Soler, Dozier power Royals to 7-2 victory over Twins

first_imgLast Updated: 22nd August, 2020 09:37 IST Soler, Dozier Power Royals To 7-2 Victory Over Twins The Royals knew they would need somebody to step up when Salvador Perez went on the injured list earlier in the day with a mysterious eye ailment that had caused the star catcher to have some blurry vision LIVE TV Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News center_img The Royals knew they would need somebody to step up when Salvador Perez went on the injured list earlier in the day with a mysterious eye ailment that had caused the star catcher to have some blurry vision.Well, Jorge Soler and Hunter Dozier certainly left the Twins seeing red.Soler hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning, Dozier went deep for the third straight game against Minnesota, and the two young sluggers helped Kansas City cruise to a 7-2 victory Friday night to open a third straight weekend series against its AL Central rival.“We talked about his before game. We have to have a couple guys step up,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “Every time you lose somebody it creates an opportunity.”It also created an easy night for Danny Duffy (2-2), who pitched a 1-2-3 first inning and then suddenly found himself with a 4-0 lead. Duffy wound up needing 81 pitches to get through five, but he permitted just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. The only run he allowed came on Ehire Adrianza’s groundout with a runner on third.“Fastball command, was able to throw some sinkers in there that moved a lot. Curveball was good. The slider was the best it has been all year,” said Duffy, who also happened to punch out a handful of Twins with his changeup.Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (0-1) allowed five runs and seven hits before he was literally knocked from the game.Alex Gordon drilled him with a liner in the ribs in the fourth inning, and the right-hander who began his career in the Kansas City organization went to the ground immediately. It took several minutes before Odorizzi could walk gingerly to the dugout. X-rays taken at the ballpark were negative, and the Twins called his injury a bruised right abdomen.“That’s a frightening moment. You never want to see anything like that on a field or anywhere else,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Jake’s abdomen took the brunt of it. He’s OK. He’s pretty sore, obviously. He’s got a pretty good mark, visible from across the room. He was able to avoid serious injury, which is really all we’re caring about at this point.”The Royals, who have struggled to give Duffy much run support, staked him to a big lead right out of the gate.Whit Merrifield opened the game with a crisp double and, after Nicky Lopez put runners on the corners with a base hit, Dozier followed with an RBI single. That merely set the table for the power-hitting Soler, who boosted a hanging 1-2 pitch over the left-field bullpen for his sixth homer of the season.The Twins scratched out a run in the second on a walk, single and groundout but kept squandering chances. They left a runner in scoring position when Max Kepler struck out, then left runners stranded on the corners in the third.The Royals answered with a run in the fourth. They tacked on two more on Dozier’s homer in the seventh.“Any time you can barrel a ball,” Dozier said, “it feels pretty good.”TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: They were playing their first game without either OF Byron Buxton (shoulder), 2B Luis Arraez (knee), 3B Josh Donaldson (calf) and C Mitch Garver (ribs) in the starting lineup. There is a chance Arraez returns during the series. … RHP Zack Littell left after recording one out with right elbow inflammation.Royals: Perez began having vision problems last weekend and saw an eye specialist Monday. The condition is not considered serious. “We want to take as much time as we can and make a wise decision for him and us,” Matheny said. “He’s trying to push everything as hard as he can to help that eye heal, but it’s just going to take time.”UP NEXTRHP Brady Singer (1-2, 4.56 ERA) makes his sixth career start for the Royals, with half of them having now come against the Twins. Minnesota counters with Randy Dobnak, who is off to a brilliant 4-1 start with a 1.42 ERA.Image credits: AP COMMENT First Published: 22nd August, 2020 09:37 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Sheryl Lee Ralph to star In TNT series “Claws”

first_imgJamaican American actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is ready to sink her claws into her next project.  According to Deadline, the actress has been tapped to star alongside Niecy Nash in season two of TNT’s Claws.The series follows Nash’s character Desna, a Florida nail shop owner, and her group of “treacherous” manicurists. Ralph will play Matilde Ruval, the mother of Desna’s love interest Gregory. Matilde, who is of Haitian decent, who is described as a “benevolent and caring mother to her son, with more going on than meets the eye.”This would be the latest project for the Moesha alum. Ralph has recurring roles on MacGyver and BET’s The Quad. She also just appeared in Netflix’s comedy film Step Sisters. (NewsAmericasNow.com)last_img

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United Way of Northeast Michigan Welcomes New Director: Sonya Thomas

