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17Sep/20

Injury Forces Serena, Wozniacki out of Italian Open

first_imgFormer world number one Caroline Wozniacki also pulled out in Italy.Wozniacki, 28, withdrew from her first-round match against American Danielle Collins because of a leg injury, having lost the first set 7-6 (7-5).It is the second straight tournament at which the Dane has been forced to retire early on.She trailed 3-0 against Alize Cornet in the opening round of the Madrid Open earlier this month before pulling out with a back injury.American Collins, 25, will now play two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the second round of the Italian Open today following Wozniacki’s withdrawal.“Obviously, I feel for Caroline, what she’s going through with her injuries,” said Collins.“It’s never fun to go out there and play against somebody that’s hurt, and dealing with that kind of pain. I was happy with the way I played, but it’s just not a fun situation.”Williams has also struggled with injury – pulling out of the Miami Open at the third-round stage in March, after a viral illness prevented her from competing in Indian Wells.The French Open tournament kicks off on 26 May and Williams is chasing her fourth title, while Wozniacki, a former Australian Open champion, has never gone beyond the quarter-final stage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams plans to compete at the French Open despite withdrawing from the Italian Open with a knee injury.The American, 37, was set to play sister Venus Williams in the second round but said she would be “concentrating on rehab” now.“I look forward to seeing you all at the French Open and next year in Rome,” she added. Serena roars on the way to qualifying for Friday’s semi finals on Tuesday nightlast_img read more

26Aug/20

Revived with Marlins, former Dodger Miguel Rojas is the latest cautionary tale in judging trades too soon

first_imgDee Gordon was a popular player in Los Angeles who never quite fulfilled his potential. He batted .289 in his final season as a Dodger. His first year as a Marlin, 2015, Gordon led the NL in batting average (.333), cut down on his strikeouts, and hit a couple more homers. He also won a Gold Glove at second base – a position he was never afforded the mentorship to master as a Dodger.Less than 12 months after the trade, some folks decided they had all the evidence they needed: Miami won the trade.The Marlins were on their way to collect their trophy when some funny things happened. Gordon was hit with a PED suspension in 2016, then later purged in a fire sale along with the Marlins’ other stars. Pitcher Dan Haren was traded to the Chicago Cubs in July 2015 and retired after the season. Before long, only Rojas remained in Miami.The Dodgers received four players in the trade. One, pitcher Andrew Heaney, was immediately flipped to the Angels for Howie Kendrick, who replaced Gordon at second base.Chris Hatcher was a catcher-turned-reliever who some in the Dodgers’ front office saw as a potential future closer. If you joined the-Marlins-won-the-trade bandwagon early, Hatcher was probably the reason. He posted a 4.64 earned-run average in two-plus seasons and blew as many saves as he converted (four). The Dodgers flipped him to Oakland for international slot money last summer.The other players the Dodgers received in the trade, Kiké Hernandez and Austin Barnes, hadn’t established themselves in the majors by December 2014. Yet by Game 7 of last year’s World Series, they were indispensable. In a couple short years, the pro-Marlins trade verdict seemed horribly premature.Hot takes have their place. But in a social media culture that shares “lost the trade” memes like cheap currency, we really don’t like our verdicts so nuanced.The Dodgers’ trade with the Seattle Mariners for Taylor cost them precisely one player: former first-round draft pick Zach Lee. This is the kind of trade fans can get behind.Lee, 26, is pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Double-A affiliate. His name is about as popular in Seattle as Hatcher’s is in Los Angeles.Meanwhile, Taylor learned to play center field and hasn’t ceded the position since. He is still the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter and one of two reigning NL Championship Series MVPs. He also offers a cautionary lesson about the rush to judgment.Rojas, who started twice at shortstop and once at first base against the Dodgers this week, hopes the same lesson applies to him.“If you can’t prove that you can help offensively you can’t be an everyday player,” he said. “Every year I’ve been getting more at-bats and more opportunities to play. Having the opportunity this year to be an everyday shortstop and starting the year playing every day gave me a lot of confidence.”His hitting guru is Ricardo Sosa, based in Rojas’ adopted hometown of Miami. Unlike Taylor, Rojas hasn’t become a power hitter. He isn’t trying to.“I don’t have the kind of power to create an angle – say, a 32-degree angle, I’m not going to hit that ball out,” Rojas said. “I don’t have that kind of power. The kind of hitter I am, I have to hit line drives, try to hit doubles in the gap.”Related Articles Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ In the series finale Wednesday, Rojas hit a three-run home run against Clayton Kershaw to snap a scoreless tie. It was his third home run of the season, already a career high.If nothing else, Rojas will have a job by virtue of his versatility in the field. He was always a slick-fielding middle infielder. As a 25-year-old rookie with the Dodgers, he was a frequent late-game replacement at shortstop for Hanley Ramirez.Now 29, Rojas has learned third base and first base as well. Perry Hill, the Marlins’ veteran infield coach, said Rojas is “outstanding at all four” infield positions. He is too old to be considered a prospect but still young enough to think his best years might lie ahead.Maybe the biggest winner of the Miguel Rojas trade was Rojas himself. If this narrative rings familiar, it’s because Rojas’ story parallels that of Dodgers utilityman Chris Taylor to the last detail. Well, almost – Taylor was 26 when Dave Roberts installed him as the team’s leadoff hitter last summer.Considering all the parallels, it’s surprising how little attention Rojas has gotten since December 2014, when he was the seventh player in a seven-player trade between the Dodgers and Marlins. Rojas was so disconnected from the front lines of that deal, he said he learned he was traded on Twitter.The reason Rojas remains relatively anonymous says something about his team, to be sure. The salary-shedding Marlins entered Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers on pace for 120 losses, which would tie an all-time record. Rojas has batted first or second in the majority of his starts, and few teams would afford that privilege to a player with a .295 OBP and .341 slugging percentage (through Tuesday).It also says something about how trades are perceived, how that perception evolves (or doesn’t evolve), and how players whose strength rests in their versatility are valued.With the Marlins in town for a three-game series, it’s a good time to revisit that seven-player swap. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense center_img LOS ANGELES — He rolled into town this week a new player with a new swing. His role as an everyday, top-of-the-lineup hitter was one the man who traded him four years ago didn’t see in his immediate future.Ask him for the secret to his success, and he will describe the long hours working with a private hitting instructor the last two offseasons. He’ll describe his new swing path, his conversion to the religion of hitting line drives, and the early baseball years he wasted pleasing the coaches who wanted him to hit the ball on the ground.Talk to his current coaches, and they describe a player who quickly learned a new defensive position with ease. They depict his success as a marriage of hard work with a new opportunity in a new environment. The fact that he became a major league regular at the relatively late age of 27 only makes the story that much more special.Yes, Miguel Rojas has turned himself into quite a ballplayer. 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13Aug/20

