Kaymer one shot clear in Abu Dhabi

first_img He saved par on the 16th despite finding a greenside bunker with his approach and then overcame an errant tee shot into the rough to take four on the par-five 18th. Another wayward approach at the start of the front nine left him in another bunker, but he magnificently chipped in to move to 12 under overall. Kaymer was struggling to make further inroads, although it looked like he would end a run of four successive pars when he was left a birdie putt from a few feet on the sixth. The chance went begging, though, and he also missed another birdie opportunity on his next hole, albeit from a greater distance, when his putt drifted to the right. Kaymer ended his run of pars on his penultimate hole but missed another birdie chance on the ninth when his putt from the edge of the green went right. Nevertheless, it meant he enjoyed a bogey-free round as he signed for a 67 that moved him clear of the chasing pack. Pieters, who started on the back nine, gradually clawed back the ground to Kaymer and scored six birdies, but a bogey on the last meant he ended the second day one shot off the lead. McIlroy also found himself in a good position after his first ever hole in one from 177 yards on the 15th was added to his five birdies, with a bogey on the sixth the only blot on his copybook. “I felt really good. I went to the range yesterday and worked on a couple of things and drove the ball much better today, which you need to round here,” he said. “Ball-striking wise, I couldn’t really fault it. “I was playing really well from tee to green. I felt like I was hitting some good putts as well, but they just weren’t dropping. “Overall I’m not going to complain with a 66 as it’s a great position to be in going into the weekend.” Speaking about the hole in one, McIlroy added: “It definitely made up for the previous two holes. It was a perfect number, a straight downwind 177. As soon as it left the bat it looked like it had a chance. It’s my first one ever in competition as a pro, and obviously beers are on me tonight.” American Peter Uihlein finished tied for fourth with Morrison on nine under par after a flawless round which contained four birdies. Press Association World number one McIlroy climbed five places to third, thanks in part to the first tournament hole in one of his professional career on the par-three 15th. The Northern Irishman also carded five birdies and a bogey to register 66 and go 11 under for the event. McIlroy’s playing partner Rickie Fowler did not enjoy as much luck as the reigning Open and PGA champion. The American had a triple bogey after finding the deep rough on the eighth before two more bogeys on the back nine left him on two under, just above the projected cut. England’s James Morrison was in fourth place on nine under following his second round of 67, while France’s Alexander Levy and Australia’s Richard Green were a stroke further back in a tie for fifth. “I guess the greens, I can read them very well and my stroke always feels well when I come here,” Kaymer told Sky Sports 4 after completing his round. “Again, today, I didn’t miss many fairways, which gives you the opportunity to go for a lot of flags, and to be honest I really believe the golf course plays two or three shots tougher in the morning than in the afternoon, because once you miss the fairway, you’re in that thick, wet grass and then it’s almost impossible to get home in two on the par fours. “So therefore, I was very happy to shoot five under today.” Starting on the back nine, US Open champion Kaymer superbly putted from the edge of the green on the 12th and then made another birdie at the 13th. Martin Kaymer held a one-shot lead in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after carding a five-under-par 67 on Friday, with Rory McIlroy two shots off the pace after a 66 which included a first career hole in one. Kaymer, winner of this tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011, made 10 birdies and a couple of bogeys on Thursday to surge to the summit, and he continued his fine form on day two. The German was one shot clear of Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, who missed the chance to stay tied for first place after a bogey on his final hole of the day. last_img read more