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe United Way has a new face in office; Sonya Thomas was inducted into her new role as the United Way of Northeast Michigan Executive Director, Tuesday night.Taking over for former director, Germaine Stoppa’s position, Thomas said she’s excited about calling Northeast Michigan her new home while connecting with the community.Besides work, Thomas said she’s looking forward to enjoying the outdoors and other activities Northeast Michigan has to offer. So if you see Thomas out in the community make sure to give her a warm welcome.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Hoeft State Park gets nominated for ‘Best Michigan Park’Next AHS first ever marketing conference at ACClast_img read more

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Watch Video: Secret behind Martha Bissah’s world-conquering strength

first_img17 year old Martha Bissah won Ghana’s first ever Olympic Gold medal at any level in any sport following her victory in the 800m final in China last year. InfoboxxTV tracked down Martha and her family, to find out where this exceptional young woman found the strength to do what no other Ghanaian has ever done.Meanwhile,it is has been reported Bissah has rejected a scholarship to go to the United States to study and develop her sporting abilities.President John Mahama said in the State of the Nation address on the 26th of February that Bissah was to be sent to the United States to continue her education and athletic training on a scholarship for winning a gold medal in the women’s 800m event at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.According to the Ghana Athletics Association, Bissah was due to leave Ghana earlier this year after the necessary processes had been completed but it seems the athlete has decided to turn her back on the opportunity.It is unclear whether Bissah’s decision is out of her personal conviction or influence from her family.last_img read more

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UFC Nashville’s Anthony Pettis: ‘I feel like I’m in The Matrix again’