This year’s snowy winter especially tough on Iowa ranchers

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s cold and snowy winter has been especially difficult on livestock producers, who have often struggled just to reach their animals.State Climatologist Justin Glisan says that Iowa so far has seen a February snowfall average of 21 inches. That’s just short of a record 22.2 inches set in 1962.Rancher Trent Thiele says he had to ride a snowmobile 50 miles Sunday to check on his pigs. He says blowing snow made the trip treacherous.He says the heavy snow is causing an overwhelming amount of maintenance issues as farmers work to ensure machines in animal facilities are providing fresh air, food and water.Iowa has a $13.6 billion livestock industry and leads the nation in pig and egg production.As of this morning, Mason City had received 28.6 inches of snow in February, over 21 inches above the normal for the month. Since December 1st, Mason City has received 47.1 inches, almost 20 inches above normal.last_img read more

20Jan/20

Bridgeport in Walker Cup KO semis

first_imgBridgeport High advanced to the semi-finals of the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup knockout competition with an easy commanding 2-0 win over Denham Town High at the Constant Spring Complex yesterday. Shane Moodie sealed the victory in the 90th minute with a brilliant goal after Javaughn Dunn had headed the Portmore-based school in the lead in the 40th minute. Moodie’s goal was one of the best seen in urban area schoolboy football this season. He made a good run down the left before controlling a peach of a cross from Ronaldo Banks on his chest. He then struck a ferocious volley which rocketed into the roof of the Denham Town net to end the game in style. It was the midfielder’s second goal of the season. “So far, I have scored two goals; this one is very special because I helped to send the team to the semi-finals in the Walker Cup, so this is a blessing to score on this day,” he said. Winning coach Garnett Lawrence was elated with the victory. “It wasn’t one of our best games of the season, but when you come to a knockout, it’s a knockout, so we give God thanks for the victory, and we will just press on for the next game,” he said. Meanwhile, Denham Town’s coach Andrew Edwards said his team “deviated from our game and paid the price”.last_img read more

11Jan/20

Prestesater resigns as coach of Bulldogs

first_img [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Prestesater first made a name for himself locally as a standout athlete at Glendora. His coaching career was highlighted by a very successful run at San Dimas, where he spent most of his career. Prestesater returned to coaching in 2005, following a brief retirement, and led West Covina to the San Antonio League title in his first season. The Bulldogs were 33-23 in Prestesater’s two seasons, and the 2006 league title was the school’s first since 1994. Prestesater later coached the Tribune team to a win in the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic following the season. “I think I did the best I could,” Prestesater said. “I just tried to get the program back to where it should be. I don’t know if they were really together there, so that’s what I tried to do.” Prestesater said he should be fine following surgery and didn’t completely rule out another return to coaching, but said it was unlikely. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “If I knew for sure, then I’d probably come back. If somebody gets that job who I know, I can help them out.” West Covina athletic director Brian Murphy said the search for a replacement will begin immediately. Interest parties should contact Murphy at (626) 859-2900, Ext. 2975. center_img West Covina High School boys basketball coach Gary Prestesater has resigned after two seasons at the school because of back and leg ailments. “It’s hard to go out there and sit down during practice,” said Prestesater, who will have back surgery early next week. “I couldn’t stand in practice. My leg started hurting so bad.” last_img read more