Head coach Simmons wants strong start from Windies batsmen

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, (CMC) – Head coach Phil Simmons wants his batsmen to hit the ground running from the first Test to avoid West Indies having to play catch-up in the three-Test series which bowls off here next month.With concerns already surrounding the Caribbean side’s batting, Simmons said he hoped the senior players would be at their best from the start, as West Indies chased their first series in in England in 32 years.“I think most of the senior batsmen are seasoned players,” Simmons told reporters via Zoom from Old Trafford.“Mentally I think they’re tough but I think we just need to continue working on our skills because I think when you look back at Kraigg, Roston and Shai, they’re mentally tough because they’ve done it at this level so it’s about making sure they’re sharp and ready to go in the first game.“We’ve had occasions when we’ve toured and only after the first game we start really playing cricket so it’s something we’re trying to get out of our system and make sure we are ready and raring to go when we get to Southampton.”West Indies were guilty of a slow start on their last tour here three years ago when they were rolled over cheaply for under 200 in each innings, to slump to an embarrassing innings and 209-run defeat inside three days at Edgbaston.And while they bounced back with a stunning win at Leeds in the second Test to level the series, they crumbled to a nine-wicket loss at Lord’s in the final Test.That series defeat extended the Windies’ poor record in England but Simmons said the side was highly motivated to alter that history.“When you come to England it’s always good to win in England,” said Simmons, who played 26 Tests for West Indies.“We won at home [last year] and we want to continue that trend but we’re also wanting our own little piece of history, so I think the guys are up for the fight.”West Indies arrived in the United Kingdom almost two weeks ago and have been undergoing preparation while being quarantined due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.And with 17 days remaining until the first Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Simmons said the visitors’ preparation was moving into high gear, with the start of the first three-day warm-up match starting Tuesday.“Our preparation, our practices have gone to another level from today (Monday). We had a nice day off [on Sunday], we worked hard on Saturday when it was nice up here … and it’s gone to the next level today,” he explained.“It’s only two weeks before the first Test match and preparation has to go to the next level so we’ve started that today.”The warm-up game will be the first of two and will be played among themselves, with the usual tour matches against county sides prohibited because of COVID-19.Having travelled with a large 25-man group – a 14-member Test squad and 11 reserves – Simmons believes the tour matches will be of major benefit.“The aim is the same as if you were playing a four-day match against a county,” he noted.“The good thing about it is that the quality of bowling we have here as part of the reserves makes it a worthwhile run out over the next three days because you will still have quality bowling on the other end, don’t matter which team plays against which.”last_img read more

Stock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s win over Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse followed up its upset win over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech from last week with an ugly, up-and-down 28-20 victory over Boston College on Saturday. SU and quarterback Eric Dungey struggled, but they also strung together two wins for the first time since September of last year.Here’s how some of the players and units faired.Stock UpEric Dungey’s playEric Dungey completed 32 of his 38 passes for a career-high 434 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage was second best all-time for a Syracuse player in a game, as was his yards of total offense (488). He nearly had another touchdown pass (if not for a backward pass) and his interception came on a play he baited the defensive line to jump but it was not called.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s offense was spread out only through the air and Dungey was the distributor with almost three receivers having at least 100 yards. And he did it all through a rainy first half and while constantly getting chased out of the pocket.Steve IshmaelSteve Ishmael had his best game of the season with eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown — his first score of the season. The eight receptions were a career high and it’s the second time in his career that Ishmael has gone for at least 100 yards. His touchdown catch was an acrobatic grab at the edge of the end zone that he jumped up to catch and barely got a foot in bounds.As more coverage has shifted Amba Etta-Tawo’s way, Ishmael has been able to pick up some of the load. He picked up a then-season-high 81 yards against Virginia Tech.Parris BennettParris Bennett led Syracuse with 11 tackles for his fourth double-digit tackle game in the last five weeks. He walloped BC running back Myles Willis on one play then ended the Eagles drive with an interception. A Boston College touchdown would have given BC a 17-14 lead with less than five minutes left in the third quarter. Instead, Bennett grabbed a pass that was dropped at the goal line. His play set up a Syracuse touchdown.Sterling HofrichterSterling Hofrichter seems to have put his days of shanking punts behind him. He booted four punts for an average of 38.8 yards. He pinned one inside the 20 and two went for more than 50 yards. Hofrichter’s shortest punt was his best one of the day. He picked up a poor snap, ran to his left and got off a 22-yard kick that was tipped. Hofrichter took a big hit on the play, but got the kick down the field and saved what could have been a disastrous play.Stock downEric Dungey’s off-the-field decision makingOn Syracuse’s first drive of the game, Dungey thought he drew Boston College offside, so he threw into dense coverage near the end zone, resulting in an interception — bad decision No. 1. Then as the pick was returned 64 yards by Williams Harris, Dungey slammed the Harris down late out of bounds, shoved another player that stood over him and then shoved Harris again — bad decision No. 2, 3 and 4. Dungey got a personal foul for his late hit out of bounds and started a scrum on the sideline.Cole MurphyCole Murphy had another rough game, despite the win. He line-drived a kickoff out of bounds and missed his only field goal attempt from 40 yards away. Murphy has now missed six of his last eight field goal attempts. The last time he made more than one field goal in a game was Week 3 against South Florida, when he went 2-for-2.Offensive lineSyracuse finished the game with nine false start penalties, most of which fell on the offensive line. Dino Babers and Dungey both said there were reasons for the false starts that will be corrected but didn’t elaborate. Dungey was also sacked five times and constantly scrambling around the pocket. The patchwork group has had Cody Conway back intermittently the last two games, but the interior has crumbled under increased pressure. Comments Published on October 23, 2016 at 5:14 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

