, 34,000 all yelling and screaming. You’re not even in an environment that’s in a basketball stadium. … It’s a really, really tough place to play your first collegiate game. I talked to Casey (Morsell) at our media day and he was saying their excited for the challenge, but it’s a very unique environment. If they were going to be playing at (John Paul Jones Arena) or a more conventional arena, that’s different. From the start you’re going to see them pretty slow defensively, especially against the 2-3 zone. Even though Syracuse isn’t ranked, it’s going to be a tough game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this game be very close.D.O.: Other than Mamadi Diakite and Kihei Clark, who’s the one player that Syracuse needs to watch out for? A.R.: It’s definitely going to be Kody Stattmann. I mean, Kody Stattmann last year played sparingly. He played a lot at the end of games. For example, at the end of those conference games, you start to see him enter when the margin is in our favor like when we blew out Florida State. Last year he looked very uncomfortable with the ball. He looked uncomfortable on the floor. But this year, especially during the scrimmage, he looked more confident and a lot more sure of himself. … I think this year he’s made that transition. He played for Australia and he’s familiar with the FIBA 3-point line that is now the college basketball 3-point line. I expect him to be a great player for UVA at the start that a lot of people don’t know about. When it comes to getting open 3s and mid-range jump shots, I think he’s going to be lethal. That’s one player for Syracuse fans to watch out for.D.O.: Prediction time, who takes the season-opener? A.R.: That’s going to be tough. I think it’s going to come down to the fact that you have two really strong defenses going against each other. I’m going to say it’s a low-scoring affair, but I’m going to say Virginia squeaks out a win, 65-59, in the Carrier Dome. Starts off slow, I think Syracuse goes to the half up. But then the Cavs will get it together and pull off a win to start the season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2019 at 1:36 pmlast_img read more

Bregman leaves game with apparent leg injury

first_imgLast Updated: 20th August, 2020 07:29 IST Bregman Leaves Game With Apparent Leg Injury Bregman doubled to right field to lead off the fourth inning and began to favor his right leg before reaching first base. He limped into second base and immediately was removed from the game Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV COMMENT Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman left Wednesday night’s game against Colorado with an apparent leg injury.Bregman doubled to right field to lead off the fourth inning and began to favor his right leg before reaching first base. He limped into second base and immediately was removed from the game.Abraham Toro came in to run for Bregman.Bregman, a two-time All-Star, is hitting .267 with four home runs this season. He struck out in his first at-bat Wednesday against the Rockies.Image credits: AP center_img WATCH US LIVE First Published: 20th August, 2020 07:29 IST Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Jamaicans being turned back at Texas Airport

first_imgJamaican officials are concerned about a reported increase in the number of Jamaicans who have recently been refused entry at a Texas, United States airport.Jamaica’s Consul General for Miami, Franz Hall, has cited that a number of Jamaicans who arrived at the Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, have been denied entry to the US, and had their visas cancelled.Speaking on Friday on ‘Both Sides of the Story’, which is aired on Power 106 FM in Jamaica, Hall said Jamaican authorities are troubled by the development.He conceded that immigration officials in any foreign country have the right to determine who they allow into the respective countries. However, he said Jamaica also has a responsibility to ensure that its citizens are treated fairly when they travel abroad.Earlier this month, a Jamaican woman, Veronica Gaubault, complained about treatment she reportedly received at the Hobby Airport.Gaubault said US border and customs personnel confiscated and inspected her cell phone, along with a tablet computer and other personal belongings.She reported being held in custody for a period of four hours, and that her US visa was revoked before she was sent back to Jamaica.The concern among Jamaican officials relating to increased scrutiny at US airports followed the recent issuance of expanded powers to US border and customs personnel by President Donald Trump.last_img read more

NBA All-Star 2019: Stephen Curry reveals bet against brother Seth in 3-point contest

first_imgCurry added that he still has to see if his brother will agree to it but said, “That’s big time, that’s high stakes right there.” Related News WATCH: Stephen Curry’s mom, Sonya, sinks half-court shot during All-Star Weekend So what’s the bet? Stephen Curry said: “I’m thinking the loser has to buy all the family tickets for the rest of our careers for our games.” There could be a lot on the line for Curry brothers Stephen and Seth as they take the court for the 3-point contest as part of the 2019 All-Star weekend in their hometown, Charlotte, North Carolina. The Warriors guard revealed what he wants to bet against his brother, and if they both agree to the “friendly wager” and follow through with it, there would be a significant amount of money that comes out of one of their pockets. center_img Steph’s bet against Seth in the 3-Point Contest: “Loser has to buy all the family tickets for the rest of our careers.” 👀(➡️ @palm) pic.twitter.com/I64q15JFIs— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 16, 2019The 3-point contest is part of a trio of events that will take place 8 p.m. ET Saturday at Spectrum Center. All-Stars from around the league will compete in a dunk contest and skills challenge in addition to the 3-point contest. NBA All-Star 2019: Three takeaways from Rising Stars Challengelast_img read more