first_imgFour years after losing the UFC lightweight title and a handful of days away from beginning a new chapter in his career with a main event assignment at welterweight, Anthony Pettis finally knows who and what led to his fall from grace.”I lost focus of how I got to the top,’ said Pettis, speaking with Sporting News just days before his Saturday showdown with Stephen Thompson in Nashville, Tennessee. “I had so much success quick and I didn’t really understand how that happened; I just thought I was that good.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt’s an easy statement to scoff at now and criticize because it sounds unbelievably arrogant, but when you look back at the five-year period that ended with Pettis losing the lightweight title to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185, it makes sense.The Milwaukee native seemed like a natural — a life-long martial artist who made the seamless transition to mixed martial arts and entered the 2010 campaign with a 10-1 record, having suffered the first loss of his professional career at the end of 2009.In 2010, he won four fights and captured the WEC lightweight title in spectacular fashion, punctuating his championship victory over Benson Henderson with “The Showtime Kick,” his inventive cage-walking attack that has been played millions of times over and remains one of the most creative strikes in MMA history.Though he stumbled in his UFC debut, Pettis proceeded to rattle off three straight wins, including back-to-back highlight reel knockouts of Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone, to land in a rematch with Henderson at home in Milwaukee, only this time, it was the UFC lightweight belt hanging in the balance.In the final minute of the opening round, he caught Henderson in a deep armbar and with just under 30 seconds remaining in the frame, the champion submitted.Pettis made things look effortless and with his good looks, sharp style and poise on camera, he seemed destined to become one of the biggest stars in the sport.After retaining his title in a showdown with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, he headed into UFC 185 on a five-fight winning streak and ready to break into the mainstream. He was the headlining act on a pay-per-view for the first time and his image appeared on the iconic orange Wheaties box.All he needed to do was get through Rafael dos Anjos and he would rocket to new heights.“When you think you’re that good, you skip the details and the little fundamentals that make you that good and start chasing these spin kicks and jump kicks,” said Pettis, who dropped the title to dos Anjos and has earned just three wins over his last nine starts. “Even though I landed them, that’s not how I fight and then I became this guy who was going to land this crazy kick.“When I really sat back and watched all my losses, watched all my fights, broke down the camps, I understood what I was missing and it was the small details that I wasn’t drilling day in and day out that led to my downfall. I lost that and I’m the first to admit it. When I noticed it, I was like, ‘Damn. That was me. I’m the reason why I lost those details. Not anybody else. It was me.’”As much as Pettis has struggled to find consistency over the past four years, it’s not as if there has been a sharp decline in terms of his effort or the level of competition he’s faced inside the Octagon.He’s faced a who’s who of elite talent in the lightweight division and had a two-fight dalliance at featherweight that produced a win over Charles Oliveira and an interim title fight against current undisputed champion Max Holloway.And there have been flashes of a return to form as well, most notably in his second-round submission win over Michael Chiesa last year at UFC 226, where he showcased the effortless, flowing style that previously carried him to the top of the division.That streak of facing stiff competition continues this weekend as he ventures to welterweight to square off with Thompson, focused on starting fresh and getting back to being the “Showtime” of old.“A couple of things played into this one,” he said when asked of the decision to move up to the 170-pound weight class. “One of the biggest things is the logjam at 155 pounds.“If you look at who I’ve fought, I’ve fought pretty much everybody, so that was one of the deciding factors. (Secondly), I feel like my performance is being hindered by my weight cuts, based on the Tony (Ferguson) fight. I broke my hand and I feel like I’m making my body go through such a crazy, traumatic thing on Friday and I’m not even thinking about the fight until I’m done with Friday.“So I was like, ‘I want to come get ready for a fight; not a weight cut.’ I talked to Duke, we looked at the roster at ’55, we looked at the roster at ’70 and this fight right here makes me motivated. I need this win.”As much as he needs this victory, the pairing with Thompson also offers Pettis an opportunity to catapult into the thick of the title chase with a victory on Saturday night.Much like Pettis, Thompson arrives in Nashville in the midst of the roughest stretch of his career.A fixture in the Top 5 for the last several years, Thompson faced Tyron Woodley in back-to-back welterweight title fights at UFC 205 and UFC 209 and came away empty handed. After rebounding with a win over Jorge Masvidal, he ventured across the Atlantic and caught a loss to Darren Till in Liverpool, dropping him to 1-2-1 over his last four outings.With the division suddenly flush with fresh names and intriguing new options, “Wonderboy” has been forced out of the title conversation for the time being, but remains one of the longest-tenured contenders in the division, providing Pettis with a tremendous chance to make an immediate impact in his new surroundings on Saturday.“I have the skill set to beat this guy,” he said of Thompson. “I respect him. I’m not going to go out there and not be respectful — I know what he’s capable of — but I’ve seen it my whole life. Side kicks, round kicks, the rangy fights; I grew up doing that.“He’s not the kind of guy that’s going to come hold me down, looking for a decision; he’s coming for a knockout, I’m looking for the knockout and we’ve got 25 minutes to get it done.”Just as he’s quick to admit he made mistakes during his days atop the lightweight division and in the years since, Pettis also acknowledges that his current “I wish I knew then what I know now” vibe sounds like it’s taken straight out of The Rebounder Fighter’s Guide to Saying the Right Things.“(The mental part of my game) is so strong right now — I wish I would have had this mindset when I was the champion because I would still be the champion,” said Pettis. “It sounds cliche, right, that you’ve got to go through that to get to here, but unless you face some adversity and some challenges, you don’t sit back and assess what is going on.“I think if I would have kept winning, I never would have sat back to assess what I was missing, but now that I’ve had to do it and my mind has matured, it feels good.“This camp, with my sparring sessions, felt like how I used to feel and I didn’t know I was doing it,” he added. “I was too young and immature to know what I was doing, but now that I can recognize it, whenever I get off path, I’m like, ‘Let’s get back to what we’re supposed to be doing.’ My skill set is growing and it feels like I’m in The Matrix again.” Plugged back in and primed to square off with Mr. Thompson this weekend in Nashville, Pettis believes this is truly the beginning of the next phase of his career and plans on starting it in style on Saturday night.“I’ve seen the side kicks. I’ve seen the round kicks. I’ve seen all that before, so I feel like I’m the right guy to (beat him) and win this fight,” he said. “I love his style. I love this style of fight. I love the success he had with traditional martial arts in the UFC, but I feel like there is no way he can do that to me. There is just no way.“The world is going to see a totally different Anthony Pettis. You will not see me backing up, until it is strategic. I’m going at this guy with a smart attack. If he hits me, I’m going to have an answer.”last_img read more

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Mason City council receives update on North End study