Badgers battle Hawkeyes in first Heartland Trophy bout since 2010

first_imgWhen the Wisconsin football team (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) hits the road and heads to Iowa City, Iowa Saturday to challenge the Hawkeyes (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten), it will be the first time in three seasons the Heartland Trophy will be up for grabs.After the dust settled on the realignment of the conference ahead of the 2011 season, Iowa ended up in the Legends division and Wisconsin in the Leaders division — meaning a game between the teams was no longer a guarantee each year.Since this conference shuffle, players may have come and gone, but the trophy still sits in Wisconsin’s locker room. Although many of the players may not have personally fought in any of the battles between the two teams, the locker room is exactly where they want the trophy to stay, redshirt junior cornerback Peniel Jean said.“Even though we haven’t played in a while, it still means a lot,” Jean said. “It’s been going on since Coach Alvarez got here. … It’s something that we don’t want to lose. We’ve had it in our locker room for three years already…and that’s something that we don’t want to give back to them. We don’t like losing.”Overall, the rivalry sits at an even 42-42-2 record over its 119-year history, with Wisconsin taking three of the last five matchups and needing just one more win to tie Iowa at 4-4 all-time since the Heartland trophy was created in 2004.As opposed to the many other teams Wisconsin has faced in 2013, Iowa boasts a very gritty run-based offense — similar to Wisconsin — that features two running backs, although nine players have accumulated rushing yards for the team this year.Juniors Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock, who account for an average of 137 yards per game on the ground for Iowa, lead the rushing attack and have already proved pesky to a number of other teams this season. Against Ohio State, a game that Iowa led heading into the second half, Weisman and Bullock each averaged more than five yards a carry and set the passing game up for three touchdowns.“They’re tough, physical backs and they like contact,” head coach Gary Andersen said in a press conference Monday. “It’s one of the things you see when you watch them. When they get to the next level, for the defender it’s not just going to be ‘OK, it’s time for you to tackle me.’ You have to own the right and you’re going to be either deserving of making a tackle or deserving of not making a tackle.“They’re going to force you to make a play, whether it’s the open field or whether it’s in close quarters with punishing runs.”Fortunately for the Badgers, they have played well against the run in 2013 and currently boast the second best rushing defense in the conference, holding their opponents to an average of 88.2 yards per game and a total of 353 yards total this season. The rush defense will likely be bolstered by the return of senior linebacker Chris Borland, who was forced to sit the majority of the game in Wisconsin’s last game Oct. 19.“Chris would not have played last Saturday. So [it] came at a great time for Chris because I know how much it means to him and how much it means for us to have him on the field,” Andersen said. “But if you just single out Chris, missing a Big Ten game is big for Chris and he basically missed the Illinois game already. He doesn’t want that to happen. Neither do we.”Still, while the emphasis will be placed on containing Iowa’s running game, the passing game has played its part in Iowa’s successes this season as well.On the season, sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock has averaged 202 passing yards per game and has thrown for 12 touchdowns, two more than the team has scored on the ground.A quick look at the team’s conference record might then look odd for a team that seems to be competitive, statistically speaking, but it becomes clearer after taking a glance at Iowa’s red zone offensive statistics.In 2013, Iowa has the third-lowest conversion rate in the red zone, scoring points on only 75 percent of trips inside its opponent’s 20-yard line. On 12 trips to the red zone, Iowa has scored nine times and managed a touchdown only six times.Meanwhile, Wisconsin claims the conference’s best red zone defense, which has held its opponents to a mere 70 percent success rate this season. Jean says the defense has its strong communication to thank for their success in those high-pressure situations, something they hope will continue against Iowa on Saturday.“We play together and we communicate really well,” Jean said. “We have been [doing] really well keeping teams out of the red zone, so they’re not really getting down there and that is all because of communication.”On offense, Wisconsin’s rushing attack of running backs redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon and senior James White will hope to test Iowa early and often in what will likely become a trench battle on the ground, as has often been the case in previous competitions for the Heartland Trophy.But for the veterans who have played in this rivalry before, redshirt senior linebacker Conor O’Neill and Co., they wouldn’t have it any other way.“When you go out and play Iowa, you know it’s going to be a dog fight,” O’Neill said. “Even if the young guys don’t know about it, they’ll learn really quick.”last_img read more