Daytona 500 victory remains Kyle Busch’s holy grail

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There’s no bigger single item on Kyle Busch’s to-do list than winning the Daytona 500. That’s because Busch has accomplished just about everything else in big-time stock car racing.  In 2015, he won his first championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, despite missing the first 11 races because of broken bones suffered in a brutal crash in Turn 1 during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race that preceded the Daytona 500. A virtual lock to make the NASCAR Hall of Fame whenever he’s first eligible, Busch has 51 Cup victories, 11th-most all time. His 92 triumphs in the NASCAR Xfinity Series likely is an unassailable record, and his 51 wins in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series are good for a tie with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. for most all time.MORE: Daytona 500 time, lineup, TV schedule, streaming info Busch has won at least one race at every active track on the Cup circuit — unless you count the variant Charlotte Road Course, which was introduced to the series last year. Last year, Busch won eight Cup races, matching a single-season best he established in 2008, his first season in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The eight victories in 2008 included Busch’s only Daytona points win in the Cup series, but that came in July, not February. Busch won the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona in 2012 and also has three Duel 150-mile qualifying race victories to his credit. But the big prize, the Harley J. Earl Trophy, has eluded him through 14 full seasons at NASCAR’s highest level. There may be other items on Busch’s bucket list, but there’s no doubt which one is at the top, highlighted in red letters. “There’s plenty on there for sure, but the biggest one, the top item is the Daytona 500,” Busch said on Wednesday during Daytona 500 media day at the speedway. “I would certainly like to knock that off a lot sooner than later, but hopefully – eventually, whether it’s the last year I do it, I can get one, but that’ll be seen later on.” MORE: Starting lineup for the Daytona 500The Daytona 500 teased and tantalized the late Dale Earnhardt, dangling the prospect of victory in front of him before snatching it away with a late calamity. Earnhardt finally got his win in the Great American race in 1998, four years after he won his seventh Cup championship, but it took 20 years of trying. Busch hasn’t been that close to the victory he covets most. “It’s disappointing that I haven’t been able to win it yet, but, really, when I look back on all the years, there’s only been two opportunities that I feel like slipped away,” Busch said. “’08 slipped away, and the year Denny (Hamlin) won (2016). Those were the only two that I feel like we missed out on and weren’t able to capitalize. “I was fast in ’07. I should have finished third behind (Kevin) Harvick and (Mark) Martin, but I crashed and destroyed the field coming to the checkered. So I feel like I could have won two of them, which is not all that many when you look at it. So, obviously, it’s disappointing to just not come down here and be a dominant force and a guy that’s in contention each and every time.” MORE: Daytona 500 odds, predictions, sleepersThe good news is that Busch probably will have many more opportunities to win the Daytona 500. His current plan is to race at the Cup level for roughly 10 more years. “If I’m fortunate enough to be here for 10 more years . . . I’m Tom Brady-factoring right now, man,” Busch said. “I’ve got to work on this fine frame to make sure it lasts that long.” To that end, Busch is finalizing a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing. “We’re in discussions right now,” he acknowledged. “We’re talking. It’s all been agreed to. It’s just a matter of putting the pen to the paper.” That should dovetail with other unfinished business beyond the Daytona 500. Busch has 194 victories across NASCAR’s top three national series. He wants to reach 200 in the near term. MORE: Busch curses Jimmie Johnson after wreck in Duels”Yeah, I mean 200 is another item that is on that bucket list and that checklist of what we’re looking to do,” he said. “I hope that that comes this year. I think there’s a great opportunity for that.”I’ve got five truck races slated, seven Xfinity races slated and of course a full Cup schedule, so a lot going on in all of that and looking forward to being able to produce results and wins and again compete for a championship.” No, Busch won’t equate his 200 victories to the 200 achieved by seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty, who recorded all of them in NASCAR’s premier series. But Busch can see himself challenging Jeff Gordon’s 93 career victories, perhaps even David Pearson’s 105. “I feel as though I’m chasing Jeff Gordon or maybe even David Pearson,” Busch said. Maybe . . . I don’t know if I can get there. I like to think I can get there. I’m at 51 right now, so if I can get another 50 in the next 10 years, that would certainly be nice to go out with 100 Cup wins.”But first things first — Busch’s next shot at the Daytona 500 is on Sunday (2:30 p.m.; Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). And after all, that’s the one item at the top of the priority list.Reid Spencer writes for the NASCAR Wire Service.last_img read more