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City recently received an update on a study looking at the city’s north side. The “Healthy North End Neighborhood Plan” is the end product of more than two years of study, research and community engagement events by local officials and University of Iowa graduate students from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The city’s Director of Development Services Steven Van Steenhuyse says the study shows the negative perception of the North End as a drug and crime infested neighborhood doesn’t hold true when you look at the facts.  “It was interesting that when we actually started to look at the numbers, the crime statistics in the North End are not really any worse than other neighborhoods in the city. They’re not the best, but they’re not the worst. One of the things we wanted to do, and what the students really encouraged, was to find a way to reverse that negative perception of the North End, and let people know that not only is it a safe place, but it’s a nice place to be.  Many of the residents that the students talked to were very emphatic about how much they loved living there in that it’s not a bad place to be.”Van Steenhuyse says they are working to restore a neighborhood organization that promotes the North End.  “One of the things that was encouraged was revitalizing the North End Neighborhood Partnership, which was very active some years ago. The founders of that have kind of burned out, not really desirous to keeping that going themselves, but we’ve started to identify individuals who want to take that mantle up and keep running with it. Now we even have got some people working with Main Street Mason City in trying to find ways to use some of the streetscape elements we have downtown and extending them into the North End neighborhood.” Van Steenhuyse says addressing the issue of blighted properties is a key for the city.  “One of the things that we intend to do once the Highway 122 project is completed, we are going to prioritize the 122 and 65 corridors for nuisance abatement of any kind of dilapidated homes that need to be fixed or removed. By then, the public realm will have caught up and we’ll be able to justify saying ‘look, you know the taxpayers have done their part, now it’s your turn’.” The council will consider officially adopting the plan at a future council meeting. You can check out the plan as well as listen back to the council workshop dealing with the North End below Healthy North End PlanHealthy North End Plan AppendixAudio of meeting:last_img read more

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Report: Officials Asked Medical Examiners to Withhold Virus Death Figures

first_imgFlorida’s Department of Health tried to keep a tally of coronavirus deaths that is tracked by Florida’s 22 medical examiners from being released to the public, according to The Tampa Bay Times.The article states the list from the medical examiners had previously been released in real time. However, when the newspaper reported that the tally was 10 percent higher than the health department’s count, state officials directed that the list be reviewed and possibly redacted. The pause in reporting has been occurring for 10 days, according to the newspaper.In addition, the report comes as Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Phase One of his reopening plan for the state, with the exception of Southeast Florida.“For Florida, going from where we are now to phase 1 is not a very big leap,” DeSantis said while announcing the plan on Wednesday. “I think we will be able to be a small step for us. We will approach it in a very measured, thoughtful, and data-driven way.” Phase One begins on May 4.Meanwhile, Florida currently has more than 33,000 coronavirus cases and more than 1,200 deaths from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.Names of the deceased are not included on the list, although there is demographic information, probable cause of death, and a case summary.Dr. Stephen Nelson, who serves as chairman of the state Medical Examiners Commission, the group that released the list, says that state officials told him they plan to remove cause of death and case descriptions from death counts. He believes such a move would make the information “meaningless.” “This is no different than any other public record we deal with,” Nelson said to The Times. “It’s paid for by taxpayer dollars and the taxpayers have a right to know.”A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health told The Times that the agency held conference calls with the state’s Department of Law Enforcement, which provides administrative support to the Medical Examiners Commission, about privacy concerns for those who have died from COVID-19.The spokesperson explains that the health department did not provide a legal opinion.On the other hand, The Times adds that an employee for one of the state health department’s county offices claims the difference in figures between the two lists is a result of the department excluding from its list “some snowbirds and other seasonal residents, along with visitors who died in Florida.” The newspaper reports that the medical examiner counts all people who died in the state.The difference in figures has been a concern for Florida’s Democratic congressional delegation, which recently sent a collective letter to DeSantis, asking for a “detailed explanation of the public health justification” for the difference in the tracking methods.They also asked the governor to work with the health department and the medical examiners around the state to ensure that coronavirus cases are identified and reported accurately.last_img read more

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Whitecaps Youth Soccer Camp welcomes striker Erik Hurtado

first_imgThere’s been a bit of a blip in the Whitecaps Youth Soccer Camp after it was realized that Major League Soccer star Kendall Waston, who was to attend the camp in Nelson, is unable to make his way to the Heritage City.Waston is still recovering from injury and is remaining in Vancouver for rehab. However, in replace of Waston, players will be happy to hear is none nother than swift attacking player, Erik Hurtado.The fifth overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft for Vancouver is expected to be in Nelson Thursday to attend the Whitecaps Youth Soccer Camp.Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, Hurtado played college soccer with Santa Clara University and played for United Soccer League (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) side Portland Timbers U-23. Hurtado spent August through December 2015 on loan to Mjøndalen IF of Norway’s Eliteserien. In December 2016, Hurtado signed a contract extension through 2018 with options for 2019 and 2020.The Whitecaps host another camp July 18-20 for Goalkeepers and players’ Attacking Speed.As well, there are camps set for Cranbrook July 25-28, Prospects Camp; August 14-18, Skills Camp; and August 29-31, Attacking Speed and Goalkeeping; and Trail, August 8-11, Skills Camp.To register or more information contac Rhyse Harnden at rharnden@whitecapfc.com or 604.669.9283, ext 2218 or go online to register.last_img read more