New faces to serve as leaders for UW men’s soccer

first_imgRebuilding a successful team is never easy. And while many may believe the Wisconsin men’s soccer team will be in rebuilding mode after losing a key group of seniors from last year’s tournament team, both familiar and unfamiliar names are ready to step into the forefront and lead the team.Following the departure of players like Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year Tomislav Zadro and AJ Cochran, as well as the team’s leading goal scorer in Nick Janus, the Badgers had some big shoes to fill, especially offensively.Now the program will have to lean on two players to captain the team to victory: junior midfielder Drew Conner and senior forward Jacob Brindle.Conner was a playmaking machine last year for UW, as he recorded seven assists, the second highest mark on the team, and received second-team All-Big Ten honors. Brindle scored eight goals for the Badgers last season, even though he only started three of the 20 games he appeared in.While Conner and Brindle were obvious candidates to be captains of the team because of how they contributed offensively, much more is needed out of a captain both on and off the field.Head coach John Trask found both players had their own certain intangibles and positive qualities to be a strong leader for his team.“I think both of them are very well thought of by the members of the team, as well as the coaching staff; both as players and young men,” Trask said. “Jacob is a fantastic student but he is also someone the younger players have always felt confident to go and have conversations with ever since he has been here.“Drew is that game day type of captain. When adversity starts on the field, Drew is someone that can carry the team a little bit and you need that as well in your captain.”The captains will face the challenge of leading a large group of inexperienced freshmen players that are getting their first taste of college soccer. Both Conner and Brindle believe that getting those freshmen integrated into the team and finding the team’s identity have been the biggest challenges thus far as the season gets underway.While both Conner and Brindle have to face the challenge of leading the team as a whole, they both also have personal adjustments and challenges to conquer this season. Conner, who was mostly a playmaker in the midfield last year, knows he will have to step up into a bigger offensive role.“I think I’m going to get a little more freedom to go forward this year and hopefully get some good looks on goal and get better opportunities to score,” Conner said. “You just do what comes to your mind. We had such a good team last year and had so many different goals coming from so many different players on our team. There were so many goals and assists to go around. But this year I definitely think I have to step up and be one of our goal scorers.”Much of Brindle’s action and production last season was when he came off the bench. Now, Brindle will have to step into the forefront of the Badger offense, especially with last year’s leading goal-scorer, Nick Janus, no longer on the team.Nevertheless, Brindle does not believe he really has to make much of an adjustment going into this season.“I’m really not adjusting anything,” Brindle said. “The only real adjustment is that I get to start the game rather than come off of the bench. It’s not any better or worse either way. Last year we just had a bunch of good players that I was competing for time with. For me, I’m still going in and playing my game. I’m not going to do anything different than what I did last year.”While both Conner and Brindle have made large contributions offensively in past seasons and will continue to this season, they are not the only two captains. The third, less familiar face that will serve as a captain, is junior defender Adam Lauko.Lauko has not logged many minutes for the Badgers in his first two seasons, but he was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team in 2012. It was Lauko’s intangibles as a defender and his personal characteristics that made him a strong candidate to be a captain this season in Trask’s eyes.It is common for a team to have one and even two captains to lead the team, but this Badgers team is doing something different this year by having three different players wear the captains’ armband. However, Brindle said having three of them in the leadership role should not make too much of a difference.“The goal is to serve as one captain,” Brindle said. “Even though there are three of us, Drew, Adam and I all are pretty much in agreement with what we want out of the team. We want responsibility, holding everybody accountable, and for everyone to know what our goals are throughout the entire season. Even though we are three people, we all have the same goals, ambitions and drives in trying to hold everyone together.”The three captains face a very daunting challenge in the 2014 season with the departure of 13 seniors from last year’s squad. Such a large exodus meant that Trask had to sign 12 freshman to this year’s team, trying to fill the voids left from the 2013 team that made the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995.Brindle, Conner and Lauko will have to step out of the shadows and into the limelight to lead such a youthful squad, but it won’t be just a three-man effort if the Badgers hope to duplicate the season from a year ago.last_img read more