NFL combine 2019: The records draft prospects will hope to break

first_imgThe 2019 NFL Scouting Combine begins in Indianapolis this week as hundreds of top prospects get the opportunity to impress the 32 franchises ahead of April’s draft.Players such as Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray will be among those assessed via physical, medical and psychological tests, while teams will also get the opportunity to conduct interviews with those they are considering selecting. NFL trade rumors: Bengals trying to deal WR John Ross While Conley was showing how high he could jump three years ago, Jones was showing how far he could leap.Now a versatile defensive back with the Cowboys, Jones proved the strength and explosion in his lower body by jumping over 12 feet.Jones’ performance was so impressive, his fellow draft hopefuls reacted in disbelief and Dallas used a first-round pick to make him a Cowboy. 40-yard dash 4.22 seconds set by John Ross in 2017The Washington wide receiver certainly helped his draft stock when he set a blistering time in the 40 two years ago.John Ross gets his first career @NFL touchdown!#CINvsIND #SeizeTheDEY pic.twitter.com/Uv8aCwJMu4— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 9, 2018He shaved 0.02 seconds off the record that future Titans running back Chris Johnson had set nine years earlier.Ross’ performance persuaded the Bengals to select him ninth overall, though an injury-wracked time in the NFL has made that look like a poor decision so far.Bench press  49 reps set by Stephen Paea in 2011Players are tasked with lifting 225 pounds as many times as they can in a test of strength and endurance.Only 18 players have managed more than 40 reps and New Zealand-born defensive tackle Paea holds the record with a staggering 49.49 reps. At 225 pounds. Like it’s NBD. @PAEA_90 = #NFLCombine bench-pressing LEGEND.: 2018 NFL Combine, March 2-5 on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/4MA02OhwVT— NFL (@NFL) February 23, 2018Paea was a second-round pick for the Bears in 2011 and enjoyed a seven-year career in the NFL, going on to feature for the Redskins, Browns and Cowboys.Vertical jump 45.0 inches set by Chris Conley in 2015Patrick Mahomes’ passes are usually on the money but if the Chiefs quarterback and recently crowned NFL MVP sails one a little too high in Conley’s direction, he does not need to worry too much.From a flat-footed stance, Conley reached up to 45 inches to showcase his athleticism ahead of the 2015 draft.#TBT to Chris Conley DOMINATING the 2015 #NFLCombine: 2018 NFL Combine | March 2-5 on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/LropPrlb8u— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) March 1, 2018That impressed the Chiefs sufficiently to pick him in the third round, and the receiver had his most productive year last season in terms of touchdowns, bringing in five scores.Broad jump 12 feet, 3 inches set by Byron Jones in 2015 The combine is an opportunity for prospects to show they deserve to shoot up draft boards, though poor performances at Lucas Oil Stadium can also have a negative impact.Here we look at the records for the four most high-profile drills that players will participate in. Related Newslast_img read more

Dwight Howard injury update: Wizards center suffers ‘minor setback’

first_imgDwight Howard had a “minor setback,” per Scott Brooks. Tweaked his hamstring. Howard had been working his way from back surgery and has been doing non-contact drills in Washington.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) March 5, 2019Howard has been out since undergoing a spinal procedure in November and there is no timetable for his return. He had been participating in non-contact drills.The 32-year-old big man is an eight-time All-Star and has averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in just nine appearances in 2018-19. Bradley Beal says he tried recruiting players to Wizards during All-Star weekend Dwight Howard has suffered a “minor setback” in his recovery.Washington coach Scott Brooks told reporters Tuesday the center has tweaked his hamstring.  Related News The Wizards are 26-37 and sit in 11th in the Eastern Conference standings.Washington has gone 2-3 since the All-Star break and will face Dallas on Wednesday.last_img read more

‘Warzone’ jailbreak: When it happens, what it means for ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ players