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Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy, Central Arkansas’ Chunxi Xin Named Tennis Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy and Central Arkansas’ Chunxi Xin are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Sheehy recorded the match-clinching point Friday with an upset of No. 50 Carles Sarrio to help the Wildcats (11-3) take down SMU 4-3 on the road for their fifth-straight team victory.Abilene Christian takes the weekend off before two road matches against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Harding on March 9 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT, respectively.After missing the opening month of the season due to injuries, Xin made her collegiate debut Saturday, earning the Bears’ only point in a 4-1 loss at No. 34 Missouri. The next day, she won her singles and doubles matches in a 6-1 win over Missouri State, also in Columbia, Mo.Central Arkansas opens conference play at home against Lamar at noon Friday and faces Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at noon Sunday in Waco.Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Josh Sheehy, Abilene Christian – Senior – Arlington, TexasSheehy claimed his fifth-consecutive singles win and ninth of the spring season after upsetting No. 50 Carles Sarrio 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Alongside brother Jonathan, Sheehy’s top-line doubles match was left unfinished with the score tied at 5-5. The weekly honor is the second for Josh and the fourth for the team as Jonathan has also taken home two weekly awards.Honorable Mention: Carlos Pedrosa Cuevas, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiWomen’s Tennis Player of the Week – Chunxi Xin, Central Arkansas – Freshman – Baoding, ChinaIn the first spring collegiate match of her career, Xin rebounded after losing set two 3-6 to edge Missouri’s Lisa Fukutoku 7-6 in the final frame. The next morning, Xin picked up her second-straight win in a 6-3, 6-2 sweep of Missouri State’s Anna Alons before joining forces with teammate Marli Van Heerden to win 6-4 in doubles play. Honorable Mention: Jasmin Buchta, Lamar; Carolina Bulatovic, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jelena Dordan, Incarnate Word; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup expansion on the cards despite concerns

first_imgThe 37-member FIFA Council, which makes strategic decisions for soccer’s governing body, will on Tuesday decide whether to increase the tournament from the current 32 teams to either 40 or 48, starting in 2026.Infantino, elected last February to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter, pledged during his campaign to enlarge the tournament – a promise designed especially to appeal to the bulk of FIFA’s 211 member associations that rarely or never qualify for World Cups.Infantino now says he has “overwhelming support” for his plans.The Council’s nine European representatives seem least likely to support the change.A spokesman for the European governing body UEFA offered little enthusiasm, saying it was “currently gathering feedback from its national associations – which are the ones directly impacted by any change”.The association representing Europe’s most powerful clubs, already struggling to nurse players through long domestic seasons, last month wrote to Infantino to say that “politics and commerce should not be the exclusive priority in football”.But even if the Europeans oppose the expansion, Infantino’s comment suggests they will be in a minority.Critics argue against expansion plansCritics say it would be wrong to change a 32-team format that, in 2014 in Brazil, produced a tournament of exhilarating football, unpredictable results and few meaningless or hopelessly one-sided matches.German football boss Reinhard Grindel said on Thursday that FIFA should stick to its “tried and tested formula”, and that all of the possible alternatives had “considerable weaknesses”.Infantino has said his preferred option is for a 48-team tournament that would start with 16 groups of three teams, where the top two would qualify for a knock-out round of 32.”For this alternative, the draw would probably have to be abolished to avoid tactical behaviour in final group matches,” said Grindel.”But having extra-time and penalties in the group stage is itself problematic, adding organisational difficulties to an already higher number of matches.”Infantino has also proposed a preliminary round of 16 knockout ties, with the winners joining 16 seeded teams in a 32-team group phase.”This would lengthen the tournament by one week for half of the participating teams, and considerably increase the burden on the players,” Grindel warned.There are also two proposals for a 40-team World Cup – the first featuring eight groups of five teams in the first round; and the second with 10 teams of four, where the group winners and six best runners-up would progress.Grindel said the first choice would lead to “a large number of matches where teams would be just playing for pride”, and the latter could leave some second-placed teams waiting for up to four days to find out whether they had qualified.”Past World Cups have always been tournaments that have enthused players, spectators and sponsors alike,” he said. “So why change it?”Reuterslast_img read more

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