UFC: Conor McGregor drops down in the recent pound for pound rankings of UFC

first_imgAlso Read- Will Conor McGregor And Floyd Mayweather Fight Inside The Octagon?Also Read- UFC: Jon Jones Feels That Jan Blachowicz Is Not Ready For A Title Shot Against Him Written By Raj Sarkar 9 months ago Will Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fight inside the Octagon? However, Conor McGregor’s distance from the sport has affected his rankings and in the current pound for pound rankings, the former UFC double champ has dropped down by two spots. In the list of 15 best pound for pound athletes, Conor McGregor (who was holding the 12th spot in the list) went down to 14th in the recent list. If McGregor chooses to stay inactive anytime longer, the Irish can lose his spot among the top pound for pound fighters in UFC.Also Read- UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Rejects Conor McGregor’s Rematch RequestUFC: Pound for Pound fighters rankings WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Conor McGregor has been out of UFC for quite a long time now. The Irish Superstar was last seen in UFC 229 where he faced a devastating loss against lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Despite being out of the sport for such a long time, Conor McGregor is still at the third spot of the lightweight rankings while Justin Gatheje (who had two sensational knockouts in 2019) is on the fourth spot. First Published: 21st November, 2019 20:35 IST Also Read- UFC: Francis Ngannou Says That ‘Big News’ Is Coming Soon For HimUFC: When will Conor McGregor fight again?Conor McGregor has recently stated that he is eyeing January 18 as his official UFC return and according to sources, Donald Cerrone is going to step up against him. Though UFC is yet to announce the fight officially, Conor McGregor’s manager revealed that they are proceeding with the paper works since both McGregor and Cerrone have agreed for the matchup. According to Conor McGregor, he was about to fight the winner of the BMF title on his return. However, it seems that the Irish man has changed his plan and has turned his attention to ‘Cowboy’. 9 months ago UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov rejects Conor McGregor’s rematch requestcenter_img Last Updated: 21st November, 2019 20:35 IST UFC: Conor McGregor Drops Down In The Recent Pound For Pound Rankings Of UFC After staying inactive for a long time in UFC, Conor McGregor has dropped down in the recent rankings of pound for pound fighters. See the recent P4P ranks. FOLLOW US LIVE TV Jon Jones (light heavyweight champion) Khabib Nurmagomedov (lightweight champion) Henry Cejudo (Flyweight and Bantamweight champion) Stipe Miocic (Heavyweight champion) Amanda Nunes (Women’s Bantamweight champion) Daniel Cormier Max Holloway (Featherweight Champion) Israel Adesanya (Middleweight Champion) Kamaru Usman (Welterweight Champion) Tony Ferguson Valentina Shevchenko (Women’s Flyweight Champion) Dustin Poirier Robert Whittaker Conor McGregor Tyron Woodley 9 months ago Conor McGregor doppelganger opens ‘The Notorious Restaurant’ in Slovakia WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago UFC: Francis Ngannou says that ‘Big News’ is coming soon for him 9 months ago UFC: Jon Jones feels that Jan Blachowicz is not ready for a title shot against himlast_img read more

USDA Approves Florida’s Request For SNAP Recipients to Use EBT Online

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a waiver request allowing Florida food stamp recipients to purchase their groceries online.The approval was announced on Saturday, April 11, just one day after Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to begin developing plans to implement an online purchasing program for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.The current federal regulations prohibit SNAP recipients from purchasing groceries online with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Last week, Florida submitted a waiver to participate in the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot, which ensures Floridians can access nutritious food online through the currently authorized SNAP online retailers like Amazon, ShopRite and Walmart.“Allowing Florida families to purchase groceries online instead of venturing into a public store is a sound practice during this public health emergency and yet another step that will help Florida flatten the curve,” DeSantis said.With the spread of the novel coronavirus, many are concerned that forcing low-income individuals — who are more likely to have serious underlying health conditions — to shop in-store could expose them to unnecessary risk. After the USDA’s approval was announced Saturday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried praised the feds for making an exception for Floridians.“I thank the USDA and Secretary [Sonny] Perdue for granting the state’s request to bring safer grocery options to Florida’s families in need,” Fried said.According to USDA, Florida’s SNAP participation is nearly 3 million individuals, about 1.5 million households, and totals nearly $4 billion annually in federal funding.last_img read more