first_imgMORE: PS5 announcement newsThe specifics of jailbreak are causing some confusion in the community, but we’re here to help.Below is a full list of details on the added “Warzone” twist:What is jailbreak in ‘Warzone?’From the Activision Season 4 patch announcement: “All dead players, even those that are only spectating, come back to life.”It works for those still waiting in the gulag as well as those who are in spectator mode. Those still alive will get an update a minute ahead of time notifying them that a jailbreak is imminent.Even if your entire squad is dead, you can all be brought back by jailbreak.When does jailbreak happen in ‘Warzone?’There’s no guarantee it will occur in a given match — the feature randomly cycles with a feature that makes all items discounted by 80 percent and another one that drops a chopper into the world stacked with high-caliber loot. If it does happen, it appears it will be mid-match after the first drop kit and before the gulag closes.You will know one minute ahead of time that a jailbreak is on the way, lessening the amount of time you’re sitting around in spectator mode not knowing whether an added lifeline is coming. How often does the jailbreak activate?It will happen once in a game at most, but in many games won’t occur at all. Because it in effect wipes the entire slate of the game clean, it wouldn’t make sense to always occur.Something to note is that when jailbreak does happen, everyone will respawn into a game with significantly shrunken circles. Things are bound to be hectic.Is it worth waiting for the chance to come back?Whether you wait depends on when you die and your level of patience. If you’re eliminated in the opening minute, it might not be worth sitting around until a possible jailbreak is announced. By comparison, losing in the gulag just before a potential jailbreak is announced leaves you in a no-lose situation to wait things out for a bit. Refrain from immediately rage quitting if you lose your gulag match in “Warzone” — there’s now a chance you could still return to the “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” battlefield.The Season 4 update to the game, out for download Thursday, brings a host of substantial changes. Among the biggest is a jailbreak feature that restores all teammates to action, effectively providing a third life to those spectating after a 1v1 gulag defeat.last_img read more

Lampard makes sentimental return as Chelsea change tack

first_imgFrank Lampard at Chelsea. photo via @ChelseaFCLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Frank Lampard has accepted the challenge of taking over Chelsea just one year into his managerial career as the return of the club’s record goalscorer to Stamford Bridge was confirmed on Thursday.Chelsea’s latest managerial search following Maurizio Sarri’s move to Juventus has seen a change of tack, with sentiment backed over a stellar coaching CV.In response to Sarri’s sour relationship with the Chelsea support, Roman Abramovich has turned to a fans’ favourite to ease the Londoners through what could be a difficult season of transition.That decision is a risky one for both. Lampard lacks experience and could see his burgeoning reputation as a coach burned at a club where no manager has lasted long under Abramovich.However, his appointment hints at a change of approach by the Blues.Lampard’s one campaign at Derby led the Rams to the brink of a return to the Premier League, only to fall short in the Championship play-off final against Aston Villa.But his season in England’s second tier showed a willingness and ability to develop young players, including some of Chelsea’s academy products, that made him a perfect fit for the current state of affairs at Stamford Bridge.– Midfield goal machine –As a player, Lampard joined Chelsea just before the wave of Abramovich investment swept the club into its most successful era.He scored an incredible 211 goals from midfield and won three Premier League titles, the Champions League and Europa League among a 13-trophy haul.Yet Chelsea are no longer the Premier League’s big spenders.Abramovich’s interest has wained since his UK visa was not renewed last year and even the riches of a Russian billionaire have been overtaken by Abu Dhabi’s backing of Manchester City.Indeed, it is unlikely Chelsea will be able to spend anything on new recruits this summer as they serve a two-window transfer ban.And their best player of recent times has also gone after Eden Hazard completed a 100-million euro ($114 million) move to Real Madrid. The transfer ban, coupled with the loss of Hazard, should temper expectations and presents an opportunity for the kind of culture change the club’s hierarchy have wanted for some time.John Terry, who made his debut in 1998, remains the last Chelsea academy graduate to become a first team regular.Lampard used his Chelsea contacts to take Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount on loan at Derby last season where both excelled.Other returning loanees such as Tammy Abraham and Reece James are also expected to get their chance as Chelsea plug the gaps in their squad.“The transfer ban is probably not what the club wanted but for us it is exciting,” said Abraham when playing for England at the recent European under-21 championship.“There will never be a better time to play the youngsters. This year is the most important year for us. It is now or never.”Should Chelsea’s youth finally be given a chance, 19-year-old England international Callum Hudson-Odoi might also be more likely to extend his contract beyond 2020, despite interest from Bayern Munich.Lampard’s assistant, Jody Morris, also has extensive knowledge of the Chelsea youth system, having been a key figure at the club’s academy prior to joining Lampard at Derby last summer.Petr Cech, another familiar face of Chelsea’s rise under Abramovich, has been appointed the new technical and performance advisor.Chelsea described one of the former goalkeeper’s primary tasks as to “facilitate strong links between our men’s and academy teams.”However, the history of Abramovich’s time in charge suggests patience is not one of his virtues.Chelsea finished 26 points behind City last season and only stumbled into the top four thanks to the faltering form of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United.Without Hazard, Lampard and a young squad will need time to rebuild. Whether Abramovich will for once be happy to forgo instant success for a longer term approach remains to be seen.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more