InBet expands slot portfolio with Aladdin’s Lamp and Pirate Cave

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles Apple delays igaming ‘Native iOS’ enforcement  March 31, 2020 Share UKGC launches public consultation on slot design July 10, 2020 Alessandro Sposito, ESA Gaming: Lightweight games for a heavy impact in Africa July 21, 2020 B2B lottery, betting and gaming provider InBet Games has announced the release of two new slot games, Aladdin’s Lamp and Pirate Cave.The new releases, which form part of InBet’s iGaming solution Happy™, expands its portfolio to more than 50 classic slots and 41 HTML5-ready games.Unveiled in October 2016, Happy provides a working interface for 11 key languages, an easy processing feature supporting all major online payment methods, and an any scale feature with a built-in partnership network constituting a tree-like structure for expanding businesses.Based on the world of Medieval Middle Eastern treasure hunters, players on Aladdin’s Lamp have praised the slot’s “double or nothing option”, whereby you pick one of the hidden cards and hope it is of a higher value than the one exposed by the vender.Meanwhile, the five-reel Pirate Cave takes the player on another “treasure-hunting adventure” with multiple chests for base games, wilds, bonus games, or a super bonus game. The slot also features nine paylines and a maximum jackpot of 500,000 coins.Pavel Korolev, business development director for Inbet Games, said: “Slots are at the heart of every gaming hall, either physical or online. Every spin of colourful reels fascinates and thrills the player, keeping them enchanted until they reach either the bottom of their wallet or the magical pot of gold. To keep the sorcery alive, here at InBet Games we relentlessly refine both the exterior and the mechanics of our slots to make them even more engaging.“With HTML5 responsiveness, HD graphics and high-quality animations, our slots are the new incarnation of the classic format. Each game is equipped with a mobile optimization engine, tasked to adjust screen resolution and optimize the gaming process for better mobile performance. This ensures players’ engagement and keeps the batteries of their gadgets alive for a longer time.”last_img read more

Jazz star Donovan Mitchell trying to avoid jury duty

first_imgMitchell was summoned for jury duty from January 9, 2019 through February 1, 2019. WATCH: Russell Westbrook’s great shoe giveaway continues It’s a civic responsibility bestowed upon every American citizen — jury duty.Unless that citizen happens to be a star basketball player in the middle of an NBA season.  Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was recently summoned for jury duty, but the team let the state of Utah know that now is not a good time.Sorry, @UtahGov. Donovan is a little busy right now. Please try again in July. pic.twitter.com/p3SQBXMNnU— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 6, 2018LHM Sports & Entertainment, which represents the Jazz, wrote a letter on behalf of Mitchell asking that he be “excused from jury service during this time given his commitments and schedule during the NBA season.” Related News This isn’t the first time an athlete has been summoned and it won’t be the last.Back in 2013, while he was a member of the Heat, LeBron James fulfilled his obligation for jury duty and even posted a picture on Instagram to document the experience. And in 2009, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant actually showed up to court, only to be excused a couple hours later.last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Phillies ‘concerned’ Bryce Harper will sign with Dodgers, report says

first_imgBryce Harper is going to make a ton of money.The Phillies offered the six-time All-Star a deal worth more than $300 million, according to Fancred Sports. But it wasn’t just Philadelphia who posted a big number, at least one other team also eclipsed the figure. Los Angeles only wanted a short-term deal in recent weeks, but it is unclear if the meeting this weekend means it is considering more. It is also possible, according to Fancred, the Padres’ increased interest and the Giants courting of Harper made the Dodgers get back into the race.earlier, dodgers were only interested in short-term deal. is it possible they were granted meeting w/o long-term commitment due to desired locale/stage? possible. but as likely LA re-evaluated. short-term deal with certain super high AAV would also be worse for tax in near term.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 26, 2019Philadelphia though has reportedly “grown concerned” Harper will sign with the Dodgers if they made an offer comparable to the Phillies due to the ability to be closer to his home in Las Vegas, according to MLB Network.Bryce Harper update: Some #Phillies officials have grown concerned Harper will sign with the #Dodgers if they make an offer that comes close to Philly’s. The ability to play close to home and train in Arizona both appeal to Harper, who is a @Lakers fan. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 26, 2019It should also be noted Harper’s late signing is not unusual for a Scott Boras client. J.D. Martinez, who is also represented by Boras, did not sign until Feb. 28 last year. Related News Phillies have offered Bryce Harper over $300M but word is others are over $300M, too. they believe they may have high bid but their confidence to win was dented a tad by emergence of LA (a desired Harper spot). Philly has to decide whether to keep faith or dip into the stupid $— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 26, 2019There is more to the story as several teams may still be trying to convince Harper to take a short-term deal. However, Harper reportedly only wants the 10-year contract worth more than $300 million, or more than what Manny Machado got.This could exclude the Dodgers from the running. Los Angeles reportedly was in Las Vegas this weekend along with the Phillies to meet with Harper and his representatives.center_img MLB hot stove: Phillies optimistic they can agree to deal with Bryce Harper by Monday, report says MLB hot stove: Dodgers pursuing Bryce Harper againlast_img read more